Amy Provan
Pronouns: she/her
Director of Counseling Services
Phone: 410-532-5379
Email: aprovan@ndm.edu

Amy Provan

Amy has enjoyed serving as the Director of Counseling since 2007 where she oversees all aspects of counseling services, including outreach programming, crisis intervention, individual and group psychotherapy, as well as consultation with parents, faculty, and staff. She also provides clinical supervision and training to a group of graduate level students each year.

Amy is a licensed psychologist who is committed to providing culturally sensitive services and to addressing issues of social justice. She utilizes an integrative approach in her work that combines psychodynamic theory, interpersonal process theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT), along with the latest research on mindfulness and neuroplasticity. She also has an interest in working with relationship issues and family dynamics. Amy earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University of Maryland and completed her doctoral internship at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

Elizabeth Scott
Pronouns: she/her
Assistant Director of Counseling Services

Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth is a licensed psychotherapist (LCPC) and has been in clinical practice for over ten years.  Using a psychodynamic and interpersonal approach, Elizabeth works in a holistic way to promote a deeper sense of understanding of self, of relationships, and of current distress.  Elizabeth received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She believes that one of the most important elements of effective therapy is the development of a safe, trusting relationship between therapist and client. Through genuine and respectful connection, the environment in which true healing can occur is created. She incorporates mindfulness techniques and deep breathing practices to help clients better respond to challenges as they arise. Additionally, she provides supervision to members of the Counseling Center clinical staff. Elizabeth considers it a privilege to accompany people in this important work of self-discovery.

Andrea Rackowski
Pronouns: she/her
Psychotherapist

Andrea Rackowski

Andrea is a psychotherapist specializing in supporting adults and young adults on a wide variety of mental health situations and relationship challenges.  She has particular experience and love for work with academic and artistic people in all fields, having worked in and near academic institutions throughout her career.  In addition, she has worked and volunteered for many years with the Intercultural Counseling Connection to support the mental health of international clients, focusing on refugees and asylees in the US.  She is also a certified QPR Gatekeeper trainer (suicide prevention training). Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Andrea earned a PhD in linguistics.

Briayanna Johnson
Psychology Extern

Briayanna Johnson

Briayanna Johnson graduated from Temple University with her bachelor's degree in both Psychology and Africology & African American Studies. Her research interest includes cultural factors influencing adolescent development, inter-generational trauma, and development of academic & career self-efficacy. Briayanna is currently in her second year pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology at Howard University. She has presented at conferences on the topics of mindfulness, the Black family, Black grief & social justice. Briayanna is a co-host of PsycHD The Podcast which helps prospective applicants enter doctoral programs for psychology. She has a passion for working with students and helping clients develop a greater understanding of self.

A quote that Briayanna enjoys about the power of knowing yourself, is one by Audre Lorde: "If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde

Joshua Armentrout
Psychology Extern

Josh holds master’s degrees in psychology and education as well as graduate certificates in special education administration and human performance improvement. He is currently a post master’s certificate student in clinical mental health counseling at Johns Hopkins University and a doctoral candidate in urban education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Prior to joining NDMU, Josh worked as an inpatient child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric associate in Minneapolis, MN, and Chicago, IL. After this, he spent seven years with the Boston Public Schools as a special educator and special education administrator.

Therapeutically, Josh draws from psychodynamic, existential, and family systems frameworks. The following quote from existential psychiatrist and professor, Dr. Irvin Yalom, resonates with Josh, “I wonder if you can ever be at home anywhere because home is not a place—it’s a state of mind. Really being at home is a feeling at home in your own skin. Perhaps you have been searching for home in the wrong places all of your life.” Josh believes that psychotherapy can transcend us to new and unfamiliar places as well as help us reimagine what exists in the here and now. Over the next year, Josh looks forward to building meaningful relationships with students and members of the Notre Dame community.

Ruichen Sun
Psychology Extern

Ruichen Sun

Rach is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and behavioral medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to graduate school, she has experience in clinical research and healthcare management.

Rach approaches her therapeutic work with a respect for the individual and their ability to change and grow. She strives to create a supportive space where it feels safe to sort out difficult feelings and thoughts. Rach utilizes a psychodynamic approach and is interested in working with individuals to understand their relationships with others, with the past, and, most importantly, with themselves. It takes immense courage and strength to seek assistance, and Rach considers it an honor to accompany people in this journey inward.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor Frankl

Joel Turner
Psychology Extern

Joel is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences at Divine Mercy University. He received a Master of Psychology degree from DMU and a B.A. in Communications from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Joel’s approach to therapy is based in an appreciation of the uniqueness of each individual and distinct cultural backgrounds, the resilience of the human person, and the universal desire for flourishing. His primary goal in therapy is to collaborate with each person and create a genuine relationship where safety and trust promote understanding, acceptance, insight, and growth. The following quote from psychologist Sue Johnson is a constant reminder to him of the longing we all feel - to be seen, heard, and known.

“Love has an immense ability to help heal the devastating wounds that life sometimes deals us. Love also enhances our sense of connection to the larger world. Loving responsiveness is the foundation of a truly compassionate, civilized society.”