You'll be relieved to know that SDSU also provides personal and confidential assistance on campus through Counseling Services as no charge to the student. Whether you dealt with emotional difficulties before coming here to SDSU or they have started to affect your studies now, we are here to provide support. Our experienced and qualified counseling staff can help.
Get to know your Counselors:
Assistant Director, Wellness Center Counseling
- Jessica McLaughlin MA, LPC-MH, QMHP
My name is Jess McLaughlin and I am the Assistant Director of the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services, supervising the counselors and managing counseling services. I have worked at SDSU since Fall 2015 and have been in the mental health field since graduating from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I hold LPC-MH licensure in the state of South Dakota, I’m a South Dakota Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) and an approved supervisor through the licensing board of South Dakota.
I was called to be a mental health professional through my experience with the South Dakota National Guard as a medic during my deployment in 2003. My work history includes neuropsychological testing at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, providing Intensive outpatient treatment/aftercare for adults with substance abuse issues and working with severely and persistent mentally ill patients in a community mental health center. Working as a counselor allows me to pursue my passion of assisting students with developing skills they will use for their entire lives. As a supervisor I’m fortunate to lead a team of young professionals in providing a broad range of mental health services to meet the needs of individual students and to the broader SDSU community. Outside of my work at SDSU I love time with my husband, children, dog, and cat. Family adventures include things like hunting, fishing, camping, and cooking. Being outside is our favorite. When I can, I love traveling and shopping, especially when I get to shop when I travel. Other hobbies include reading, exercise, taking walks, listening to music, and watching movies.
- Andrea Boglic MS, NCC
I was born in Slovenia and raised in a small beautiful city by the Adriatic Coast called Umag, Croatia. When I was 4 years old, I decided to start playing tennis and became good enough at it that by the year 2012 I was invited to play for the University of South Alabama where I started my major in Psychology. Later on I transferred to South Dakota State University where I continued my career as a Student-Athlete while finishing my B.S. in Psychology. I then enrolled in the CHRD Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program at SDSU and completed my internship at the SDSU Counseling Services before being offered a full-time position as a Staff Counselor here at SDSU.
My approach begins by establishing a collaborative and supportive relationship that encourages you to feel comfortable with sharing your concerns while motivating you to seek new avenues that support change and growth. Rather than giving advice or telling you what I think is best for you, I use challenging and thoughtful questions that help you discover and explore new viewpoints and opportunities that enable you to find your best path forward in reaching your goals.
- Polly Davis MS, LPC, NCC
My name is Polly Davis and I am a Staff Counselor in the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at South Dakota State University. I hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I am currently licensed as an LPC with an NCC certification. I obtained my MS from SDSU and have been practicing in the counseling center since 2015. Prior to coming to SDSU, I lived in a variety of places across the country including Iowa, California, and South Carolina. I have a varied background of professional experience including nursing, insurance, and various areas of customer service. I currently reside in Brookings, SD with my spouse and our dog Logan. In my spare time, I enjoy working out, skiing/snowboarding, watching cartoons/anime, skating, badminton, and going on adventures.
My approach to counseling is to promote a safe atmosphere in which I am empathetic and nonjudgmental. My goal is to help you overcome the challenges you’re experiencing while building skills that lead to long term positive wellbeing. I have experience helping individuals manage a variety of life challenges including, anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and spiritual concerns. I am currently beginning work at the American Indian Center and am passionate about working with our American Indian students.
- Megan Florestano, MS
Hello, my name is Megan Florestano, and I am a Staff Counselor with the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at South Dakota State University. I hold a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from SDSU. I have worked in the SDSU clinic in various capacities since October 2019. Prior to coming to the clinic, I interned at the Compass Center in Sioux Falls, SD where I gained experience in counseling survivors of sexual and domestic violence. I am passionate about utilizing coping skills, self-regulation, and behavioral intervention to promote mental and emotional healing and wellness with my clients. I enjoy theatre, dance, camping, and gathering with friends during non-pandemic times. I grew up in south eastern Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in theatre. My husband, Andrew, and I live in Brookings, SD with our one-year-old son Theodore.
- Gabriel Hertler MS, LPC-MH, QMHP
My name is Gabriel Hertler and I am a staff counselor with Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at South Dakota State University. I have a Masters degree in Counseling and Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a College Counseling emphasis. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-MH) and a Qualified Mental Health Provider (QMHP) for the state of SD and have been employed at SDSU since 2013. In addition to working with trauma, anxiety and other challenges, I have a special interest and knowledge of multi-cultural counseling and working with diverse populations. I am a listed resource for the GSA and the campus advisor for Jack Ju-Jitsu. I also give presentations for the CHRD department on select topics and am involved in student conduct assessment and substance use prevention on campus.
I live in Brookings with my wife Asha and our son Adler. My hobbies and interests include cooking, traveling (international and domestic), hiking, literature, performing arts, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and spending time with friends, family, and my pets.
- Carrie Jorgensen MS, NCC, LPC
Hi, I’m Carrie Jorgensen. In May of 2016 I graduated from SDSU with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and began my career with Brookings Behavioral Health. In December of 2017, I returned to SDSU as a staff counselor with the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services. I take a strength-based approach, focusing on your goals and supporting you with embracing your own value, establishing healthy, nurturing relationships with others helping you feel more confident and empowered. I have experience helping people manage a variety of life challenges including anxiety, depression, family concerns, and relationship issues. I support and advocate for diversity and inclusion, and greatly enjoy working with students who identify as LGBTQIA+.
I also serve as co-advisor for the SDSU chapter of Lost & Found, a student group that focuses on mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and resiliency. I have been involved with the South Dakota Counseling Association (SDCA) for the past several years and am currently serving as the president of our local chapter. Through SDCA, I advocate for our students, clients, and the counseling profession. My spouse (Craig) and I enjoy traveling, spoiling our cats, and relaxing around a bonfire with friends. I like to paint, bake, crochet, read, and play board games.
- Ashley Rausch MS, LPC
Hello everyone! My name is Ashley Rausch and I am a Staff Counselor in the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at South Dakota State University. My work on the SDSU campus includes working alongside the Office of Conduct in alcohol and drug abuse prevention and seeing students in the traditional counseling setting. I hold a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South Dakota State University and am a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to coming to SDSU, I worked at the community mental health center in Brookings, providing counseling services to people of all ages.
I am a careful listener and focused listener and will assist with recognizing and identifying your emotions and underlying assumptions and the way they influence your day to day decisions and interactions with others. In my personal life, I love spending with family and friends. I am also a nerd who loves video games, D&D, LOTR, Harry Potter, Books, Critical Role, Music, Dancing, Painting, Tennis, Traveling and just trying new things and new adventures.
- Gregory Wasberg MS, PhD
Hello, my name is Greg Wasberg. I’m a Staff Counselor in the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at South Dakota State University. I have a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN and a Master of Science degree/specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. I was an SDSU Jackrabbit from 1982 through 1986. Prior to working here, I was owner and operator of Shetek Behavior Solutions, a private mental health clinic in Slayton, MN working with children, families and adults.
I was born and raised in West Central (Madison, MN) and consider myself to be a “small town boy.” My approach begins with learning about you and your situation and is guided by the belief that you are the world’s best expert on yourself and the belief that your strengths, abilities and experience are important resources in helping you move forward. I try to ask the kind of questions that will help you bring those strengths forward. I live in Dell Rapids, SD with my wife Barb and our dog Buster. In my spare time I enjoy writing and producing original music, woodworking, photography and playing in a rock-n-roll/folk music band.
- Jordyn Menage, BS
My name is Jordyn Menage and I am a new Intake Coordinator Intern with the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at South Dakota State University. I attended SDSU for my undergraduate degree, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and am now pursuing a Master’s Degree in both College Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My approach to working with people is to create a warm, welcoming, and friendly environment for anyone that I encounter.
When I am done with school I would like to work in a counseling setting with college students and student athletes. I have many interests, including spending time with my friends and family, watching college football, and keeping active by running.
- Nicholas Shirley, BS
I am a graduate student in the SDSU Counseling and Human Resources Development program specializing in College Counseling and Clinical Mental Health and an Intake Coordinator with the SDSU Student Counseling Services. I’m also a Residence Hall Director for the Housing and Residential Life office on campus.
Prior to coming to here, I worked at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL as a Community Director for their department of Housing & Residential Life. I graduated from the University of New Haven in 2013 with a degree in Forensic Science and a concentration in Biology. I bring a range of experience in responding to needs of college students both in-and-out of their residential experience. I am a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog Rey (who you may even see walking around on campus).
Mental Health Interns
- Jordan Bogenrief BA
My name is Jordan Bogenrief and I am a Counseling Intern at SDSU Student Counseling Services, studying for my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I began working here as an intake coordinator in 2020 while completing my undergraduate degree in Sociology with minors in Criminal Justice and Addiction Studies. My approach to counseling is person-centered by offering personalized care that treats people with respect and dignity. I believe that mutual respect is essential and that you are the expert in your life.
Before my college career I served in the Marine Corps as a Machine Gunner under 2nd Battalion 7th Marines and was stationed in Twentynine Palms, CA. Some of my hobbies include riding my motorcycle, cooking, backpacking and Frisbee golf.
- Kathryn Fenster, BA
Hey y’all! My name is Katie Fenster and I am a Clinical Mental Health Intern at the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at South Dakota State University. I have a BA in Anthropology and Mathematics from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. Prior to attending graduate school, I worked several jobs including as a Tutor, and as a Base Data Analyst in Philadelphia, PA. I entered the counseling field because counseling is grassroots social justice.
As a Graduate Assistant in the Counseling and Human Development Department at SDSU, I helped to organize two annual Diversity in Mental Health conferences. I am also active in the Counseling honor society, Chi Sigma Iota. I have taken the Play Therapy coursework at SDSU and regularly incorporate expressive interventions into sessions. In my spare time, I enjoy coloring and taking my dog, Lynus, on various adventures.
- Julia Walker, BS
Hello! I am a Counseling Intern in the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at South Dakota State University in my third and final semester. I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology with an accompanying minor in Music Performance from North Dakota State University. Prior to internship, I worked with Strengthening the Heartland, a grant program focused on the education and prevention of opioid abuse in South Dakota and continue working with their Counseling and Human Resources Department. During my internship I was co-leader of an Anxiety and Art Therapy counseling group in which participants learned to use creative skills to develop anxiety management skills.
My specialty areas include: anxiety, depression, mindfulness/meditation, sexuality and LGBTQ+, work/life balance, and relationships. I focus on taking an “in-the-moment” approach with students, connecting mind and body for individuals to develop a holistic view of themselves and their situation. When I’m not in the counseling offices, I’m spending time with my partner and our dog, Dante, reading, crafting, and obsessively learning about true crime through podcasts and documentaries.