Meet Our Staff

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Eunie Alsaker, MSSW, LICSW

Eunie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked at Counseling Services since 2003.  She is a generalist with special interests in issues of grief and loss, anxiety, stress management, adjustment to college, and relationship concerns.  She has received training in cognitive-behavioral and solution focused counseling and is a certified thanatologist (grief counselor.)  She views presenting concerns holistically and greatly enjoys working with students during this exciting time in their lives.  Previous work included divorce education and community mental health. 

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Kelly Kirby, MS, LPCC

Kelly Kirby is a licensed professional, clinical counselor who graduated from Winona State after completing her bachelor's degree in 2002 and master's degree in 2007.  She performed her internship in WSU Counseling Services and returned in 2010.  She specializes in LGBT issues (individual, couple, or group), stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship conflicts.  She uses mainly cognitive-behavioral therapy which means working with clients on how they think and behave in order to change how they feel.  She focuses on incorporating a relaxed, productive atmosphere during sessions. 

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Lynda Brzezinski, PhD, LP

Lynda has her doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota.  Her approach to counseling tends to be cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and solution-focused.  She is a practitioner of brief therapy who works with a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, adjustment to college, stress, academic success, and career/major indecision.  She is not here to "fix" you or overhaul your personality, but will help you identify your strengths and resources as you deal with the problem or problems that bring you to counseling.  She also is very wellness focused in her work, believing that we need to attend to all aspects of our lives -- physical, social, intellectual, occupational, spiritual, environmental, and emotional -- to be the best that we can be. 

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Mick Lynch, PsyD, LP

Mick is a dedicated psychologist who has a passion for what he does.  He believes  people have the power to change, grow, and flourish and that counseling can help this happen.  He views counseling as a way to not only resolve problems, but also as an avenue to create a more meaningful, productive, and fulfilling life.  Each student works collaboratively with Mick to set personal goals for counseling, taking into account each individual's motivation, needs, strengths, and personality.  Mick then guides them on an individual journey of self-discovery, understanding, and improvement in order to achieve their goals and create a better overall quality of life.

Sara Hallbert

Sara Hallberg, MS, LPC

Sara is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about higher education and university counseling.  She is a generalist with an interest in grief and loss, spirituality, relationship conflicts, and GLBTQ issues.  Her holistic philosophy supports the integrated wellness philosophy of WSU as evident in her experience and training in counseling, theology, and physical education.  Sara's basic belief is that the goal of counseling is to help you help yourself in dealing with the challenges in your life and no problem is too small to gain benefit from counseling.

 

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Debbie Dickenson, Office Manager

Debbie is who you would contact to schedule an appointment with a counselor or to answer questions and concerns regarding Counseling Services.  She manages the resource room where you may take the Strong Interest Inventory and research information about careers.    

 

Winston, Therapy Dog


Hello there! My name is Winston! I’m a 3-year old blue heeler/rat terrier mix. I am a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International and an AKC Canine Good Citizen. My mom, Lynda Brzezinski, just thinks I’m a goof! Speaking of my mom, I come to work with her once or twice a week. You know, there is a lot research support that indicates that we dogs are great at helping people with stress, depression, and anxiety. I haven’t read that research, but I do know that when I eagerly greet a student with a whole body-wag, everyone smiles and I get LOTS of attention. My job at WSU Counseling Services is to help students feel better and more relaxed – a little bit of dog comfort can go a long way! When I don’t come to work with my mom, I enjoy stealing the toys from my canine siblings! My favorite hobbies are digging holes in the yard, barking at the cars that drive past the yard and the squirrels outside the window, and playing fetch! I also like going to several nursing care facilities in Winona…mostly because my mom will sometimes get me ice cream on the way home if I’m a good boy, which I always am (wink, wink)!

If you would like to meet with me and my mom for counseling, please contact her at LBrzezinski@winona.edu.