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Counseling Center Staff

The counseling center staff is dedicated to coming alongside you whatever your reasons for attending counseling may be. A counselor can help you sort out your situation, your feelings, your options and resources that might be of help to you. In addition, if the support you need is not available on campus, a counselor can help you locate and connect with resources off campus.

We invite you to make an appointment with any one of our counselors. Each counselor varies in personality and approach to counseling. If one counselor does not seem to be a good fit for you, you are welcome to switch to a different counselor within the counseling center.

You may call the counseling center at 509.777.3259 if you have any questions regarding counseling services or to schedule an appointment.

Molly DeWalt, M.S., LMHC
Director & Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
mdewalt@whitworth.edu 

M.S., Counseling Psychology, Eastern Washington University
B.A., Clinical Psychology, Smith College

Former employment: Emergency psychiatric triage counselor at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Inland Psychiatry, Private Practice

"As people grow and go through periods of change, it is not uncommon for them to feel their life is unraveling or to feel off center. My goal is to help my clients find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships. My therapeutic style is primarily cognitive behavioral using strength based, solution-focused techniques.

Prior to coming to Whitworth, I spent 25 years as an emergency psychiatric triage counselor in the emergency room at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. During that time, I also worked as an outpatient therapist primarily with emerging adults at Inland Psychiatry and Psychology for five years.

I am certified as an ESA school counselor and am a trained Love and Logic facilitator. I have extensive training in suicide risk assessment through ASIST and AMSR."

Chad Hamasaki, M.ED., LMHCA
Counselor
Mental Health Counselor Associate
chamasaki@whitworth.edu

M. ED., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Whitworth University
B.A., Psychology, Whitworth University 

Former employment: Counselor at Tamarack Center in Spokane; Crisis Intervention Specialist at Frontier Behavioral Health in Spokane

"Over the course of my 27-year career in the mental health field I have always believed that everyone needs help at some point in their life. The college years are full of changes, transformations and challenges – it is a very natural point to ask for that help. My goal has been to lend that hand, using primarily person centered and cognitive behavioral therapeutic approaches. I have worked with clients across the age spectrum, primarily in crisis resolution, stabilization and safety assessment. I believe that people want to be heard, respected and empowered. Through this, they can safely process, heal and grow. 

As a former collegiate athlete I understand the demands of balancing athletics, academics, expectations and social demands.

I am Native Hawaiian and appreciate that everyone has their own culture. I feel very blessed that Ke Akua (the Lord) has brought me back to my alma mater to help those in the Whitworth ohana (family)."

Maja LeBon, M.S., LMHC
Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
mlebon@whitworth.edu

M.S., Applied Psychology: Mental Health Counseling Emphasis, Eastern Washington University
B.A., Philosophy, Gonzaga University

Former Employment: Mental health counselor at Children's Home Society of Washington (Child and Family), eating disorder technician and mental health counselor at The Emily Program, private practice

"I was drawn to the counseling profession because it allows me to combine my love for people with my love for creative problem-solving and seeking a deeper understanding of why we do and think the way we do. My experience includes work with people of all ages with a diverse range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image concerns and trauma.

My therapeutic style combines a few different modalities, including person-centered counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Lifespan Integration (LI). Above any specific theory, I deeply value relationship. I believe that people have an amazing capacity for change and often just need a safe space in which to discover and overcome barriers to positive growth. It is very important to me to understand (and help you to clarify) the values that guide your life and integrate them into our therapeutic work. I seek to be flexible in finding the best way to help you move toward a healthy and value-driven life.

Outside of work, I am a mom to three busy kids and wife to my husband. I love running, biking and swimming, so I've taken on triathlons in the last few years. I get so much out of the journey in training and racing, but I also love recovering well with rest, play, family time and good food. I have felt so at home at Whitworth and feel truly blessed to get to serve the community here."

Sophia (Sophie) Miller, M.A., LMHC
Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
sophiamiller@whitworth.edu 

M.A., Community Counseling, Washington State University
B.S, Intensive Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Former employment: Counselor and Health Awareness Team Coordinator at Washington State University, Counselor at WSU Spokane campus

"Every individual has a unique life story, and a unique path they are taking. Every individual has different experiences they have been through, and different relationships that have helped mold who they are and how they interact with the world. My job as your counselor is to come along side you, as an individual, and help you sort through different aspects, struggles, and challenges in your life. My therapeutic approach is interpersonal process therapy, under the methodology of Edward Teyber, which incorporates object-relations, attachment theory, family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have specific training and experience working with grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal issues. I have been practicing counseling since 2010, all within the college counseling setting. I believe that every individual is different, and that their needs, strengths, and life struggles are also different. Therefore, every counseling experience is unique, and I greatly enjoy every opportunity to join another person in a segment of their journey through life."

Emily Soucinek, M.Ed., LMHCA
Counselor
Mental Health Counselor Associate
esoucinek@whitworth.edu 

M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Whitworth University
B.A., History, University of Washington

Former employment: Residential Life Staff at Whitworth, College Ministry staff with the INN at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle

"I believe in the innate value of each unique individual and I approach counseling with the utmost respect and regard for each person I have the privilege of coming alongside of in counseling. I seek to establish a counseling relationship that is marked by collaboration, safety, trust, genuine care and authenticity. While I believe each person has a natural inclination toward growth and the desire to live a meaningful life (as defined by each person), I also believe there will be a time in everyone's life when they feel 'stuck,' unable to move forward or unsure of how to do so, or totally lost and hopeless, which is when counseling is so helpful. The foundation of my approach is based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), but I also draw on other theoretical orientations when needed. Based on ACT, I work with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, grief, insecurity, trauma or whatever it is that brings them to counseling, and help them more effectively and compassionately embrace the here and now of their lives and be more freed up to do the things that really matter to them.

Outside of counseling, I enjoy time with my family (I am married and have three young kids), being outdoors (skiing, hiking, camping, running, etc), connecting with friends near and far, and all kinds of creative projects. My great grandmother built a house when she was 70 and I aspire to do the same someday!"

Bree Sutton, M.A., LMHC
Counselor
Mental Health Counselor Associate
bsutton@whitworth.edu

M.A., Clinical Counseling: Alliant International University, San Francisco
B.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota

Former employment: Mental health clinician at Neurobehavioral Consultants in Sitka, Alaska; Mental health clinician at Youth Advocates of Sitka, Alaska

"As an empathic person, I have always been attracted to work in the counseling field. It is an honor to hold space for people and support them through both expected and unexpected life events. I use a person-centered model along with one or more complimentary techniques, such as mindfulness or solution focused cognitive behavioral therapy. My style is flexible yet efficient and addresses the person from a holistic perspective.  

I have a wide variety of experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings addressing different levels of mental health needs and circumstances. I am welcoming of all people and want to share a great deal of gratitude and respect for anyone seeking counseling as part of their journey."

Joey (the dog!)

Joey is part of Hospice of Spokane’s Paws for Comfort Program. He is also associated with Pet Partners, which states on their website: “we believe that the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial relationship that improves the physical, social and emotional lives of those we serve. We are motivated by connection, compassion and a commitment to sharing this meaningful bond with everyone who can benefit from time spent with an animal.”

Joey is available in the counseling center one afternoon a month. He stays in the counseling center conference room and students are able to schedule a 15-minute session with him individually or with a group. Joey is accompanied by his caretaker.  

If you have questions about how to schedule an "appointment" with Joey or would like to find out more information, please call the counseling center at 509.777.3259.