Health and Counseling Services

Division of Student Services

Our Staff: Counseling

Kate Smith

Kate Smith, PhD, LPC, PMHNP


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.

Aaron Krenkel

Aaron Krenkel, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Hi. I've been working as a psychiatrist at Reed's Health and Counseling Center since 2010. I received my BA from Williams College, studying the "History of Ideas," and then completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After moving to Oregon in 2005, I completed a psychiatry residency at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). I've been on faculty at OHSU, in different capacities, since 2009. My clinical approach emphasizes the healing power of relationships (in therapy and otherwise), integrated with the careful use of medications for targeted relief of certain forms of suffering. Areas of particular clinical interest for me currently include attachment theory, the history of psychopharmacology and medical-model diagnosis in psychiatry, and the nexus of the psychiatric and liberal-arts-education paradigms. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening, music, and exploring Portland and surrounding areas.

Sheryl Moren

Sheryl Moren, PMHNP-BC

Staff Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

I have been a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the Health and Counseling Center since 2004. I received a BS in Psychology from Pacific University and my BSN and MSN from Oregon Health & Science University. I am board certified as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

I have worked with underserved populations at county mental health agencies and with children and adolescents within community mental health nonprofit agencies, juvenile detention, residential care, day treatment programs, telepsychiatry and inpatient psychiatric hospitals.

My professional interests include psychiatric evaluations, psychotropic medication management, cultural and spiritual issues, solution focused brief therapy, crisis intervention, adjustment, self-care, organization and prioritization, interpersonal relationships, and identity development. My personal interests include home improvement projects, gardening, dancing, sewing, snowboarding, billiards and spending time with family.

Pepita Payne

Pepita “Pip” Payne, Psy.D.

Interim Clinical Coordinator/Training Director, Staff Psychologist

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!

Karen Pomerantz, LCSW

Licenced Clinical Social Worker

I received my BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and later completed my master's degree in Clinical Social Work at New York University.  Since moving to Oregon in 2006, I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as provided outreach work for Returning Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. My work draws from these experiences, as well as through continuing education at the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, where I'm currently enrolled in a 2-year post-licensure certificate program for psychotherapy.  My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic, with an emphasis on increasing one's own sense of well-being as well as exploring the dynamics within the therapeutic relationship.  Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family & friends and exploring all that Portland has to offer!

Marina Valdez

Marina Valdez, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

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.

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.

2013-2014 Trainees

Kimberli Andridge

Kimberli Andridge, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist Resident

I recently received my Psy.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in health psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to coming to Reed, I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the State University New York-Oneonta’s counseling center. Historically, I have worked in a number of settings and with a number of presenting difficulties. These experiences have taught me the value of flexibility and collaboration in the therapeutic process. My greatest areas of professional interest lie in social justice, relationship and interpersonal concerns, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, chronic medical concerns, health and wellness, intersectionalities of identities, alcohol and drug concerns, emotional dis-regulation, and sexual and gender identity development. 

My approach to counseling is integrative with interpersonal and schema therapy emphases. I value building a trusting, safe space that includes use of self in the clinical relationship to allow for deep exploration of concerns. I collaborate with clients to find the best fit in the exploration of emotions, behaviors, and thoughts that can leave us feeling stuck, as well as the exploration of families of origin and the implications of larger societies on our well-being. Through these things, my goal is to be insight oriented while simultaneously working collaboratively with clients to find healthy means to ease suffering. When I am not working, I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, attending concerts, reading, traveling, and staying active. I’m very excited to be at Reed and look forward to working with students!

Chris Bartel

Chris Bartel, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist Resident

I am excited to be joining the HCC for the 2013-2014 academic year. I really look forward to working collaboratively with students to maximize their potential during their time at Reed, as well as to promote their mental health, emotional resilience, and overall wellness.

My clinical training has emphasized an integrative and holistic approach to psychotherapy, with a particular focus on social justice. I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities in an attempt to tailor counseling to best meet the needs of the student, with a particular interest in relational and interpersonal approaches to psychotherapy. Thus, my approach to therapy emphasizes the development and maintenance of a trusting, respectful, and affirming therapeutic relationship in which I seek to work alongside students in identifying aspects central to their presenting concerns and establishing these as a focus for change. I utilize the relationship as a means of helping students to develop a framework for understanding their struggles, enhancing self-awareness, improving self-care, learning coping skills, and cultivating self compassion.

Particular areas of clinical interest include cultural competency, gender identity and sexuality, relationship concerns, couples psychotherapy, attachment, developmental transitions, trauma recovery, crisis intervention, self injury, anxiety, depression, masculinity/men’s issues, and working with survivors of abuse. My clinical rotations have provided me with opportunities to work with diverse populations, presenting with a wide variety of concerns, and across treatment settings, of which college counseling has proven to be a particularly good fit. When not practicing psychology, I enjoy spending time with my partner, friends, and family, trying out new restaurants in and around Portland, sunbathing at Sauvie Island, and working out at the gym.

Shannon Cartel

Shannon Carter, MS

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Hello, I am a clinical psychology doctoral candidate currently in my fifth year of training at Pacific University. As a therapist, I work from a relational psychodynamic perspective; an insight-oriented approach that uses the here-and-now of the therapeutic relationship to attenuate emotional pain, develop effective coping skills and foster self-agency. My goal in therapy is to work collaboratively with clients in order to build their capacity to relate to others in a secure and meaningful way as well as develop their ability to engage in activities that are both self-defined and self-defining. My clinical interests include personality structures, attachment and intimacy, unconscious processes, mind-body interactions, nonverbal communication and interpersonal neurobiology.  In addition to therapy, I have a background in cognitive neuroscience and currently work for a developmental brain imaging lab at Oregon Health and Science University.  In my research, I am interested in documenting the social-emotional development of the brain, integrating psychodynamic theory with the neurobiological underpinnings of our social brain networks.

Jonathan Chrystal, MS

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

I am a fourth-year clinical fieldwork student of psychology from Pacific University. I completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI in 2010, and recently received a second M.A. from Pacific University. I am looking forward to completing my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2015. As a therapist, I work from a synthesis of Gestalt and Feminist Psychology orientations. Both are holistic approaches that emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship, the client's subjective experience, awareness of current experiences, and the role of society in shaping beliefs about the self. I strive to create a warm, safe, and nonjudgmental environment where clients can feel comfortable expressing themselves. I have worked with people facing a wide variety of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, homesickness, relationship struggles, family conflicts, and academic problems. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and listening to music, hiking, riding my bike, and discovering all that Portland has to offer.

Lauren Clements

Lauren Clements, RN

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Intern

Hello! I am an Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Masters student, graduating in June 2014.  I will be a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) intern working with staff Psychiatrist Aaron Krenkel and PMHNP Sheryl Moren at the HCC for the entire academic 2013-2014 year.

I moved to Oregon from Los Angeles, where I ran the Art Department for T.V. commercials and before that worked in couture fashion and fine arts. I have an Art Studio degree in addition to my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and moved to Portland to pursue OHSU’s PMHNP program.

I have enjoyed parlaying my extensive art background into the study and practice of mental health, and am particularly interested in psychotropic medication management as an adjunct to supportive, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy. As I progress through my program I am continually inspired by new research in the field of epigenetics and chronic mental health disorders. I am especially interested in working with young adults and up until now have worked in both pediatric and adult inpatient and outpatient community health.

I look forward to meeting the diverse Reed student population and working with them as they face the many unique challenges of navigating through their fields of study. 

Stephanie Loftis, MS

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Jared Mull

Jared Mull, MS

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

I am a fourth-year doctoral student of psychology at Pacific University.  I completed my Masters of Science of psychology at Pacific University and my Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Western Washington University.  As a therapist I work from both a psychodynamic and an acceptance and commitment based approach to foster an increase in both awareness and choice within one’s experience.  Within the framework of the therapeutic alliance I hope to create a safe environment where one can explore both the impact of past experiences as they relate to the here-and-now, as well as foster an ability to flexibly alter one’s relationship to their own experience.  I have worked with a variety difficulties including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, and phase of life difficulties.  I am interested in the use of mindfulness as a way to help us relate towards ourselves, and our world, in a more meaningful way.  My hobbies include running, biking, hiking, skiing, and playing music.

Jenjee Sengkhammee

Jenjee Sengkhammee, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist Resident

I am excited to be a Clinical Psychologist Resident with HCC this academic year.  I recently graduated with my Ph.D. (‘13) in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison.  My clinical training in community mental health, forensics, community psychiatry, and college counseling centers, has strengthened my understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the human experience.  Specific to university settings I have clinical, teaching, and research experience with first generation college students (i.e., Hmong American college students) and students of color.  My approach to therapy comes from a multicultural-interpersonal process approach that highlights the importance of understanding the person within a context.  I value developing a therapeutic relationship with the individual and working collaboratively to develop or hone coping skills/interventions to manage personal concerns and problems.  My professional interests are primarily within the realm of multicultural psychology (i.e., racial microaggressions in therapy, counselor cultural competence, and counselor supervision and training).  When I am not working at Reed, I am looking forward to eating delicious meals, taking walks around town with my dog Dex, and cheering on the Portland Timbers.  I look forward to working with you this year!

Daniel Towns

Daniel Towns, DO

Psychiatry Resident

Hello. I am a fourth-year psychiatry resident at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and am excited to be working at Reed’s Health and Counseling Center this year. Before coming to Portland and OHSU for residency in 2010, I received a BA in History from Beloit College in Wisconsin then went to medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa. I have worked in a wide range of psychiatric settings thus far but am most interested in community psychiatry, holistic and integrated clinical care, and the use of public health approaches to promote mental wellness. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends, reading, and exploring what the Pacific Northwest has to offer by hiking, camping, and running. 

Mary Beth Turner, MD

Psychiatry Resident