Counseling Services

Welcome to Counseling Services! Our team of psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and psychiatrists is committed to supporting you throughout your time as a student at CUIMC. We encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Counseling Services offers assessment, short-term individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation and initiation of treatment, as well as linkage to community-based provider for ongoing treatment, as clinically appropriate. 

We see approximately one third of students on campus and are comfortable treating anxiety, depression, trauma, struggles adjusting to grad school, relationship issues, experiences of bias, discrimination and harassment, eating disorders, and substance abuse, among other concerns.

Post-Doctoral Psychology Training Program

Counseling Services is a diverse and talented team of clinicians with exceptional experience in providing psychotherapy in higher education and community settings. Our one-year postdoctoral psychology training program in intersectional somatic psychotherapy aims to address embodiment and intersectionality with attention to the impact of trauma, whether that trauma is acute, developmental, or the result of experiencing various forms of oppression. Trainees learn to work in both individual and group therapy settings to integrate the foundational nature of physical or somatic experience and intersectional forces in shaping one's sense of self and the world. Campus outreach and programmatic development around social justice issues is a core focus. Our current postdoctoral psychologist trainee for 2021-2022 is Kai Lin Fu, PsyD. 

 

  • Claire Haiman, PsyD

    • Director

    Dr. Claire Haiman joined Student Health on Haven in 2015. Prior to joining Student Health, she had been at the Counseling Services of the New School University and at the New York State Psychiatric Institute where she had worked in both the Eating Disorder Treatment/Research Unit and the Department of Neuroscience. Dr. Haiman received her doctorate from Rutgers University and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

    Dr. Haiman specializes in mindfulness-based body-focused psychotherapy and is trained in Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has worked with survivors of trauma as well people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression.

    Education

    • PsyD, Rutgers University
    • BA, Wesleyan University

    Certifications & Licensure

    • SEP, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
    • Licensed to practice clinical psychology in the state of New York

    Professional Experience

    • Clinical Psychologist, New School University Counseling Services
    • Clinical Psychologist, Department of Neuroscience, New York State Psychiatric Institute
    • Clinical Psychologist, Lucy Wicks Clinic, Department Psychiatry, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

    Awards and Honors

    • Excellence Award, Rutgers University

    Memberships

    • United States Association of Body Psychotherapy
    • Psychologists for Social Responsibility
  • Heather Holtman, EdD

    • Interim Associate Director

    Dr. Heather Holtman joined CUIMC Student Health on Haven in 2019. Prior to assuming the role of interim associate director, she worked for three years as a staff psychologist at Counseling Services. Dr. Holtman’s areas of specialty include working with eating disorders and depression using varying modalities of treatment, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, positive psychology, and group therapy. She also has experience with career and vocational counseling.

    Prior to joining Student Health on Haven, Dr. Holtman served as a clinician on several college campuses— including The City College of New York and John Jay College of Criminal Justice— and provided individual psychotherapy, group therapy, outreach, and crisis intervention to students.  Dr. Holtman has served as a clinical supervisor and training director to master’s and doctoral level graduate students.

    Education

    • EdD,  Rutgers University
    • MSEd, Fordham University
    • BA, Brandeis University

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Licensed Counseling Psychologist in the State of New York

    • Certification - Two Year Specialty Training Program in the Psychotherapy of Eating Disorders from The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

    Professional Experience

    • Staff Psychologist, The City College of New York
    • Faculty Substitute Counselor/Training Director of Graduate Externship Program, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    • Counselor/Associate Degree Program Coordinator, CUNY Research Foundation
    • Vocational Counselor, Columbia University Center for Career Services

    Awards and Honors

    • American Psychological Association Multicultural Events Grant

    Memberships

    • Eastern Group Psychological Society
  • Ayodola Adigun, MD

    • Psychiatrist

    Dr. Ayodola Adigun joined CUIMC Student Health on Haven in July 2020. She is a board-certified psychiatrist who specialized in treating adults, children, and adolescents.  She also serves as contributing journalist to the ABC News Medical Unit. 

    Dr. Adigun received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and completed medical school at Ross University. She completed her residency in General Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai-Elmhurst in New York and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Yale University. 

    Dr. Adigun utilizes a strength-based approach, incorporating diverse modalities as best suits each individual's needs. In addition to medication management, she is interested in mindfulness and the utilization of creative/expressive arts as a therapeutic modality.

    Education

    • General Psychiatry Residency, Mount Sinai-Elmhurst Hospital

    • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,  Yale University

    • MD, Ross University School of Medicine

    • MS, Columbia University

    • MST, Pace University

    • BA, Harvard College

    Certifications and Licenses

    • Board Certified in General Psychiatry
    • Connecticut - Licensed Physician
    • New York- Licensed Physician

    Professional Experience

    • Clinical Instructor, Yale Child Study Center
    • Psychiatric Interview Tutor, Psychiatry Clerkship, Yale School of Medicine
    • Post Grad Advisor, Yale Child Study Center

    Selected Publications and Presentations

    • Adigun, A. (2020, July 17). As pandemic endures, COVID-associated discrimination toward minorities persists, study shows. Retrieved 2020, from https://abcnews.go.com/Health/pandemic-endures-covid-discrimination-mino....
    • Adigun, A. (2020, June 19). Novel video game approved by FDA could potentially help children with ADHD. Retrieved 2020, from https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/story/video-game-approved-fd....
    • Adigun, AA. (2019) Friendship Satisfaction in Children with ASD. In:Volkmar F. (eds) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer, New York, NY
    • Adigun, A. Look at My Eyes. New York: Independent Publication, 2015.
    • FEELS: Exploring Emotional Spectrums Through Art, Seven House Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, Curator.
    • 8TH Annual Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Consortium Research Day, New York, NY: “A Case of Undiagnosed Autism in an Adolescent with Schizophrenia: Implications of Pharmacological and Psychosocial Treatment”
    • Ross University International Health Symposium, Dominica, West Indies:“Evaluation of Happiness within Indian Leprosy Communities”

    Awards and Honors

    • Cum Laude Plus Thesis, Harvard College
    • Dean’s Summer Research Award, Harvard College
    • Kagan Award for Children Research, Harvard College

    Membership

    • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Ritu Agarwal, MA

    • Care Manager

    Ritu joined Counseling Services in 2019, first as a postdoctoral trainee and more recently as the team’s care manager. This role aims to bridge services throughout Student Health on Haven as well as actively supporting initiatives to lower barriers to care.

    Ritu is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. Her work focuses on the impact of chronic stress on development in populations on the margins of white supremacy culture. She uses an approach based on affective neuroscience that reframes difficult thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as functional responses to stress.

    Ritu’s training spans fourteen years of work with children and families in school settings, veterans in out-patient clinics, and emerging adults in higher education. She identifies as queer, non-binary, and second-generation South Asian-American (she/her/him/his/they/them). 

    Education

    • MA, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant, San Francisco (PsyD expected Fall 2019)
    • BA, Political Science and Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Memberships

    • Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)
    • Northern California Society for Psychoanlytic Psychology (NCSPP)
    • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
    • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
  • Rahul Chauhan, PhD

    • Psychologist

    Dr. Raul Chauhan is a licensed psychologist who has been treating people with significant stressors, bereavement, depression, and anxiety in private practice since 2010. Prior to joining CUIMC Student Health on Haven, Dr. Chauhan provided psychological services at university, hospital, and research settings. He has enjoyed teaching doctoral and masters level courses in clinical supervision and multicultural psychotherapy. Dr. Chauhan received his doctorate from Fordham University and completed his internship at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of clinical interest include psychocultural identity development, crisis intervention, and psychodynamic theory.

    Education

    • PhD, Fordham University
    • MSEd, University of Dayton

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Licensed to practice clinical psychology in the state of New York

    Professional Experience

    • Private Practice – Northern Manhattan
    • Bronx Family Court
    • New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University
    • State University of New York/F.I.T
    • University of Pennsylvania

    Memberships

    • New York State Psychological Association
  • Laura Dieppa Perea, MD

    • Psychiatrist

    Dr. Laura Dieppa Perea joined Student Health on Haven in 2021. She is a board-certified psychiatrist who specialized in adults, adolescents, and children. In treatment, she aims for a collaborative approach, combining psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy depending on each individual’s needs. Dr. Dieppa Perea has experience working with multicultural and linguistically-diverse patient populations with varying degrees of psychiatric illness and substance use, and provides care in Spanish and English.

    Dr Dieppa Perea has worked closely with veterans and college students. Her areas of interest include anxiety and depressive disorders, first episode psychosis, psychological trauma, young adults, psychiatric illness in health care practitioners, and psychodynamic theory.  

    Education

    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    • General Psychiatry residency, Boston University School of Medicine
    • MD, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
    • BS, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus

    Certifications and Licenses

    • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – General Psychiatry
    • New York state medical license

    Selected Publications

    • Peters J, Dieppa-Perea LM, Melendez LM, Quirk GJ (2010) Induction of Fear Extinction with Hippocampal-Infralimbic BDNF. Science 328:1288-1290.
    • Dieppa-Perea, LM, Newsome B, Henderson, DC. Physician Burnout. Ok to Proceed? What Every Health Care Provider Should Know About Patient Safety. (2018).

    Memberships

    • American Psychiatric Association
    • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Mara Eilenberg, LCSW

    • Psychotherapist

    Mara Eilenberg joined Student Health on Haven clinical in 2021. She has extensive experience working with young adult and adolescent populations and is trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), psychodynamic, and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). Her areas of specialty include working with people diagnosed with anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), prodromal psychotic illnesses, eating disorders and schizophrenia.  

    Previously, Mara worked at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) in numerous clinical and administrative capacities, most recently as the Clinical Director of the Children’s Day Unit, and as the Associate Director of the NYSPI Social Work department. As a clinician at NYSPI she provided IPT to adolescents and adults in research studies which examined conditions and evaluated best treatments for depression, PTSD, and complicated grief. On the Children’s Day Unit at NYSPI, she oversaw the clinical care of all day patients, and supervised social work interns in all aspects of clinical practice and case management with families of adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders, school refusal/avoidance behaviors, and eating disorders. She developed and implemented a specialized intervention for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with OCD.

    Education

    • MSW, New York University
    • BA, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State
    • Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, American Institute for Psychoanalysis, Karen Horney Center
    • Seminar in Field Instruction, New York University

    Professional Experience

    • Associate Director, Social Work Department, NYSPI
    • Social Work Clinician and Supervisor, General Clinical Research Unit, Schizophrenia Research Unit, Children’s Day Unit, NYSPI
    • Psychotherapist, Center for Prevention and Evaluation, NYSPI
    • Research Clinician, Department of Neuroscience, NYSPI
    • Social Work Clinician, Jacobi Medical Center

    Memberships

    • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Kai Lin Fu, PsyD

    • Pre-licensure Psychologist, Postdoctoral Psychology Trainee

    Dr. Kai Lin Fu joined Student Health on Haven in 2021 for a year-long postdoctoral training program in University Counseling: Trauma and Somatic Studies.  She has clinical experience in working with body image concerns, depression, anxiety, grief, and crisis intervention, as well as trauma, including interpersonal and intergenerational trauma and trauma associated with discrimination and structural oppression. While Dr. Fu provides services in English, she can also do so in Mandarin and Shanghainese dialect.

    Prior to joining Student Health on Haven, Dr. Fu worked with college counseling and community mental health services at the counseling services of The New School, NYU, and Baruch College. Dr. Fu received her doctorate from Loyola University and completed her internship at Baruch College Counseling Center.

    Dr. Fu incorporates a foundation of social justice with a relational and psychodynamic lens. She has a special interest in biculturalism, intersectionality/marginalized identities associated with mental health concerns.

    Education

    • PsyD, Loyola University, Maryland
    • MS, Loyola University, Maryland

    Professional Experience

    • Baruch College Counseling Center
    • The New School Counseling Services
    • NYU Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing
    • Private Practice for psychological and psychoeducational testing

    Membership

    • New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health (NYCAAMH)
    • American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) Division 17
  • Maya Fukuda, LCSW

    • Psychotherapist

    Maya Fukuda joined CUIMC Student Health on Haven in 2018. Prior to Student Health, Maya worked as a Spanish-speaking psychotherapist in community centers and social service organizations, including Union Settlement and Children’s Aid Society; she worked with high-risk, marginalized populations dealing with complex traumas and dual diagnoses.

    Maya received her undergraduate degree in Sociology at New York University, and her graduate degree in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has a background in individual therapy, group work, family therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and holistic healing.

    Maya uses a relational, strengths-based, ecological, and collaborative approach, through a social justice, multi-cultural, and feminist lens. She is interested in identity development and transitions in young adults, especially with issues of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity. She often incorporates mind, body, and spiritual practices to encourage self-care.

    Education

    • MS in Social Work, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
    • BA in Sociology, New York University

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State
    • MultiDimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) certified
    • MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction (MBSR) certified

    Professional Experience

    • Bilingual Psychotherapist, Union Settlement Association
    • Bilingual Clinical Social Worker, La Casa De Salud
    • Bilingual MDFT Therapist, Children’s Aid Society

    Awards and Honors

    • BA in Sociology cum laude

    Memberships

    • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
    • The Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG)
  • Rebecca Weiss, NP

    • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    Rebecca Weiss is a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner who received her graduate degree at Columbia University and completed a psychoanalytic fellowship at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Prior to joining CUIMC Student Health on Haven, Rebecca cared for patients with a variety of mental health concerns at an HIV/sexual health primary care clinic. Rebecca takes a collaborative and individualized approach to care, working with students to explore medications and coping skills that will support their optimal mental health.

    Rebecca has a special interest in working with anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, trauma, substance use, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, as well as cultural, sexual, and gender identity issues.

    Education

    • New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Fellow
    • MS Columbia University School of Nursing
    • BA University of Colorado Boulder

    Certifications and Licensure

    • Board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner
    • Licensed registered nurse and nurse practitioner

    Professional Experience

    • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NYP Comprehensive Health Program
    • Advance Practice Internship, Service Program for Older People
    • Research Nurse, Columbia University School of Social Work

    Awards and Honors

    • Sigma Theta Tau honors society
    • P. Roy Valegos Scholar

    Membership

    • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Mercy Alejo

    • Administrative Assistant

    Mercy joined the Student Health on Haven staff in 2015. Prior to joining Student Health , she worked at New Age Training where she provided support to students and faculty staff. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Baruch College in Business Administration. When she is not working, Mercy enjoys learning other languages and cultures. Her current goal is to become fluent in three additional languages (French, Italian, and Korean). She also enjoys monitoring the financial stock market and other investment activities as well as reading, tennis, running, and listening to music.

    Education

    • BBA, Business Administration, Baruch College
    • AS, Business Administration, La Guardia Community College

    Professional Experience

    • Receptionist, New Age Training
  • Gloria Perez

    • Receptionist

    Gloria Perez joined Student Health on Haven in July 2019 as a Receptionist. Prior to joining Student Health, she worked for Mastermind, Ltd. as an Executive Assistant/Property Associate, where she provided support to the executive team while simultaneously assisting in the Property Management department. Gloria obtained her Associates Degree in Communications in December 2017 where she graduated with honors. Gloria is looking forward to continuing her academic career in Communications and she will obtain her Bachelor’s Degree. When not working, Gloria enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as watching horror movies.

    Education

    • AS, Communications, Borough of Manhattan Community College

    Professional Experience

    • Executive Assistant/Property Associate, Mastermind Ltd
    • Coats, Administrative Assistant
    • Receptionist, Jimenez Family Dental

    Awards and Honors

    • Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society

    Memberships

    • Phi Theta Kappa