Meet Our Staff
Eunie Alsaker, MSSW, LICSW
Eunie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked at Counseling Services since 2003. She loves working with students during this important time in their lives. Special interests include grief and loss, anxiety, stress management, adjustment to college, and relationship concerns. She is a nationally certified grief counselor and is trained in cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and strength-based counseling. She views presenting concerns holistically and helps students build skills for resiliency. She believes college is an important time for developing meaning and connections.
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.
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.
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.
Kateri Johnson, MS, LPC
Kateri is a licensed professional counselor and received both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in community counseling from Winona State. She has special interest in issues of stress, anxiety, grief, and substance abuse as well as the LGBT and veteran populations. Her approaches to counseling are cognitive-behavioral therapy, which focuses on how thoughts impact feelings and behaviors, and motivational interviewing, which helps explore and resolve ambivalence of change. She understands that college years are an exciting but stressful time, and she is passionate about helping students not just survive college, but thrive.
Benedict Ogum Ezeoke, Ed.D, LPC, NCC
Benedict is the Director of Counseling and Wellness at Winona State University. He has a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. He is licensed in the States of Illinois and Minnesota and nationally certified as a Professional Counselor. Passionate about Counseling and believes in the ability of the individual to change through the counseling process. As an administrator, his leadership style is guided by the philosophy of “Igwebuike” (togetherness), team spirit, and unity in diversity. For him when all hands are on deck, a heavy load becomes much easier to lift. He prefers integrated Counseling approach with emphasis on application and adaptation of theories to clients’ narratives, beliefs, worldviews and unique circumstances. For him, no two counseling relationship is the same and so Counselors should be conscious of multicultural and diversity issues that shape the “Being and Existence” of the clients’ for clearer understanding and respectful interaction with them. He believes so much in counseling approach that considers the composite nature of the human person (mind and body) to ensure a balance and holistic picture of the events taking place in the students’ lives.
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, my name is Winston! I’m a 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! 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.
Aiden, Therapy Dog
Hello, my name is Aiden! I’m a Boxer/Pug mix and I finally passed my test to be registered as an AKC Canine Good Citizen. As dog breeds go, I only have about 30% working intelligence, and mom has been working with me for four years to pass this test! See, a little determination can go a long way! So, some interesting things about me? I’m an excellent snuggler and if you let me, I’ll sit in your lap. I love playing fetch but I have trouble giving back the ball. Fetch quickly becomes my next favorite game – tug! I’m a funny boy, and at times you will see me try to catch my very short, very stumpy tail, circling one way and then trying the next direction. I haven’t caught it yet, but like I said, I’m very determined! I provide dog comfort at WSU Counseling Services. Students often miss their own animals when they come to campus and I’m here to help support. It’s hard not to smile at me!
If you would like to meet with me and my mom for counseling, please contact her at LBrzezinski@winona.edu