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 in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University, and is currently engaged in doctoral education at OHSU. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Damon Williams, PMHNP-BC

Staff Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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.

2014-2015 Trainees

Ross Bartlett, PsyD

Hello. I worked as a therapist at the Reed College HCC during the 2012-2013 academic year, and am excited to return this year as a Psychologist Resident. I recently completed my doctoral training at Pacific University and spent last year at Norwich University’s Counseling Center in Vermont.

My approach to therapy is psychodynamic in nature. This approach emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and encourages the exploration of one’s past and present relationship dynamics to promote insight and understanding towards greater identity development. My goal is to work collaboratively to foster a safe and secure space, enabling my clients to genuinely express themselves in the context of our relationship.

My clinical areas of interests include: attachment, unconscious processes, personality, dream/fantasy work, anxiety, depression, trauma, and identity.

Jessica Wilson, PsyD

Hello! I am very excited to be a part of Reed College and the HCC for the upcoming year. Originally from the southwest, I completed my B.A. in psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and my M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University's Center for Psychological Studies in south Florida. I recently completed my predoctoral internship at University of Central Florida's Counseling and Psychological Services, and am thrilled that the next phase of my journey has brought me to Reed and the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

My theoretical orientation is primarily existential, with an emphasis on affirmative, cognitive, and multicultural approaches. This means much of my work focuses on taking a collaborative approach with students to identify external challenges, personal choices, and regaining a sense of control and meaning in situations that can sometimes feel chaotic and overwhelming. Instead of pathologizing difficulties, the student is encouraged to identify unique personal strengths to find solutions to existing problems. My approach often focuses on issues relating to social justice and intersecting oppressed identities, and navigating an authentic sense of identity development within a culture of privilege and oppression.

A significant portion of my work has been focused on gender identity and social/medical gender transition, exploring non-binary gender identities, concerns of intersex individuals, and issues related to sexual orientation and sexuality. I also have experience with individuals developing healthy romantic or sexual relationships, navigating cultural concerns, social anxiety, depression, and managing more serious mental health concerns. Overall it is my goal to help all students develop a sense of control and self-acceptance that allows them to manage the academic, social, familial, and personal challenges that college brings with it. When not in the office, I enjoy working in the visual arts, dance, biking, and spending quiet time at home with my (adorable) rescue kitties.

Ashleigh Young, PsyD

I am excited to join the HCC team as a Clinical Psychologist Resident for the 2014-2015 academic year. I received my M.S. (2011) and Psy.D. (2014) from the Indiana State University Clinical Psychology program in Terre Haute, Indiana and completed my pre-doctoral internship at the College of William and Mary’s Counseling Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. Over the course of my doctoral studies I worked primarily with college students, providing individual, couples and group therapy in a number of university counseling centers. This year, I am thrilled to return to my hometown of Portland and work with Reed students.

My work is informed by a feminist and multicultural perspective; I believe it is essential to view strengths, difficulties, and life experiences through a lens that considers social, cultural, and political contextual factors, and to foster a respectful and affirming therapeutic relationship. My approach to therapy is primarily informed by an interpersonal and relational theoretical orientation. My hope is that by working collaboratively within a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship, we can identify together the strengths you already possess, as well as aspects of your experience that may contribute to your presenting concerns. My goal for our work together is not only to resolve specific concerns, but to enhance your self-awareness and coping styles in a way that empowers you to live more fully overall.

I enjoy working with students with a wide variety of concerns in their academic and personal lives. Specific areas of interest include multiculturalism and diversity, social justice, working with survivors of trauma, stress and anxiety, emotion-focused work, women’s issues, relationship difficulties, family issues, personal growth, and identity development and exploration. I seek harmony in my work/life balance and I love to hike and walk with my dogs, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy becoming reacquainted with the Pacific Northwest. I look forward to working with you this year!

Odessia Knowles, MS

Hi! I’m a doctoral student in the Combined (Clinical, Counseling, School) Psychology program at Utah State University. I’m excited to be at Reed College, Health and Counseling Center for academic year 2014-2015 as a practicum student therapist. My interests are in social justice and intersecting identities. My clinical work has primarily focused on working with marginalized groups, as not only a counselor, but also an advocate and mentor. I provide therapy from a non-pathologizing, strengths based approach that analyzes the interpersonal, intrapersonal, and sociopolitical. Beyond work/school, I enjoy spending time with family, travelling, and experiencing new cultures.

Blake Riddell, MA

Blake Riddell

Hello, I am a fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral candidate from Pacific University. When working with clients, I take an integral approach and perspective. I strive to be aware of how clients are functioning cognitively, emotionally, and physically in relation to their various systems (e.g., society and culture). My aim is to create a safe space for clients to explore past and current challenges they are facing in a nonjudgmental, collaborative fashion. Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills are instrumental in my work, as I have found them to be effective in helping client’s achieve various goals in therapy. I focus on attending to and validating the phenomenological experience of each client and catering my techniques to fit the client’s needs and strengths. In the past, I have worked with clients with dual diagnoses, depression, stress and anger management difficulties, anxiety, interpersonal issues, PTSD, personality disorders, body image issues, and bipolar disorder. Outside of work, I enjoy running, hiking, playing and listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.

Jess Farrar, MA

Jess Farrar

Greetings! I am a 3rd year student at the University of Oregon’s counseling psychology doctoral program. I moved to Oregon in 2011, and am originally from Texas. As an undergraduate, I studied English and philosophy at Tarleton State prior to completing an MA in sociology at Baylor University. As a therapist, my theoretical orientation begins with the bioecological model of human development and a feminist-multicultural framework. In my work with clients, I approach therapy as an integration of client-centered interpersonal process and family systems theories. I believe that change occurs when an individual is able to experience a context that promotes self-efficacy and optimism while helping to cultivate the ability to see oneself within the multiple systems of one’s unique ecology. My aim is to work collaboratively with clients to build a therapeutic space that promotes these qualities, along with facilitating client-ownership of the change process.

In addition to functioning as a student-therapist, I also teach undergraduate courses at UO for the CPSY department. My current research endeavors involve furthering an understanding of the role exposure to cumulative risk plays in children’s psychophysiological development. I have become increasingly interested in mindfulness in both my personal and professional lives, and practice yoga in my spare time. I also enjoy swimming, golfing, hiking, and vegan cooking!

Chelsey Ritner, MS

I am a doctoral candidate at Pacific University and in my fourth year as a student there. I received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Vermont in 2009 and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in 2013. As a therapist my work is grounded in the Gestalt orientation, from which I work collaboratively with my clients on what is most relevant, with awareness of the unique needs and experiences of each individual. My clinical work has included working with depression, stress, anxiety, problems with substance use, relationship issues, and other difficulties. I also work as an organizational consultant through Pacific University’s consulting team. My research interests include computer-mediated communication, especially with regard to social networking, and interventions to reduce institutional discrimination in organizations. Beyond my roles as a student, therapist and researcher, I like to spend my time hiking and backpacking with my two dogs (Laika and Taro), bouldering, wheel-throwing ceramics, and volunteering with Laika, who is a therapy dog.

Cait Campbell, MA

Cait Campbell

Hello there! I am a clinical fieldwork student in Clinical Psychology currently in my fourth year of training at Pacific University. I completed my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins in Winter Park, FL, in 2011 and am expecting to graduate with my PsyD in Clinical Psychology in 2016. I am training to be a health psychologist, and hope to have my practice in a medical setting, working with patients with physical disabilities to adjust to new limitations and a new way of living life. As a therapist, I work from an integrative perspective; I do not believe one approach fits every person’s needs, so flexibility in how I work with clients is paramount. I blend Cognitive-Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Systems and Attachment theories, and Humanistic approaches when working with clients. I have worked in community mental health and medical settings, as well. 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 identity development, practitioners’ attitudes of individuals with disabilities, and impact of media consumption on the self-concept of individuals with physical disabilities (can you guess which one is my dissertation topic?). When I can find a spare moment, I enjoy playing with my two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, exploring Oregon (I’ve done 5 of the 7 wonders of Oregon), photography, dance, listening to music, knitting, and catching up on my shows.

Mary Beth Turner, MD