Counseling Services Staff
Leslie Armeniox, PhD, LPC, BC-DMT, Associate Director
Leslie is a seasoned professional with many years experience counseling people of all ages. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (NC). She received her Masters in Creative Arts in Therapy with a specialty in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hahnemann University (now Drexel), and is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Previously she worked in private practice, hospitals, schools, colleges, emergency services, and intensive outpatient treatment. She has expertise in treatment of trauma, relationships, eating disorders, ADHD, personality disorders, obesity, anxiety, and depression. She also has extensive experience in wellness and complimentary medicine.
" I use a person-centered and relational-cultural approach that places importance on the therapeutic relationship, personal choices, compassion, and creative collaboration with clients. My approach is holistic, incorporating Eastern and Western psychology, and the body mind relationship."
Andrew Polloi, MA, Mental Health Counselor
Andrew received his MA in Counseling Psychology from UH Hilo. Andrew seeks to create a supportive, culturally sensitive, understanding, sincere and approachable working alliance. Andrew's approach to counseling is based on cognitive-behavioral theories and humanistic and person-centered theories. Andrew invites students to explore their potential and make the most of their personal and academic experiences. Andrew also directs the Men of Strength program at UH Hilo.
"At the core of my counseling practice I am a person centered therapist. In that, I believe that the human body and mind is designed to heal itself and if I provide an individual the opportunity they can feel empowered to make the changes they want in their lives. Providing empathy, authenticity, and unconditional positive regard are the core of all my interactions whether it be with students seeking counseling, faculty and staff consultations, or in my role as leader for Men of Strength. My vision for myself is to be a competent mental health counselor, be a resource and advocate for Pacific Island students and address gender based violence in our communities."
Alex Jardon, MA., Mental Health Counselor
Alex is a recent graduate of the Counseling Psychology program at UH Hilo. Originally from Montana, he has travelled to over 50 countries. This extensive experience contributes to his multicultural support for clients. He has experience serving college students of all ages and working with a range of concerns such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and social phobia. Alex has worked in universities in numerous roles such as a tutor, academic advisor, and instructor. The framework for Alex's counseling orientation is person centered with emphasis on well-researched, cognitive-behavioral techniques for specific mental health concerns. Alex has conducted numerous stress management classes on campus, a social confidence course, and also participates in Men of Strength meetings and events.