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Make an Appointment with the Counseling Center

Richland counselors are available to help current students with personal, career and academic concerns that affect academic success and quality of life. Counselors provide short-term, solution-focused personal counseling and make referrals, when needed, for such concerns as:

  • Adjustment Issues
  • Relationship and Family Concerns
  • Death or Loss
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Conflicted Life Choices
  • Anger Management
  • Stress/Time Management
  • Test Anxiety - Educational Concerns
  • Community Referrals When Needed

To make an appointment with a counselor:

  • Contact one of the counselors directly by phone or email
  • Stop by The Counseling Center located at El Paso Hall, E-082
  • Call the Counseling Center at 972-238-3771 or the Lakeside Resource Center at 972-238-3777

Information discussed with a counselor is private and confidential, unless it involves potential danger to self, others, or it involves a child or elder abuse. Other information remains confidential unless the student gives permission to share it with others.

Our Counselors:

Karen Cuttill | Ellicia Money | Pin-Hsuan Huang | David Thompson | Louis Whatley | Farah Gilani


Karen Cuttill Karen Cuttill
972-238-6349

I am a flexible, non-traditional counselor in the aspect that there is no couch, no expert vs. client, no dredging up years from the past. Working together in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere each individual finds the answers they need for their unique situation. Everything we talk about is strictly confidential. I like to think of myself as an "option generator". By helping people to think creatively and find new perspectives on situations they are able to discover solutions to their problems. As a solution-focused counselor, trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I work quickly to help people generate those options and begin to feel a positive change in their situation. While helping people who are dealing with all kinds of problems, I find working with people who are experiencing situations that they just don't know how to get through, those who are feeling overwhelmed and need help with stress management /life balancing and non-traditional students (older than average, international, multi-cultural, etc.), to be very rewarding. I am not afraid to help people who have spiritual concerns, anxiety issues or depression. I have experience counseling teens as well as adults of all ages. I particularly like the individual who comes to me thinking that they have a situation that is way out there; perhaps even unchangeable. I am a non-judgmental and accepting person, one who likes the challenge of difficult problems. I was a non-traditional student who returned to college and completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees later in life than the average student. I am a former DCCCD student who remembers well how hard it was to balance school, work, family and everything else that life gives you, seemingly all at once. I would like the opportunity to work with you to find solutions to your problems.

Credentials and Education:
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) by the State of Texas License # 20020 National Certified Counselor Certification # 218219 Qualified Dispute Resolutionists for Family mediation and other Conflicts Master of Art Clinical and Counseling Psychology Southern Methodist University Deadman Fellowship Scholar Psi Chi National Honor Society Golden Key National Honor Society B. A. Psychology and Sociology (double major) Southern Methodist University Graduated cum laude A. A. Arts and Sciences Brookhaven College Phi Theta Kappa G.E.D. Garland Evening School


Elicia Money

Ellicia Money
214-890-3861

I approach counseling with a growth-promoting climate so that you are free and able to discover and grow as needed. I have an optimistic solution-focused approach that will help to determine your goals for counseling, and what needs to be done to reach those goals. I like to use appropriate humor to help you to reach new insights. I believe that you are the expert in counseling and I'm here to help you on your journey.

Credentials and Education:
Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor (LPC-S)
Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
M.S. Counseling Texas Women's University
B.S. in Psychology from Langston University


Pin-Hsuan Huang Pin-Hsuan Huang
972-238-6223

I am from Taiwan, and came to the United States as an international student. I graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a Masters in Community Counseling and speak Chinese, Taiwanese and English. I’ve learned to adapt to different cultures and perspectives here, and have embraced the opportunity to grow from every single event, person and thing.

I believe the foundation of a healthy lifestyle is taking good care of ourselves. People can learn to make better decisions in spite of experiencing stress. In my work as a counselor, I respect and like to work with individuals with different cultural backgrounds and beliefs. I’ve worked with people suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, stress, relationship issues, and family conflicts. I also specialize in the following areas: adjustment issues, cultural adjustment, depression and anxiety, stress/time management, and trauma issues. I believe in tailoring my therapeutic approach to clients' needs; therefore, I collaborate with clients to determine their direction in therapy.

I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
B.S. Counseling – National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan
M.S. Counseling – Texas A&M-Commerce


Thompson-David David Thompson
214-890-3825

My role as a counselor is to help you make and maintain positive changes in your life. I approach counseling sessions by first working to understanding your concerns and listening well. I aim to create a safe environment which encourages exploration of your thoughts, feelings, and life circumstances without judgment or criticism.

I will support and empower you to begin improving problem areas as I provide feedback, introduce new coping skills, and help you gain a fresh perspective on how to approach life’s challenges. By replacing old ways of thinking and reworking reactions to problems, change is possible.

I have experience with people facing stress and anxiety, depression, anger issues, abuse, traumatic events, addiction to drugs or alcohol, conflicts with the criminal justice system, problems following military deployment, spiritual confusion, emotional disturbances, relationship problems, family conflicts, work/life balance, and low self-esteem.

Credentials and Education:
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
State of Texas License #68785
M.A. Counseling – Dallas Theological Seminary
B.A. Psychology – University of Oklahoma


Louis Whatley Louis Whatley
972-238-6334

I am a dedicated, professional and knowledgeable Licensed Professional Counselor experienced in assisting all levels of mental health counseling using an integrated, direct approach to meet individual needs.

Let’s be real... life sucks sometimes. Whether it be anxiety; including but not limited to test anxiety and social anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, addiction recovery; including alcohol and substance abuse, sexual issues, self-harm, body-image issues including cutting as well as anger management, creating a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere of safety and understanding is critical to success in therapy and the desire for change.

With the inclusion of mind, body and spirit, you can count on me to provide an honest and direct professional appraisal of your specific situation for which you are seeking change. I always offer realistic and sometimes challenging guidance with insightful feedback. Go T-Ducks!!!

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at Dallas
Masters in Counseling from Texas A&M – Commerce.


Farah Gilani Farah Gilani
214-890-3823

In counseling, I strive to create an accepting environment for you to be your authentic self and be able to express your thoughts and feelings openly. My goal is to help you gain insight into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that through self-awareness you learn to make positive changes in your life. I practice from the philosophy that you are the expert on your life, and I am here to support you in your journey of change. I have experience working with clients of diverse ethnic backgrounds. In our work together, you can increase self-confidence as well as self-acceptance, learn to build stronger and more meaningful relationships with others, and explore healthy ways to cope with anxiety, stress, depression and other life problems.

Credentials and Education:
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) by the State of Texas License #69710
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Master of Science in Counseling and Development – Texas Woman’s University
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Minor in Child & Family Studies – Baylor University