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Peer Counseling

What is Peer Counseling?

Sometimes you just need to talk with someone who gets what it's like to be a student in 2023! 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?

Stay tuned! Students will have the option to schedule in person or via a video platform, and various times will be available throughout the week. The Peer Counselors will begin scheduling conversations with peers during spring term 2023. In the meantime, you can see our team members below.

Meet the Peer Counselors!

Heather Do

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

Noelle Lilan (she/her)

Hey! I'm Noelle Lilan, a first-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

Natalie Dao (she/her)

Hello Everyone! I'm Natalie, my pronouns are she/her, and I'm a 3rd-year public health major from Philadelphia! I love hanging out in Philly's Chinatown and listening to music. I became a Peer Counselor because I believe that everyone deserves a space where they can talk and feel supported!

Olivia Henningsen

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

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

Minh Trinh (he/him/his)

Hiyaa! I'm Minh Trinh, an international Drexel first-year student from Vietnam, majoring in economics and data science. In my leisure time, I enjoy watching YouTube video essays, listening to music, and taking care of my plant babies! As a student, I have noticed how mental health and wellness have long been overlooked, even disregarded, by generations of people around the globe. As Drexel's Peer Counselor, I am more than ready to empower campus understanding of mental well-being by connecting, sharing, and listening.

Selena Tran

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.