Staff and Hours

Counseling Services staff is not available after hours or on weekends except in situations of extreme emergencies. In those instances a member of the staff will be contacted by Safety and Security or other University staff.

Counseling Services Staff

Director

Meghan K. O'Meara, LPC

Meg O'Meara, MA, NCC, LPC, is the director of Thomas Jefferson University - East Falls Counseling Services since 2017. Previous to coming to Jefferson, she was the Assistant Director of Counseling and Coordinator of the Alcohol and Other Drug Program at Arcadia University. She is an Adjunct Faculty member in the graduate Counseling Program at Rosemont College and an Adjunct for Community College of Philadelphia teaching classes in their Behavioral Health & Human Services Department.

Meg also coached Division I field hockey at a local University after playing for four years at the University of Delaware. While working at Jefferson East Falls, it is Meg's desire to work with and support students during this critical phase of developing personhood. She recognizes that equipping students with problem-solving and decision-making skills will make a lifelong impact on their ability to face life's challenges. In her time away from the office Meg enjoys spending time with her family and friends, checking out local sporting events, and cross-fitting.

 

Counselor

Stephen Dorse, PsyD

Dr. Stephen Dorse is a licensed clinical psychologist whose work tends to focus on how we construct relationships in the present to maintain important and sometimes unhealthy connections to our past. By discovering new ways in therapy to approach those old connections, clients are able to move forward, leading less complicated and more meaningful lives. Clinical strengths: crisis, addiction, and loss.

Counselor

Latifah Griffin, LPC

As a therapist, Latifah works to empower her clients to find their voice and the strength to take control of their lives. Although she is rooted in choice theory, which emphasizes a need for love, belonging, freedom, fun, power, and survival as a means of fulfillment, Latifah has an eclectic approach that integrates all aspects of the person (physical, mental, spiritual) as she recognizes each person needs a personalized plan of care.

Her approach is warm, friendly and nurturing. She has experience 8+ years working with young children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. Her specialty areas include adult, child and adolescent counseling, mindfulness, mood disorders, child-parent relationships, anxiety, bereavement, depression, anger management, and LGBTQ.

Latifah’s experience has taught her that effective therapy is about a willingness to navigate difficult life issues with a trusted companion who possesses a genuine concern for you. Her personal goal is to provide you with excellent care in a warm, safe, and supportive environment. It is also to help you through the challenges you are facing so that you are able to live a full, happy, and healthy life.

Latifah is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania with additional training in pastoral counseling. She thoroughly enjoy working with people from all walks of life and graduated from Neumann University with a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling.

Counselor 

El Hyder Kim, LSW

El is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in animal-assisted interventions, trauma, art-therapy, and grief. They obtained their masters in Social Services from Bryn Mawr and their certification in animal-assisted therapy from Pet Partners. El’s past work experience includes domestic violence services, youth counseling, and student mental health. El’s animal “coworkers” are their dog, Charlie, and rabbit, Titan, both of whom are rescues. In their downtime, El likes to take long hikes with Charlie, practice yoga, and various artistic endeavors.”

 

Consulting Psychiatrist

Emily Lisco, MD

Dr. Emily Lisco is the Consulting Psychiatrist for the Counseling Service. She received her MD from Drexel University College of Medicine, and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She has experience working in student mental health,eating disorders, and addictions. She has training in both medication management and psychotherapy. She believes in taking a collaborative care approach with individualized, holistic treatment plans for each patient.  

In her free time, Dr. Lisco is a certified yoga instructor and practices as often as she can.