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Please note that the Counseling Center discourages the use of email communication between counselors and clients. Email is not a confidential form of communication, nor is it an appropriate medium for urgent or emergency messages.


The Counseling Centers does not provide counseling through email. In case of emergency, call the Counseling Center at x3500 (business hours only), AU Public Safety at x3636, or your local emergency response services.


Counseling Center
Fax: 202-885-1397
Mary Graydon, Room 214

Mon and Thurs: 9am-6pm
Tues, Wed, and Fri: 9am-5pm

Summer hours: M-F 9am-5pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Callandrillo, Traci Edwardson
Executive Director, Counseling Center

Counseling Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8150

Clinical Staff

  1. Natalie Rusch, Assistant Director for Outreach/Consultation

    Counseling Center

    Dr. Natalie Rusch is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. She serves as the Assistant Director for Outreach and Consultation at the American University Counseling Center where she provides individual and group therapy, crisis interven… More

    Send email to Natalie Rusch

  2. Keum-Hyeong Choi, Staff Clinician

    Counseling Center

    Dr. Keum-Hyeong Choi is a licensed clinical psychologist in District of Columbia and Maryland. She practices her clinical work primarily within the developmental perspectives and integrative therapeutic approaches. Her special interests include attac… More

    Send email to Keum-Hyeong Choi

    (202) 885-3500

  3. Michael O'Heron, Staff Clinician

    Counseling Center

    Dr. O’Heron is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. He currently works at the AU Counseling Center where he provides individual and group counseling services, crisis intervention services, and outreach/consultation services. Prior to … More

    Send email to Michael O'Heron

    (202) 885-3500

  4. Shatina Williams, Staff Clinician

    Counseling Center

    Dr. Shatina Williams is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and the District of Colombia. Before her position as a Staff Clinician, Dr. Williams completed her APA-accredited internship at our very own American University and served as a postdoctoral … More

    Send email to Shatina Williams

  5. Alayna Berkowitz, Staff Clinician

    Counseling Center

    Dr. Alayna Berkowitz is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia and a staff clinician at the American University Counseling Center where she provides individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, outreach and consultation servic… More

    Send email to Alayna Berkowitz

  6. Daniel Birichi, Staff Clinician

    Counseling Center

    Dr. Daniel Birichi is a staff Clinician at the American University (AU) Counseling Center. Prior to this position, Dr. Birichi completed both his postdoctoral fellowship and APA-accredited internship at the AU counseling center. He primarily practice… More

    Send email to Daniel Birichi

  7. Sarah Halpert, Part Time Staff

    Counseling Center

    Send email to Sarah Halpert

    (202) 885-3500


Each academic year our staff is also joined by clinical externs who are advanced graduate students in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from graduate programs in the DC area and Mid-Atlantic region.

2017-18 Advanced Clinical Extern:

Sonja Johansson
George Washington University

2017-18 Clinical Externs

Catherine Coogan
George Washington University

Preet Kaur
George Washington University

Shari Matray
George Washington University

Juwanza McIntosh
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Our staff is also comprised of practicum trainees who are first-year and advanced graduate students in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at American University. All of our staff trainees participate in coursework, individual and group supervision, outreach and consultation activities, and the delivery of psychological services to American University students.



Administrative Staff

  1. Marsha Shaw, Operations Administrator

    Counseling Center

  2. Tavia Harper, Senior Administrative Assistant

    Counseling Center

    Tavia, a native Washingtonian, came to AU via Select Staffing Temporary Agency in early 2000. Tavia started as an Administrative Assistant in the former “Center for Psychological and Learning Services” and is currently the Sr. Administrative Assistan… More

    Send email to Tavia Harper

    (202) 885-3500

2015-2016 Post Doctoral Fellow

2017 - 2018 Clinical Interns