Meet Our Counselors

To schedule an appointment call (404) 364-8456 or email Counselingcenter@oglethorpe.edu (email preferred). In case of a mental health emergency, call campus safety at (404) 504-1998.

Claire E. Fuller, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Counseling Services Director
cfuller@oglethorpe.edu

Dr. Claire Fuller begins her fifth year at Oglethorpe University this Fall. Dr. Fuller earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. She moved to Atlanta to complete her internship at Grady Hospital, with a plan to stay in Georgia for one year. She fell in love with the physical beauty of Atlanta, the cultural diversity of the area, and the abundance of professional opportunities and she has lived in the Atlanta area ever since. Claire served as Training Director at Agnes Scott College Counseling and Psychological Services for 13 years. In addition, Claire has worked in a community counseling center; a State Psychiatric Hospital; teaching in the master’s program at Georgia School of Professional Psychology; providing Employee Assistance Program Services for Employees of DeKalb County School Systems; and evaluating Social Security Disability Applications. She is pleased to be part of the OU Community and to help the OU Counseling Center collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to serve this dynamic community.

Andreka Fluker Peat, Psy.D., MPH
Supervising Psychologist
apeat@oglethorpe.edu

Dr. Andreka Peat has worked in university mental health for the past 14 years.  She received her Masters of Public Health degree from Tulane University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Before Dr. Peat’s recent return to Georgia, she worked for 7 years at the University of Texas at Dallas Student Counseling Center. She served as a Staff Psychologist, Diversity Training Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor there. Her clinical interests and passions include clinical supervision, women’s issues, mind-body therapies, relationship and identity concerns, multiculturalism, grief and loss, and the integration of spirituality and therapy.  She enjoys reading, watching movies, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Peat maintains a private practice in Decatur. She is excited to serve the Oglethorpe community as a clinical supervisor for Counseling Center doctoral student therapists and consultant to Student Life Staff.

Essence Washington, LCSW
Staff Therapist
ewashington@oglethorpe.edu

Essence Washington has worked in mental health for the past 8 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Valdosta State University and Masters in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. She went on to receive 3 years of clinical experience with supervision and has obtained full licensure to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Most of her experience is in crisis intervention, case management, group therapy and clinical assessments in a behavioral health setting. She has a passion for women’s issues, relationship concerns, work-life balance, intern supervision and professional development. Essence is an Atlanta native and maintains a private practice in Atlanta. She enjoys long walks, binge tv, women’s empowerment events and spending time with family and friends. Essence is excited to join the OU community and looks forward to building future therapeutic connections with staff, faculty and students.

Maxine Miller, M.S.
Psychology Intern

mmiller@oglethorpe.edu

Maxine Miller is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She earned her B.S. in Psychology at West GA University and then her M.S. in Community Counseling at GA State University. Maxine worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor for many years before returning to graduate school. Her clinical experience includes counseling adults, adolescents, families, couples and groups in a Day Treatment Program, a Community Mental Health Center, and in Private Practice. She has developed and implemented a number of mental health and psychological programs, including: Equine assisted therapy and outdoor wilderness programs for adolescents in residential treatment; starting an alternative middle school and high school with a conflict-resolution program within the middle school; and directing clinical services on a crisis assessment unit in a psychiatric hospital. Maxine’s specialty areas include counseling trauma survivors and individuals with addiction, depression and anxiety issues. Maxine has lived in the Atlanta area, in the mountains of Colorado, and in the Pacific Northwest. She is very interested in “place attachment,” how the emotional bonds we develop with places affect our sense of self and psychological well-being.

Edil Yusuf, M.S.
Doctoral Student Therapist

Edil is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Mercer University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Fort Valley State University and went on to receive her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Psychology from Mercer University. She is originally from Somalia and came here at the age of four. She grew up in Northern Virginia and studied in Canada for one year of her undergraduate studies. During her clinical experience, Edil has provided assessment and counseling services to a diverse population that includes working with children and adults in various settings. She also spent one year in London, England working at a non-profit agency that helped immigrants and asylum seekers become acclimated to their new environment. Edil’s clinical interests include working with underserved populations, providing culturally competent services, and helping others cope with anxiety and depression. During her leisure time, Edil enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling.

Nicole Coller, MA, NCC, LPC
Staff Therapist
Nicole Coller earned a BS in Psychology from Clarion University, followed by an MA in Community Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. Nicole begins her third year this Fall as a Counselor at Oglethorpe University Counseling Center. Nicole enjoys helping students navigate their academic and social lives while working through emotional distress and mental health concerns. In the past, Nicole worked for 5 years as a psychotherapist at AID Atlanta, a not-for-profit agency that provides services for adults with HIV/AIDS. She has also provided mental health services in hospitals, a day treatment center, and in clients’ homes through a community support program. Nicole’s professional interests include grief and loss, trauma, interpersonal skills, relationship issues, depression and social justice. During her leisure time, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, traveling, reading and trying to keep house plants alive.

Ziggy

Sigmund (aka Ziggy)
Therapy Dog

Ziggy is a rescue dog turned therapy dog. He provides comfort and joy to the OU community. Meet Ziggy!