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 a consultation service that provides 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 is clinically appropriate. Currently all services are being provided virtually. 

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.

  • Claire Haiman, PsyD

    Director

    Claire Haiman, PsyD joined the Columbia University Medical Center Student Health Service in 2015. Prior to joining SHS, Claire 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 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
  • Vasiliki Torres, LCSW-R, PhD

    Associate Director

    Dr. Vasiliki Torres joined CUIMC Student Health Services in Fall 2019. She comes to Columbia University having served as a director of counseling and psychological services at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and the City University of New York’s, Bronx Community College. Dr. Torres received her undergraduate degree from American University, a Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College, and a Doctorate in Psychodynamic Clinical Social Work from Smith College. Dr. Torres’ specialization includes violent attachments, suicidology and threat assessment.

    Education

    • Ph.D Smith College School of Social Work, 2018
    • M.S.W Hunter College School of Social Work, 2006
    • B.A. American University, 1991

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York
    • Seminar in Field Instruction Part I & Advanced II, 2007
    • New York University, Advanced Clinical Social Work Trauma Certification, 2012

    Professional Experience

    • Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Bronx Community College (CUNY)
    • Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, College of Mount Saint Vincent
    • PTSD Clinician, Bronx Veterans Hospital
    • Adjunct Professor, the New School and Marymount Manhattan College

    Awards and Honors

    • Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, Class Valedictorian
    • Student Social Worker of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers
    • Jacob Goldfein Scholarship Award for Academic Scholarship
    • Jewish Federation for the Education of Women Scholarship
    • Roselle Kurland Advancement of Social Work with Groups Award

    Memberships

    • American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
    • International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)
    • Association for Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP)
    • American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
    • International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS)
  • Ayodola Adigun, MD

    Psychiatrist

    Dr. Ayodola Adigun joined CUIMC Student Health Services in July 2020.  She is a board-certified psychiatrist 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

    • B. A., Harvard College
    • M.S.T., Pace University
    • M.S., Columbia University
    • M.D., Ross University School of Medicine 
    • General Psychiatry Residency- Mount Sinai - Elmhurst Hospital
    • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry- Yale University

    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...(link is external)
    • 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...(link is external)
    • 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 Mental Health Services in 2019 as a postdoctoral trainee and will be continuing on as the team’s care manager. This new role aims to bridge services throughout the Student Health Service 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

    • M.A., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant, San Francisco (PsyD expected Fall 2019)
    • B.A., 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. 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 CUMC Student Health Services, 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

    • Ph.D. Fordham University
    • MS.Ed 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
  • Maya Fukuda, LCSW

    Psychotherapist

    Maya Fukuda joined the CUIMC Student Health Service clinical team in 2018. Prior to SHS, Maya worked as a Spanish-speaking psychotherapist in community centers and social service organizations, including Union Settlement and Children’s Aid Society, working 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

    • M.S. in Social Work, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
    • B.A. 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)
  • Miggie Greenberg, MD

    Psychiatrist

    Miggie Greenberg, a board certified psychiatrist,  joined Columbia University’s Mental Health Service at the beginning of March, 2020.  She moved from St. Louis where for the past 19 years she had been a faculty member at St. Louis University with a passion for clinical care and teaching. Dr. Greenberg’s areas of interest include young adult psychiatry, psychological trauma, and impaired health care practitioners.

    Education

    • Case Western Reserve University  M.D.
    • Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital – Internship and Residency
    • University of Chicago – Fourth Year of Residency
    • Young Adult Psychiatry – 3 month fellowship at the University of Chicago

    Certificates and Licenses

    • Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Licensed by New York State to practice Medicine
    • Licensed by the Board of Healing Arts in Missouri to practice Medicine

    Professional Experience

    • Associate Professor of Psychiatry at St. Louis University
    • Out- patient Director of  Psychiatry
    • Director of Student Health
    • Residency Training Director
    • Medical Student Clerkship Director
    • In- patient Director of Psychiatry
    • Vice- Chair of Clinical Psychiatry 

    Articles, Courses and Presentations in 2020

    • “Prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in ER Physicians “ in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 

    Awards and Honors

    • St. Louis “Best Doctors”
    • 2017- Henry and Amelia Nasrallah Faculty Excellence Award
    • “Best teaching” awards
    • “Faculty member of the year” awards

    Memberships

    • American Psychiatric Association
  • Heather Holtman, EdD

    Psychologist

    Dr. Heather Holtman joined the CUIMC Student Health Service in Spring 2019. She comes to Columbia University having served as a clinician on several college campuses including The City College of New York and John Jay College of Criminal Justice providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, outreach and crisis intervention to students. She has served as a clinical supervisor and training director to master’s and doctoral level graduate students.

    Dr. Holtman received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in English and American Literature, a Master’s in Education in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University and a Doctorate in Education in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University.

    Dr. Holtman’s interests include eating disorders, depression, positive psychology, group therapy and vocational counseling.

    Education

    • Ed.D  Rutgers University
    • Ms.Ed. 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
    • BA in English and American Literature cum laude

    Memberships

    • Eastern Group Psychological Society
  • Kaiwen Liu, PsyD

    Pre-licensure Psychologist

    Kaiwen is joining CUIMC Mental Health Services for the 2020/2021 academic year as a postdoctoral trainee. He received his doctorate from the George Washington University Professional Psychology Program and completed his doctoral internship at San Jose State University Counseling and Psychological Services in Summer 2020. His clinical interest includes psychotherapy integration, multicultural psychotherapy, identify development, and dysfunctional relationship patterns. Kaiwen can conduct psychotherapy in English or Mandarin, and he is conversationally fluent in Japanese.

    Education

    • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, The George Washington University
    • M.Psy. in Clinical Psychology, The George Washington University
    • B.Med in Clinical Medicine, Shandong University

    Awards and Honors

    • Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Div. 39) Research Scholar (Apr. 2019-Apr. 2020)
    • Div. 39 Poster Award of 39th Annual Spring Meeting (Philadelphia, PA; Apr. 2019)
    • The George Washington University Dean’s Fellowship

    Professional Memberships

    • Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Div. 39)
    • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • American Psychological Association for Graduate Student (APAGS)
    • Association for Psychological Science (APS), Student member (Oct. 2017-Dec. 2018; July 2020-Present)
  • Norma Ortega, PhD

    Psychologist

    Norma Ortega, Ph.D. joined the Columbia University Medical Center Student Health Service (SHS) during the Spring of 2019. For the last four years, Dr. Ortega has worked part-time as a psychologist at Fordham University’s Counseling and Psychological Services at the Westchester campus.  Prior to joining SHS, Norma worked at outpatient family health centers located at Brooklyn and Manhattan providing individual and group psychotherapy. Dr. Ortega is bilingual and can conduct psychotherapy in English or Spanish. She worked at the ACS-NYU Children's Trauma Institute, where she provided clinical services, as well as conducted research related to trauma treatment and assisted in the development of a clinical treatment manual. She has an interest in multicultural issues in counseling, as well as research in the area of providing mental health treatment to address traumatic reactions.

    Education

    • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
    • MA, New York University-School of Education

    Certification and Licensures

    • Licensed to practice in N.Y. and N.J.

    Publications

    • Personal and Familial Aspects of Perfectionism in Latino/a Students, The Counseling Psychologist, February 19, 2013.

    Professional Experience

    • Psychologist, Fordham University Westchester Campus, NY
    • Associate Research Scientist-Project Clinician, New York University Medical School-Children’s Trauma Institute, NY
    • Mental Health Counselor, NYU Lutheran Family Health Center, Healthy Connections-Brooklyn, NY
    • Mental Health Clinician, Alianza Dominicana Inc.-Children and Adolescent Trauma Service, NY, NY
    • Rutgers College Educational Opportunity Program, Counselor of Special Programs, New Brunswick, NJ
  • 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 CUMC MHS 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
    • M.S. Columbia University School of Nursing
    • B.A. 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 University Medical Center (CUMC) Student Health Service (SHS) staff in 2015. Prior to joining the Student Health Service, she worked at New Age Training where she provided support to students and faculty staff. She is currently attending La Guardia Community College where she is majoring 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

    • A.S., Business Administration, La Guardia Community College
    • Expected Graduation – January 2016

    Professional Experience

    • Receptionist, New Age Training
  • Gloria Perez

    Secretary

    Gloria Perez joined the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) Student Health Service in July 2019 as a Secretary. Prior to joining SHS, 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

    • Associates Degree, 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