Our mission is to provide comprehensive mental health services that promote student success and retention in a safe, respectful, and affirming environment.

We pursue our mission by providing direct clinical care for students (e.g., individual, couples and group counseling; and crisis services), consultation, prevention and outreach initiatives, and advocacy; and through collaborative partnerships to address and increase the awareness of the mental health needs of our students. We provide these services through the highest standards of practice, as guided by our professional and ethical codes of conduct.

By engaging in this work, we aim to foster growth and learning opportunities so individuals may better understand themselves, others, and the world around them, and make intentional and informed choices that facilitate overall health and wellness. By doing so, we believe we are nurturing our students to become global citizens.

We also support the academic mission of our institution by providing practicum and internship opportunities for master’s-level students enrolled in counseling-based programs



  • Licensed Associate Professional Counselor


Kevin became an Associate Professional Counselor at SCAPS in 2018 after completing his Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Augusta University. Before his position at Augusta University, Kevin worked with adolescents at a local private practice. Kevin takes an eclectic, client-centered approach to psychotherapy. He believes that each student presents with a unique life history and therefore requires an individualized approach that may span the many different modalities psychotherapy has to offer. Most importantly, Kevin believes in the positive quality of the relationship between therapist and client, as this is one of the most consistent indicators of successful outcomes in psychotherapy. Kevin has a specialty in working with adolescents who present with symptoms of anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, anger, stress, and adjustment difficulties. Outside of being a therapist Kevin spends time with family, on a soccer field, working with wood, and growing food.

Ana Ciriaco

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Student Employee


  • Administrative Assistant 1


Charlette joined the staff in August 2017. She graduated from Paine College in May 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and from Troy University in December 2010 with a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management. She has worked previously in the field of Social Service as a Social Service Case Manager with the Department of Family and Children Services and as a Family Service Worker with CSRA EOA Head start. She has a heart for helping others which led her to the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center, a nonprofit organization. In January 2012, Charlette became a trained Volunteer for the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center. Several months later she obtained a position as an Office Associate. Charlette enjoys spending time with her two children. She loves to shop, travel, read and volunteer.

Marquietta Green, BS

  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Assistant


  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Training Coordinator


Bill enjoys working with students across the wide range of issues at the intersection of personal growth, mental health and academic success. He believes that giving oneself permission to find and follow one’s authentic passions is an important first step in living a vital, engaged and fulfilling life. Bill’s professional areas of interest are anxiety, health behavior change and LGBTQ issues. His approach to counseling and psychotherapy draws from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal and mindfulness theories. Bill completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his doctoral internship at the University of Florida Counseling Center. He is licensed as a Psychologist in Georgia and North Carolina. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Equality Clinic of Augusta and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. He enjoys playing guitar badly, travel and laughter with friends and family. His favorite word is ''imagine'.


  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Assistant Director


Lizy joined the staff in July 2016. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL. Lizy grew up in Colorado and California before moving to Tennessee for her bachelor’s degree. She particularly enjoys working in the college setting and helping college students with a variety of mental health concerns. College students are at a unique time in life as they meld life and academics and she wants to help students navigate this season. Her previous clinical experiences include working at Lincoln Christian University Counseling Center and Heartland Community College Counseling Center in central Illinois. Lizy believes that developing a safe and accepting relationship is essential to the counseling process and she has experience working with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, academic distress, grief, family issues, and trauma. Lizy is working towards licensure as a Professional Counselor. Lizy enjoys spending time with her husband and enjoying the beautiful outdoors when it isn’t too hot. She loves to paint, draw, and write during her free time.


  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Outreach Coordinator


After practicing social work for about 5 years, Bayo returned for graduate studies at University of West Georgia, terminating in a specialist degree in Counseling and Supervision. In totality, Bayo has amassed over 15 years of experience serving students, families and their communities through clinical mental health work focused on improving functioning and fostering healthy development. Bayo’s treatment philosophy focuses on the principle that all people at their core, crave balance: Therapy and mental health treatment as a whole aim to broaden resilience and deepen self-understanding through insights and active learning. Bayo’s preferred treatment modalities are an integration of a humanistic orientation, creativity-based approaches and cognitive behavioral and solution-focused ACTIVE interventions. When Bayo isn’t doing clinical work, he is finding ways to laugh deeply with friends and family, exploring Star Wars media, playing racquetball or re-watching a UFC fight.


  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Director


Professional Interests: Multicultural counseling competencies, multicultural organizational development, effects of oppression and discrimination on mental health, health and well-being of international students, women’s mental and physical health, identity development, and the mind-body relationship. Elena joined the Augusta University Counseling Center in August, 2015. Elena is originally from Macedonia. She has lived, studied and worked in the US since 1999. Elena has worked with individuals, groups and couples who have needed help with adjustment difficulties, identity development, physical health problems, depression, anxiety, life crises, life transitions, family of origin concerns, and problems in interpersonal relationships. Prior to moving to joining Augusta University, Elena worked as a staff psychologist at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for seven years, and prior to that she lived in Muncie, Indiana where she was completed her predoctoral internship at the Ball State University Counseling Center. Prior to that, Elena lived in Auburn, Alabama while working on her doctoral degree, and had clinical experience in both the college counseling setting and community mental health setting. While working on her master’s degree in Edwardsville, Illinois, Elena obtained clinical experience in a hospital setting in Skopje, Macedonia. As a staff psychologist, Elena focuses on creating a collaborative and supportive relationship with the student and on empowering the student to discover and create resources and personal strengths to solve problems, make new meanings out of life circumstances and events, as well as advocate for him or herself in difficult situations. Academic Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University, MA in Clinical-Adult Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, BA in Psychology from Graceland University. Personal Interests ; Elena likes the outdoors and walking. One of her hobbies is jewelry making and learning about gems and gemology. She finds it very important to have good communication with and to support her immediate family members who live in Macedonia.
photo of Sabrina Pierre, BS

Sabrina Pierre, BS

  • Office Associate


Sabrina has always had a servant’s heart and knows that serving is a part of her purpose in life.   She is a native of Lincoln County. After graduating High School in 2002, she begin her collegiate studies at Voorhees College in Denmark, SC where she graduated in May 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She immediately entered the field of Mental/Behavioral Health and has been working consistently within the field for over twelve years.  The thing she loves most about working in this field, is not only the different genres of people she comes in contact with, but the growth and learning skills seen from the initial appointment to the last appointment, when services are no longer needed. Sabrina has experience on both sides of the field, and believes that allows her to connect easily with each client she comes in contact with at the front desk.  From her experience as a Paraprofessional, she had the opportunity to meet with clients on an individual basis, as well as in a group setting and for the last five years, she has had the opportunity to be the “face of the company” while working on the front end. Sabrina absolutely enjoys spending time with her awesome husband, whom she calls “King David” and her two miracle children.  Sabrina will tell you that her husband is her best friend and there is nothing they cannot achieve together. Sabrina enjoys traveling, organizing, thrift shopping, and spending time with her family.


  • Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
  • Coordinator for Virtual Services


Yamil earned his B.S. and M.S. in Psychology from Augusta University. He was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His approach to counseling is one of collaboration and compassion, centered around the idea of finding balance. He works with students to explore their concerns with curiosity and kindness, in order to discover their strenghts, and to help them find what feels helpful and meaningful in the moment. Yamil enjoys working with college students and young adults because he understands that they are undergoing a period of stress and growth. His clinical interests include anxiety, depression, grief, spirituality, cultural and academic concerns. Yamil is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with Latino students. During his free time, he enjoys practicing photography, playing board games with friends, and watching movies. 


Lauren Schaefer, MA

  • Doctoral Candidate, Psychology PhD Intern


  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Suicide Prevention Coordinator


 Lacy joined the staff in fall 2017. She holds a B.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina, a M.S. in Psychology from Augusta State University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. She began her professional career as the inaugural Coordinator of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Response at the Georgia Institute of Technology Counseling Center and developed a passion for working with college students with a wide variety of concerns. Lacy’s professional interests include suicide prevention and postvention, grief and loss, couples and relationships, group therapy, spirituality, and substance use concerns. She is a QPR Master Trainer, a trained Survivors of Suicide Loss group facilitator, and a past junior board member for the Georgia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, adventuring outdoors, and planning fun surprises.


  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Diversity Initiatives Coordinator


Traci became a staff counselor on the Health Sciences Campus after completing the counselor education program at Augusta University in 2017. Traci, who is also SCAPS’ coordinator of diversity initiatives, takes a holistic and multicultural approach to counseling and has a passion for destigmatizing mental health care. She believes in the power of relationships to effect positive change, and she values the opportunity to create warm, trusting, and equal therapeutic relationships with students of diverse backgrounds to facilitate growth and healing. As a former college softball player who understands the unique challenges student-athletes face, Traci seeks ways to support Jaguars athletics. Her favorite pastimes include playing tennis, laughing, and going on walks with her husband and rescue dogs.

Vision Statement

We aspire to model and create an environment that allows for trust, safety, open communication, vulnerability, fairness, compassion, curiosity, respect and dignity of all persons, and a commitment to lifelong learning. We strive to be self-aware and reflective, and to engage in continual assessment of ourselves, our center, and the services we provide. We also endeavor to be a model for social justice by providing fair and compassionate treatment of all individuals.

Commitment to Diversity

We are committed to creating a welcoming, safe, inclusive, equitable, and affirming environment. We believe diversity enriches learning, enhances personal growth, and includes individual and group differences and similarities in the following areas: Age, Body shape/size, Culture, Disability/ability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender identity, Gender expression, Language, Military and veteran statuses, Nationality, Point of view, Political affiliation, Race, Religion/spirituality, Sex, Sexual/affectional orientation, Socioeconomic status, Values and beliefs