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Meet Your Counselors

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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:

Interim Assistant Director, Wellness Center Counseling 

Gregory Wasberg PhD, LMFT

 

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.

Staff Counselors

Polly Davis MS, LPC, NCC
Polly Davis

 

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
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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. 

Gabriel Hertler MS, LPC-MH, QMHP
Gabe Hertler, Staff Counselor

 

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.

Ashley Rausch MS, LPC
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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.

Jordan Bogenreif, MS 
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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.

Julia Walker, MS 
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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.

Intake Coordinators

Maggie Oberg, BS

I am a graduate student in the SDSU Counseling and Human Resources Development program on both the Clinical Mental Health and Marriage and Family tracks, I am an Intake Coordinator with the SDSU Student Counseling Services, as well as a graduate assistant for some of the HDFS faculty. I am also involved in the Lost & Found mentoring program here on campus.

I graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2020 with a degree in both psychology and religion. During my time at Augustana, I was a collegiate athlete and worked at the recreational services department on campus, among a variety of other volunteer experiences. I was a captain for three years and learned a lot about the importance of mental health through my teammates and my own experiences. I am especially interested in future work with student-athletes, but also hope to work with both couples and individuals. I love being able to connect with others and provide support to others who need it. In my free time, I enjoy baking, crafting, exercising, and spending time with friends.

Mathew Gauger, BS

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Mental Health Interns

Morgan Catlett-Austin, BS

 

Amanda Jorgenson, BS

Hello, my name is Amanda Jacobson. I am excited to be an Intern Staff Counselor in the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services here at SDSU. I hold a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from South Dakota State University. I am currently completing my MS in Marriage and Family Counseling here and will graduate in August of 2022. I have completed the Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and find this to be very helpful in my work. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my Golden Retriever, reading, watching sports and baking.

 

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