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Abe Zubarev, LCSW
Director of Counseling

Education:
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
Phone: 215-717-6630
Email: azubarev@uarts.edu
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Abe's Specialties: Self-Esteem & Shyness; Existential concerns; Gay men's issues; Strengths-Based Coaching & Resilience; Stress Management, Buddhism in Mental Health;  Arts in Counseling & Wellness

 

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Ryan O'Laughlin, LCSW
Staff Therapist & Outreach Coordinator

Education:
MSW, Temple University - Clinical Social Work
BSW, Temple University - Social Work
Phone: 215-717-6622
Email: rolaughlin@uarts.edu
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Ryan's Specialties: Mood disorders, depression/bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties, conflict resolution, attachment issues and individuation, sexual addiction, managing suicidal thoughts and crisis. Outreach and workshops. Therapeutic strengths: Behavior activation, motivational interviewing and self-empowerment.

 

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Dustin Barnes, LSW
Temporary Staff Therapist

Education:
MSW, West Chester University - Clinical Social Work
BA, Temple University - Commuications & Psychology 
Phone: 215-717-6626
Email: dbarnes@uarts.edu  

As temporary staff therapist at the UArts Counseling Center, I am passionate about helping students to learn more about themselves and to find the tools to navigate through life’s difficult challenges. Some of my favorite presenting concerns involve working with students through the process of self-discovery, individuating from their families, and maturing into adulthood. I also enjoy helping students who struggle in their lives with creativity as artists, whether that involve anxiety, suicidal thoughts, LGBTQ concerns, or issues regarding religion and family of origin. As a therapist, I use a Rogierian person-centered approach along with some cognitive behavioral interventions, mindfulness, gestalt therapy, and underlining psychodynamic work. In my free time, I enjoy singing, travel, and good food. 

 

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Darren Piechota, MD
Consulting Psychiatrist

Education:
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 Managment.

 

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Lauren Landers Tabares, LSW
Clinical Fellow

Education:
MSW, University of Pennsylvania - Clinical Social Work
BA, California State University, Fullerton - Child & Adolescent Development
Phone: 215-717-6630
Email: llanders@uarts.edu

Bio: Lauren feels privileged to return to UArts as a Clinical Fellow after being one of the first counseling interns during the 2015-2016 academic year. As a full-time case management supervisor for a community mental health agency in Montgomery County, Lauren enjoys heading to the UArts campus part-time to assist in sexual assault awareness programming and to offer groups surrounding the topic of sexual assault through a trauma-informed, intersectional, social-justice lens. Lauren's other areas of interest and experience include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and working with children and adults on the Autism spectrum. In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling and visiting her hometown in Southern California.

 

GRADUATE INTERNS/TRAINEES: CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK, COUNSELING & CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES

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Samantha Tavlin, MA candidate
Clinical Intern - Art Therapy

Drexel University
Department of Creative Arts Therapies
Phone: 215-717-6630
Email: stavlin@uarts.edu

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am working on my Master’s in Art Therapy and Counseling at Drexel, and am so happy to be at the UArts Counseling Center for my clinical internship. I believe that healing happens in and through relationships, collaboration, and creativity, so my priority is to build strong and meaningful therapeutic alliances with my clients. One passion I have developed during my master’s studies is incorporating social justice approaches to my work in and out of the therapy room. My favorite things in life include pugs, French bulldogs, and coffee. I feel privileged and honored to work with all students who have come my way.

 

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Daniel Safavi, MA candidate
Clinical Intern - Dance & Movement Therapy

Drexel University
Department of Creative Arts Therapies
Phone: 215-717-6630
Email: dsafavi@uarts.edu

Pronouns: he/him/his

Dan was exposed to multiple world views from an early age. He was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, to Iranian parents who taught him the values of both Eastern and Western philosophies. Later, he would live in multiple cities on both the East and West Coast of the United States. Along the way, he would study various disciplines with an open mind and a tenacious spirit. Dan’s diverse experiences have helped him attune to those of all sorts of backgrounds. His experiences have also given him a myriad of tools that he uses creatively. He adopts three main approaches to therapy: using mindfulness to guide the student to a relaxed state of mind that can better learn, using reason and logic to change unhelpful ways of thinking about the world, and using expressive arts to tap into the wisdom of the right-brain and the subconscious mind.

 

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Jason Pirrung, MSW candidate
Clinical Social Work Intern

West Chester University of PA - PASSHE Center City Campus
Phone: 215-717-6630
Email: jpirrung@uarts.edu

Pronouns: he/him/his

 

Jason has worked in social services for nine years, primarily providing case management to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. His therapeutic approaches include strength-based, person-centered, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. In addition to these theories, Jason believes in the transformative relationship between people and their environments, including the incorporation of art, cultural history, and diverse learning. Prior to his work in social services, Jason was a freelance film-maker and writer.

 

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Liz Green, MSW candidate
Clinical Social Work Intern

Temple UniversityCollege of Public Health - School of Social Work
Phone: 215-717-6630
Email: eligreen@uarts.edu

Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

Liz is a candidate for her Masters in Social Work at Temple and has worked in community based arts for ten years, using expression as a way to celebrate our lives and better understand one another. Her therapeutic approach is strengths-based, person-centered, and sometimes uses narrative therapy tools to help people understand their own life story. She believes that the creativity and imagination of the students at UArts is their strongest tool for managing their mental health.

 

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Lauren Mirzakhalili, MSS candidate
Clinical Social Work Intern

Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research
Phone: 215-717-6630
Email: lmirzakhalili@uarts.edu

Pronouns: she/her/hers

As a social worker in training, I believe in recognizing and tapping into everyone's unique individual strengths. I try to live social justice values in my work, school, and non-professional life. I am an avid reader and enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction works. I love working with the talented, thoughtful students at UArts.