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Counseling and Art Therapy Faculty
The Counseling and Art Therapy faculty provides a dynamic blend of professional competencies meshed with unique individual strengths and diverse personal approaches. Faculty members bring years of professional experience, having worked in a range of settings with a variety of client populations. Areas of expertise include addictions, children, adolescents and families, persons with developmental delays, school settings and mental health.

picture of Gail Rule HoffmanGail Rule-Hoffman, M.Ed., LPC-S, ATR-BC, LICDC-S, Program Director

Gail Rule-Hoffman, Program Director and Professor in the Counseling and Art Therapy Department

Gail is a licensed professional supervising counselor, a registered and board certified art therapist, and a licensed independent supervising chemical dependency counselor. Her educational experiences took place at Northern Michigan University, The Art Psychotherapy Institute of Cleveland, and Cleveland State University.

Gail has over 35 years of professional experience, and began her career serving children and adolescents in residential treatment. She then worked for over a decade in addictions treatment with adolescents and their families, followed by providing counseling and art therapy to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence as well as some work with women whose lives had been touched by cancer. Gail is one of the founding members of the Counseling and Art therapy department, and has focused over the years on different components of the program, including teaching, curriculum development, clinical coordination, thesis, and approval and accreditation processes.  

Gail has served in various leadership roles in professional organizations, including the North Central Ohio Counseling Association, the Buckeye Art Therapy Association, and the American Art Therapy  Association. She is interested in the education and training standards for mental health professionals, and hopes to contribute to the development of mental health service providers that are better able to meet the specific needs of individual clients. Her interests include women’s issues, addiction and co-dependency recovery, wellness, and the use of imagery, metaphor, and journals in healing.   

Katherine Jackson
, Ph.D., ATR-BC

Dr. Katherine Jackson earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and her M.A. degree in Expressive Psychotherapy from the University of Louisville. After several years of working in the mental health field, she attended the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, where she completed her Ph.D. in Psychology. Her emphasis in her doctoral research was dyadic relationships, human interconnectedness, exceptional human experiences, stress/anxiety disorders, and eco-psychology.

Dr. Jackson has been a practicing psychotherapist and registered art therapist for over 20 years, and is currently in private practice at Beachwood Counseling Center, where she enjoys providing services for a variety of clients including children/teens, couples, and adults. Dr. Jackson practices holistic therapy utilizing the creative healing arts.

She is deeply committed to self-evolution and personal growth and values all types of learning endeavors. She has taught in the Counseling and Art Therapy Graduate Program at Ursuline College since 1993 as an adjunct faculty, and recently became a full time Assistant Professor in 2012. Dr. Jackson created the service learning program for students, and is currently the Thesis Coordinator.

Dr. Jackson is a member of the American Counseling Association, Ohio Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, American Mental Health Counselor Association, and American Art Therapy Association.

Jessica Headley, Ph.D.

Dr. Jessica Headley is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Art Therapy Department. She earned her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at The University of Akron, as well as her B.A. in psychology and sociology and her M.A. in community counseling. During her graduate studies, Jessica specialized in gerontology and women's studies.

Jessica's has numerous publications and presentations on women and gender issues, feminist counseling/supervision/teaching, career development, leadership development, and mentoring. In regards to organizational involvement, she is an active member of counseling associations to include the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and Chi Sigma Iota. Jessica is passionate about serving a leader in her community and on campus. She currently serves as Co-Director of the Women’s Center.

Jessica is also a licensed professional counselor in private practice, working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In addition to private practice, she has experience providing counseling in hospital, community, and college settings. Her clinical areas of specialty include women and gender issues, career counseling, and gerontology.

Pete Finnerty, Ph.D., PCC-S

Pete Finnerty is an assistant professor in the Counseling and Art therapy program, a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor (PCC-S), advocate, and consultant in Ohio. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Master's in Counseling (with emphasis in marriage and family therapy) from California State University-Fresno. As a clinician Pete has worked in private practice, college counseling centers, community agencies, crisis centers and inpatient behavioral health centers. These experiences allowed Pete to hone a holistic, systemic approach to counseling while developing unique nutritional and physical activity techniques for therapy borrowed from his other career as a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. One particular specialty is utilizing affirmative therapies in clinical work and advocacy with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) persons in counseling. Pete also specializes in working with adolescent boys, couples, families, men, and many others at his current private practice in Beachwood.

In 2008 Pete moved to northeast Ohio to pursue his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University and is currently finishing his dissertation. Pete teaches courses in appraisal, counseling theory, diversity issues, psychopathology, and research methodology. Pete develops scholarly literature in these areas including a comprehensive set of competencies in working with the LGBTQ population as part of advocacy with the Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), a division of the American Counseling Association. Other publications and research interests include LGBTQ issues, social justice, advocacy, wellness and technology in counseling. Pete advocates locally, regionally and nationally for LGBTQ persons and other marginalized persons, military members/veterans and professional counselors. He has presented at local, state and national conferences on LGBTQ issues, advocacy, wellness, teaching and other topics. In his spare time you will find Pete running the trails and riding the roads of the greater Cleveland parks with his dogs and partner.

picture of Megan SeamanMegan M. Seaman, Ph.D., NCC, RYT

Dr. Megan Seaman is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Art Therapy (CAT) Department at Ursuline College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio University, her Master of Science in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), and her Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education from UNCG, as well. Dr. Seaman has been a faculty member in the CAT department since 2011, with a brief appointment as Assistant Professor at Molloy College in New York in 2015 to help develop their new mental health counseling program. Dr. Seaman’s research interests include sibling relationships, adolescent social cognitive development, adult development and social influences on aging, multicultural and feminist counseling issues, as well as the impact of awareness building through yoga and other creative healing strategies. She has presented at state and national conferences including the North Carolina Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Society for Research in Adult Development, the Association for Creativity in Counseling, the New York-based Expressive Therapies Summit, and the New York Mental Health Counselors Association.

Dr. Seaman has maintained a part-time private practice where she works with children, adolescents, and their families by supporting their self-awareness and by promoting interdependent and harmonious connections in their lives. Her clinical interests include client-centered therapeutic practices (such as family systems therapy, existential therapy, music and art therapies), yoga therapy, mindfulness training, and career development. Moreover, Dr. Seaman is a registered yoga teacher and works to guide individuals to self-discovery through instruction in movement, breath, and mindfulness. She strengthens others with knowledge and self-awareness of connections between body, mind, and spirit. She has been trained in principles of Jivamukti and Anusara yoga methods.

Dr. Seaman is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Creativity in Counseling, and the Society for Research in Adult Development.

Melissa Hladek, M.A., LPC, ATR-BC

Melissa Hladek is the Clinical Coordinator in the Counseling and Art therapy graduate program. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Melissa earned her B.F.A. in studio art with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture from Youngstown State University and her M.A. degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College. Her thesis research included topics on posttraumatic growth, multigenerational behavioral patterns, epigenetics and molecular transference of trauma, and healing through expressive arts therapies. 

As a clinician Melissa has worked with youth, adolescents, and adults providing school based services as well as community mental health services in the greater Cleveland area. Her approach to treatment includes holistic and systemic models with integrated creative healing arts. 

Melissa is active in the service learning program at Ursuline College and is passionate about creating sustainability and a greater global community. Through her advocacy work, she is dedicated to overall health and wellness, personal and professional growth, and creating equal opportunity for all individuals. Melissa has presented at local and state conferences on posttraumatic growth, genogram application, and service learning. She is a member of Buckeye Art therapy Association, American Art Therapy Association, and Ohio Counseling Association.