Our Staff & Confidentiality
Brenda Lovstuen, Ph.D., Director
This is my twentieth year as Director of Counseling at Cornell, and I’m also a Cornell alum. I have worked with people of all ages but especially like working with college students and the multiple opportunities to do so here on a small campus. One such opportunity is through being a certified instructor for the internationally known RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Basic Self-Defense Program, which I co-teach with local police officers most semesters. I am a licensed psychologist and a "generalist" (vs. a "specialist"), meaning I work with a wide range of concerns. Some of the concerns I work with most frequently include depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationships, sexual assault, academic problems, self-esteem, and assertiveness. I regularly use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and other approaches (e.g., humanistic, existential, feminist, multicultural), depending on the student and situation, am a certified aromatherapist, and am happy to meet with students regarding any mental health related issue and help them identify options and resources for resolving their concerns.
Dabney Hofammann, M.A., Counselor
I graduated from the University of Iowa with my Master’s in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in 2019 and am pursuing a license as a mental health counselor. My counseling approach is grounded in the humanist belief that each individual is an expert on their lived-experience and possesses valuable insight into their own healing process. I work from a person centered perspective and tailor sessions to meet the unique needs of each individual. I am empathic and collaborative, working alongside clients to determine different ways of managing challenging emotions and issues that may arise in their lives. I approach counseling with humility and non-judgement, actively assessing the ways in which my own cultural context and upbringing influence the therapeutic relationship. Some of my counseling interests include identity development, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, stress, anxiety and depression. I have experience working with individuals in the LGBTQIA community, those who have experienced sexual violence and persons who struggle with substance use. While our time together in counseling may be brief, I look forward to supporting you on your path to create a meaningful life on campus and beyond!
Carol Zerbe Enns, Ph.D., part-time volunteer Counselor
I am a licensed psychologist, former (retired) Professor of Psychology at Cornell College, and am now volunteering part-time at the Counseling Center as a staff Counselor. Although my past interactions with Cornell students have typically occurred in academic contexts, my priorities include understanding individuals from a holistic perspective and their lives outside the classroom. I am prepared to work with a range of concerns such as anxiety and stress, depression, relationship concerns, life planning and life transition issues, coping with crisis and trauma, loss and grief issues, identity concerns, and academic issues. My counseling approach is informed by meaning-focused psychotherapies as well as multicultural, feminist, and social justice approaches to psychotherapy. I also seek to use tools that are respectful of the worldviews and strengths of persons with whom I work and that support their resilience.
Please note that the Counseling Center does not consider contact via e-mail as confidential communication. Additionally, staff members may not check e-mail with regularity or frequency, and do not access email outside of Counseling Center hours. You are welcome to e-mail staff members with questions about our services. However, be advised that your communication might not receive a timely response. For the most timely and confidential communication, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Counseling Center at (319) 895-4292; the Counseling Center is located in the Ebersole Building and is open when school is in session from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, with extended hours by appointment until 6 p.m. Monday - Wednesday.