Each of our counselors is a professional, licensed-clinician or is supervised by a licensed-clinician and has extensive experience in the field of mental health. We consider it an honor and a privilege to come along side students in their journey as they navigate these challenging years of higher education. Our primary goal is to provide a safe and objective place where students can freely discuss issues or problems without concern of any disciplinary response or of information being shared with anyone else.
Deana Trefry, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
M.S.W. Simmons School of Social Work
B.A. Mid-America Nazarene College
Deana has worked in the Counseling Center for four years and has been an adjunct professor at Gordon in the Sociology and Social Work Departments. Prior to coming to Gordon, Deana spent the last 16 years working within public schools, as well as for the SEEM Collaborative as a school adjustment counselor, school psychologist and special education administrator. At SEEM Collaborative, Deana was the founder and Director of the SEEM Assessment and Intervention Center. Prior to public schools, Deana worked as an outpatient therapist at Health & Education Services working with all ages. Deana is married and has three children.
Gail Borgman, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
M.S.W. Fordham University
B.S. Gordon College
Gail has worked in the Counseling Center for 19 years. Prior to coming to Gordon, Gail has worked in a number of settings over the years including private practice in Haverhill and Hamilton, MA which also included supervising Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary interns at Gordon College. Gail also worked as an outpatient therapist for Rockland County Emergency Health Services in upstate NY, in addition to her experience as a Social Worker for the Ipswich Public Schools for two years. Gail is married with four adult children and nine grandchildren.
Heidi Forget, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
M.S.W. Salem State College
B.A. Westmont College
Heidi has worked in the Counseling Center for nine years. Prior to coming to Gordon, Heidi worked for Health & Education Services in an outpatient clinic in Ipswich, MA for eight years. Her work at HES included individual psychotherapy, group therapy, play-therapy and community outreach in schools and homes, working with all ages. Heidi is married and has two children.
Katherine Obenschain, M.A.
M.A. Lesley University
B.A. North Park
Katherine has worked in the Counseling Center for seven years. Katherine also works in the Endicott College Counseling Center as well. Katherine has worked as a counselor at Endicott for 20 years and also worked for 10 years as an adjunct professor as well. Katherine is married and has two adult children.
Reid Swetland, M.A.
M.A. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
B.A. Gordon College
Reid Swetland has worked in the Counseling Center for 18 years. Prior to his work at Gordon, Reid worked as a residential counselor at treatment programs in Portsmouth, NH and Seattle, WA. Reid also worked for 12 years as an outpatient clinician for Health and Educations Services in Ipswich, MA working with all ages. Reid is married and has a child in high school and one in college.