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Supervisors and seminar leaders
Brent Schneider, Ph.D. T-LP
Role: Staff Psychologist
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
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
Role: 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 impatient 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; I have continued to maintain a small private practice during off hours. 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 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, mindfulness based and solution focused interventions are often incorporated into the therapy.
Cheryl Taliaferro, Psy.D., T-LP
Role: Staff Psychologist
“School days will be school days.” I grew up hearing this quote throughout my life which has been attributed to my maternal grandmother - a strong advocate for education. This quote encouraged many generations in my family to strive towards success and making a difference in the community. Several of my family members are educators. Respect, love, support, and education are considered good qualities for making a difference in the community. These qualities set the foundation for understanding the importance of advocacy (i.e., assisting others in need). These qualities were instilled during my childhood and have proved formative as I have developed into an adult
Although I was born in Chicago, I was raised by my maternal grandparents in the country of Belize. I lived in Belize for 17 years where I attended and completed elementary and high school. Growing up in Belize instilled within me an acute appreciation regarding the importance of support and love both within the family and the community.
After I completed high school in Belize, I then relocated to Chicago, Illinois where I attended and earned my bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Social Science from East-West University, and master’s degree in Human Services/Community Counseling and National-Louise University. After completing my master’s degree, I spent some time working in community settings and I got married. Few years after, I then decided to pursue my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Adler University which is located in Chicago, Illinois. During my academic experiences, I had opportunities to explore, learn, and apply my skills in different settings. Through these opportunities I developed a greater interest in wanting work with the college student population.
My husband and I along with our dog (Minnie) moved to Manhattan, Kansas in 2017 after I matched with K-State for internship at Counseling Services. During my experiences as an intern, I became more aware of myself as an individual and as a future clinician. I also gained a better awareness of the importance of advocacy and diversity. Given that I am a firm believer in social justice which aligns with the mission of Counseling Services, I was thrilled when I learned about an open position at this site. After being accepted for the position, I was and to this day still ecstatic about being a part of the K-State Counseling Services family.
I approach therapy using Cognitive Behavioral and Adlerian theories and interventions. In order to understand an individual’s behaviors and thought processes, it could be considered effective to understand how the individual’s core beliefs are formulated. Adlerian theory stresses the importance of social interest and community feeling, which is considered as one of core tenets. I have also integrated components of Humanistic and Interpersonal Process in my approach to therapy.
I approach supervision using an integration of the developmental model and a collaborative approach. Through a collaborative approach, I am able to work with supervisees in developing goals for supervision, exploring diversity, and addressing ethical concerns as they work towards becoming future clinicians.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, putting together a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, and watching animated and mystery movies. I also enjoy family, sea breeze, food, and music whenever I get the chance to visit Belize.
Kodee L. Walls, Ph.D., LP
Role: Interim Training Director
Seminar: 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 interim Training Director position, 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!
Laurie Wesely, Ph.D., LP
Role: Clinical Director
My career has been devoted to working at university counseling centers and, as a psychologist, I cannot imagine a better job. I enjoy the variety of tasks that I perform, from counseling to supervising interns to presenting. I also find it fulfilling to work with college students. Students face the challenges of achieving academically, choosing a career, and transitioning into the world of work. Additionally, they may face individual challenges that range from adjusting to college, struggles with relationships, mood difficulties, eating and body image concerns, and recovering from traumatic experiences.
Counseling is a unique relationship where clients allow me the privilege of joining with them for part of their journey. It is my goal to create a secure enough space where clients and I can collaborate to move from their initial “thin” description of what is bringing them to counseling to a “thick” understanding. This deeper, richer understanding takes into account the larger context which results in a non-pathologizing viewpoint. Thus, my theoretical underpinnings stem from humanistic and feminist viewpoints. Intertwined with this is the knowledge I have gained from working in the area of trauma and being trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This has taught me that everyone has the innate drive to heal, but that there is a time and place for everything. Listening to clients, maintaining my curiosity, empowering clients to tap into their innate knowledge of what they need, having compassion for them, and incorporating my knowledge and instincts all combine in counseling to help clients reach their goals.
Supervising doctoral interns parallels my work with clients as I strive to provide a supportive, compassionate environment that also challenges interns to grow. I take a developmental perspective and focus on strengths while encouraging interns to achieve their goals. My internship year was one of tremendous change and was very enjoyable and challenging. My goal is to provide a similar experience for interns as they transition from students into professionals. It is a delight to be part of this process.
Professionally and personally I am always growing and learning. K-State is a great place in which to learn and work with the strong school spirit both on and off campus and the supportive, collaborative environment within Counseling Services. In terms of personal interests, I enjoy spending time with my partner, children and dogs. I also enjoy watching our chickens (yes, you read that right!), reading and knitting.