Shannon Ufkes, MA, LLP, CAADC
Information: Shannon earned her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1996 and her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from WMU in 1993. She is certified in the state of Michigan as an Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She has been trained by The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia. She has also been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and in many applications of DBT by Behavioral Tech. Shannon has enjoyed working as a therapist for 21 years and has a broad range of experience. She does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach and utilizes a multitude of theories and experiences to meet the unique needs and preferences of each individual. She is committed to the people she serves and sees therapy as an important relationship where growth can occur. In her free time she enjoys time with family and close friends, cooking, and learning new things.
Monica Fischer, M.A.
Information: Monica is a current Master's graduate student finishing up her last year of coursework in the Counseling program at Eastern Michigan University. She is a Michigan native who grew up in the Metro Detroit area. As an undergraduate, she attended Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, and double minored in Women's and Gender Studies and Health Promotion.
She has worked with college students at Eastern Michigan University's Counseling Clinic, and as an undergraduate, she completed her internship at Michigan State University's Couple and Family Therapy Clinic. Her counseling approach is rooted in helping students tap into their inner strengths as she holds the belief that each person has the power for self-growth and healing. She works with individuals and couples and has a particular interest in concerns of perfectionism, relational matters, chronic illness, disability, life transitions, and identity.
Haley Hill, B.A.
Information: Haley Hill is currently working toward her Master of Social Work at Michigan State University, and she proudly completed her undergraduate studies at Albion College in 2014 where she studied English and Spanish, spending a portion of her time abroad in Bilbao, Spain. She previously interned at the Employee Service Program for the State of Michigan and currently volunteers for Crisis Text Line. Prior to starting her master’s program, she worked at MSU Law in the Office of Student Affairs assisting students as they navigated their professional degree, prompting her to return to school.
She practices supportive and personally tailored strengths-based counseling. She finds it critical to work with people through a systems lens, specifically focusing on the ways in which systematic oppression can have a role in personal growth, identity, and barriers to success. As a Queer counselor, she enjoys raising up the voices of the LGBTQA+ community as well as focusing on stress, chronic illness, trauma, life transitions, grief/loss, and imposterism in higher education.
Franklin A. Kelemen, Ph.D
Director of Counseling Services
Information: Franklin Kelemen completed his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 1985. He completed a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1978) following a B.A. in Psychology from Beloit College (1974). He was a Teaching Fellow while a doctoral candidate at Temple University and he completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Detroit Psychiatric Institute/Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Kelemen has spent his professional career working with individuals and families in a wide variety of clinical settings. He has a particular interest in trauma and has completed research on the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorders, the effects of trauma on children, and on the intergenerational effects of the Holocaust on children of Holocaust survivors. He has volunteered for the Red Cross and Michigan Psychological Association as a crisis response counselor, as an interviewer for the Shoah Foundation, and as a mediator for the Washtenaw County Dispute Resolution Center. In September, 2001, he was asked to help in the response to the World Trade Center attack.
Dr. Kelemen and the members of the Counseling Department look forward to working with Albion students. We recognize that college offers young adults an exciting adventure and an opportunity for growth and development. At the same time, college years are often a period of increased stress and pressure. Each student approaches the college experience with his or her own unique constellation of life experiences, concerns, and needs. We hope that the Counseling Center will be helpful in meeting the needs of each Albion students for support in maximizing their potential to reach their educational and personal goals.