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  • John Hancock, Ed.D., serves as Chief Psychologist and Associate Dean of Students for Health and Wellness.  Dr. Hancock supervises the Counseling Service, Student Health Service, and Health Promotion & Wellness office.  He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University.   Dr. Hancock completed an extramural training program at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy & Research and has been granted diplomate status by the Academy for Cognitive Therapy.  He has directed college counseling services for almost 20 years. His professional passion is suicide risk reduction and intervention, and he is a trainer for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

  • Liz Alire, M.A., is a doctoral student at Pacific University’s clinical psychology training program. At Lewis and Clark’s Counseling Service she serves the students as a psychological trainee. She has experience in community mental health and focuses her work around empowerment and the exploration of strategies for developing meaningful change. She works from a holistic, client-centered framework promoting mindfulness, collaboration and self-efficacy through a feminist lens. During her professional journey Liz has worked with eating and body image concerns, identity development, chronic pain management, dissociative experiences, phobias, relationship/interpersonal difficulties, and veterans. She is also a certified yoga instructor and runs trauma-informed therapeutic yoga groups at a community mental health clinic in Portland.

     

  • Melinda Brooks, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate at Pacific University. She has worked at student counseling centers at Pacific University and the University of Washington. Melinda’s professional interests include helping students with mood and anxiety disorders, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, and trauma and abuse issues. Her approach to therapy is integrative and addresses identity development, career, and education issues into the therapeutic work with students.

  • Jessica Egusquiza, M.S., is a doctoral student in Pacific University’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and works in the Counseling Service as a Psychological Trainee. Her clinical training experience includes individual therapy in a community mental health setting and conducting neuropsychological assessment with children and adults.  She has worked with a variety of concerns including adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Jessica uses an integrative, client-centered approach to provide clients with an individualized treatment experience. Her goal is to provide a warm and supportive environment in which to learn more effective coping strategies to achieve meaningful change.

     

  • Michelle J. Kirton, Ph.D., Associate Director of Counseling/Training Director, is a licensed psychologist specializing in career and professional development, women’s issues, and multiculturalism. Her Ph.D. is from Arizona State University–Tempe, and her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since higher education settings have been a focus for Dr. Kirton, she has also worked with students at Oregon Health Science University, and has created and taught courses for Pacific University and for Portland State University.

  • Jeanne M. Lilly, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate from Ohio State University.  She has also worked at counseling centers at Towson State University and Northeastern University, and created and taught classes at Lewis and Clark, Marylhurst and Northeastern.  Her professional interests include positive psychology, mindfulness as a tool in psychotherapy, trauma and resilience, Eastern psychology, and psychospiritual approaches to counseling.  She has also studied yoga nidra and pranayama with the Yoga Academy of North America, and has interest in how these techniques can be applied in psychotherapy.

  • Hanna Lyon, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a degree from Portland State University.  She specializes in working with young adults as they transition into adulthood, crisis intervention and trauma recovery.  Her treatment philosophy is rooted in positive youth development, trauma-informed care, harm reduction, systems theory and social justice. Her experience includes working in schools, at a sexual assault resource center, community mental health and most recently in the emergency department at OHSU. Hanna’s approach is client centered with the hope to empower the individual to make positive change that allows them to accept who they are and know that they matter.

     

  • Bobbi Mihara, Psy.D., Clinical Coordinator, is a licensed psychologist from Pacific University. She specializes in working with LGBTQ, multicultural, and creative students, and with couples. She takes a humanistic approach to mental health, which explores the student’s individual, interpersonal, and cultural strengths to increase insight into challenges that students may face. In addition to her work at Lewis & Clark College, Bobbi has a private practice and has worked in counseling centers at Portland State University, Pacific University, and Oregon State University. She has also created and taught courses for Portland State University and for Oregon State University.

  • Kara Powers, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and did her residency training at University of California, San Francisco.  In addition to her work at the Counseling Service, Dr. Powers has practiced in a variety of settings including community mental health and private practice, and has served as clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF.  She has experience treating a broad range of mental health issues within culturally diverse populations using both medication management and psychotherapy.  She has a particular interest in mindfulness practices and in applying these to her psychotherapeutic work.  She especially enjoys working with students as they grow and discover their paths in life.

  • Hans Woicke, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a degree from Boston College. He has worked with families at Morrison Child and Family Services, with teens and their parents involved in the juvenile justice system, as a counselor for Portland YouthBuilders, and most recently for Providence Health and Services as a counselor for parents whose children have developmental disabilities. He is passionate about working with young adults and acknowledges the tremendous courage students have in seeking counseling support. He appreciates and enjoys working with them during their journeys. 

  • Caryn Zaner, MA is a student clinician in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Pacific University. Caryn has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, residential treatment facilities, and the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic. She utilizes a feminist lens and client-centered framework in order to provide an environment of understanding and promote resiliency for the client.  Caryn enjoys working with those across the LGBTQ spectrum, formerly incarcerated individuals, and people seeking new coping strategies for everyday stressors. 

     

  • Laura Mundt, Administrative Coordinator, schedules client appointments, facilitates student support, and serves as the office manager.  She is an alumna of Lewis & Clark College (B.A. ’91) and has worked in several offices across the campus, including Academic English Studies, Summer Sessions, and Admissions. 

 

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