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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.

  • 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.

  • Hillary Howarth, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.  Before Lewis & Clark, she worked in counseling centers at the University of San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University, and St. Mary’s College of California.  Her primary specialty is working with bereaved students and those experiencing other types of losses, including relationship break-ups.  Her clinical interests also include depression, anxiety, addiction, and interpersonal concerns.  Hillary enjoys cross-cultural counseling and is an LGBTQ ally.  Her approach to counseling is warm, collaborative, and flexible, depending on each student’s unique needs and goals.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Natalie Mitchell, Psy.D., Associate Director for Clinical Services, is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.  Prior to Lewis & Clark, she was the Director of the Counseling Center at Marymount University and has also worked in the counseling centers of Michigan State University, Oakland University, Bowling Green State University, and Northeastern Illinois University.  Her professional interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, gender and women’s issues, and multicultural counseling.  Her approach to counseling is humanistic and interpersonal, with an emphasis on developing a warm and collaborative relationship.

  • 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. 

  • Dan Brager, M.A., is a psychological trainee. He is professionally interested in a wide variety of issues that may impact well-being, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and existential and identity questions. His counseling approach is integrative and collaborative to accommodate each student’s unique presenting concerns and therapeutic preferences. 

  • Raquel Gonzales, M.A., psychological trainee, is a graduate student with a master’s degree from Pacific University.  She has worked at Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic serving clients in the community.  Her clinical interests include issues related to adjustment, anxiety, and multiculturalism.  Her approach to therapy is collaborative and she makes an effort to provide students with empathy and support.

  • Erica Ironside, M.S., is a psychological trainee conducting her Clinical Fieldwork at Lewis & Clark.  She is currently in her 4th year of training and working towards earning her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University.  She works from a psychodynamic perspective which emphasizes significant relationships, especially childhood relationships, and our style of attachment with those figures.  Additionally focus is on how psychological processes influence our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors (both conscious and unconscious) that play out in our lives daily.  She has worked with a variety of issues and is most interested in the aspects of diversity and how they impact an individual’s experience of the world, including their levels of function and distress.

  • 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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