Our vision as part of the liberal arts education
Becoming self-reliant, developing enriching relationships, and clarifying life goals and values are among the significant challenges of college students. Counseling provides those struggling with the demands of college with the opportunity to learn about themselves and others, examine their coping styles, and develop more effective skills and strategies to meet their needs. Counseling is an educational opportunity and empowers students to develop healthy ways of living and learning.
Members of the staff work closely with faculty, administrators, non-campus health professionals, and parents on issues which are of concern to individual students as well as to the campus community.
Kyle Bishop, EdD, LCPC, NCC
Director of Counseling Services
Kyle is an alumnus of St. Mary's, where she majored in psychology. She completed her Master's degree at Johns Hopkins University and earned her doctorate in counseling psychology with a specialization in counselor education. Kyle is licensed as a mental health therapist in the state of Maryland and is a national certified counselor. She returned to St. Mary's College in 2008 as a member of the Counseling Services team. She is a generalist who incorporates a variety of theoretical frameworks into her practice, which allows her to work effectively with students who are experiencing a range of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and substance abuse, in addition to everyday challenges and stresses of college life. Kyle enjoys working with students in individual, couple's, and group settings to help students achieve their goals at St. Mary's and beyond. The college years are a time of great opportunity and growth for students. She works with students in order to help them reach their full potential as students and as individuals.
Katie Daly, PhD Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Katie is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and has an M.A. from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. The emphasis of Katie’s research and clinical training has focused on treating clients with heath conditions that have a psychological component and using a holistic perspective to promote wellbeing among college students. In addition to counseling, Katie has taught at St. Mary’s in the Psychology Department. Katie has experience working with a variety of presenting concerns including physical health concerns, recovery from abuse and trauma, bereavement, depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders. Katie’s primary theoretical orientations are interpersonal and existential. Katie absolutely loves working at St. Mary’s!! She feels it is a privilege to be able to support St. Mary’s students during this time of transition and personal growth. Katie believes people have a tremendous capacity for resiliency and purposeful living and she holds a very positive and respectful view of her clients.
Meghan K. Root, MA, MEd
Sexual Assault/Wellness Advocate
Meghan Joined the SMCM community in the fall of 2010. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Leslie University in Cambridge, MA, has also obtained a Masters in Education in Human Sexuality and is near completion of her Educational Doctorate in the same field through Widener University in Chester, PA. She has experience in trauma and crisis interventions across a broad range of mental health issues and looks to put the individual first. She pulls from narrative, cognitive behavioral, existential, and solution-focused therapy models to build on the student’s resiliency. She is also trained in stress reduction can assist students in coping with the challenges of balancing their needs and desires. She has experience working with sexual health, sexual compulsion, and relationship issues and believes that healthy sexuality is an important aspect of our humanity.
Maria Haugaard, MA, LCPAT, LCPC
Maria joined the staff of Counseling Services in Fall 2008.
She is a licensed counselor in Washington, D.C. (LPC), and in Maryland (LCPC), where she is an “Approved LCPC Supervisor.” Maria also holds one of the state’s first licenses in Art Therapy (LCPAT).
Maria received her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University. She holds Post-Master’s certificates from Johns Hopkins University in both Clinical Community Counseling, and Spiritual & Existential Therapy.
Maria grew up in the Caribbean and is completely bilingual in English and Spanish. She enjoys her work with students at St. Mary’s College and finds them to be “smart, and searching.”
Dr. Ibukun-Olu A. Isaacs, M.D.
Dr. Isaacs completed graduate training in Clinical Psychiatry with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Royal College Surgeons in Ireland. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. He completed a Child and Adolescent fellowship at Virginia Tech. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology.