Counseling Services Professional Staff

PSICounseling Services is staffed with New York State licensed mental health professionals, including psychogists and clinical social workers, all of whom are experienced and knowledgeable about the issues facing college students. In addition, there is a consulting psychiatric nurse practitioner available on a limited basis (two days per week) to see students who are referred by their Counseling Services counselors. (For more information on staff degrees and job positions, visit What Do Those Degrees Mean?)

Listed below you will find the professional credentials and other details for our staff members.  Although each staff member has provided some particular areas of clinical interest as well, please keep in mind that all of our counselors are qualified to treat a wide range of presenting problems, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, eating disorders, academic issues, and more.  If you have a treatment-related question for our staff, please use our secure messaging system at myhealth.geneseo.edu.

Beth Cholette | Alexandra Carlo | Gene Griffing | Laura Swanson


Beth Cholette, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Counseling Services

Professional Credentials:

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Hahnemann University
  • B.A., Psychology, Bucknell University
  • Psi Chi, Psychology National Honor Society
  • Licensed Psychologist in New York State

Clinical Interests:

  • Positive psychology and optimism
  • Holistic approach to stress management
  • Grief and Bereavement Issues
  • Trauma, including physical/sexual abuse and rape/sexual assault
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics, Divorce, or Other Family Dysfunction

Professional Organizations:

  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services


Alexandra Carlo, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Professional Credentials:

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, SUNY University at Albany
  • B.S., Biology, Purdue University
  • Licensed Psychologist in New York State

Clinical Interests:

  • Multicultural Counseling and Diversity Issues
  • Personality/Psychological Assessment
  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Issues, including Safe Zone
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Issues

Professional Organizations:

  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Society for Personality Assessment

Gene Griffing, Ph.D.., Staff Psychologist

Professional Credentials:

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
  • M.A., Professional Counseling, Central Michigan University
  • B.A., Psychology, Michigan State University
  • A.A., Liberal Arts, Muskegon Community College
  • Licensed Psychologist in New York State

Clinical Interests:

  • Women's Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • GLBT Concerns
  • Relational Difficulties
  • Academic Difficulties, Life Skill Development
  • Development of Creative Growth Processes

Professional Organizations:

  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, APA Division 10, Psychology and the Arts

Laura Swanson, LMSW, Staff Counselor

Professional Credentials:

  • M.S.W., New York University
  • B.A., Psychology, Cornell University
  • Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State

Clinical Interests:

  • Identity Development
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Mindfulness
  • Creative Arts Therapy

Professional Organizations:

  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • Member, American College Counseling Association

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