Counseling Services professional staff are experienced in the assessment and treatment of mental health concerns common among university students. Graduate students from regional universities enrolled in various behavioral disciplines also provide services through Counseling Services under the supervision of the licensed professional staff.
Notice Regarding Electronic Communication
Due to the non-secure nature of e-mail, clients are discouraged from using email and other means of electronic communication to contact counselors. Additionally, please be advised that e-mail may not be checked on a regular basis and should not be used in a time of crisis or other time-sensitive situations.
Ryan O’Pry, LCSW-BACS
Interim Director, Coordinator of Clinical Training
Ryan O’Pry, LCSW (Louisiana State University) assists in the daily operations of the Counseling Services. Additionally, he coordinates the professional development and supervision of graduate level interns. Mr. O’Pry has previously worked in community and school-based mental health services in the greater New Orleans area. As a member of the clinical staff, Mr. O’Pry appreciates his role in addressing the diverse concerns and needs of the UNO student population by providing a safe, supportive, and affirming therapeutic environment.
Caro Clark, LMSW
Caro Clark, LMSW (Tulane School of Social Work), serves UNO Counseling Services as a mental health and career counselor. Ms. Clark has a comprehensive history in University settings, as well as prior experience in addiction rehabilitation. Accessing a range of goal-oriented approaches, Ms. Clark partners with clients to mitigate any distress or mental health difficulties that would inhibit their ability to thrive at the University of New Orleans and beyond.
Miriam Eisenstat, LMSW
Counselor and Coordinator of Outreach
Miriam Eisenstat, LMSW (Tulane School of Social Work) works as a Counselor and Coordinator of Outreach. Ms. Eisenstat is a Spanish speaker and has worked with people who have experienced trauma and navigated the immigration, juvenile and criminal legal systems. Ms. Eisenstat sees therapy as a collaboration and is passionate about incorporating the body and mind in exploring the self.
Monique Zellars, MSW
Counselor and Multicultural Specialist
Monique Zellars, MSW (Tulane School of Social Work), currently serves as a Counselor and Multicultural Specialist. Ms. Zellars has worked with number of education nonprofits and has served as an educator to both high school and adult education students. Her approach to therapy is centered on helping students recognize the strengths and skills they already possess in order to address current stressors.
Daily Operations and Referral Coordinator
Kim Hugle assists in the daily operations of the Counseling Services. Additionally, she serves as the Referral Coordinator providing students with referrals to on-campus and community services, as needed. Kim has seventeen years’ experience providing administrative support. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Orleans, and is currently working on a Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University (Online). She is thrilled to return to UNO and to be of assistance to Counseling Services and students.
Shariya Battle – Social Work Intern
Shariya Battle is a Master of Social Work candidate at Tulane University School of Social Work with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021. Shariya is supervised by Mr. Ryan O'Pry, LCSW-BACS, Interim Director of Counseling Services. Shariya graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Shariya is excited to be a part of UNOCS team and a resource to UNO students.
Benjamin Alexander-Bloch – Social Work Intern
Benjamin Alexander-Bloch is a joint Master of Social Work and Juris Doctorate candidate at Tulane University with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021. He is supervised by Ryan O’Pry, LCSW-BACS, Interim Director of Counseling Services. Ben graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. He later took post-baccalaureate psychology classes at the University of New Orleans while working as a journalist for The Times-Picayune. Ben looks forward to working collaboratively with UNO students in a safe space where they can see their own strengths and power to navigate the world.
Leigh Kerdyk – Social Work Intern
Leigh Kerdyk is a Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leader at Tulane University with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021 and May 2022 respectively. Leigh graduate from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor is Psychology. She is supervised by Ryan O’Pry, LCSW-BACS and Interim Director. Leigh looks forward to working with UNO students and providing herself as a resource to the community.
Bryce Moore – Social Work Intern
Bryce Moore is a Master of Social Work candidate at Louisiana State University with an anticipated graduation date of June 2021. Mr. Moore is supervised by Mr. Ryan O’Pry, LCSW-BACS, Interim Director of Counseling Services. Bryce graduated from Mississippi State University in Psychology and Nutrition where he participated in the Famous Maroon Marching Band. Bryce is excited to work with the students of the University of New Orleans.