Maggie Labocki, MA, LMHC, CCMHC

Director of Counseling Services

Maggie Labocki has been on staff at Alliance University, formerly Nyack College, since March of 2010. She currently serves as the Director and Clinical Supervisor of Counseling Services at the Alliance University Counseling Center. Maggie, along with the Counseling Staff, shares a common desire to see our students thrive in their emotional well-being as they pursue their academic endeavors. While working at Alliance University, Maggie has served on the Student of Concern Committee, the New Students Orientation Team, the Health Fairs, and the Internship Fairs, and she has been a speaker for the graduate class at Domestic Violence and Chapel. 

Maggie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Kean University, 5/2001 and her Master of Arts in Counseling at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, 5/2004. She became a NY State Licensed Mental Health Counselor in July of 2010 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of New Jersey. Maggie also holds the designations of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor from the National Board of Certified Counselors, 11/2014. 

When she is not directing the counseling center at AU, Maggie enjoys being a wife and mom to Jason, Gabby, and Josh. They are involved in serving the local church from being part of the worship team to children ministry. 

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Sally Jang, MA, MHC-LP

Counseling Services Coordinator, Counseling Extern

Sally Jang is a counseling extern at Alliance University Counseling Center. She received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University with a minor in Religion. She recently graduated from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling with her MA in Mental Health Counseling with Honors with Distinction. Along with her role as a counseling extern, Sally is currently working as the Counseling Services Coordinator for AUCC. During her time as a missionary, Sally recognized her passion for helping others heal and grow. She believes that God can restore all things and that counseling can be a part of that process. She values a person-centered approach, and her hope is to provide a safe space and a trusting and collaborative relationship that will facilitate the healing journey for her clients. Together, you can strive to understand yourself, discover your strengths, explore your emotions, and work through the challenges and transitions of life. In her free time, Sally enjoys watching movies and documentaries, reading, and nature.

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Peter Maldonado, MA, MHC-LP

Counseling Extern

Peter Maldonado is a Counseling Extern with the Alliance University Counseling Center. He is a graduate of Alliance University (formerly Nyack College), Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and received his MA in Mental Health Counseling. He also graduated from The City College of New York with BAs in both Psychology and Philosophy. Peter served as a member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, a Christian ministry focused on serving college students; he was a member of the leadership team at City College and ran groups focused on Emotional Health. He interned at the Bowery Mission, where he counseled homeless men, and Alliance University’s Advisement Center, where he provided advocacy for undergraduate students. Peter’s experiences helped him develop a passion for helping others to gain insight and healing through the exploration of both past and present experiences, psychoeducation, and the active building of life skills. He values a client-centered, solution-focused approach to counseling which focuses on creating a safe space for clients to feel supported, seen, and heard while also being challenged in order to facilitate their growth. He is happy to walk alongside you on your journey of healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. During his free time, Peter enjoys music, playing video games, and spending time with his wife and pets.

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Lea Cadet

Counseling Intern

Lea Cadet is a Mental Health Counseling Intern and a student at Alliance University. Prior to attending AU, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from York College. Lea is naturally compassionate and empathetic; she has a sensitive spirit for those who struggle with their mental health. While volunteering her time at the Samaritans of New York’s Suicide Prevention Hotline, her passion for mental health grew. Lea discovered the need for mental health professionals, which inspired her to pursue a graduate degree in mental health counseling at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (AGSC). Ultimately, Lea strongly feels that she is responding to a clarion call to action. She believes that we all need someone to stand in the gap for us when we are struggling through life’s issues. Because of this belief, Lea is dedicated to help, improve, encourage, and better her client’s quality of life. Overall, her goal is to provide a safe space for her clients while walking alongside them as they go through their process within the counseling experience in order to heal. When she’s not counseling or studying, she likes reading, food (she’s a foodie), and trying different dishes. She also enjoys fitness, working out when she can, and traveling as well.

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Brandy Caldwell

Counseling Intern

Brandy is a counseling intern at Alliance University’s Counseling Services. She received her BA in Communications from Anderson University and her MFA from Regent University. Brandy is currently a third year Marriage and Family Therapy student at Alliance University. She is certified in Prepare and Enrich Premarital Counseling and RelateStrong from the Boone Center for the Family, helping individuals and couples build stronger and healthier relationships. She has served as a Children’s Pastor and Pastor of Spiritual Formation in NYC for the last 15 years. Over that time Brandy began to recognize her calling to counsel. She is passionate about people discovering and knowing they belong and are safe in God’s economy. Brandy loves creating safe space for others to process their story, name their core hurts, experience healing, and receive hope and tools for change. She values a person-centered approach, while building a trusting relationship, filled with compassion and empathy for those she counsels. Brandy specializes in issues of attachment, emotion regulation, developmental trauma, and anxiety. Brandy works as the Director of Family Ministries for Trinity Baptist Church. She enjoys inspiring dialogue with friends over great meals, live music, and centering prayer.

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Eliza Gloragille

Counseling Intern

Eliza Gloragille is a counseling intern at Alliance University Counseling Center. She received her B.S. in Counseling Psychology at University at Albany with a minor in Creative Writing. She is currently a third-year graduate student at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. Prior to pursuing a career in counseling, she worked as a registered Certified Nursing Assistant at Bellevue Hospital in the pediatric unit with trauma patients. At an early age, Eliza had a heart for persons who have experienced trauma, and over the years, she has transitioned from wanting to work with physical trauma to emotional trauma. As she continues to settle into this field, her calling to trauma continues to grow. Eliza believes in providing a safe space for her clients to explore their feelings and thoughts. She hopes to bring peace to each client she sees and to strengthen and encourage them as they continue on their journey. Eliza’s number one priority is to walk with her clients as they go through their different seasons and allow them to feel seen and empowered through all of life’s hurdles. For self-care, Eliza loves engaging in hobbies such as reading and writing, cooking, and listening to music!

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Bérengère Howard

Counseling Intern

Bérengère Howard received her BA in Psychology from York College (CUNY). Her desire to pursue a Mental Health Counseling career began roughly in 2014 as a Nursing Student. Her initial goal to become a nurse stemmed from one mission: to help people. However, when she took her first psychology course as an undergraduate student, her method in helping people shifted from tending to the physical, to the mental (which, yes, can indeed intertwine). Underlying her professional journey was a calling to walk alongside individuals who are navigating their own struggles and heartaches. Bérengère never underestimates the power of a healthy therapeutic relationship, where the counselor and client can collaboratively develop goals and strategies towards wellness. Most importantly, she longs to provide her clients with an environment where they feel heard, accepted, and freely able to grow without feeling pressured to do so. Being a beacon of hope and light to those who are walking in the dark is a calling worthy of pursuit—which brings her to the Alliance University Counseling Center where she currently serves as an Intern. Her hobbies include painting, long walks through Central Park, makeup artistry, and long train rides…with no destination.

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Felicita Marie Johnson

Counseling Intern

Felicita Marie Johnson is a student/intern with a drive to empower and strengthen self-love within individuals. Her background in education cultivates a desire to continue learning and implementing various forms of holistic health. Prior to attending the AGSC program at Alliance University (formerly Nyack College), she received her Master of Science in Special Education and was a 3rd grade teacher at a private school in NJ. She desired to further her educational experiences in the counseling profession and narrowed down her search after becoming an Admissions Counselor for AU. Felicita’s experience as an admissions counselor set in motion her next steps of enrolling into the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in July 2020. She spent the majority of her educational and professional experiences at Nyack College because it is an institution that she believes in. Various forms of practices in the holistic approach and the implementation of nutritional psychology is the direction she hopes to pursue along the course of her final year in the AGSC program and moving forward. In her free time, she loves dancing, reading during leisure time, hiking, exercising, cooking, and spending time with people (friends, family, loved ones). She also just started roller skating and loves it!

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Orshum Lumpkin

Counseling Intern

Orshum Lumpkin is a counseling intern at Alliance University Counseling Center. She obtained her BS in Marketing from Virginia State University and her MBA from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus). She is pursuing her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. Currently, she is working in the healthcare field where she counsels clients on retirement and their pension benefits. Orshum’s passion has always been helping people tap into their full potential through talk therapy. As a child, she remembers always asking a lot of questions to try and figure out what is happening with people’s lives. She understands that there has been a stigma in certain communities regarding therapy. Orshum would like to emphasize that there is no shame in talking to someone. The only shame would be if you needed help and was afraid to ask for it. For fun, Orshum enjoys reading, swimming, and traveling.

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Paula Maunsell

Counseling Intern 

Paula Maunsell is a counseling intern with Alliance University Counseling Center. As an Irish immigrant, Paula has lived in New York for twenty years, she studied Real Estate in both Ireland and the UK before moving to NY. After two decades of work in the construction world, setting up a construction company with her husband, and balancing the blessing of four children, she returned to school to study for a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. Through an empathic approach, Paula works to cultivate an atmosphere of curiosity, warmth, and acceptance that will help you identify and process individual, interactional, and intergenerational issues. She is passionate about supporting neurodiverse students and helping them develop the necessary skills and supports to accomplish their goals. Paula practices daily meditation and is a supporter of conscious, Christian living. She loves to travel, spend time with her family, and is always learning. Paula also enjoys journaling, creative writing, reading, and running.

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