Counseling Center hires two new psychologists

After hearing from more than 30 applicants nationwide, the TCU Counseling Center selected the top two candidates to join its staff this fall, the director of the center said. The Counseling Center, located next to the Health Center, hired psychologists Elizabeth Koshy and Eric Wood, to provide more counseling, outreach and education programs to students.

Linda Wolszon, director of mental health services, said she was looking for people with good clinical skills, who are active in outreach and programming and can relate to college students.

“People were so positive about both (Koshy and Wood),” Wolszon said.

She said she was glad to not have to pick between Koshy and Wood because they were “both so excellent.”

Although they have just started working, she said they are already making an impact.

Koshy and Wood are currently counseling students and visiting classes and campus organizations to present mental health programs.

“They’ve really enhanced our abilities,” Wolszon said. “I’ve gotten e-mails from professors saying, ‘Dr. Koshy and Dr. Wood came to my class, and we were really pleased.'”

Koshy said TCU wants to meet students’ needs and go to where students are instead of waiting for them to come to the Counseling Center.

“I really wanted to be a part of a college campus looking to the future,” Koshy said. “We want to bring mental health awareness to the campus and not just through intervention.”

Wolszon said like most university counseling centers, the Counseling Center is understaffed and cannot meet the needs of the students. The center needs more counselors to meet students’ growing need for individual counseling, she said.

“We really want to continue to improve health promotions,” Wolszon said. “It needs to be everyone’s business.”

Wood said he chose to come to TCU because of its good reputation and his desire to help students.

“The most enjoyable part is listening to the students,” Wood said. They’re so bright and smart. When you meet people, you get to know them personally and know who they are and help them out.”

Because college is a time of major changes and transitions, he said, he wanted to work with students to help them make those transitions.

Wood was born in Cleveland but grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Carrollton. He received his Master of Arts degree at the University of Texas at Dallas and his doctorate at the University of North Texas.

Koshy was born in Connecticut but grew up in Jenks, Okla. Koshy moved to Texas in 2001 for college, earning her Master of Art and doctorate degrees in counseling psychology at Texas Women’s University. Before coming to TCU, she worked in pediatric psychology at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Koshy counseled patients in hospitals, community mental health centers and university health centers in the past, but decided that a college campus was the “best fit for (her).”

“I wanted to be a safe place for people who feel misunderstood,” Koshy said. “Counseling is a relationship where you can be honest with each other – that drew me into psychology.