Health and Counseling Services

Division of Student Services

Our Staff: Counseling

Kate Smith, PhD, LPC, PMHNP


Kate Smith

Kate is the Director of the Health and Counseling Center.

She received her BS in Psychology from Trenton State College, MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon, MS and PhD in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University. She is licensed as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as a professional counselor in Oregon. Kate has worked at the HCC since 2005 and became the Director in 2009.

Gabrielle "Gabe" Baker, LCSW

Case Manager

I joined the Health & Counseling team at Reed in the Spring of 2015, and am proud to be part of the Reed community.

I am a licensed clinical social worker. Prior to joining the team at Reed, I worked at Oregon Health & Science University as a medical social worker and in community mental health for over 10 years. 

At Reed, I am here to help students overcome challenges that are interfering with their academic or personal well-being. My approach is student centered. I am here to listen, reflect and help you identify your options. I work collaboratively with students to create action plans to resolve issues that are barriers to academic and personal success.

A little about me, I am a native Oregonian. My interests include anything I can do outdoors (running, hiking, biking, camping), social and political activism, and traveling. I am a life long learner and believe that I have something to learn from everyone I encounter.  

Tim Beecher, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Hello, I am a licensed psychologist, and I am passionate about providing high quality counseling services to Reed students. I have worked at several college counseling centers (6 in all!) and I am very happy to be at Reed. I continue to hone my craft as a therapist and aspire to create a new type of therapy for each client. I incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches in my work, including interpersonal process therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, feminist therapy and cognitive therapy. My therapy style is empathic, challenging and friendly. I am committed to providing culturally competent services and I take being a LGBTIQ ally seriously. I am comfortable working with students struggling with various kinds of issues and specialize in interpersonal issues, problems related to alcohol and other drugs and issues related to one’s inner critic. Outside of work, I enjoy bike camping, gardening and vipassana meditation.

Sheryl Moren, PMHNP-BC

Staff Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Sheryl Moren

I have been a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at the Health and Counseling Center since 2004. I received MSN from Oregon Health & Science University. I am board certified as a family PMHNP.

I've had the privilege of working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of mental health settings. This includes underserved populations at county, as well as community, mental health agencies; juvenile detention; residential care; day treatment programs; inpatient psychiatric hospitals; and via telepsychiatry.

My approach to care embraces the holistic nursing model, which takes into account lifestyle-teaching and cultural considerations. My professional interests include comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychotropic medication management, crisis intervention, solution-focused brief therapy, strengths-based approach, adjustment, self-care, spirituality, identity formation, interpersonal relationships, organization, and prioritization. Outside of work, I enjoy home improvement projects, gardening, dancing, creating, and spending time with loved ones.

Connie Nelson

Health Services Assistant - Counseling

Connie has been a part of the Health and Counseling Center since 1982. She worked at San Jose State University Health Services prior to Reed. She attended San Jose City College and Trinity Western College in Canada.

Pepita “Pip” Payne, PsyD

Clinical Coordinator/Training Director, Staff Psychologist

Pepita Payne

Hi, I am a licensed clinical psychologist, and I’ve been working at the Reed HCC since 2007. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic, and within that framework I draw from a wide range of approaches. As a therapist, my main focus is to meet people where they are, and to help them collaboratively focus on what they are struggling with in a safe, warm environment. I encourage students to use their minds to explore their feelings and to understand how past experiences, relationships, thoughts and behaviors are impacting their lives at this point in time. I have experience working with people with a wide variety of issues, including relationship troubles, homesickness, depression, anxiety and academic struggles. Also about me: I come from Australia and am really enjoying living in Portland!

Marina Valdez, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Marina Valdez

Originally from Texas, I made my way to Oregon in 2000 to pursue my graduate studies. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon Counseling Psychology program, completed my pre-doctoral internship at Suffolk University’s Counseling Center in Boston, and am now excited to work with Reed students as a licensed psychologist. Over the course of my doctoral studies, I worked with older adults, children, and families. I also worked at an urban arts college in Chicago and then later as an elementary/middle school teaching assistant in Japan. These experiences broadened my personal and professional interests in multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice, especially in educational settings. Thus, my focus has been on work with adolescents and college students. I am passionate about women's issues, specifically concerns related to women of color. I have taught undergraduate courses on life skills, stress management, as well as an introduction to psychology of women. I appreciate clinical and educational work that is empowerment-focused and strength-based. I believe it is important to understand contextual factors that contribute to our strengths, our challenges, and our growth. I also emphasize the importance of self-care and self-awareness as key contributions to our development. Therefore, I strive to practice my own self-care and awareness. I enjoy yoga, reading, live music, and watching TV and movies. When I have more time, I enjoy exploring Portland area restaurants, taking day trips, and traveling.

Damon Williams, PMHNP-BC

Staff Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Damon is a nurse psychotherapist. He is licensed in Oregon as a Registered Nurse and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  At the Reed HCC he primarily provides crisis counseling, psychiatric medication assessments and medication management.  His philosophy of care is holistic and client centered. Damon’s post-graduate training, influences and interests include behavioral approaches to insomnia and anxiety disorders, Gestalt therapy and mindfulness.  Damon is also interested in how sleep, nutrition and diet affect mental health.  Damon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Cornell University; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia University and a Master of Science in psychiatric nursing from the University of California, San Francisco.  He holds a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

2015-2016 Trainees

Andrew Bingman, MS

Greetings! I am very delighted to join the HCC team as a psychological trainee for the 2015-2016 academic year. I am currently a doctoral candidate at Pacific University and earned my M.S. in Clinical Psychology there in 2014. I practice primarily from a psychodynamic perspective, and I adopt a collaborative approach to therapy. My aim is to create a supportive environment in which students feel safe to explore, at their own pace, conflicts and challenges that they are facing. I have had experience working with college students struggling with a variety of concerns, including relationship conflicts, stress/anxiety, depression, bereavement, and negative body image. I strive to be sensitive to the unique challenges that impact students with marginalized identities, and I have had experience working with students who identify as members of the LGBTQ community. In my personal life, I enjoy watching old movies with my cat Pounce. 

Rachel Conway, MS

Hello! I am a clinical field work student in Clinical Psychology currently in my fourth year of training at Pacific University. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Athletic Training at Luther College in 2012, my M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University in 2014, and expect to graduate with my PsyD in Clinical Psychology in 2017. I am also a certified athletic trainer, and in my free time work at the Pacific University undergraduate campus sporting events. I am training to be a clinical psychologist with an emphasis in performance psychology, and hope to have my practice either in a private, medical, or college counseling setting, working with patients/clients who struggle with performance related issues such as anxiety, depression, eating, substance use, chronic pain, and relationships. As a therapist, I work from an integrative perspective combining Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy, with Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral strategies. My clinical work has included community mental health and medical settings working with depression, stress, anxiety, problems with substance use, chronic pain, relationship issues, and other difficulties. At my last placement, I learned biofeedback for pain management, and my goal at Reed is to apply that knowledge to help students better learn how to manage stress and anxiety. My research interests include the impact of anxiety on performance, LGBT issues in the athletic arena, and concussion knowledge and management. When I am not engaged in school or work activities, I enjoy snuggling with my 2 cats (Sky and Dexter), exploring Oregon, arts and crafts, dance, and binge watching TV shows or movies.

Brita Fosse, PsyD 

Hello! I am thrilled to be joining the Reed College HCC team as a Psychologist Resident during the 2015 – 2016 academic year. I am a recent graduate of Pacific University, where I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology. This past academic year, I was a pre-doctoral intern at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, I am excited to be returning to Oregon! I grew up in Western Washington and completed my undergraduate degree at Washington State University, before moving to Oregon to pursue a graduate degree in psychology.

I approach therapy from a relational and collaborative framework. I greatly enjoy getting to know students as people – beyond their academic or life concerns – and helping them explore how their current and past experiences are connected. As a result, I pull from a variety of theoretical orientations, including cognitive behavioral, time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, and interpersonal process approaches. My goal is to provide a friendly, warm environment where students can authentically express themselves. Together, we can identify areas for change and growth rooted in their values, culture, and personal identity. I am passionate about working with students and creating an environment that promotes genuine acceptance and expression of diversity, both within and outside of the counseling offices.

My clinical areas of interest include: relationship issues, anxiety, sexual assault, trauma, adult ADHD, learning challenges, and adjustment difficulties. 

Nina Hidalgo, MS

Hello! I am a sixth year doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon's Counseling Psychology program, and am originally from the Bay Area, California.   I moved to Oregon in 2010 from Southern California, where I earned my BA in psychology and dance/movement studies from Pomona College. In my work as a therapist, I conceptualize clients from an ecological model of human development, drawing from mindfulness and interpersonal process theories to approach individual functioning within interacting systems. I strive to support clients as they explore individual and contextual factors contributing to presenting concerns, and work collaboratively with clients towards empowered change. I have worked with clients from a range of backgrounds and presenting concerns, in university and low-income community settings.

In addition to clinical work, I work to support students from diverse backgrounds as a graduate teaching fellow in the Family and Human Services department at U of O. In my free time, I like to practice yoga, baking, running, and pairing coffee with a good book.

Del Rapier, MS, MA

Del Rapier, M.A., M.S., is a fourth-year clinical doctoral candidate from Pacific University.  I work with clients on a variety of issues that include anxiety, depression, trauma, body issues, substance use, identity development, and phase-of-life concerns.  I use a Gestalt therapy approach, exploring the student’s unique way toward wholeness, congruence, authenticity, and growth.  I often integrate journaling, meditation, and body sensation awareness into my work with clients. I seek to provide an affirming therapeutic relationship that honors the infinite expression(s) of gender and sexuality.  I am particularly interested in supporting those attempting to reconcile their spirituality within marginalized identities and/or communities. Some of my personal interests include photography, meditation, creating art, and listening to music. 

Valerie Yeo, PsyD 

Hi! I am excited to join Reed College Health and Counseling Center as a Psychologist Resident for the 2015-16 academic year.  I am a graduate of University of Denver, where I received my doctorate in clinical psychology.  I spent the last year working at a community mental health center in Colorado, and have worked with clients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. 

I take an integrative approach to therapy, and work from various theoretical orientations depending on the best fit for my clients.  These theoretical orientations include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, existential approaches, and dynamic psychotherapy.  I love working with college students, and enjoy collaborating with other organizations on campus to ensure students receive the best care possible.  I also strive to recognize the issues impacting students with target or marginalized identities, and seek to address these issues in an affirming way.  I hope to create a safe and friendly environment where students can explore their values, uncover the ways in which their context influences their identity, and work toward change and growth.  

My clinical areas of interest include exploration of identity issues, multicultural issues, race and ethnicity, anxiety, trauma, learning difficulties, and art-focused therapy.  Other areas of interest include going to new restaurants, painting, and exploring Oregon.