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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, press 2, 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."

Kenzie Davidson, M.S., LMHCA
Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
kdavidson@whitworth.edu

M.S., Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University
B.A., Psychology, Whitworth University

Former employment: Mental health clinician, Lutheran Community Services Northwest

I believe that the experience of being seen AND being accepted is the foundation of therapeutic change. As a therapist, my goal is to offer a nonjudgmental environment in which clients can explore, understand, and challenge themselves. I use a psychodynamic approach combined with elements of interpersonal process therapy to help clients gain insight and cope with life’s difficulties. I also incorporate humor, storytelling and creative expression as therapeutic tools in my work. I have worked primarily in community mental health and higher education environments, but have a specific passion for college populations. I have specialized training in treating trauma and have worked with clients with a wide variety of backgrounds and identities. Justice is one of my main values and I believe advocating for my clients on a one-on-one basis, as well as on a policy level, is my professional responsibility. Additionally, I think it is critical that treatment is shaped by each client’s unique identities, and thus catering to their specific needs. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends, walking my dog and going to concerts. I love most forms of media and am particularly inspired by women in comedy and memoirs. 

 

Chad Hamasaki, M.ED., LMHC
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."

Emma Christie-Foster
Counselor Intern
counselingcenter@whitworth.edu 

Emma is one of the counseling interns at the Whitworth Counseling Center. She is a graduate student in the Whitworth’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. Born and raised in California, Emma moved up to Spokane for the graduate program and since moving up here has loved getting to explore nature in Spokane as well as build a new community.

“I love getting to meet my clients with compassion and unconditional positive regard and help them cultivate self-awareness, self-compassion, and feel inspired to make the changes in their lives that they want to see. I am a person-centered therapist and enjoy using compassion focused therapy and internal family systems modalities in my work. When not in school or seeing clients, I enjoy hiking with my miniature Australian shepherd, snuggling my cat, or watching a good show (roms coms, Bridgerton and Harry Potter are some favorites). I am excited to be here and look forward to getting to step alongside you on your journey.”

Sara Gayer
Counselor Intern
counselingcenter@whitworth.edu 

Sara is currently pursuing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Whitworth University. Concurrent with her time as a student, Sara is an intern at U-District Physical Therapy in the counseling department. Sara specializes in working with athletes, engaging in therapy for peak performance and encouraging good mental health. Sara received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Whitworth University where she was deeply engaged in collegiate athletics both as an athlete and an advocate for student athletes.

Sara’s experiences and passions drew her to become a therapist and working with athletes including their unique strengths and challenges. Sara borrows from a variety of evidence-based therapy models including cognitive behavioral therapy with a clear person-centered approach. As a therapist in training, Sara is continually deepening her therapeutic expertise and learning new therapeutic skills to best meet her clients’ needs.

With Sara, you can expect a validating, warm, and empowering counseling experience. Whatever your hopes are for therapy, she will meet you exactly where you are and walk with you towards your goals. 

Sara is aware of the demands and stigma of being a student athlete and hopes to meet you with compassion and solutions. If you would like to meet with Sara, she is located in Graves Gym on Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon. If you would like to schedule a session, please call the counseling center.*

*If you and Sara have a preexisting relationship that either/both are aware of, such as being on the same team together, she would gladly help refer you to another therapist at the Whitworth Counseling Center or the Whitworth Marriage and Family Therapy Center (MFTC) in Tacoma Hall.

 Bella (the dog!)

Bella is part of Hospice of Spokane's Paws for Comfort Program. She 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."  She is also a certified “Hope Dog” – “trained for comfort in times of crisis.”

Bella is available in the counseling center two afternoons a month. She stays in the counseling center conference room and students are able to schedule a 15-minute session with her individually or with a group. Bella is accompanied by her handler.  

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