Meet the staff and supervisors at UMKC’s Community Counseling and Assessment Services.
UMKC’s Community Counseling and Assessment Services (CCAS) is a counselor and psychologist training center staffed by UMKC graduate students and the faculty in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Division, as well as the Psychology Department. After completing their required coursework, master’s and doctoral level students provide mental health counseling and assessment services for two semesters of practicum at CCAS.
Fall 2019 Cohort of Counselors
Front Desk, Graduate Assistants
Julie Kohlhart has been the Director of CCAS since 2013, and was trained in the clinic more than ten years prior. Dr. Kohlhart is a licensed psychologist who has clinical interests and experience with addiction, trauma, gender identity concerns, relationship concerns, OCD, stress, anxiety and depression. In addition to helping facilitate the daily operations of the clinic, Dr. Kohlhart teaches courses in psychological assessment and sees individual clients at her private practice. Her philosophy as a supervisor is to both support and challenge her supervisees so that they may feel empowered in their clinical development to positively impact their relationships with their clients at CCAS.
Heather Fitzcharles, M.S., Ed.S., LPC
Heather Fitzcharles is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a great majority of her work is with trauma. In addition to supervising at CCAS, she sees couples, families and individuals for therapy in a private practice setting. In therapy she uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with individuals and the methods outlined by John and Julia Gottman to inform her work with couples. She also works with gender dysphoria and transitioning individuals, vets, military, first responders, victims of violent crime and forensic cases. Her philosophy of supervision is based on a discrimination model where the focus for the counselor is on intervention, conceptualization and personalization, and the role of the supervisor is as a teacher, counselor and consultant.
Nancy L. Murdock is a Professor and Coordinator of the Mental Health and Couples and Family emphasis areas in the Master’s in Counseling training program. She teaches coursework in advanced counseling theory and family systems theory and supervises students in couple and family practicum. Her approach to intervention and supervision is based in strength-oriented family systems theory informed by feminist thought and attention to issues of individual and cultural diversity.
Laurel B. Watson is an Associate Professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology division at UMKC. Her clinical interests include diversity and gender-related themes, disordered eating, and trauma. She utilizes a feminist and interpersonal process lens in her counseling and supervision, while also drawing upon tenets of cognitive-behavioral traditions.