Meet Our Counselors

To schedule an appointment call (404) 364-8456 or email (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

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.

Essence Washington, LCSW
Staff Therapist

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.

Nicole Coller, MA, NCC, LPCNicole Coller
Staff Therapist (part-time)

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.

Jon A. Parker, MAMFT, LPC, NCC
Staff Therapist (part-time)

Jon has over 12 years experience in counseling and life coaching. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Richmont Graduate University. Jon has worked with people from various backgrounds e.g. professional athletes, entertainers, and business professionals but he especially enjoys working with college students. He remembers the personal and academic hardships he faced while completing his undergraduate and graduate studies and wants to help others who are also on this journey. Jon is a well traveled, adventure seeking, life enthusiast, who finds great delight in helping others. In his life journey thus far, he has traveled to six continents and 14 countries, and even ran the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa. Jon is excited to join the counseling community at Oglethorpe and hopes that his life experiences and therapeutic skills can be of benefit to OU’s students, faculty, and staff alike.

Edil Yusuf, M.S.
Doctoral Student Therapist (part-time)

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.


Sigmund (aka Ziggy)
Therapy Dog

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