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Counseling Center Staff

Counselors are available to all full-time students. Ten counseling sessions per academic year are provided at no charge. If needed, referrals are made to a private counselor. The Health Services Access Plan does provide some coverage. Group counseling is available on specific topics such as engagement, grief, etc. Contact the counsling center for current topics available. Call 509.777.3259 for appointments or for further information.

Monica Whitlock, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California and Washington)

Ph.D., Sociology (Marriage and Family Therapy), University of Southern California
M.M.F.T., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern California
M.A., Sociology, University of Southern California
B.A., Sociology, Point Loma Nazarene University

Former Employment: Outreach Coordinator and Counselor at Point Loma Nazarene University, Graduate Instructor at Azusa Pacific University, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, Private Practice

"I have worked with university students for over 20 years – as a researcher, professor, clinical supervisor and therapist. I entered higher education as a faculty member, and have pursued the concept of promoting resiliency throughout my career.

"In my former role as a faculty member, I received grants from international and national private and public sources to explore resiliency among youth at risk of joining gangs. I have taught in diverse university settings: community colleges (SD City College, Mesa College), state universities (Cal State, Los Angeles, Arizona State University), large private universities (University of Southern California), and small independent universities (Azusa Pacific University, Westmont, Point Loma Nazarene University). I left my faculty position to return to clinical work at Point Loma Nazarene University where I was a counselor and directed a health prevention program for students.

"I specialize in adolescent/emerging adult identity development, mood disorders and emotionally focused couple and family therapy. I have additional training in Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), QPR Gatekeeper Trainer (Suicide Prevention), StrengthsQuest Strength-Based Higher Education Training, Prepare/Enrich Relationship Assessment, and Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI). I am currently on the Board of my professional association, the American University and College Counseling Center Directors Association.

"My style in therapy is highly relational and authentic. Therapy shouldn't feel weird and should be practical. I use interpersonal, experiential, psychodynamic and evidence-based frameworks for my work. I use an individualized approach with students, focusing on your personal goals. I ask the questions that you are afraid to ask yourself, but with grace, humor and sensitivity.

"I've seen therapy do amazing things. Having a safe, confidential space where you can explore the things you try to avoid can be a powerful avenue for change. The college experience can be a challenging time of managing high academic stress while discovering who you are, who you'd like to be, and where you've come from. I enjoy the opportunity of walking alongside those who are discovering their purpose in this world. I help you get out of your own way, find your strengths and get back to the business of being you."

Molly DeWalt, M.S., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

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."

Michael Hathaway, M.S., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University
B.S. Youth Work, Lutheran Bible Institute

Former employment: Therapist at Group Health Cooperative

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Sophia Miller, M.A., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

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
Mental Health Counselor Associate 

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."

Taylen Gilden, MFT Graduate Intern
Counseling Intern
Marriage and Family Therapy graduate student 

M.A, Marriage and Family Therapy, Whitworth University (expected May 2017)
B.A., Psychology, Whitworth University

"I believe that every person deserves to be listened to and treated with the utmost respect. College can be hard in numerous ways and I do not believe that there is any problem too big or too small to talk about or be listened to. I operate on the belief that the relationship between counselor and client is the most vital aspect of counseling and my goal is to establish a safe place to talk and connect. I want to listen to you and help you get to where you want to be. I graduated from Whitworth in 2015 and will graduate this May with my Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have recently gone through the fun, the hurt and the stress that is college and I want to help you walk through whatever you are facing during this period of your life."

Tammie Maple, MBA
Program Assistant 

Tammie is responsible for reception services, administrative support, budget management, ancillary healthcare contract facilitation, Health Education Action Team coordination, and supervision of student employees.

Sean Giachetti
Program Assistant 

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