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Counseling Staff


Genuine care inspired by a sense of hope, healing, and resiliency through life struggles into human flourishing, leading to a more deeply enriched community.


 Mary ReidMary Reid, BA and Master of English

Haggar University Center, Second Floor

A UD alumnist, Mary is happy to help you with most questions about the UDCC and the OSA. While she wears several different hats, she maintains confidentiality and privacy for all students who may or may not be involved at the UDCC and the Health Clinic.

Feel free to stop by and say hello!


 Merlyn AntonyMerlyn Antony, LPC

Merlyn Anton, LPC graduated from Texas Christian University with a BS in Psychology, and UT Southwestern with a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She has provided counseling services within schools, non-profit agencies, and hospitals. She works with a wide range of struggles.  She has experience serving individuals, couples, and families, employing the use of behavioral relaxation training, family-systems, and person-centered techniques, depending on the needs of the client.  She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Vanessa Garcia

Vanessa Garcia, LPC

Hello, my name is Vanessa Garcia and I am so happy you’re here. I know there’s a lot of unknown things going on but I am here for you. Seeking a counseling professional takes a lot of courage and I am honored that you are considering me to help you in this process. I am thankful for every person I get to meet and help seek a healthy mental life. My goal is to provide a comfortable, safe environment, to listen and to help you process and understand your feelings. Your journey to healing is my priority. 

Susan Ghalibaf

Susan Ghalibaf, LCSW

Susan Ghalibaf, LCSW, a graduate of the University of Texas system with a Bachelor’s in Sociology in 1991 and a Master’s of Social Work in1998. Her clinical experience includes inpatient psychiatric at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, as well as private and outpatient therapy. She specializes in providing therapy services to adolescents, young adults, families and couples. She strives to provide culturally relevant and sensitive treatment in a safe and inclusive manner. In addition, she is fluent in three languages as a result of living in various countries. She cherishes her time with her husband and her two college-aged children.

Tamyra Lawson

Tamyra Lawson, LCSW

Tamyra Ware Lawson, MSW, LCSW graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from Nicholls State University in 2007. She has worked in various fields such as Child Protective Services, Inpatient and Outpatient psychiatry, Law Enforcement Emergency crisis intervention, outpatient medical clinics, hospitals and schools. She has experience with Crisis Intervention, suicide, depression, domestic violence and anxiety. She specializes in providing services to adolescents, adults and couples. She is a wife and a mother who enjoys helping others get through uncertain times.

Jennise RamosJennise Ramos, LCSW


Jennise Ramos, MSW, LCSW graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore in 2007. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005. She has worked in various fields to include inpatient psychiatric hospitals, Child Protective Services, suicide and crisis positions, sex offenders and federal inmates, immigration, community medical clinics and hospitals, schools and outpatient services in private practice settings. Jennise is fluent in English and Spanish. She enjoys working with a variety of presenting issues. She has a passion for counseling, psychology and helping others. She strongly believes “it’s a beautiful thing when a passion and a career come together.”