Health and Counseling Services

Division of Student Services

Our Staff: Counseling

Kate Smith, PhD, LPC, PMHNP

Director

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.

2016-2017 Trainees

Amy Bissinger, MS

Amy BissingerI am excited to join Reed College Health and Counseling Center as a clinical fieldwork student for biofeedback during the 2016-2017 academic year. I am currently in my fourth year of doctoral training in clinical psychology at Pacific University, and plan to further specialize in performance and sport psychology. I value attention to mind, body, and spirit, using biofeedback with an integrative and holistic therapeutic approach to support students in optimizing academic performance, health and wellness goals, and stress management pursuits. I incorporate Gestalt and acceptance and commitment-based therapies, and include mindfulness, meditation, and self-compassion practices into my work. I hold interests in anxiety and stress management, performance-related anxiety, chronic pain, body image and positivity, depression, self-esteem development, identity conflict and exploration, interpersonal distress, and phase-of-life concerns. My intention is to foster individual empowerment and to nourish self-growth by providing a nonjudgmental, open, and accepting space in which to explore students’ uniquely varied needs, with attention to the authenticity of the therapeutic relationship.

Ammon Cheney, MA

Ammon CheneyHello, I am a doctoral candidate in Pacific University’s School of Graduate Psychology. I earned a Master’s of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University in 2015. I have experience with individual, couples, and group therapy. I primarily work from a psychodynamic perspective and I also have experience using cognitive behavioral therapy. I am honored to be a part of the Reed College community for the 2016-2017 academic school year. I enjoy collecting rocks and minerals; also, I recently began bird watching.

Rachel Linge, MS

Rachel LingeHello, I will be joining Reed at the HCC as a psychological trainee for the academic year 2016-2017. I am currently a doctoral candidate at Pacific University and earned my M.S. in Clinical Psychology in 2015. I use an integrative cognitive-behavioral and humanistic therapeutic approach. My interests include identity development, authenticity, eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and couples counseling. My aim is to provide a warm, collaborative relationship in therapy that will allow students to learn more about themselves as they move through life.

Matt Lundeberg, PsyD

Matt LundebergBorn and raised in Portland, I am ecstatic to join the Reed HCC as a Psychologist Resident for the 2016-17 academic year. I have lived the past four years in Massachusetts, where I earned my Master of Arts in professional psychology in 2014 and my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2016 from William James College. For my internship, I split the last two years between The Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment and Consultation in Boston and Newton, Massachusetts and Roger Williams University’s Center for Counseling and Student Development in Bristol, Rhode Island. Prior to graduate school, I worked as a behavioral youth counselor at an Oregon psychiatric treatment facility and as a substitute paraeducator for Portland Public Schools.

When it comes to therapy, I utilize an eclectic theoretical model, drawing from cognitive, psychodynamic, and family systems approaches. My goal for therapy is to meet you where you are and work with you to understand how your thoughts and behaviors may be preventing you from meeting your social, emotional, and/or professional goals. To me, it is a total collaboration where I hope you feel safe to be honest with yourself and to explore both who you are as well as who you want to be. My professional interests include anxiety (including presentation anxiety and stage fright), identity development, mental health in individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, as well as LGBTQ+ concerns and the coming out process. To balance my professional life, I also enjoy live theatre, movies, golfing, trips to the Oregon coast, writing songs on my guitar for no one to hear, and re-watching favorite television shows such as Roseanne, The Simpsons, and The Golden Girls.

Monica Rudick, PhD

Monica RudickI am greatly looking forward to joining the HCC team as a Psychologist Resident for the 2016-2017 academic year! I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY), and my M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in Oregon. Prior to that, I attended California State University (CSU Chico) for my undergraduate studies in Psychology and Sociology. My Integrationist theoretical approach is uniquely tailored for each client, and has roots in Dialectical-Behavior, Cognitive/Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment, and Humanistic therapies. My research and clinical experiences thus far have focused on neuropsychological and personality assessment across both objective and projective modalities with children, adolescents, and adults. I have been fortunate to provide clinical intervention and assessment in settings such as acute psychiatric inpatient facilities, university counseling centers, outpatient community mental health clinics, state hospital, and crisis/tele-health services. I have had the privilege to collaborate with clients and help provide new coping skills and techniques for dealing with a spectrum of psychological difficulties (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance abuse, personality disorders, self-harming behaviors, trauma, bereavement, interpersonal/relational challenges, identity/sense of self problems, life role transitions, health-related concerns, etc.). I consider myself an LGBTQ ally, and an advocate for fighting stigma against mental illness. I encourage the clients I work with to embrace their unique strengths, adaptability, and resiliency. I also encourage and value self-care, which for myself primarily includes exploring and adventuring outdoors (hiking, camping, kayaking, wandering in nature), reading, and music (listening/writing/playing).

Charlie Waldo, MA

Charlie WaldoCharlie Waldo, M.A., is a psychological trainee from Pacific University. She uses a Gestalt and Humanistic, client-centered approach to therapy, emphasizing authenticity and wholeness. Charlie works with couples and individual clients with a variety of concerns such as: anxiety, depression, trauma, body image issues, sexuality, issues related to LGBTIQ community members, and interpersonal conflicts and communication difficulties. She is particularly interested in working with and supporting those who identify within marginalized identities and/or communities. Charlie has a particular interest in providing and fostering supportive, affirming therapeutic relationships with her clients to nourish growth around spirituality, sexuality, gender expression, and identity development.

Wan-Chen Weng, PhD

Wan-Chen WengHello, I am excited to join Reed College Health and Counseling Center as a Psychologist Resident for the 2016-17 academic year. I graduated from the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. I finished my pre-doctoral internship in Hamilton-Madison House, a mental health community center in Manhattan, where I had worked with clients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. I was born and grew up in Taiwan. Prior to moving to Portland, I had lived in the East Coast for ten years!

In terms of my theoretical orientation, I adopt an integrative approach which combines Psychodynamic Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Multicultural perspective. In the past, I had worked with college population in several universities. I am passionate about working with college students that has constantly instilled me with hope in support of their strength and resilience. My graduate training was grounded with multicultural counseling that advocates for social justice and sexual/ ethnic/ racial/ social class minority. I hope to facilitate an open and safe environment for students to explore and express many unsolved issues/ emotions in support of their strength and growth.

My clinical areas of interest include: multicultural issues, identity issues, acculturation and adjustment issues, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders. Outside of work, I enjoyed exploring Oregon with family, watching movies, and listening to music.