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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, 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.

  • 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 Services Director, 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. 

  • Cayla Leung, M.A., is a Psychological Trainee from Pacific University. She is interested in working with the emerging adult population and is passionate about helping students with disordered eating, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships. She is looking forward to an opportunity to work with students and aiding them in their professional and personal growth at Lewis & Clark College. Cayla has experience running an ADHD skills group and working with individuals through an interpersonal approach in which she creates a collaborative environment with clients.

  • Megan Soucy, M.A., is a psychological trainee from Pacific University. She has worked as a student clinician in an integrated care community health clinic with individuals and couples. She enjoys educational outreach and mental health stigma reduction work. Megan approaches therapy with a client-centered and emotional process focus and aims to create a safe space for the client to explore their feelings, relationships, and behaviors. She has a particular interest in working with students who have endured sexual trauma earlier in life or during their time at school and has worked with adults of all ages with mood  and anxiety disorders, adjustment issues, relationship problems, and who are interested in processing trauma. Megan is passionate and excited about helping college students navigate this confusing and exciting time in their lives. 


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