Meet the Counselors

Cathleen Goode, Ed.S.
Health Sciences & STEM Counselor
Phone: 732-224-2342
Office: MAS 120

Eleanor Horgan, M.F.T.
Department Chair
Humanities Counselor
LAH 131


Don Nigro, Ed.D.
Social Science & Business Counselor
MAN 122

Steve Curto, Ed.D.
Student Services
MAC 112

Our Philosophy

  1. The individual is considered as a whole.
  2. Each student is a unique individual and must be treated as such.
  3. The total environment of the student is educational and must be used to help the student achieve full development.
  4. The major responsibility for the student’s personal and social development rests with the student and his/her personal resources.
  5. The counselor’s role is to facilitate development by promoting an awareness of choices and by supporting the decision-making process.


Who should see a Counselor?

  • Anyone with questions or concerns about their educational experience
  • Anyone experiencing difficulty adjusting to college
  • Anyone experiencing stress or anxiety about success in college
  • Anyone experiencing distress that may be impacting their progress and success


Counselors can help with:

  • Discussing Academic Difficulties
  • Self-exploration and decision-making
  • Career exploration and testing
  • Recognizing and mobilizing your resources
  • Transfer exploration and planning
  • Formulating meaningful education goals
  • Access to resources at and beyond Brookdale


Our approach is Student Centered

Developmental counseling is the process through which a student is assisted in integrating many factors in their lives affecting their learning, life choices, and success.  It is the process through which decision-making is made.  This is also often referred to as “holistic counseling”.  Developmental counseling in higher education is not simply academic advising; it is not merely psychological therapy or clinical mental health counseling; not the provision of social services.  Often these elements are included, but the goal of Developmental Counseling is to address the student as a whole.