Counseling Services Staff

Eunie Alsaker

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.

Her 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.

Eunie views presenting concerns holistically and helps students build skills for resiliency. She believes college is an important time for developing meaning and connections.

Serena Bohn

Serena is a licensed professional counselor with her master’s degree in clinical mental health from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

She believes the relationship with your counselor is the foundation to success. She is empathetic and understanding, meeting you where you are, while also maintaining transparency and honesty.

Her goal is to foster hope, resiliency, independence, and assist in growing your self-awareness.

While she engages in a variety of approaches, she often:

  • explores the past as a tool to help you shape the present
  • works with you on building self-compassion
  • uses awareness of your thoughts to help you address your behaviors to create more informed choices now and in your future
Lynda Brzezinski

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.

Lynda 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.

Kateri Johnson
MS, LPCC, Director of Counseling Services

Kateri is a licensed professional clinical 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. 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 is also trained in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) which promotes a healthy acceptance of thoughts and emotions.

Kateri understands that college years are an exciting but stressful time, and she is passionate about helping students establish healthy habits to carry them through college and beyond.

Mick Lynch

Mick is a dedicated clinical and sport 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 achieve goals and create a more meaningful, productive, and fulfilling life.

One of Mick’s specialties is working with student-athletes and other non-sport performers. He works with these students to learn how to manage their thoughts and emotions to enhance performance, maximize success, and optimize their experience.

Sierra Solma

Sierra is a licensed professional counselor. She received both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

She tailors her approach to meet individual needs from a client-centered, strength-based, and relational perspective. Her theoretical orientation is rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which emphasizes accepting one’s thoughts and feelings while committing to actions aligned with personal values.

She will support you in sharing your story, identifying your values, experiencing your emotions, and building skills to work towards your goals.

Therapy Dog

I’m a Boxer/Pug mix and I’m certified as an AKC Canine Good Citizen.

I am 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 I’m very determined!

My mom is one of the counselors, Lynda Brzezinski, and I’m here to provide dog comfort at WSU Counseling Services. Students often miss their own animals when they come to campus and I’m here to support. It’s hard not to smile at me!

Therapy Dog

I’m a blue heeler/rat terrier mix. I am a registered therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International and an AKC Canine Good Citizen. My mom, Lynda Brzezinski, just thinks I am a goof!

My favorite hobbies are pulling the stuffing out of dog toys, lounging on the recliner, barking at cars that drive past my yard and playing fetch!

You know, there is a lot of research 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.