Nancy Schongalla-Bowman has served as Director of Student Counseling at PTS since 2000. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Nancy graduated from Stanford University, PTS, and Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served in various ministry contexts. Nancy integrates many approaches in her work with individuals and couples and has advanced training in traditional and less traditional therapies such as Hakomi Therapy, EMDR, Gestalt Therapy, Inner Bonding, The Sedona Method, HeartMath, Recreating the Self, Internal Family Systems, Emotional Freedom Technique, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Nancy is open to praying with students and often recommends spiritual direction as an adjunct to counseling. She organizes seminars, events, and groups and assists with referrals to ensure a good match. Her approach to counseling is experiential, and often includes mindful attention to emotions and the body. She is happy to direct individuals to resources in the Counseling Lending Library.
Julie Collins is a Certified Body-Centered Psychotherapy Practitioner, with a specialization in nutrition and wellness interventions for mental health and addiction recovery. With a B.A. and M.A. in somatic (mind-body) and holistic (whole person) health and wellness, she is also trained in somatic approaches to trauma recovery, and movement-based expressive art modalities. Julie creates a safe and collaborative healing environment for individuals experiencing a range of concerns and limiting habits. These may include anxiety and depression, substance or behavioral addiction, health challenges, stress, lifestyle challenges such as sleep, organization/time management, concentration and focus, food and eating, or relating with others. Her main goal is helping clients access the body as a resource, and cultivate self-awareness and resilience that fosters greater freedom, ease, balance, and effectiveness in their lives … study, work, play, and relationships.
Maggie Furniss holds an M.A. and Ed.S. degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rider University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Board Certified Life Coach. Maggie has a background in fine arts and has training from the Gestalt Institute and the Psychodrama Institute and she incorporates expressive therapies techniques into counseling. Maggie’s approach focuses on exploring with clients how we are both creations and creators of our circumstances and how the collaborative process of therapy can be helpful in developing new and healthier thinking patterns and behaviors. She enjoys working with students who are experiencing difficulties with life transitions, relationships, depression, anxiety, and co-dependency.
Lynn Shell has worked in Princeton as a board certified Addictions and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, providing services to adults and adolescents since 2008. In addition to her clinical practice, Lynn is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University School of Nursing. Lynn earned a B.S. from Duke University, M.S.N. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. In February 2016, Lynn completed a 2-year fellowship in Integrated Medicine at the University of Arizona giving her the tools to incorporate both alternative and traditional treatment options to our clients. Using the concepts of Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, Lynn takes a holistic approach in her care of patients and welcomes the collaboration between herself, the client, and other treating professionals.
Ryan McMillian holds a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School and a Post Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. For the past four years, he has worked for a group practice in Philadelphia, the Council For Relationships, as a Marriage and Family Therapist. The Huffington Post recognized Ryan in an article entitled “15 Black Male Therapist You Should Know.” Ryan brings together hospice chaplaincy experience coupled with a therapy background to train clergy and therapists on grief counseling techniques. He also has served as a guest lecturer and workshop presenter on issues concerning men, shame and anxiety. As a licensed minister in the Baptist church, Ryan explores spiritual concerns in a way that honors the clients’ spirituality and embraces their theological outlook. He is also trained in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy, which is used to offer wholeness to couples.
***Information is shared between the Director of Student Counseling and on-campus counselors during the referral process and as needed to support the wellbeing of students, spouses, or couples engaged in on-campus counseling. If a student shares with part-time on-campus counselors a concern that relates to Title VI or Title IX, consultation with the Director of Student Counseling will take place to further support the student and clarify options to address the situation.