Counseling & Accessible Education Services Staff
Scott Strader, PhD, Director. Scott obtained his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He has been licensed as a psychologist in Florida since 1995. His predoctoral internship was completed at the Ball State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center. He received his BA degree in psychology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and his master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. He has been director of the Eckerd College Counseling Center since 2005 and previously worked in community mental health settings with clients of all ages. His clinical interests include solutions-focused psychotherapy, working with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/questioning individuals, multicultural psychology, and outcome measurements in psychotherapy. Scott is a member of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)
Trajana Thomas, PsyD, Staff Psychotherapist. Trajana (“Tre”) completed her PsyD in clinical psychology from Argosy University in Tampa, after receiving her M.A. in individual, couples, and family therapy from the University of South Florida. She received her B.A. degrees in French and Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her predoctoral residency was completed at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and her postdoctoral fellowship at New College of Florida. Tre’s clinical interests include identity development, social anxiety and self-image, diversity and social justice, behavioral addictions, coping with loss, and health psychology. Her therapy approach includes interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral interventions while employing positive psychology and mindfulness-based strategies. Tre strives to empower individuals with proactive coping skills to self-monitor stress management, cultivate resilience, and maximize functioning in a short-term treatment approach.
Sarah Siegrist, MS, Staff Psychotherapist. Sarah received both her BS and MS degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings, as well as community mental health centers. Sarah is licensed in Florida as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and is a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP). Her areas of interest include grief and loss issues, family dynamics, and issues related to developing and maintaining a sober lifestyle.
Samantha Brustad, M.A., Psychology Extern. Samantha is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Florida State University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. Her clinical interests include working with marginalized youth, including those who identify as LGBT, are victims of abuse, or experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. Samantha believes in a positive approach to therapy, and strives to create a safe environment that promotes growth and harmony. Her research interests include transgender healthcare disparities and women’s issues in social media. She is currently her Campus Representative for APA's Division 35, Society For the Psychology of Women.
Nirvana Maharaj, M.A., Psychology Extern. Nirvana received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, in 2010. She received her Master’s degree and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Tampa. She has worked with the Hillsborough County School System, conducting psychological evaluations for developmental and learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral concerns. She has also worked at Directions for Living in Clearwater, conducting parental custody evaluations. She has experience providing counseling at Manatee Glens Community Mental Health Hospital with adolescents and substance-dependent adults, and in a private practice setting. Her areas of interest include stress management, mood disorders, media and technology psychology, LGBT health issues, couples and family issues, and working with survivors of trauma.
Joshua Lee Matthews, M.A., Psychology Extern. Joshua received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Olivet College in 2011. He received his Master's degree and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Psychology degrees at the Florida School of Professional Psychology, at Argosy University, in Tampa. He has worked in both community mental health treatment setting at Directions for Living in Clearwater, working primarily with individuals attempting to establish their fitness to parent. His areas of clinical interest include interpersonal difficulties, stress management, trauma intervention, and anxiety reduction.
Lindsay Wyatt, M.A., Psychology Extern. Lindsay received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2010. She obtained her Master's degree and is pursuing her Doctoral degree in the Clinical Psychology program at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Tampa. She has experience in the Hillsborough County School District conducting diagnostic assessments and group therapy with children and adolescents diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders. She is also interested in broadening her experience with the college population. Her approach to therapy is integrative, and her clinical interests include child/adolescent psychology, anxiety relief, and working with survivors of trauma. Lindsay is also interested in obtaining her certification in Art Therapy. She is a student member of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Alicia Woods, Office Manager. Alicia has over 12 years of experience in medical billing and insurance claims. Prior to coming to Eckerd in October, 2004, she managed a private practice physician's office in St. Petersburg.