Peer Counseling

Sometimes you just need to talk with someone who gets what it's like to be a student in 2024!

What Is Peer Counseling?

Peer Counselors (PCs) provide empathic, active listening to fellow students who want to talk about everyday aspects of the student experience (e.g. stress, anxiety, sadness, relationship concerns, academic struggles, etc.). PCs also provide outreach on campus to promote a culture of mental wellness at Drexel.

Learn More about becoming a peer counselor

The PC team is trained by the Counseling Center, but peer counseling is not a substitute for therapy. If you are in crisis, please contact the on-call counselor at 215.416.3337. If you need to speak to a professional counselor about a non-urgent matter, please contact the Counseling Center at or 215.895.1415.

How Do I Schedule a Time to Meet with a Peer Counselor?

Students have the option to schedule in person or via a video platform, and various times are available throughout the week. You can see our team members below and schedule a conversation.

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Meet the Peer Counselors

Heather Do (she/her)

I am Heather Do (she/her), a senior majoring in health sciences at Drexel. I am pursuing genetic counseling as a future career. By becoming a Peer Counselor, I hope to help other students in need of a safe space and a listener to their emotions and thoughts in difficult times. My hobbies are cooking, crafting dollhouses, and gift planning.

Noelle Lilan

Hey! I'm Noelle Lilan (she/her), a second-year student majoring in environmental engineering. My pronouns are she/her. I am an international student from Kenya. I speak English and Kiswahili. I am really interested in nature and the environment in general. I enjoy taking long walks mostly along the Schuylkill River. I am a coffee and tea enthusiast. I became a Peer Counselor mostly to just offer support anyone who might need someone to just listen to them.

Natalie Dao

Hello, everyone! I'm Natalie, my pronouns are she/her, and I'm a senior public health major from Philadelphia! I love hanging out in Philly's Chinatown, watching animations, and listening to music. I became a Peer Counselor because I believe that everyone deserves a nonjudgmental space where they can talk and feel supported!

Olivia Henningsen (she/her)

My name is Olivia Henningsen (she/her) and I am a senior psychology major! I was born and raised in Philadelphia and being at Drexel has only made my love for the city grow. In my free time, I love to bake, read, and take long walks alone. Through this program, I hope to lend an ear to some of my peers that might need help and let them know that they're not alone and they've got an army behind them!

Maggie Thioresta (she/her)

As a senior psychology major and first-gen student, I'm happy to be a part of the Peer Counseling team to provide mental health support to the Drexel community. I joined with the mission of making everyone feel seen and included. Fun facts about me: I like watching cooking/baking videos on YouTube without the intention of attempting to make it. I know too much about how to make croissants without ever making it. Maybe when I graduate!

Minh Trinh

Hiyaa! I'm Minh Trinh (he/him), an international Vietnamese sophomore, majoring in economics and data science. My hobbies include watching YouTube video essays, listening to music, and taking care of my plant babies! Growing up, I have noticed how mental health and wellness have long been overlooked by generations of people across the globe. As a Drexel Peer Counselor, I look forward to empowering campus understanding of mental wellbeing by connecting, sharing, and listening.

Selena Tran (she/her)

I'm Selena Tran, a fourth-year student majoring in biology and minoring in music. Some of my interests include musical theater, painting, and creative makeup. I became a Peer Counselor because I believe mental health should be talked about more and I wants to encourage and help fellow students. My hopes for the program are to let students know about the resources available to them and to build community.

Tareek Mamman-Da

Hey! I’m Tareek Mamman-Da, a second-year student majoring in Business & Engineering. I am an international student from Nigeria. I speak English, Arabic, and Hausa. I am really into finance and business strategy and mental health. I am a huge football (soccer) fan and a 76ers fan. I became a peer counselor to be able to lend a listening ear to people because everyone’s voice needs to be heard.

Oyunbileg Bazar

Hey! I’m Oyunbileg Bazar (she/her) and you can call me Yubi. This year, I’m a junior majoring in Psychology. I’m originally from Mongolia so I speak Mongolian as well as English. Becoming a Peer Counselor allows me to be the safe space that every student needs. As an international student, I resonate with the struggles that we share and I’m looking forward to listening to students. For my leisure time, I like reading, illustrating, and exploring new places.

Douglas Ngo

Hi, I am Douglas Ngo (he/him), a 5th year in Game Design here at Drexel! I am an avid gamer and skater as well as a huge mental health advocate! I spend time with my friends, do project management for school, work at the Drexel Collection, and work a part-time retail job. I am a nonjudgmental, active listener and down to talk about anything! Feel free to come talk to me!

Meera Patel

My name is Meera Patel, and my pronouns are she/her. I am fluent in Gujarati and Hindi/Urdu. I am a rising senior on the pre-med track, pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Legal Studies. As a Peer Counselor, I aim to advocate for the mental health of our campus youth and be a supportive member of the community. When I am not occupied with my busy school and work schedule, I enjoy nature walks by the river, cooking, painting, and rewatching my favorite TV shows. I am an iced chai and matcha lover currently on the hunt to find the best ones in the city!

Mary Zukowski

Hi, I’m Mary Zukowski (she/her), and I am a senior psychology major with a Spanish minor. I’m from Madison, Wisconsin. I enjoy arts and crafts, cooking, and spending time outside biking and hiking. I became a peer counselor to offer support to any student who needs it.

Monisha Gupta

Hi! I’m Monisha Gupta (she/her) and I am a fourth-year chemistry major. Along with my science classes, I am also pursuing an art history minor. I am also fluent in Hindi and have intermediate proficiency in French. I wanted to become a peer counselor to give back to the Drexel community and to help provide a safe environment for students. Outside of school I am involved in research and like to read, swim, and practice yoga in my free time!

Isha Singh

Hi everyone! My name is Isha Singh (she/her), and I am a fourth-year student majoring in biology on the pre-med track. In my free time, I love to read or hike, and I am a huge UFC fan! I became a Peer Counselor because everyone should be able to talk about anything they need to without worrying about being judged. Everyone deserves to have a safe space!

Srenity Thompson

My name is Srenity Thompson, but feel free to call me Sren (they/she)! I am a creative person who loves all types of arts and crafts, including jewelry making, painting, and digital art. As a psychology major, I am dedicated to advocating for others’ mental health. I also have a passion for accessibility, so I am actively learning American Sign Language. With my intersecting identities (being a person of color, queer, non-binary and even being a non-traditional student), I can relate to a plethora of people in different situations. I hope to speak with you soon!

Molly Roe

Hi! I'm Molly Roe (she/her), a sophomore majoring in Psychology. I love music, yoga, nature, and animals. In my free time, I'm usually meditating, reading, or crocheting. As a Peer Counselor, I hope to help provide a safe and welcoming environment for people to feel supported. Everyone deserves to feel cared for and listened to, especially when it comes to their mental health!

Vivian Dinh

Hey! I am Vivian Dinh (she/her). I am a senior student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business Analytics. I come from Vietnam and can speak both English and Vietnamese. My hobbies are cooking, dancing, and watching anime, TV shows, and standup comedy. By becoming a Peer Counselor, I hope to give support to those who need a safe space to be truly heard and seen.

Alli Taylor

Hi everyone! My name is Alli Taylor (she/her). I’m a sophomore majoring on psychology on the pre-medical track, minoring in neuroscience and biology. I have two pets and love animals. I am a neurodivergent self-advocate. I am also a nature lover and enjoy reading or playing piano in my free time. I am proud to be a Peer Counselor, as it is important to me that every student feels that they have a safe place on campus to express their feelings and struggles and feel supported. 

Abby Swaney

My name is Abby Swaney (she/her), and I am a second-year psychology student. Some of my hobbies include singing, playing piano, reading, and finding good coffee shops! As a peer counselor, I hope to encourage my peers to advocate for themselves and to reach out when they need a listener. I want other students to know that they always have support from our community.

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