Meet Our Team

Tevya Zukor, Ph.D., CGP
Director

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Education: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, George Mason University, MA Clinical Psychology, George Mason University, BS Psychology, James Madison University.

Dr. Zukor is excited to be a part of the University of Mary Washington community and continue his work in college counseling administration and providing services to university students.  He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at George Mason University and completed his internship and post-doctoral work at The Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and is passionate about group, supervision, and training. His professional interests include intimate interpersonal relationships, trauma recovery, grief & loss issues, and crisis management. Dr. Zukor utilizes an interpersonal and integrative approach in his work with students with the goal of developing awareness of patterns in relationships, increasing coping skills, and developing a healthy lifestyle.

Tev’s Favorite, Fun 80’s Movies:

  1. The Princess Bride (1987)
  2. The Neverending Story (1984)
  3. Ghostbusters (1984)
  4. Back to the Future (1985)
  5. Gremlins (1984)

 

Melissa Palguta, Psy.D.
Staff Therapist

Education: Psy.D. & MA from University of Indianapolis; BS from University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Melissa is delighted to be part of the University of Mary Washington community and to continue her experience working with college students.  She completed her internship at George Mason University Counseling & Psychological Services Center.  She enjoys working in a variety of functions and with a wide range of issues, but she has a particular interest in working with trauma survivors, as well as with diversity and social justice-related issues.  She is a strong ally of the LGBTTQQIAAP community and she enjoys exploring the strengths and concerns of this group through her work.  She primarily works from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, providing students with concrete skills and support to aid them in overcoming personal difficulties and in improving their quality of life.  She takes a collaborative approach to treatment, working with her clients to establish a treatment dynamic and therapy goals that work best for them.

Melissa’s Top Feel-Good Movies:

  1. Noises Off
  2. Hidden Figures
  3. Soap Dish
  4. Blame it on the Bellboy
  5. A&E version of Pride and Prejudice (warning, this one is VERY long)
  6. Inside Out
  7. Princess Bride

Julia Faett, M.Ed., NCCStaff Counselor, Resident in Counseling

Education: M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from William & Mary; BA in Psychology from American University

Julia is very excited to be a member of the Talley Center team.  Before joining the Talley Center, she interned at a state psychiatric hospital while completing her master’s degree.  Julia also has experience counseling individuals in community corrections.  She greatly enjoys the college student population, and her goal in working with students is to be a strong source of support and a facilitator for growth.  Julia takes a Person-Centered approach with facets of Motivational Interviewing and CBT when working with clients.  She has experience working with social anxiety, substance use issues, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal challenges.  In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with friends, reading, cooking, and speaking French with other francophiles.

Julia’s Top Movies:

  1. Les Intouchables
  2. Blind Date (2015)
  3. The Imitation Game
  4. Knives Out

Paola Garcia, Psy.D.

Staff Therapist

Education: Psy.D. & MS in Clinical Psychology from Ponce Health Sciences University; BA in General Psychology from University of Puerto Rico in Cayey.

Dr. Paola Garcia, or Dr. P for short, is excited to start her journey as a college therapist for the Talley Center and the UMW community.  As a resident of the Fredericksburg/ Spotsy area, she wants to serve her community and especially open the door for bilingual services in the area. Paola is both an English and Spanish speaker, who was raised and born in Puerto Rico. She completed her internship at Central State Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital, and then worked as a Psychology Associate for a Private Practice.  Paola enjoys working with a variety of populations but has a particular interest in working with diversity, self-esteem, and acceptance/ adjustment issues. She also has a great interest in working with issues relating to skin conditions such as keloids, which she herself has. She mostly works from an Integrative Psychotherapy approach and mostly integrates CBT and Mindfulness skills. When it comes to therapy she tailors her treatment to the needs, goals and interests of the client using a dynamic, collaborative, and creative approach. She has experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, and adjustment and acceptance difficulties. When she is not at work, Paola enjoys time with her family, cooking, and watching movies and series.

Paola’s Top Four Feel-Good Movies:

  1. Wonder
  2. Frozen
  3. Inside out
  4. Anatasia

 

 

Jared Grigg, MA

Staff Counselor

Education: BA in Psychology, BA in Spanish (Baylor University); MA in Clinical Psychology (University of Mississippi)

Jared considers it a privilege to work with the students of UMW and help them overcome their challenges in pursuit of their goals.  A native of Tulsa, OK, Jared earned a double major at Baylor University in Psychology and Spanish, before entering graduate school for Clinical Psychology at the University of Mississippi.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, LA before receiving a commission as a Lieutenant in the US Navy.  Jared was stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA working as a therapist and medical research oversight officer.  His clinical and research interests include trauma, PTSD treatment, assessment, and outcome-based systems research.  He uses a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy that prioritizes problem-solving strategies and personal strengths.

 

Jared’s Top Feel-Good Movies:

  1. Cats
  2. Aristocats
  3. The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
  4. A Whisker Away
  5. Nine Lives

 

 

 

Amira Niori, Psy.D.

Mental Health Coordinator/Staff Psychologist

Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and MA in Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and MA in Counseling with a concentration in community and agency and BA Psychology from Hampton University

Amira is thrilled to be a part of the Talley Center team again. She enjoyed being an extern and working with UMW students so much that she returned to the Talley Center team as a staff psychologist. Amira completed her internship at the University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Service Center. She also has experience in other settings and forms of treatment, such as; inpatient, private practice, in-home therapy, and case management. Amira enjoys working with the college population and supporting students in such an important developmental time. She has experience with trauma, depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, autism spectrum disorder, personality disorders, and psychotic disorders. Amira tends to be collaborative when working with students as her approach to therapy is to meet the student where they’re at. Consequently, Amira is integrative in the type of therapy interventions that she uses. Amira is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Amira is a new mommy and enjoys spending time with her son when she is away from the office.

Amira’s Top Four Feel-Good Movies:

  1. School Daze
  2. The Princess and the Frog
  3. Home Alone 2
  4. House Party

 

Debbie Huff
Office Manager

Debbie is excited to be a part of the team at the Talley Center at the University of Mary Washington as the Office Manager. During the academic year, she will be working in the Lee Hall location and assisting the UMW community as well as providing support to the staff. Debbie is a lifelong resident of VA, and in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Debbie’s Top Five Feel-Good Movies:

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  2. Some Kind of Wonderful
  3. The Notebook
  4. Big
  5. The Breakfast Club

Nicole Hicks

Administrative Assistant

 

Nicole is excited to join the team at the Talley Center. She spent the last 6 years working in the elementary school system and it was a rewarding and wonderful experience. She is very excited about following her passion and serving the college community in her new position. Nicole is from New York but is a country girl at heart. In her spare time, she loves to take walks, trips to the mountains, reading, listening to music, and spending quality time with her husband, family, and friends.

 Nicole’s top five feel-good movies

  1. The Ten Commandments
  2. Finding Nemo
  3. Love Story
  4. Brian Song
  5. War Room

 

 

Trainees

 

Kellie McCall

Counseling Intern

Education: Student in Counseling Program at Messiah University (Completion of MA in Counseling, May 2022).

 

Kellie is excited to join the team at the Talley Center. She is completing her final semester in the Counseling Program at Messiah University. Kellie has experience working with anxiety, depression, and life adjustment. She also works with couples, including engagement/premarital counseling, and helping couples in distress.  Although Kellie is still developing her own therapeutic style, she believes strongly in a collaborative, integrative approach and is greatly influenced by both the existential and narrative perspectives. When not working at the Talley Center or studying, Kellie enjoys exercising, walking, journaling, practicing French, and spending time with her family.

 

Kellie’s Top Five Movies:

  1. French Kiss
  2. The Lion King
  3. Shrek
  4. Dances with Wolves
  5. The Prince of Egypt

Jimmy Nguyen

Counseling Intern

Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College of William and Mary (Completion of M.Ed. in May 2023)

 

Jimmy is excited to join the team at the Talley Center! Currently in his final year of the counseling master’s program at William & Mary, Jimmy’s therapeutic style is influenced by person-centered, existential, strengths-based, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral approaches. He is a native to northern Virginia, and his background as a second-generation Vietnamese-American and living in Japan for 11 years has afforded him a unique multicultural lens. He is passionate about working with the international, Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI), and LGBTQ+ communities, and he is interested in helping students through their concerns with anxiety, depression, adjustment, and crisis management. Jimmy enjoys playing video games, watching YouTube, studying languages, and running during his free time.

 

Jimmy’s Top Five Movies:

(500) Days of Summer

Roman Holiday

The Devil Wears Prada

Kill Bill

Battle Royale