Meet Our Staff
Karen Brouhard joined the FSAO as a counselor over ten years ago and became the director in 2019. She is a Licensed, Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who earned her Master of Social Work degree from Smith College in 1989. She has worked in a variety of educational, medical, and mental health settings. Her experience includes co-directing the Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and serving as a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Karen’s interests include stress and burnout, psychological resilience, and mindfulness. She loves the arts, particularly music and dance, and finds sustenance in her meditation practice and sangha.
Sarah Henderson is a Licensed, Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and yoga. Sarah joined FSAO in 2020 after many years in private practice. She received her Master of Social Work Degree from Simmons in 2002 and has over 20 years of experience providing individual and couples counseling. Sarah is passionate about social justice and strives to create a welcoming and inclusive space for people to explore different aspects of their mental health and identity. Sarah has a strong interest in health and wellness and is a certified yoga teacher. Her own yoga practice and training are a wonderful complement to her interactive and collaborative counseling style. Sarah enjoys spending time with family, traveling, walks with her dog, and reading nonfiction.
Siyao “Violet” Li, PhD, LMHC, BC-DMT, CEAP
Violet is a bilingual (English/Chinese 普通话) Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Board-Certified Dance Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) who joined FSAO in 2023. She completed her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Beijing Normal University in 2018 and received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University in 2020. Violet has been providing her services to people with a wide range of cultural backgrounds including historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those of lower socioeconomic status, diverse gender and sexual orientations, and nonnative English speakers. She is passionate about helping people making positive changes using various neuro-scientific and artistic methods. Violet is also a nature lover and travels around the world to find cultural inspiration for her own creative arts.
Employee Assistance Program Specialist
EAP Specialist Colleen McGuire joined the FSAO in 2019. She is the first point of contact for most employees who contact the office and helps people identify and access the resources and services that will be most helpful to them. Colleen provides administrative support to the office as well as outreach to the community. A member of the BU D&I Allies and Advocates Community Network, Colleen has a strong interest in identifying resources and supports for LGBTQIA+ employees, particularly those seeking to affirm their gender in the workplace. Before joining BU, Colleen worked for 14 years visiting families with newborns and leading community playgroups. She is currently enrolled in BU’s MSW program, fulfilling a longtime goal of becoming a social worker clinician. Outside of work, Colleen enjoys bicycling, reading, and making or looking at art.