Our Counseling Faculty is a staff of highly trained professionals with years of experience, ready to help you address life-management issues related to your college experience.
Residential Counseling Faculty
Rene Barrios, Ed.D.
CGCC Counseling Faculty
Dr. Barrios has a long history of studying and working in the education field since leaving Nogales, Arizona, to begin his college studies at Arizona Western College in Yuma. After completing his Associate of Arts degree at AWC, he went on to complete both his B.A in Secondary Education (Spanish and History), and his M.Ed in Counseling at the University of Arizona. Dr. Barrios began his counseling career at two local high schools, Apache Junction HS and Chandler HS, before moving on to his present counseling position as Counseling Faculty here at CGCC. He completed his Ed.D. in Higher Education at Arizona State University with a focus on Student Affairs Administration.
As Counseling Faculty, Dr. Barrios can be found teaching CPD150 Strategies for College Success and CPD160 Introduction to Multiculturalism, or you may catch his enthusiasm when he delivers workshops on such topics as goal setting, reducing test anxiety, or overcoming procrastination. While humorous and patient in his teaching style, he takes seriously his efforts to teach students the importance of self-responsibility and interdependency while managing the demands of the college experience. As a faculty counselor in a college setting, René encourages students to take advantage of his expertise in a variety of areas where they can use some assistance, such as choosing a career or major, dealing with a loss, reducing the effects of test anxiety, being unable to find a solution to a problem, or having a hard time making a decision on a personal matter. No reason to tackle these or other personal issues alone when we are here to help you.
"Do as your mother tells you." -Felix Barrios, my father-
Nikki Nieset, Ph.D.
CGCC Counseling Faculty
In addition to teaching courses in our new Counseling & Applied Psychological Sciences major, Dr. Nikki Nieset works with CGCC students to help them overcome challenges and meet their personal, academic, and career goals.
Dr. Nieset earned her M.Ed. in Counselor Education and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, both from Arizona State University. She developed a passion for working with college students, both inside and outside the classroom, and has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses for nearly 20 years. Across different levels, one theme in her courses is an emphasis on helping each student discover and find success in pursuing their own direction in life. In counseling students, Nikki enjoys helping individuals manage stress and overcome anxiety; engage in career exploration and vocational development; navigate major life transitions; optimize academic functioning using a strengths-based approach; and provide support for our multicultural and LGBTQ+ students.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” - proverb
Ryan Adams, Ph.D.
CGCC Counseling Faculty
Originally from the Chicago metro area, Dr. Adams moved to the Sonoran Desert to attend Arizona State University where he received his M.Ed. in Counselor Education and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He then lived in the Washington, D.C. metro area for nine years, teaching and providing counseling services at a variety of higher education institutions. Dr. Adams was thrilled to return to Arizona, working on staff at Chandler-Gilbert.
As Counseling Faculty, Dr. Adams is passionate about teaching and providing guidance around strategies for student success and academic/career exploration. He teaches the CPD 150: Strategies for College Success courses and CLASI workshops, which motivate students to identify and harness their own personal strengths as they develop the skills necessary to pursue their academic and career passions. Additionally, Dr. Adams provides counseling support to students in the areas of academic, career, or personal planning. In doing so, he takes a person-centered approach in assisting students through their own motivational enhancement, self-exploration, and problem-solving.
“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou
Audra Wolfe, M.C.
CGCC Counseling Faculty
Before joining the Counseling program full time, Audra Wolfe worked at Chandler-Gilbert Community College as an Adjunct Instructor, beginning in 2007, teaching over 20 semesters of Counseling Personal Development classes. During this time, she also worked as a high school guidance counselor, concentrating on student success in the area of career and college readiness. Prior to that, Audra had a wonderful opportunity to consult with a group of psychologists performing various counseling responsibilities, including training a culturally diverse population of counselors in England, Lebanon and Australia.
Professor Wolfe earned her Associate of Arts degree from Mesa Community College, and both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Masters of Counseling from Arizona State University. Being an alumni of a Maricopa Community College, she has first-hand knowledge of the student experience, and the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to a university.
Audra is enthusiastic about student success and has an extensive background working with them to help overcome obstacles and reach their goals. She enjoys providing counseling support to students in the areas of career exploration, anxiety and stress reduction, communication skills and personal development.
“Live life as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Gandhi
Adjunct Counseling Faculty
Amy Ralston-Beike, M.S. Ed.
Adjunct Counseling Faculty, Williams Campus
Amy received both her Master of Science in Education for Counseling, and her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Youngstown State University in Ohio. She has lived in the Gilbert community for over 12 years and loves this community and the opportunities that it offers. Currently, she is delighted to be providing individual counseling sessions with students to help them overcome challenges and meet their personal, academic, and career goals on the Williams Campus.
Prior to coming to CGCC, Amy provided counseling for fourteen years in a variety of settings, including community agencies, schools, and correction facilities, to individuals, groups and families.
When not working she enjoys spending time with her family. She likes swimming, jet skiing, riding horses, motorcycle riding, cooking and trying new culinary delights. She tries to learn something new every day, no matter what it may be. This outlook inspires her to inspire and motivate others to dream, believe and achieve.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu
Carrie Peters, M.A.
Adjunct Counseling Faculty, Pecos Campus
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Carrie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from State University College at Buffalo. After moving to Arizona, she received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University, and has provided strengths-based counseling to individuals and groups in a variety of settings. She recognizes that while the multiple demands students experience while in college are stressful, she is excited to be offering individual counseling sessions to provide support and strategies to help them achieve their academic, career, and personal goals.
Carrie is passionate about helping individuals explore new perspectives, solutions, and skills in managing stress and anxiety, problem-solving, and overcoming academic challenges. Outside of work, Carrie enjoys yoga, cooking and hiking. She believes that every situation is an opportunity for learning and growth.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt