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Dear Flagler College Colleagues and Students

Flagler College Counseling Services (FCCS) joins the rest of the Flagler community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion to all those who have been, and continue to be, impacted by the race-based tragedies occurring across our nation. These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing. While these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be especially painful and injurious to members of our community who identify as Black or African-American. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness and/or guilt.  As a mental health service, FCCS is committed to affirming and providing support for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by experiences of racism, discrimination, prejudice, bigotry, stereotyping and/or violence.  We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with processing and coping with recent and/or past experiences of trauma or any other mental or emotional health concerns. 

In addition to providing clinical services, FCCS is continuing to collaborate with campus colleagues and student leaders to develop and promote virtual support groups, workshops and resources for addressing and coping with racial injustice and trauma.

 


About Us

Mission

Flagler College Counseling Services is dedicated to providing high-quality and culturally competent mental health services to all students. We strive to enhance the student experience by supporting students in the development of the skills, attitudes and behaviors essential for personal growth, psychological well-being and academic success.

Vision

Flagler College Counseling Services will have a transformative impact on the emotional well-being of the Flagler campus community. We will promote a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff and administration that embraces diversity and encourages trust, respect and collaboration. Counseling Services will meet the highest professional standards and be accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Meet Our Staff

Kathy O'Keefe Payne, M.A., LMHC

Director of Counseling Services 

Kathy O’Keefe Payne currently serves as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the Flagler College Counseling Center. Previously, she served Flagler College as the Director of Alumni.

Kathy earned her B.A. from Flagler College. She earned her master’s in counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando, in Orlando, Florida. She is licensed to practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida.

Kathy’s areas of professional interest include grief, anxiety, depression, time management, and interpersonal relationships.

Rachel Moran-Brown, M.PA., M.S., LMHC

Counselor

Rachel Moran-Brown currently serves as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the Flagler College Counseling Center.  Previously she served as a CARE Coordinator for Flagler College and a counselor for St. Johns County School District.

Rachel earned her Master's in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City and her Master's in Counseling from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.  She is licensed to practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida.

Rachel's areas of interest and expertise include adjustment, anxiety, depression, mindfulness based practices, and LGBTQ issues.

Shadisha Bennett Brodde, M.S., LMHC

Shadisha Bennett Brodde currently serves as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the Flagler College Counseling Center.

Shadisha earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies/Health and Human Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield and Master’s of Science in Community Counseling from National Louis University in Illinois. She is licensed to practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida.

Shadisha's areas of interest and expertise include counseling those from diverse backgrounds, anxiety, self-esteem/self-concept development, depression, LGBTQ issues, substance use disorders, and utilizing positive and strength-based psychology practices. 

James Jenkins, M.A., LMHC

Counselor

Jim Jenkins serves as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the Flagler College Counseling Center.

Jim earned his B.A. degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Western Carolina University.  He is licensed to practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida.

Jim’s areas of professional interest and expertise include grief, anxiety, depression, managing intense emotions, and interpersonal effectiveness.