Meet Our Counselors

Claire E. Fuller, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Counseling Services Director

Dr. Claire Fuller begins her sixth 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
Associate Director of Counseling Services

Essence Washington has worked in mental health for the past nine years and begins her second year at Oglethorpe this Fall. 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 committed to the OU community and making mental health a priority so all students can thrive.

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 fourth 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.

Byron Kellam, MA, LPC, CPCS
Staff Therapist (part-time)

Byron Kellam, a native of South Fulton, received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Clark Atlanta University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Stetson University.  At Stetson, he was a three-year letterman on the basketball team. Mr. Kellam has extensive clinical experience in individual therapy, family therapy, group counseling and consultation. For the past seventeen years, as a Professional School Counselor in the Fulton County School System, Byron Kellam has served as a source of strength, guidance, and support to thousands of youth. He also maintains a private practice in Atlanta with a focus on teenagers and young adults. He presently serves on the Cam Newton Foundation Board of Directors and Psychological Assessment Committee-United Methodist Church/North Georgia.

As the father of a college sophomore and a high school senior, combined with his work in Fulton County schools, Mr. Kellam understands the excitement and challenges young adults face as they transition from high school to college, negotiate new academic and social expectations, and develop their young adult identities. Mr. Kellam looks forward to providing OU students support and guidance in this process. Today, college students face unprecedented circumstances with tremendous pressure to make sense out of a morally ambiguous society while trying to cement who they are as individuals. They are compelled to speak up for their rights and beliefs and it is incumbent upon the older generations of leaders in our communities to liberate them to do so. Byron Kellam is committed to helping foster an environment at OU that demands free expression with respect and regard for the comprehensive wellbeing of others.


Sigmund (aka Ziggy)
Therapy Dog

Ziggy is a rescue dog turned therapy dog. He brings comfort and joy to the community but this Fall he is taking a leave of absence. Meet Ziggy!