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Kansas State University
Counseling Services
1105 Sunset Ave, Rm 101
Manhattan, KS 66502

Hours:
Monday - Friday:  8am-5pm

Phone:
785-532-6927
785-532-3932 (fax)
K-State.edu/counseling
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Training staff

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Supervisors and seminar leaders

Brent Schneider, Ph.D. LP   

Role: Staff PsychologistBrent Schneider, Ph.D. LP
Seminar: Assessment

Education:
BGS: University of Kansas, Psychology
MA: Washburn University, Clinical Psychology
Master’s Internship: Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment
PhD: Oklahoma State University, Counseling Psychology
Doctoral Internship: University of Kansas Counseling and Psychological Services
Post-Doc: Larned State Hospital

Therapeutic Orientation:

I do not adhere to one particular therapeutic orientation. I consider myself truly integrated in my approach. For me, it is more about the tools in my toolbox than the toolbox itself and I will use whatever tools I need to help individuals. I am interested in context (environment, culture, etc.) and the dynamics that work within that context as well as how old coping styles perpetuate difficulties. I also utilize CBT techniques, solution focused techniques, systems approaches, mindfulness techniques, biological perspectives, relational-cultural theory, and humanistic/common factors.

Ryan Staley, Psy.D., LP

Ryan Staley, Psy.D., LPRole: Staff Psychologist

I grew up living the life of a nomad for the first half of my youth; as the son of a pastor relocation was a common occurrence. During my adult years frequent moves have been sparked by my pursuit of education, training, and work opportunities in the field of psychology. Over the years I have come to enjoy both the seasons of transition and change, as well as stability and consistency we all encounter to varying degrees throughout our lives.  It is my belief that opportunities for meaningful growth and rewarding experiences abound during the ever unfolding beginnings and endings that comprise our life journeys. My own experiences with frequent moves as both a child and adult, and embedded in an interpersonal context, have shaped who I am and how I view and engage in the important life roles I assume, including psychologist.

My training and academic preparation began at Friends University where I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Psychology. Following my time at Friends I went on to compete a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas. I subsequently worked for five years as a staff therapist and, eventually, clinical director at a residential facility for male, adolescent, juvenile offenders where I provided assessment and therapy services to residents and their families, oversaw the clinical program, and supervised marriage and family therapy practicum students. During that time I also served as an adjunct professor at Friends University. I continued my graduate training at George Fox University where I earned a master’s and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. My postdoctoral residency was completed at Hazelden, now Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, an inpatient addictions treatment center located in Oregon. I returned to Kansas in 2013 where I obtained licensure as a psychologist and began work as a full time independent contractor for a counseling center in Manhattan providing therapy and assessment services to residents of Manhattan and surrounding communities. I joined the K-State Counseling Services Team as a staff psychologist in August of 2017. One of the great appeals of the K-State Counseling Services program was the opportunity to be a part of the training of future psychologists, a strong professional interest of mine. Other draws for me included the chance to work in a university setting and as a part of a multidisciplinary team serving a diverse student population. My research and clinical interests include clergy mental health, trauma and addiction, the integration of spirituality into mental health care, mindfulness, clinical training, domestic violence/interpersonal trauma, and body image issues in males.

I think about supervision as a collaborative endeavor in which both supervisor and supervisee work to identify individual training goals/needs and establish a plan for meeting those goals/needs. My approach is integrative in that it is informed by developmental, competency, and psychotherapy based models of supervision with an emphasis on establishing a strong/supportive working alliance with the supervisee.

My approach to therapy is grounded in both Cognitive Behavioral, Emotion Focused, and Interpersonal process principles and techniques. Identifying and altering patterns of thinking, behavior, relating (to self/others), and coping is a primary focus of treatment. Additionally, I frequently incorporate mindfulness based and solution focused interventions into the therapy.

Kodee L. Walls, Ph.D., LP, ABPP

Kodee Walls, Ph.D., LP, ABPPRole: Lead Clinician and Training Director
Seminar: Cohort Supervision, Biofeedback, and Supervision of Supervision

Ball State University, 2016
Pronouns in Use: she/her

I provide individual and group psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students, couples therapy, and outreach across campus. Before taking over the Lead Clinician and Training Director positions, I served as the Stress Management Program Coordinator. I conducted needs assessments to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive stress management and reduction services. I also planned and performed primary prevention training and educational activities related to well-being, stress management, and resiliency.

 

Theoretical Style: My work integrates client-centered, emotion-focused, and process experiential theories and interventions within a multicultural framework. My clinical work and supervision are grounded in forming a trusting and accepting relationship that honors students' intersecting social identities. I view therapy as an opportunity for students to learn and practice skills and acknowledge and accept painful emotions. These goals allow students to make discoveries about themselves that can help improve how they feel, increase their effectiveness in relationships, and accomplish their academic goals.

Professional Interests: I have a primary focus on the treatment of anxiety and family of origin concerns related to attachment. In terms of a specific population, I am interested in LGBTQ issues and have presented nationally on this topic. I also have expertise in areas related to couples therapy, men's issues, relationship difficulties, and group therapy.

 

Supervision Model: First and foremost, I believe that to be a competent therapist and supervisor, one must be authentic. With that in mind, I work from a competency-based model of supervision. This model is a metatheoretical approach, which allows me to integrate aspects of interpersonal and developmental styles of supervision. I collaborate with supervisees to increase their awareness and understanding of the use of self in the therapeutic relationship. I collaborate with the supervisee on professional growth and identity development to facilitate their process of becoming a competent and appropriate professional. Integrated throughout my supervision is a multicultural perspective. I work to honor and incorporate the social identities of all three parties (the client, supervisee, and myself) into how we formulate diagnoses, treatment plans, and our conversations about the work.

 

Personal Interests: Transplanted from Indiana, I love the sunshine, trails, and hills of Manhattan. I'm mostly a homebody, though I do get the urge to shop sometimes. I appreciate the chance to relax quietly at home with my partner and our cat. I am also a huge sports fan and will watch almost any competitive event!

Vanessa Fox, LPC

Role: Master’s Level TherapistVanessa Fox, LPC

I completed my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Arizona University and later earned my LPC licensure in California while working as a clinician in public schools. My desire to work with young adults led me to join the team at K-State’s Counseling and Psychological Services in October 2020. My interactions with interns may include co-leading therapy groups or workshops and offering support and consultation as needed.

Cristine Glendening, LCMFT

Role: Therapist and Groups Program Coordinator Christine Glendining, LCMFT
Seminar: Group Seminar and Supervisor 

M.S. Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, 2012 Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Kansas Board approved Supervisor completing my AAMFT Board Approved Supervisor designation.
Pronouns in Use: she/her 

I provide individual, group, and couple’s therapy to undergraduate and graduate students.  I also coordinate our groups' program and run a group therapy seminar for our Psychology PhD. interns.    

Theoretical Style: My work can best be described as an integrative approach that centers on process-orientated interventions.  I work from a strengths-based, trauma-informed, anti-racist, LGBTQIA+ affirming lens.  A lot of what guides my work are models such as Internal Family Systems, ACT, and Solution Focused.  I also integrate elements of CBT.   

Professional Interests: I have a primary focus on group therapy.  Other areas of clinical interest include LGBTQ individuals/couples, gender identity, anxiety, depression, and OCD.   

Personal Interests: Originally from Texas, I moved to Kansas at a young age and have spent the majority of my life here in the Midwest.  I enjoy traveling, spending time outside in nature, and playing with my dog.  

Marcos Mendez, LCMFT

Role: Staff psychotherapistMarcos Mendez, LCMFT

Education:
BS: Martin Methodist College, Behavioral Science
MS: Kansas State University-Marriage and Family Therapy
PhD: Kansas State University- Marriage and Family Therapy
Post Doc: Kansas State University- Marriage and Family Therapy

Therapeutic Orientation: I am a bilingual (Spanish and English) eclectic therapist who highly values the quality of the therapeutic alliance. I practice trauma-informed therapy and I usually utilize skills from CBT and ACT to help clients cope with current difficulties. In addition, I am a leader of one of the workshops on interpersonal relationships and coleader of some of the therapy groups such as Calming the Storm. I also see distressed couples and couples wanting premarital counseling. 

Brianna Presutti, LPC

Role: Staff Therapist and Eating Disorder Team TherapistBrianna Presutti, LPC
Seminar: Diversity

St. John Fisher University, 2019
Pronouns: She/her/hers

I provide individual and group therapy to Students at K-state, while also specializing in treating students with eating disorders. As Co-chair of the Eating Disorder Team at K-State, I work with other providers at Lafene Health Center to support students with eating disorders on an outpatient level of care. I also have a passion for social justice and facilitate diversity seminar for the interns.

Daniel Salceda, M.A., M.S., LPC

Role: Therapist and Alcohol and Other Drug Education CoordinatorDaniel Salceda, M.A., M.S., LPC

Education:
BA: Benedictine University, Psychology
MA: Adler University, Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental  
MS: Adler University, Sport and Human Performance

I provide individual, workshops, and group therapy to undergraduate and graduate students at K-State. I also provide psychoeducation to students around the impacts of engaging in mood-altering substances and relapse prevention techniques as the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Coordinator. My interactions with psychology interns include co-leading therapy groups/workshops and offering consultation as needed.  

Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical lens as a clinician is primarily focused on CBT, ACT, Internal Family Systems, and Solution Focused therapy. I also frequently utilize a strength-based approach to empower students to build autonomy and resiliency with their experiences.  

Professional Interests: My areas of professional and clinical interests involve individuals with anxiety, depression, victims of sexual violence, gender identities, sports psychology, and substance use.

Personal Interests: Before starting at K-State, I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and pursued higher education in the Chicago land area. Throughout my life, I have always been an active person and have ultimately become a part of my identity. After retiring from collegiate lacrosse, I have picked up other hobbies such as hiking, traveling, pickleball, strength training, and playing with my dog Bango (Australian Shepard). Bango and I are avid Wisconsin sports fans and will watch as many games as we can throughout the year.

Carson Gentry, LMSW

Role: Staff TherapistCarson Gentry, LMS

Education:
BS: Kansas State University, Psychology
MA: Washburn University, Social Work

Mental Health Work Experience:
Big Lakes Developmental Center – Case Management
Pawnee Mental Health Services – Internship/Crisis Stabilization Unit

Theoretical Orientation: My stance on therapy is that it is both a science and an art. While studying and adapting to many treatment options, my focus is on the client. I want to help create lasting change through a goal-orientated approach during any phase of life. My focus in treatment is developing a therapeutic alliance that will foster positive change for one’s self and allow space to process some of the harder questions. My clinical work is person-centered, strengths-based, and with research-supported strategies. I am well versed in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Additionally, I specialize in crisis interventions including assessing, planning, and treatment planning.

What are your hobbies and interests? I enjoy spending time outside with my two golden retrievers, spending time with friends and family, having bonfires, and listening to music. I enjoy listening to a variety of genres of music and we have a record player that I use while sitting on my front porch. I also enjoy playing video games and watching horror movies. My favorite time of year is football season cheering on the Wildcats and spending time with friends and family!