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Abe Zubarev, LCSW
Director of Counseling


Post Master's Certificate/Respecialization, Edinboro University – Art Therapy
MFA candidate, University of the Arts– Studio Arts

MS, Columbia University - Clinical Social Work
M.Ed, Harvard University - Arts in Education
MA, ABD, Cornell University - Art History & LGBT Studies
BA, Brooklyn College - Art History & Philosophy, summa cum laude
Phone: 215-717-6630
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Abe's Specialties: All UArts Counseling Staff are generalists with experience in all areas of mental health relating to the college student population. Abe's specific interests also include: the Arts in Mental Health, Counseling & Wellness; Existential concerns; Self-Esteem & Shyness; Stress Management; Gay men's issues; and Strengths-Based Coaching & Resilience


Beth Couture, Ph.D., LSW
Assistant Director of Counseling


MSS - Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work – Clinical Social Work

Ph.D. - University of Southern Mississippi - English/Creative Writing Concentration

MFA - University of Notre Dame - Fiction

MA, Binghamton University - English/Creative Writing Concentration

BA, Hollins University - English

Phone: 215-717-6626


Beth's Specialties: Full-time staff therapist at the UArts Counseling Center. Generalist approach including treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma and self-harm. Specialized interest in Narrative Therapy and Poetry/Bibliotherapy.


Staff Therapist

Phone: 215-717-6630



Darren Piechota, MD
Consulting Psychiatrist

MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania
BS, University of Scranton
Phone: 215-717-6630
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Dr. Piechota's Specialties: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Medication Management. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.





Bethanne Frazer is an art therapist in training who is pursing the MS in Community & Trauma Counseling at Jefferson University, with an art therapy specialization. She has worked in a variety of diverse settings including Horizon House, Cora Services, and University of the Sciences. She is also a teaching artist at Fleisher Art Memorial and has previously studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) and City University of New York. 


Amanda Gigante is pursuing a Master of Social Service (MSS) at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and previously attended Rowan University. She has worked full-time as  an Administrative Supervisor and Community Integration Specialist at JFK Behavioral Health Center and is completing her current internship at Belmont Behavioral Hospital's Adolescent Unit. 


Olivia McDonald is pursuing an MSW at Columbia University School of Social Work and resides here in Philadelphia. She completed her BA at Rutgers in English and has worked in non-profit settings to help support refugees, such as HIAS Pennsylvania, and also women's empowerment organizations. She is particularly passionate about supporting students in the African-American community as well as campus diversity initiatives. 


Steven Pinard is pursuing an MSW at West Chester University, PASSHE Center City campus and completed his undergraduate work at Penn State University. He has completed internships with Abramson Senior Services, Lutheran Children and Family Services, previously worked as Director of Operations at Caring Hands Coordination Agency and as a program director at Patient Care Coordination, among other roles. Steven focuses on case management, wellness outreach programming, and triage/walk-in assessments at UArts.   


Veronica Yang-Kaplan is also pursuing an MSS at Bryn Mawr College and previously completed her undergraduate work at University of Maryland. She has previously worked full-time in business as a manager and consultant. She speaks five languages and is currently completing a clinical internship at Friend's Hospital.  


Ying Zhang (they/them pronouns) is pursuing the MSS at Bryn Mawr College with a focus on macro practice and previously completed undergraduate studies at Temple University. Ying has previously worked full-time at Mazzoni Center as a Community Health Engagement Specialist and an HIV tester/phlebotomist as well as an LGBT Studies Intern at Temple and is currently a Public Relations Officer for the Philadelphia Asian Queer organization.  Ying also focuses on case management, wellness outreach programming, and triage/walk-in assessments at UArts.