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Debra Robertson, LCSW-PIP, LAC, QMHP - Student Counseling Center Director 

MA,  Social Work, University of Iowa 
BS, Addiction Counseling and Psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato 

Pronouns – She/her/hers

Debra is humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Director of the University Counseling Center. Debra earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa, with specialization in working with individuals and groups in a therapy setting.  Her undergraduate and initial coursework was in Addiction Counseling and Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Debra’s passion is to assist students with becoming aware of their strengths, with the goal of using this awareness as a tool to find healthy solutions to life challenges. Her areas of interest include identity development, addiction issues, shame resilience, anxiety/depression, LGBT issues, as well as supervision and training related to working with new counselors/social workers in the field. She enjoys spending time with her family, participating in outdoor activities and sporting events and is an avid fan of Netflix.


Rebecca Glover, MA, LPC-MH, NCC, QMHP  - Mental Health Counselor 

MA,  Clinical Mental Health Counseling, USD – 2009 
BS, Psychology, South Dakota State University – 2007 

Pronouns – She/her/hers

I strive to provide a safe, collaborative and strength-based approach to therapy while respecting each person’s uniqueness. I work from an integrative and holistic approach to counseling with my primary therapeutic framework being Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My areas of interest include working with individual who are struggling with issues related to anxiety, depression, identity, grief and loss and trauma. I have specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral. 


Michele Turner, LPC, NCC, QMHP

Mental Health Counselor
MS Rehabilitation Counseling-psychiatric specialization, Boston University - 2002

Michele is a Licensed Professional Counselor . Michele received her Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling with a psychiatric specialization in 2002. For the past 18 years, she has had a vision of providing a safe place for clients to experience their vulnerabilities while sharing their stories. Michele implements both Person Centered and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy treatment interventions in her practice. 


Betsy Hughes, MA, LPC, QMHP, Lac Trainee

Licensed Professional Counselor
Bachelors in Social Work from Bethany College in Kansas - 1989
Masters in Counseling, USD - 2005

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I work from an integrative approach to counseling with my primary therapeutic framework being in Action and Commitment Therapy.  
I look to provide students with a sense of agency around what is within their ability to change in regards to what is working in their life and what is not.  I generate opportunities for personal improvement within the context of a growth mindset which means helping the student to establish skillful management of thoughts and emotions with self-compassion.

My areas of emphasis include interpersonal relationships, boundary setting, unresolved childhood issues (including trauma), anxiety, depression, adjustment to new environments, wellness, habit formation and grief and loss. 

My framework is from a Life Coach standpoint where every person is valued and has the potential to access meaning in their life and to be a contribution to themselves and others. 


Ben Severson, MA, MSW, LAC, LCSW- Prevention Coordinator/Staff Counselor

MSW, Master of Social Work - 2020
MA, Addiction Studies - 2017

Pronouns – he/him/his

Licensed addiction counselor with an emphasis in co-occurring disorders. I entered into this field because I wanted to help others the way a counselor helped me. I’ve been in recovery since 2012 and every day is an opportunity to be the best person I can be.


Brittany Peterson - Senior Secretary 

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Brittany’s goal is to provide a safe, welcoming environment for clients at the Student Counseling Center. Brittany is passionate about Mental Health and Sexual Assault care on campus. Brittany enjoys her work and the Student Counseling Center and interacting with the students. Brittany was born and raised in Vermillion and tries to volunteer and interact in the community as much as possible. Brittany has two wonderful boys and a dog that keep her very busy! Brittany likes spending time with friends and family, watching her children play sports and cuddling with her dog.