Student Counseling Center Staff

The Student Counseling Center is staffed by Licensed Psychologists, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist Residents, Staff Counselors and support staff.

Interim Director, Staff Psychologist

Laura holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Traumatic Stress Studies from Adler University located in Chicago, IL. She is honored to work as a generalist therapist serving the diverse mental health needs of undergraduate and graduate students while empowering them to make the healthy changes necessary to live more fulfilling lives. More specifically her passions include working with students experiencing relationship concerns, family of origin concerns, sexual violence, complex trauma, bereavement, and cultural identity development. Laura’s general approach to therapy is Relational Constructivism, a postmodern humanistic approach, coupled with a Feminist framework to help better understand and address the disempowering social factors in her clients’ lives. Laura is dedicated to building caring, collaborative, and transparent therapeutic relationships. Laura also has a strong passion for social justice work, outreach, disaster response, group therapy, and supervision and training! 

Staff Therapist

Allison holds a Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a passion for working with university students as they grow and learn while exploring new horizons. Allison draws on a student’s strengths within a developmental framework. She approaches students collaboratively to discover and progress towards their goals. Allison brings experience in individual and family counseling on issues related to depression, anxiety, communication, relationships, self-esteem, spirituality, careers, and life transition. In her free time, Allison enjoys reading, baking anything chocolate, puzzles, watching British comedies, playing with her children, hiking, and traveling.

Staff Psychologist

Jamie is a licensed psychologist, holding a Doctor of Psychology degree from Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology. She has specialized training in Buddhist Psychology and Gestalt Therapy and has several years of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students. Jamie utilizes a multicultural lens and has particular interest helping people resolve concerns related to social identity development and survivors of interpersonal trauma utilizing individual, group, and couple counseling. Jamie was trained as a generalist and has experience working with students on a wide range of concerns including adjustment, emotional distress, career development, LGBTQ+ individuals, and family of origin concerns.

Staff Psychologist

Wan-Chen holds a Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology program from Columbia University.  She is originally from Taiwan and had spent the last 10 years in the East coast before making her way to Oregon.  Prior to joining Pacific, she was completing postdoctoral residency training at Reed College for 2016-2017 year and completing pre-doctoral internship training at Hamilton-Madison House, a community mental health center in Manhattan.  Her theoretical orientation adopts an integrative approach, including psychodynamic, DBT and multicultural perspective.  In the past, she had worked with college students in several universities.  She is passionate about working with college students that has constantly instilled her with hope in support of their strength and resilience.  Her graduate training is rooted in multicultural competency that advocates social justice for sexual/gender/ethnic/racial/social class minorities.  She hopes to facilitate an open and safe environment for students to explore and express unresolved issues/thoughts/feelings in support of their growth.  Her clinical interests include multicultural issues, identity concerns, acculturation and adjustment, depression, anxiety and other emotional distress.

Staff Psychologist

Melinda holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology. She has trained as a generalist psychologist to serve the needs of adults for a broad range of psychological concerns. She has several years of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, and enjoys helping them achieve their personal and academic goals. Melinda utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, often drawing from cognitive behavioral and acceptance and commitment therapy.  She is a strong believer in the importance of collaboration in the therapeutic relationship, and welcomes feedback from her clients. Her passions include working with anxiety, depression, adjustment, body image and eating concerns, and ADHD/attentional issues. Melinda provides individual and group therapy, as well as supervision to graduate students.

Psychologist Resident

Vicente holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Albizu University in Miami, FL. He completed his internship at the Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services (IMCES) in Los Angeles, CA; and has previously worked at the University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center (UI-CTC) and the Goodman Center for Psychological Services in Miami, FL. He is a graduate from the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Course (PPC) at Florida Psychoanalytic Institute.

As a trained bilingual-generalist clinician, Vicente's approach to therapy is centered in a multicultural-integrative model, helping students to explore current stressors to create awareness of the best steps to take to achieve desirable academic and personal goals. His working experience with students included addressing presentations of life transitions and periods of adjustments, academic problems, emotional and cognitive levels of distress, behavioral and interpersonal difficulties, career development, and identity dilemmas. Vicente loves traveling to different countries and learning about new cultures and traditions.

I feel honored to be joining the Pacific Student Counseling Center as a student clinician, and look forward to establishing a solid therapeutic relationship with our clients. I approach therapy from a culturally-informed, collaborative framework. My primary goal is to assist clients in their journey—no matter how difficult, lonely, complex or challenging it might be.

I have experience offering therapy to adult individuals and couples from diverse backgrounds, who have dealt with sexual trauma, anxiety, depression, marital problems, gender identity matters, acculturation difficulties, ADHD, substance use and religious guilt. I am also a passionate supporter of LGBT rights, social justice and human rights.

I hold a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University, and am currently working on my doctorate (PsyD). I have had professional clinical training in Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with focus on attachment styles, and Gestalt Therapy. As part of Pacific University’s unique Latino/Bilingual track, I am trained to offer therapy services in both, English and Spanish.

I am originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, and have lived in several different cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville—where I lived for over 15 years, and got to enjoy an earlier career working behind the scenes in the music business. In my free time, I enjoy weightlifting, singing, dancing, and playing city-building video games. I live in Portland with Fitzwilliam, my 4-year-old rescue corgi-huahua.

Brad is a doctoral student on the adult track at Pacific University's School of Graduate Psychology in Hillsboro, OR.

Brad's general approach to therapy is Acceptance and Commitment therapy, but he also utilizes interventions from many different theoretical orientations. His main focus in therapy is working with individuals to find better ways to manage distressing symptoms and enrich their lives. He enjoys and is willing to work with individuals with a wide variety of concerns.

In his free time, Brad enjoys hiking, traveling, water sports, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends.

Ethan is currently working on his PsyD at Pacific University’s School of Graduate Psychology.

I like to think of clinical work as helping people figure out ways they want to do things differently or better, and helping them to figure out what is getting in the way of making that change. We work as a team in this endeavor because I may have expertise in how people work generally, but you are the expert of you. I’m happy to work with you about anything under the sun, and I will try to make your experience of therapy feel comfortable and challenging at the same time by just being a normal genuine person in the room with you.

When I’m not doing clinical work, I love playing tabletop games, playing music, going outdoors, reading, and involving myself in my religious practice. I hope you feel welcome to come in and experience the counseling center.

Molly is currently working on her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University (PsyD). She is passionate about working with college students and is excited about the opportunity to continue her clinical work and training at Pacific University.

Molly typically works from a process-oriented approach, but pulls from multiple treatment modalities to best fit the needs of her clients. Areas of interest include working with survivors of trauma, the LGBTQ community, and the BDSM community. Other areas of special interest include sexual health and relationships. In her free time, Molly enjoys listening to podcasts, attending music festivals, and baking.

 

Tricha is a graduate student at George Fox School of Clinical Psycholog. Her previous experience is in inpatient and community mental health settings with civilians, service members, and veterans.

Tricha is excited to work collaboratively with students as they maneuver through their personal, professional, and academic lives to achieve their goals. She is passionate about supporting individuals as they explore their inner strength and resilience. She works from an integrative approach utilizing evidenced based interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Gestalt therapy.

Tricha is a generalist open to exploring a wide range of social, emotional, educational, spiritual, adjustment, career, and identity concerns. In her free time, Tricha enjoys reading, challenging adventures, and outdoor activities with her family and puppies.