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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 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."

Jeffrey Jarrett, M.A., LMFT
Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, California; pending licensure in Washington
jjarrett@whitworth.edu

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University
B.A., History, UCLA 

Former employment: Therapy private practice; counselor at Santa Barbara City College, CALM, Family Service Agency; psychology instructor at Santa Barbara City College and the Antioch master’s program in clinical psychology.

"Everybody has times of adjustment in their lives, and college is one of the big ones. Whether you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety or inordinate amounts of pressure that is affecting your social or academic life, I am here to help you elucidate and process that which is making you feel "stuck" or worried.

I maintained a private practice as a marriage and family therapist for ten years in Santa Barbara, Calif., specializing in working with families and students. My theoretical orientation is based largely on Family Systems Theory, while also emphasizing Cognitive Behavioral Theory and existential psychology, stressing personal responsibility.

In order to further my knowledge and expertise, I consistently attend trainings and meetings of local therapists. Outside of the therapy office, I am an avid student of film and art, and I like to spend time with my wife and our young daughter."

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

M.S. in Applied Psychology: Mental Health Counseling Emphasis, Eastern Washington University
B.A. in 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 and am working toward Ironman #2 this July. 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 Miller, M.A., LMHC
Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
sophiamiller@whitworth.edu 

M.Ed., Counseling Mental Health, 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. I have specific training and experience working with grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal issues. I have been practicing counseling for seven years, 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!

Hannah Wolff, M.S., LMHC
Mental Health Counselor
hwolff@whitworth.edu

M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Montana State University
B.A. Psychology, Gonzaga University

Former Employment: Group therapist at The Emily Program in Spokane, graduate assistant and counselor at the Human Development Clinic in Bozeman, Mont., student life staff at Gonzaga University.

“I am a humanistic counselor with experience counseling adults of all ages. I especially enjoy working with college students as they grow personally, interpersonally and emotionally. I utilize evidence-based treatment interventions while viewing my clients through a humanistic lens, non-judgmentally listening and respecting my clients as they are, through a whole-person perspective. I have experience working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, body image concerns, and eating disorders, as well as family and relational concerns. My intent as a therapist is to help my clients grow to trust in their own abilities and be vulnerable with their true selves, and I view our therapeutic relationship as invaluable in that process. I hope to provide safety and authenticity that creates an environment for client growth.”

Outside of counseling, I enjoy spending time outdoors, whether it is fly fishing, hiking, skiing, or throwing a frisbee to my high-energy dog. If I am indoors, I like to be reading or playing music with my husband (we met playing together in a college band!). I have a twin sister and I love to spend time with family.

Tammie Maple, MBA
Program Assistant
tmaple@whitworth.edu 

Among many other things, Tammie is responsible for scheduling appointments for both health services and counseling services.

Duke (the dog!)
(picture used with permission) 

Duke is an English Lab that 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.”

Duke 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. Duke is accompanied by his caretaker.  

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