Magali Laitem

What do I do at the Counseling Center?

I am a clinical psychologist and I work with students on a one-on-one or group basis. I also am the outreach coordinator and work with Counseling Center staff and other JMU staff, faculty, and student organizations to create or organize outreach programming for the JMU campus. Outreach programming ranges from tabling events, workshops on mental health and emotional well-being, acting as support personal for other student affair presentations, to animal assisted activities (miniature therapy horses or therapy dogs anyone?). I also provide supervision to clinicians-in-training, CSPA practicum students, and field placement students.

What's it like to work with me?

As a therapist, I would describe myself as integrative or eclectic meaning that I incorporate different interventions from different theoretical perspectives (e.g., cognitive-behavioral, ACT, interpersonal) in order to meet you where you are and provide what you need in order to create positive changes as a team. I have several areas of clinical interest including: multicultural issues, LGBT+, intimate partner violence, suicide prevention, survivors of suicide loss, and grief and loss among many others.

What do I do at JMU outside of the Counseling Center?

I attend meetings for the Student Affairs Assessment Council and Dukes Step Up!