Personal Counseling Services Staff

Lindsay Barber

Lindsay Barber
Director of Ferris State University’s Birkam Health Center and Personal Counseling Center.

Lindsay has previously served as the associate director of the University of Houston Health Center. She is a 2007 graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in commercial recreation. In 2012, Lindsay earned her master’s degree in healthcare administration, also from CMU. In all, Lindsay has more than nine years of health care administration experience and two years of higher education health care experience prior to her arrival at Ferris.

Chris Richmond

Chris Richmond, Ph.D., PROFESSOR, LMFT
University Counselor

Chris earned his PhD from Western Michigan University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Michigan. His special areas of interest include depression, learning disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), eating disorders, family relationships, couples counseling, and psychological assessment. Dr. Richmond provides a solution-focused approach to counseling, which integrates cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, family systems, and strength based techniques.

Mark Van Lent

Mark Van Lent, EdD, LPC, NCC
University Counselor

Mark earned his Ed.D. from Idaho State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan. Mark also holds specialized certification as a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. His special areas of interest include depression disorders, addictions, and self-esteem. Dr. VanLent provides a person-centered approach to therapy, incorporating cognitive/behavioral and solution-focused techniques.

Elisa Pacheco Cotter

Elisa Pacheco Cotter, LMSW
University Counselor

Elisa earned her MSW from Western Michigan University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Michigan. Elisa's clinical interests include self-esteem and identity issues, childhood trauma, family systems, and relationship concerns. Elisa enjoys supporting the development of students by using a strength-based and eclectic approach to counseling.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater MA. LPC
University Counselor

Andrew earned his Masters Degree from Central Michigan University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan. Andrew enjoys working with clients struggling with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, and identity issues. Andrew primarily uses a cognitive behavioral approach in treatment also incorporating mindfulness, and trauma informed techniques.