New Leaf Clinic Directors

Daniel Gutierrez
Faculty Director: Daniel Gutierrez, Ph.D., LPC, LMHC (FL), NCC
Daniel Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Department at William & Mary. He has extensive experience in the fields of addictions and mental health counseling, with an emphasis on developing services for underserved and vulnerable populations. He serves as the coordinator of the Addictions Counseling emphasis for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and as the faculty director of the New Leaf Clinic. 
Dr. Gressard 
Founding Faculty Director: Charles F. Gressard, Ph.D., LPC, LSATP, LMFT

Charles F. Gressard is the Chancellor Professor in the Counseling Department at William & Mary. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of addictions counseling and counselor education. In 1993, Dr. Gressard came to William & Mary where he developed the Addictions Counseling emphasis for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's program and directed the William & Mary Addictions Clinic for seven years.

Doctoral Student Co-Director: Alex Hilert, M.Ed.

Alex Hilert is a second year doctoral student (Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision). Alex earned his Master’s degree in counseling at George Mason University Fall 2014. While in the master’s program, he interned at a crisis stabilization program for adolescents with mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders and at a men’s residential substance abuse treatment center. After graduating, he worked for six months as a home-based counselor working with children and adolescents. Alex is excited to offer counseling services in the New Leaf clinic. He seeks to provide an atmosphere of trust, mutual respect, and support to clients in order to assist them in their paths of growth and healing.

Doctoral Student Co-Director: Katherine Sperandino, M.Ed., NCC

Katharine Sperandino is a third year doctoral student (Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision). She earned her Master’s degree at William & Mary in Spring 2014. While in the Master’s program, she interned at the New Leaf Clinic as well as Williamsburg Place. Upon graduating, she worked with individuals in the criminal justice system for several months. She then moved to Philadelphia and worked in Methadone Maintenance Treatment where she has been providing individual and group therapy to clients addicted to opiates. She is looking forward to coming back “home” to William & Mary to pursue her doctorate degree and develop further as a therapist and counseling professional.  

Clinical Services & Research Coordinator: Lauren Reckling

Lauren Reckling is a second year Master's student in the Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling program. Lauren earned her B.S. in Psychology from Mary Baldwin College. Her experience includes working with adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders and providing therapy for children with developmental disabilities. She is excited to work with William & Mary students and providing a safe, therapeutic environment for them.