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FACULTY/STAFF > DEPARTMENTS & OFFICES > STUDENT LIFE > COUNSELING CENTER > WHO WE ARE
Who We Are

  Clinical Staff

Holly Harmon, LCSW, ACSW
 - Counseling Center Director and Therapist

Holly Harmon is the founding Director of the Robert Morris University Counseling Center and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Ms. Harmon has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in varied clinical settings, which facilitated a seamless transition into her current role. Ms. Harmon has expertise providing individual, family, and group therapy while specializing in the areas of depression, anxiety, and abuse.  Her mission has been to find ways to address and treat suicidal behavior and thinking in young adults.

During her tenure at RMU, Ms. Harmon has implemented numerous positive initiatives regarding the mental health care of the student body. She has worked faithfully to establish a reputation of caring and support from the newly formed counseling center and to build bridges to the RMU student community. She is the chair of the Crisis Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team, which works collaboratively with faculty and staff to identify, track, and respond to reports of concerning, disruptive, or potentially threatening behavior within RMU’s student population. Ms. Harmon also helped create the THRIVE Program, a peer education initiative in which trained student leaders provide mental health awareness and education to the campus community using a public health approach.  Ms. Harmon has formed valuable community connections with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, The Emily Program, and Greenbriar Treatment Center to better serve the needs of students.  Additionally, she is an active member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Prior to joining RMU, Ms. Harmon was employed at Western Pennsylvania Institute and Clinic (WPIC) and the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Clinic where she specialized in treating children and adolescents with depression and anxiety. While at STAR, she was trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy.  In addition to her clinical duties at WPIC, she also trained Doctoral and Masters level interns in psychotherapy and suicide assessment and treatment. Ms. Harmon was a yearly presenter at the STAR annual conferences from 2003-2011 covering topics ranging from therapeutic techniques with adolescents to addressing suicidal behavior in practice. She served as a therapist on several National Institute of Mental Health funded studies examining treatments for anxiety, depression and developing therapeutic interventions for suicide attempters. Prior to her work at WPIC, she was employed by both Pressley Ridge and the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. She is certified by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. Ms. Harmon completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and her Master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in Direct Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.


Tiffany Guthrie, LPC, NCC - Assistant Director and Therapist

Tiffany is the Assistant Director and a full-time therapist in the Counseling Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor.  Prior to joining RMU, she was employed as a therapist at TCV Community Services for adults with both substance use and mental health concerns.  Earlier in her career, Tiffany interned at the Carlow University Counseling Center and worked at Family Behavioral Resources as a Therapeutic Support Staff for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.  She completed her undergraduate education at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, and she earned her Master’s of Science degree in Professional Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Tiffany has experience providing both individual and group therapy and has volunteered as a sexual assault crisis counselor on the helpline for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR).  She is also certified in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy and is an active member of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA).


Ryan Nyeholt, LPC, NCC - Therapist

Ryan is a full-time therapist in the Counseling Center.  Ryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor.  Prior to joining RMU, he was employed at Gateway Rehabilitation Center.  He was the clinical manager of one of their adult inpatient rehabilitation programs.  Ryan worked primarily with adults who were suffering from mild to severe substance use disorders. He completed his undergraduate degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, and earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health, as well as a Master’s degree in Higher Education.  During his time at Geneva College, Ryan completed an internship in the college counseling center.  



Ann Mikulich, LPC - Part-time Therapist

Ann is a part-time therapist with the Robert Morris Counseling Center.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and certified in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy.  Ann completed her Master’s in Education and Counseling in 2008 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  With over ten years experience working in the social service and community mental health fields, she strives to provide personal, compassionate, and informed care to all clients.  Ann specializes in late adolescents and adults struggling with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression as well as having experience working with individuals and family members struggling with addiction issues.  Her certification in CBT and knowledge has provided her with the skills needed to support clients and help them develop therapeutic techniques to improve their daily functioning.  As a licensed clinician, Ann has additional training in areas of anger management, gambling, and motiva-tional interviewing.  At Robert Morris University, Ann will work with all clients using her knowledge, experience, and training of CBT to develop a positive therapeutic relationship in the hopes of managing any stress and promoting a positive college experience.  


Dara Sakolsky, MD, PhD - Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Sakolsky is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is a board-certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience assessing and treating youth with mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Sakolsky provides clinical care through several specialty programs at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic including the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Center and the Child Adolescent Bipolar Services (CABS) program. Dr. Sakolsky has served as a co-investigator on several NIMH funded studies examining the phenomenology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. She is currently the principal investigator at the University of Pittsburgh for the Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Extended Long-term Study (CAMELS) which examines the long-term outcomes of youth with anxiety disorders.


Allison Foroobar, MD - Psychiatry Resident

Dr. Foroobar is in her final year of fellowship in the Triple board Residency at UPMC which is a five  year residency in child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry and general pediatrics. Prior to that she completed her medical training at Virginia Commonwealth University School of medicine and  completed her undergraduate training at the University of Virginia with a neuroscience major. She has a specific interest in college aged mental health, integrated care and advocacy. She has received multiple teaching awards including the Little Apple award in 2016 which recognized her for excellence in teaching medical students and residents and the Jeffrey S. Farkas Pediatrics Intern Teaching Award in 2016.




Graduate Interns

Tricia Collins, MS - Therapy Intern

Tricia is a part-time mental health doctoral trainee at RMU Counseling Center. She is currently in her second year of doctoral study at Chatham University, in Pittsburgh, where she is pursing a degree in counseling psychology. Her previous doctoral experience includes eight months at the ADHD and Center for Children and Families Clinic at Western Psychology Institute and Clinic of UPMC where she worked with clients of various ages and presenting concerns. Tricia also has experience as a case manager for over 20 adults with severe and persistent mental health illnesses in a Vermont non-profit organization. Her dissertation topic explores how college students are able to overcome multiple barriers when seeking mental health help. Tricia’s passion is to create a safe, comforting, and genuine space to listen and explore whatever is brought into session by each college student.



Samantha Ryland, MS - Therapy Intern

Samantha is a part-time mental health doctoral trainee at the RMU Counseling Center.  She is currently in her fourth year of doctoral study at Carlow University, located in Pittsburgh, where she is pursuing a degree (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology.  She received her BA in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies in 2005 from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling and Addictions in 2015 from Lewis and Clark College.  Previously, Samantha was at AGH’s Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient Program, where she ran process and skills groups for adults struggling with significant mental health concerns.  Her dissertation focuses on how certain biases by therapists can impact their perception of a client’s motivation and prognosis.  Samantha is passionate and dedicated to helping students find healthy ways of achieving balance in their lives, across all of life’s circumstances and events.



Outreach Staff

Sam Beckas, MEd - Outreach Specialist

Sam Beckas is the Outreach Specialist for the Robert Morris University Counseling Center. Sam              oversees the THRIVE Leaders and ensures that outreach to the campus is educational, responsible,      and advances the university’s values regarding health and wellness. She works to ensure that all            campus members are aware of the Counseling Center’s services and encourages usage of the center    and attendance at events, in effort to promote a healthy and positive campus environment for all. Sam    attained her Masters of Education in Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education from the          University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While studying for her degree, she worked as a Graduate    Assistant at Elon University in Residence Life. At Elon, she oversaw Resident Assistants, programmed    community events, and assisted in the implementation of Elon’s new Higher Education Master’s              program. Sam has a great passion for working with students to de-stigmatize mental health and              educate others about self-care and self-love. Sam is an active member of NASPA (National                    Association of Student Personnel Administrators) and AUCCCO (Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach). 



Administrative Staff

Beth Lucas, BS - Secretary II

Beth serves as the front line staff member for the Counseling Center, assisting students and other clientele who visit the Center.  She is also responsible for the administrative functions of the office and provides support for the Counseling Center’s many projects and outreach efforts on campus.  Prior to joining RMU, Beth was an Administrative Assistant and Project Coordinator for Edgeworth, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm.  She has an extensive background in office organization and project management.  Beth earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.





Therapet

Violet - Therapy Pup-in-Training


Violet is the therapet-in-training* at the Counseling Center.  She is a Shorkie (Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix) and was born on March 6, 2016.  At work, Violet enjoys running around the Nicholson lawn (where she may or may not be digging up ant hills), playing and snuggling with students, and taking long naps in-between.  She also loves feet and has been known to fall asleep next to people’s shoes. Violet is quite the fashionista and is often seen sporting colorful hair accessories and a wide array of adorable outfits for the enjoyment of her fans (a.k.a. RMU students, faculty, and staff).  She even has her very own hashtag on social media (#VioletOfTheDay) and often poses for the “pupparazzi.” At home, Violet likes to steal socks to stash in her bed and cuddle with her siblings (whether they like it or not).  Violet has several four-legged siblings and one human brother.  She adores them all, but she’s definitely the boss!  Violet lives with our Director, Holly, and she comes to work at the Counseling Center every day.  

* Violet is currently in training to become a certified therapy dog.