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Counseling Services Staff

Heidi Riello

Heidi Riello, M.S.W., LICSW
Heidi holds a master's degree in social work from Simmons College in Boston, MA and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Before joining the MCLA community, Heidi spent 3.5 years as a staff counselor in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Counseling Center in Troy, NY and 3.5 years as the Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. She also had a private practice and worked in community mental health on Martha's Vineyard for several years. Her interests include using yoga therapy and mindfulness in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma. On a personal note, Heidi enjoys movies, running, yoga, music festivals, and spending time with her family. 


Jacque Marling

Jacque Marling, M.Ed., LMHC
Jacque holds a master's degree in counseling from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a bachelor's degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Jacque is a clinical hypnotherapist certified by the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. In 1989, Jacque joined the MCLA community as a counselor. Her professional interests include cognitive-behavioral treatment, hypnosis, and meditation. On a personal note, Jacque enjoys travel, Sudoku, and spending time with her family.


Jon Meehan

Jon Meehan, M.S.S.W., LICSW
Jon holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. A part-time clinician at MCLA, Jon also works at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. Before joining the MCLA community in the fall semester of 2004, he worked at Child & Family Services in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He worked at JRI Health in Boston, which specialized in health and mental health treatment for young adults. He also worked with homeless 18-21 year-olds at a transitional housing program in Somerville, Mass. His professional interests include mindfulness-based interventions, cognitive-behavioral treatment, and existential theories. He also enjoys gardening, learning, camping, hiking, and family fun.  He relaxes by cooking, spending time in the Adirondacks, reading, and swimming.


Claire Cabiles

Claire Cabiles, M.S.W., LICSW
Claire holds a master's degree in social work from the State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor's degree in sociology from the City College of New York. Before joining MCLA Counseling Services, Claire worked for the Brien Center in Great Barrington for more than 17 years. She also works as a Home-School Liaison in Bennington Elementary School in Vermont.  Claire's professional interests include mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral treatment. On a personal note, she enjoys outdoor activities, gardening and spending time with her family.


Rita M. Karhan

Rita M. Karhan, M.Ed.
Office Manager
Rita holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from North Adams State College (now MCLA) and a master's in higher education administration from MCLA. She started working at the college in 1994 in the Alumni and Development Office, and joined the Counseling Services staff as office manager in 2000. Her professional interests are in research and finding different ways for all students to connect mental health education to their lives. Rita answers the phone, makes your appointment, and is the first person you see when you come into the counseling center. On a personal note, Rita enjoys her gardens, Zumba, yoga, and especially her family and grandchildren.


John Howland

John Howland, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist