Staff

Student Co-Directors
Edith GonzalezEdith Gonzalez, M.Ed., NCC

Edith is a doctoral candidate (Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision) at William & Mary. She received her M.Ed. in Marriage in Family Counseling at William & Mary in 2015. Edith graduated from the University of Houston in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree Psychology, with additional concentrations in Human Development & Family Studies and Business Administration. Her clinical experience includes family, couple, parenting, and individual counseling. Her current counseling interests include immigrant families, low-income Hispanic families, and families with adolescents.

Colleen Grunhaus, M.A., LPC, NCC, ACSColleen Grunhaus

Colleen is a doctoral candidate (Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision) at William & Mary, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Colleen has been providing counseling for 6 years and her clinical experience includes individual, parenting, and family counseling for a variety of behavioral and relationship issues. Previous work experience includes outpatient, intensive in-home, residential therapy, and supervision of counselors. Colleen enjoys helping families grow in their love for each other and reach their goals for counseling.

Assistant Clinical Director
Colin VaughnColin Vaughn

Colin Vaughn is a second-year doctoral student at William & Mary, pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision.  Colin also attended William & Mary for his M.Ed. in Marriage & Family Counseling and undergraduate degree. He previously worked as an Intensive In-Home Family Therapist in rural Virginia. Colin is focused on trauma’s impact on family systems along with feminist and strengths-based perspectives on counseling and education. He worked at New Horizons Family Counseling Center as a master's student and is excited to be a part of the New Horizons clinical staff once again as a doctoral student.

Doctoral Level Staff
Victor TuazonVictor Tuazon, M.A., NCC

Victor is a doctoral candidate (Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision) at William & Mary. He received his B.S. in Psychology (minor in family studies) from James Madison University and his M.A. in Counseling from Regent University. His clinical and research interests include international counseling, trauma, addictions, and grief/loss. Victor's clinical experiences include addictions counseling, international trauma counseling, family counseling, couples counseling, intensive in-home counseling and therapeutic day treatment with at-risk youth and their families, non-profit outpatient counseling, mandated group counseling with domestic violence perpetrators and shoplifters, mandated and voluntary anger management group counseling for youth and adults, re-entry programs for the incarcerated, and working as a school counselor intern at an elementary and middle school.

Nate Wagner, M.A., LMHC (FL)Nathaniel Wagner

Nathaniel (Nate) is a doctoral candidate (Ph.D. in the Counselor Education & Supervision) at William & Mary, and a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Nathaniel's clinical and research interests include disenfranchised grief, strength-based counseling, and counselor development. Prior to coming to William & Mary, Nathaniel finished his M.A East Tennessee State University in 2009. Since graduating, Nathaniel has worked as a counselor, working with children, adolescents and families that have a wide variety of reasons for participating in counseling. He has a passion for encouraging and empowering individuals and families, helping families recognize and own their strengths.

Sean NewhartSean Newhart, M.Ed., Ed.S., NCC

Sean is a second-year doctoral student in Counselor Education & Supervision program at William & Mary. He received a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University. Sean’s past clinical experience includes working in a partial hospitalization program, working as a direct care staff in a group home, and working in a college counseling center. Sean currently works as a counselor in the New Horizons Family Clinic as well as serving as a counselor at Christopher Newport University’s Office of Counseling Services. His clinical and research interests include counselor advocacy, college student development, and the influence of family support on adolescent development. Sean enjoys live music, history, and outdoor activities.

Laura Pignato, M.S.Laura Pignato

Laura Pignato is a second-year doctoral student in Counselor Education & Supervision program at William & Mary. She received a B.A. in Sociology and B.S. in Psychology at Louisiana State University. Afterwards, she continued her education at Loyola University New Orleans where she received a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Currently, her research interests include intersectionality curriculum in counselor education and betrayal trauma, specifically focusing on counselors’ awareness of marginalized populations in family counseling, especially Latina females and intimate partner violence. Following her passion for advocacy, she is serving on the American Counseling Association graduate student committee and a student representative for the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Masters Level Staff
Grace AylorGrace Aylor

Grace is a second year Master's student in the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling program at William & Mary. Grace is from Richmond, Virginia. She has a passion for working with families, especially families with young children, to help them reach their goals. Grace graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Asian Studies. Grace speaks both English and Japanese and has a passion for East Asian culture and language. Her hope upon graduation is to work within low SES communities providing counseling services for those who would otherwise be unable to access them.

Ruth DeatonRuth Deaton

Ruth is a second year Master's student in the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling program at William & Mary. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech with a major in Psychology and two minors in International Studies and History. Ruth loved volunteering for therapeutic riding in Glen Allen, VA for disabled children and adults and with the Wesley Foundation in Blacksburg, VA at after school programs. Clinically, Ruth enjoys working at New Horizons and implementing family therapy because of the benefits of engaging all the members of the family. Following graduation from William & Mary, she hopes to serve the needs of military families.

Cortlandt Halsey Mazzotta

Cortlandt is a second year Master's student in the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling program at William & Mary. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Roanoke College with a Degree in Psychology and a Concentration in Human Development. Cortlandt has been working with children all of her adult life and seeks to help them develop to their full potential through creative interventions. She selected a focus in family therapy due to her interests in human development, sibling relationships, and parenting styles. Cortlandt’s counseling interests are based in Attachment Theory, Solution Focused Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Following graduation, Cortlandt hopes to work with children and young adults at an inpatient facility.

Mary Willoughby RommMary Willoughby Romm

Mary Willoughby is a second year Master's student in the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling program at William & Mary. Originally a North Carolina native, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a degree in Child Development and Family Therapy. After, she taught third grade for Suffolk Public Schools, while hoping her dream of attending William & Mary’s counseling program for Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling would come true. Her current clinical interests include family dynamics, meditation, parenting strategies, and solution-focused therapy.

Virginia SawyerVirginia Sawyer

Virginia is a second year Master's student in the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling program at William & Mary. Virginia graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology and a double minor in Counselor Education and Women’s and Gender Studies. During college, she was involved in various research endeavors and volunteered at a sexual trauma center. Virginia has years of childcare experience in the areas surrounding Williamsburg. Her former counseling experience includes work with survivors of domestic violence. Her current clinical interests include art and play therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and working with children with disabilities and their families.

Rachel SimsRachel Sims

Rachel is a second year Master's student in the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling program at William & Mary. Rachel has spent several years working with international non-profits that provide a variety of services to children and those in need around the world. Inspired by this work, she is excited to now directly help families and children recognize their strengths and reach their goals in counseling. She has volunteer experience working with children in domestic violence shelters, supporting therapists during equine-facilitated psychotherapy work for clients with PTSD, providing counseling support in the areas of grief and loss, and counseling families with young children to teenagers. She enjoys working with older adults, children, and families and is interested in international trauma, grief/loss, art therapy, and play therapy.

Ariel TalAriel Tal

Ariel is a second year Master's student in the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling program at William & Mary. Ariel has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a focus on literature, philosophy and sociology. Ariel has experience working children in many settings. He worked at the Peninsula School of Autism for nearly two years and then worked as a registered in-home behavior technician with children with autism for an additional year. Ariel is interested in working with families to reach their goals and to promote effective and lasting patterns of communication among family members.

Ali WhitehouseAlison Whitehouse

Alison is a second year Master's student in the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling program at William & Mary. Alison graduated from William & Mary in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant in assessing the effectiveness of Structural Family Therapy in the relationships between counselors and families. At the practicum level, Alison has provided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to clients of all ages, working with autism, depression, trauma, anxiety, and other clinical mental health diagnoses. As a family therapist, Alison enjoys working with families with adolescents, as well as couples/close relationships, and military families. Alison utilizes Structural Family Therapy (SFT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy in her treatments.

Jessica Zielinksi

Jessica (Jessi) is a second year Master's student in the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling program at William & Mary.