Who’s Who on the Counseling Center Staff?
We are staffed by three senior staff clinicians, Interim Director Patricia Jorgenson , Therapist and Outreach Coordinator Kali Wood-Schrantz, Therapist Katie King, a consulting psychiatrist, Dr. Gayle Ruggiero, and by doctoral level intern counselors Tatyana Smith, Alyssa Powers, and Winifred Wilson.
Counseling Center Interim Director
Pat Jorgenson received her BS in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton , Massachusetts. She has worked with every age bracket in a variety of settings ranging from running counseling groups in hospitals to making home visits with clients in hospice. She particularly enjoys working with college students because it’s a time of life where so much growth and personal development occurs. Pat is a firm believer in people’s innate ability to heal and change their lives. She believes in and practices good self-care and always encourages her clients to do the same. Part of the personal growth students have in college is mastering some of the skills of “adulting”-learning how to manage everything from budgeting their money to coping with the end of a romantic relationship. Every student who comes to counseling has resources but may need support and a non-judgmental place to talk it out.
Katie King is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has been a practicing therapist for 16 years. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College with a major in psychology, a minor in sociology and a concentration in women’s studies. She obtained her master’s in counseling from Michigan State University. Katie has experience working with diverse populations to resolve a variety of different concerns including depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, relationships, disabilities, and transition issues. She believes that with the right tools, individuals have the power to make change in their own lives.
Kali Wood-Schrantz obtained her master’s degree in clinical social work at Western Michigan University where she specialized in trauma. Her scope of practice includes adjusting to life changes, anxiety, depression, anger, complex trauma, sexual abuse, grief, and relationship issues. Kali believes that effective therapy addresses barriers at an interpersonal, social, and systemic level. She uses a strength-based approach that highlights an individual’s unique capacity to address barriers and focuses on strengthening available support systems. Kali takes joy in working with individuals to promote insight into their self-talk, feelings, and behavior. She believes this insight can shift self-perception, empower, and strengthen an individual’s capacity to thrive as they learn and grow. Prior to becoming a mental health clinician Kali practiced massage therapy. She enjoys incorporating movement, mindfulness, and an appreciation of nature into her practice.