Meet the Counseling Staff
Betsy Smith, Psy.D.
Director of Counseling and Wellness
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Betsy Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate degree from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, MA, in 1989. She has worked at Cambridge Health Alliance in the Psychiatric Emergency Services, HRI Arbour Hospital in Brookline, MA, and Fenway Community Health in Boston, MA, where she worked extensively with the LGBT community. Most recently she worked with students in the Psychological Services at Brown University. She has a particular interest in multi-racial families and adoption. When she is not working, she is practicing yoga, cooking, training for sprint triathlons, dreaming of becoming fluent in French, or playing tennis.
Jordan Downing, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Counseling and Wellness
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Jordan Downing is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is broadly interested in how gender, race, sexual orientation, other socio-cultural factors shape individual and family development. She is particularly interested in understanding how experiences of marginalization and discrimination impact identity formation and mental health. She has experience working with emerging adults at The Stone Center Counseling Service at Wellesley College as well as working inpatient with individuals with chronic health problems and severe and persistent mental illness at Tewksbury Hospital. In her spare time, she likes to hike, surf, ski, cook, and explore the city.
Jessica Ray-Mendoza, M.A.
Psychotherapist and Diversity Outreach Coordinator
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Jessica Ray-Mendoza is a Mental Health Counselor. She received her degree from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Prior to coming to MassArt, Jessica spent eight years as a therapist within the Latinx community, both in Seattle, WA and Roxbury, MA. Jessica also spends her time teaching racial justice at Boston University. Jessica is interested in racial identity development and becoming a change agent in the dismantling of both interpersonal and systemic oppression. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her wife and daughter, and cooking Colombian empanadas.
Melissa Reynolds, LICSW
Melissa is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She received her degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. She has worked at Cambridge Hospital on the community services outreach team, with students at The New England Institute of Art, and most recently at Harvard University in the Mental Health Service providing psychotherapy to graduate and undergraduate students. Melissa enjoys working with issues of race, class and identity within cultural context, loss and grief, family and relational dynamics and mind/body techniques for stress management. Some of Melissa's personal interests include baking and cooking, gardening, music and spending time with family and friends.
Tonya White, M.A.
Staff Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist
Tonya White is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Mental Health Counselor. She received her degree from Lesley University. Expressive Arts Therapy is the use of the arts (including visual, theater, movement, music) in the therapeutic process. In individual sessions and in groups, Tonya offers a combination of talking and creative arts that is unique to each situation. Tonya has experience working with individuals with Asperger/Autism profiles. A mindfulness perspective influences her work to help people find ways to reduce anxiety and to experience life with more presence. Outside of the office, she enjoys painting, fiber arts, dance, and spending time in nature.
Amanda Weber is a doctorate candidate in counseling psychology at Boston College. Previously, she has interned at Aids Action Committee, Greenway, and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. She has a particular interest in working with LGBTQIA individuals, people of color, trauma/abuse, and substance use. When she is not working or in school she enjoys yoga, mindfulness, reading surrealism, dancing, and wood carving.
Becky is a current graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at Simmons College School of Social Work. She received a BA in Neuroscience from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Becky has prior clinical experience working with trauma-stressed adolescent males at the Justice Resource Institute's Rediscovery House in Waltham, MA. Becky has particular interests in the areas of racial trauma and understanding the neurobiological processes of traumatic stress. Clinically, she is interested in how experiences of oppression (both individual and systemic) contribute to identity development and mental health in various minority populations. In her spare time, Becky enjoys reading, cooking, spending time outdoors, and rooting for her favorite football teams.
Peter Simons, M.A.
Peter Simons is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at UMass Boston. He received his master's degree in counseling from William James College. His previous experience includes working in a college counseling center as well as at a residential treatment unit for severe OCD. Peter strives to create a safe and supportive environment for the exploration of meaning and experience, while structuring techniques to practice engaging with life. His activities outside work include creative writing, photography, and theatre.
Shannon is a counseling psychology doctoral student at University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her Master's in Mental Health Counseling from UMass Boston. Shannon enjoys working with matters around sexual assault and consent, LGBTQ, and adjustment. In her personal life, Shannon enjoys reading, dance, hiking, and trying new restaurants with friends.
Yunjin Lee, M.S.
Yunjin Lee is a doctoral candidate at Springfield College. She received her master's degree from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. She has worked at outpatient, inpatient treatment center as an art therapist and therapist for several years both in Korea and in the United States. Past four years, she intensively worked with college-age population. She is mostly interested in intercultural sensitivity, international students, racial minority, campus climate, treatment combined with religious and spiritual perspectives, and racial identity as well as general mental health issues. She is fluent in Korean as well and can provide counseling services in Korean. During her free time, she likes to cook, clean up, play the piano, and spend time with her friends.
Administrative Assistant & Wellness Coordinator
Lindsay is the Counseling and Wellness Center's Administrative Assistant and Wellness Coordinator. Lindsay has a background in higher education administration, having previously worked at Boston University Hillel as Office Manager for four years, and a passion for health and wellness, especially issues of body image and positivity. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Suffolk University and is a theatre artist in her spare time, acting, directing, and producing for small theatre companies in the Boston area.