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Meet the Staff

Student Counseling Service is staffed by clinicians licensed by the state of Illinois.  We are people that love what we do and have years of experience specific to working with a student population. The clinicians that you will see are not involved in other capacities with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (i.e. professors or students).

NAME AND CREDENTIALS:  Julie Atkins Waites, PsyD

DEPARTMENT AND AREA OF PRACTICE:  Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics-Student Counseling Service

AREAS OF INTEREST OR SPECIALIZATION: University or college counseling; positive psychology; treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders; management of life transitions and adjustments

PHILOSOPHY OF CARE:  I believe that through counseling; which I view as the guided practice of becoming more aware of your thinking, your emotional experience and your behaviors; all of us are capable of living a life of optimum health, well-being and meaning. Many times throughout our life, we might encounter demands that challenge us beyond our current resources; the coping that once worked no longer does or the ways of viewing ourselves, our relationships or the world no longer fit.  These times, although often accompanied with distress and fear, are the opportunities to transform. 

First, we will work together to develop a plan to feel better fast using proven methods to enhance positive emotion and functioning.  Next, we will move to develop a deeper understanding of the factors that get in the way of optimum well-being, health and functioning.  We will identify new ways of thinking and behaving that honor your strengths, values, relationship needs and current life demands.  By the time you’re done, you will not only have solved the problem/s that brought you in, but you will have transformed in ways that can prevent future distress.

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION/S:  Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois (active status); Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois (inactive status)

EDUCATION (UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE):  Bachelor’s Degree-Majors in Psychology and Sociology from Illinois State University; Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

CLINICAL TRAINING:  Diagnostic Practicum with United Stand Family Counseling Center; Therapy Practicum with Bradley Counseling Center; Advanced Therapy Practicum with Elmhurst College Wellness Center;  APA-Accredited Pre-doctoral Internship at the Counseling and Student Development Center of Northern Illinois University; Post-doctoral Fellowship with the Health and Psychological Services Center at William Rainey Harper College. 

NAME AND CREDENTIALS:  Kim Cecil, MSW

DEPARTMENT AND AREA OF PRACTICE:  Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics-Student Counseling Service

AREAS OF INTEREST OR SPECIALIZATION: University or college counseling; treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders; LGBT-related issues.

PHILOSOPHY OF CARE:  I seek to create strong bonds with my students and take the time to understand all the different identities and roles that my students hold.  I utilize emotion-focused and exposure-related techniques, as well as imagery, mindfulness, and metaphor.

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION/S:  Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois

EDUCATION (UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE): Undergraduate Degree University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Graduate Degree University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

CLINICAL TRAINING:  Kenneth Young Center, Elk Grove Village, IL 
Community Crisis Center, Inc. Elgin, IL 
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL