Counseling Services Staff

Executive Director
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Dr. Barnette is a graduate of Western Michigan University and is a Licensed Psychologist and certified with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She holds active memberships in the American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, American College Personnel Association, the North Carolina Psychological Association, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Cognitive Behavioral/Interpersonal Process orientation is her theoretical orientation. Interests: individual and group psychotherapy, multicultural counseling and training, identity development, mood disorders, crisis intervention, eating disorders, career development, and psychological assessment. Dr. Barnette is trained in hypnosis and working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder). She also is Safe Zone trained.

Clinical Counselor, Website Content Contributor, EverFi Admin
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William Batchelor is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and is a nationally certified counselor. Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, "Will" holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Guilford College and a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He has worked with a range of populations in collegiate and behavioral health settings addressing a variety of concerns. Will integrates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Person-Centered and Relational Cultural theories to help guide his practice. Will is LGBTQIA+ affirming and his clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, healthy relationships, career exploration, identity exploration, time management, and organizational skills.

Clinical Counselor, Training Coordinator
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Ms. Dalton is a National Certified Counselor as well as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor for the State of North Carolina. She has worked in Counseling Services at North Carolina A&T State University since 2002. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University. She is a member of the North Carolina Counseling Association, North Carolina College Counselor Association, the American Counseling Association, and the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Her professional interests are college student development, career counseling, date rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

Clinical Social Worker, Case Manager
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LaKisha Ellison is a 2005 graduate of Bennett College and a 2007 graduate of Fayetteville State University. Ms. Ellison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is a generalist social worker using a holistic approach in counseling individuals and couples. She joins the staff at Counseling Services after having worked in educational and behavioral health settings. Agencies worked in include the Department of Social Services, Bennett College and the Guilford Center. Her professional interests include academia, trauma, advocacy and work with LGBT individuals. She is also a North Carolina Victim Service Certified Practitioner.

Jodeci Paige is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. Jodeci holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Management from Campbell University and she received her Master of Education in School Counseling from North Carolina State University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling. Her special interests include working with those experiencing grief, loss, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal relationships. Her therapeutic approach integrates Person-Centered, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Existential techniques.

Mariah Rhodes is a Nationally Certified Counselor from Shelby, NC, and is currently pursing licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Associate. She obtained a BA in Psychology from East Carolina University and MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina A&T State University. Mariah has a special interest to serve college-age minority women and men among topics and disorders including, but not limited to; depression, anxiety, time management, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and grief-and-loss. Mariah utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach which allows individuals to examine how healthy and unhealthy thoughts and feelings can impact overall patterns and behaviors through techniques such as journaling, cognitive restructuring, and mindfulness skills.

Clinical Counselor, Group Coordinator
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Jovan Shumpert is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. She received both a BA in Psychology and MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Jovan has special interests in working with individuals in early adulthood, women, race/culture concerns, anxiety, and depression issues. Jovan is LGBTQIA+ affirming and has a special interest in Black women regarding the impact of their intersectional identities and emotional well-being. Jovan utilizes multiple therapeutic theories and views most challenges from a Liberation Psychology lens.  Prior to joining Counseling Services, this native Missourian has worked in multiple settings in high school, community, and outpatient agencies. 

Micah Wyatt is a Masters level clinician who received his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a Master of Psychology (Mental and Behavioral Health) degree from the University of Phoenix, and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Degree from Capella University. Micah is currently on track to receive a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist. A majority of Micah’s previous clinical experience was in the direct service field where he became proficient in Intensive In-Home, Multi-Systemic Therapeutic Services, and Peer Support Services. Micah has also spent a great deal of time working with Marriages and Families in private practice as well. Micah utilizes various treatment approaches such as Family Systems Therapy, as well as Narrative and Solution focused approaches. Micah’s skill set provides him with a wide range of techniques and abilities to assist individuals and couples.

* Denotes Safe Zone trained


Safe Zone is a concept used by many schools, organizations, and communities. The program promotes awareness and non-judgmental treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people by providing education and training. A safe zone is both a location and a state of mind. We assume that everyone's understanding, experience, and expertise is different with respect to issues of homophobia and heterosexism. The discussion is important in understanding the issues of difference and diversity.