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.

Bonny Barr, Ed.D, PMHNP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Bonny Barr

I joined the HCC Fall 2016 as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Previously I have worked at the University of Oregon Health Center, in community psychiatry, and teaching psychiatric nursing at Oregon Health and Sciences University and Boise State University. My Master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing is from Emory University and I also have a doctorate in Leadership Studies from Creighton University. Originally a 5th generation Texan, I have been in Oregon since 1987! I love working with young adults and have a particular interest in the synergy of therapeutic medications combined with psychotherapy. In my free time I love backpacking, kayaking, and weightlifting!

Tim Beecher, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Tim Beecher

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.

Annie Hood, PMHNP

I joined the staff at the Reed College HCC in the Fall of 2016; a homecoming of sorts, as I graduated from Reed with a degree in Psychology in 2004!

In the intervening years I received an MA in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, focusing on neural correlates of executive functioning. I worked in social services for several years, directly serving houseless folks and people actively using substances. This work naturally lead me to nursing, as a field that is holistically concerned with the experiences and individual goals of people in health, wellness, and functioning. I received a BSN in psychiatric nursing in 2013 and an MSN in 2015 from Oregon Health & Science University. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I have worked with young people experiencing first episodes of psychosis, forensic populations in community and corrections settings, and in substance use treatment settings. I specialize in treating mood issues, psychosis, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. My approach is very client-centered and collaborative, utilizing supportive and brief psychotherapies alongside evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic interventions to support students’ goals for mental health.

Personally, I am a native Oregonian and loyal resident of southeast Portland. I spend my free time reading novels and research, hanging out with my awesome kid, running, hiking, listening to podcasts, and baking pies.

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.

2017-2018 Trainees

Amy Blume-Marcovici, PsyD

Amy Blume Marcovici

I am thrilled to be joining Reed's community as a Psychologist Resident in 2017. I moved to Portland from Boston where I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Prior to that, I received my masters in clinical psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and my doctorate from Alliant International University - San Diego. During my doctoral studies, I trained for a year at the University of California - San Diego's Center for Mindfulness, where I became interested in mindfulness in psychotherapy. I also trained for one year at the Salvation Army, where I worked primarily with individuals coping with substance use. In addition, I trained for a year at San Diego State University's Counseling and Psychological Services, where my passion for college counseling was sparked.

My clinical work is guided by several core principles: a respect for all people, an interest in the cultural background that shapes us, a belief that we are doing the best we can with what we have available to us in the moment, and a focus on the unique strengths and challenges we bring to our struggles. My theoretical orientation is best described as integrative, drawing from Multicultural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, third wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Motivational Interviewing, and compassion and mindfulness theory. I have worked with individuals, couples and groups on a variety of issues, including identity issues, grief and loss, substance abuse, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. I am an LGBTQI+ ally and I believe strongly in the richness offered to each of our lives through the diversity within and between us.

In my free time, you can find me outside as much as possible, hiking, running or just relaxing in the beauty that Oregon has to offer, cooking and baking, reading the news or fiction and spending time with my family.

Dan Brager, MS

Dan Brager

Hello all, I am excited to be joining the Reed College Health and Counseling team for the 2017-2018 academic year! Currently, I am completing my fourth year of doctoral training in clinical psychology at Pacific University. My clinical interests span a wide variety of issues that may impact well-being, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, identity exploration, family-of-origin dynamics, phase-of-life concerns, and existential questions. I integrate several therapeutic approaches in my work, including person-centered, interpersonal process, and acceptance-and-commitment-based therapies with some emphasis on mindfulness. In general, though, my therapeutic approach is flexible and collaborative to accommodate each student’s unique presentation and therapeutic preferences. One consistent goal of mine is to provide a warm, authentic, and nonjudgmental space where students may feel safe to approach and share their experience.

Theresa Chan

Theresa Chan

Hi! I am pumped to be joining the HCC team as a Psychologiy Resident for the 2017-2018 academic year! I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. I finished my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Washington Counseling Center. Prior to completing my doctorate, I received my Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and my undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (Go Gators!).

My approach to therapy involve collaboration, meeting you where you are at, providing a safe and warm space to support students, and has roots in Interpersonal Process and Multicultural therapies. I believe it is important to understand individuals within a broader sociocultural and interpersonal context in order to gain insight about what may contribute to both their challenges and strengths. In moving to different regions of the U.S. and working at different counseling centers, I continue to feel energized by the strength and motivation of college students and hope to keep learning from them. I am passionate in working with and empowering individuals from marginalized populations, including persons of color, first-generation college students, immigrants, and students with gender identity concerns. I am also interested in collaborating with individuals who have concerns related to adjustment, anxiety, and depression. I encourage students to engage in self-care, as I incorporate it in my life through running, being outdoors, weight lifting, cooking, and taking care of my beautiful puppy, Murphy.

Katie Eichner

Katie Eicher

I am so excited to be joining the HCC team as a Psychologist Resident this year! I am originally from Connecticut and earned my B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania in Gender and Sexuality Studies before heading west to obtain my M.S. and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University. I completed my predoctoral internship at Montana State University’s counseling center in Bozeman, and have been lucky to work in several different settings as a counselor, including three university counseling centers, a community mental health clinic, a tribal wellness center, a state-run inpatient psychiatric hospital, and a private practice office. I am particularly passionate about working with college students, and am thrilled to be a Psychologist Resident at Reed this year! My main areas of interest include trauma, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, experiences of discrimination, multicultural issues, and working with members of the LGBTQ community, although I enjoy working with a wide range of other clients and concerns as well. I employ a flexible approach tailored to the needs of each client, with a basis in person-centered and interpersonal therapy. I strive to help my clients learn about themselves and reach their goals in the context of a supportive and collaborative relationship.

Karin Garber

Karin Garber

I am excited to join the Reed HCC as a Psychologist Resident for the 2017-2018 academic year. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and my Ed.M. and M.A. in psychological counseling from Teachers College Columbia University in New York. Most recently, I completed my internship at the Counseling and Student Development Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in Honolulu. I have found working with college students to be immensely fulfilling and meaningful. I was raised in Oregon and am thrilled to return home!

In therapy, I use an integrative approach stemming from systems, relational and interpersonal, psychodynamic, multicultural, and social justice frameworks. My research and clinical interests include adoption, identity development, trauma, transitional and adjustment issues, resiliency, and grief and loss. I am particularly passionate about issues related to social justice and working with marginalized populations. I strive to understand students and their unique intersectionalities of identities and experiences as they exist within multiple systems such that we can create change both inside and outside of the therapeutic context.

Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, camping, and engaging in all things music. I also love all things food—both eating and cooking!

Anastasia Jones

anastasia jones

Hello, I am excited to be joining Reed at the HCC as a clinical fieldwork student for the academic year 2017-2018. I am in my fourth year of doctoral training in clinical psychology at Pacific University. I use a cognitive behavioral approach. I have experience working with individual, couples, and group therapy. My interest include anxiety, depression, identity development, phase of life concerns, interpersonal distress, and relationship concerns. My hope is to provide a supportive, warm therapeutic relationship and space that will allow students to explore their needs, and learn more about themselves to accomplish the growth they seek.

Katie Ohene

Katie Ohene

Hello, I am a current doctoral candidate in the PsyD program at Pacific University within the School of Graduate Psychology. I earned my Master’s of Arts degree in in Clinical Psychology in 2016. I am excited and honored to be joining the Reed College counseling staff as a psychological trainee for the 2017-2018 academic year. My clinical training experience includes individual and couples therapy. My approach to therapy in an integrative approach which includes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and process oriented work. My goal as a clinician is to provide a warm and inviting environment in an effort to help students feel empowered as they explore what could be preventing them from meeting their goals in life. My approach is collaborative and focuses on meeting students where they are at in order to build a strong therapeutic alliance. In my free time I enjoy attending concerts, traveling (when I get the chance), spending time with friends and family, cooking, and enjoying the occasional Netflix/Hulu marathon.

Myra J. Piper, MA

Myra Piper

I am a doctoral student at Pacific University, with a Master’s of Arts degree in clinical psychology. I work with individuals with a variety of concerns, including anxiety-related issues, depression, trauma, struggles with self-esteem and body image, grief and loss, communication difficulties, relationship concerns, and identity exploration. I incorporate psychodynamic, gestalt, and mindfulness therapies, and embrace a client-led approach. My goal is to provide and nurture a warm, nonjudgmental environment in conjunction with biofeedback modalities, to help individuals develop a strong mind-body connection, optimize stress management, and build resilience.

Useful Links

Student Health Portal
Community Wellness
Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield

Contact Information

Medical: 503/777-7281
Counseling: 503/517-7349
Fax: 503/777-7209
health.services@reed.edu

To make an appointment, stop by or call.

Location
5380 SE 28th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

We are located in the grey building on the west side of campus just north of 28 West.

Hours of Operation
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri,
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Tuesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (extended hours)

We are closed from noon to 1:00pm for lunch.

Walk-in Counseling Appointments
Mon - Fri at 3 p.m.

After Hours Assistance
Nurse Advice Line/Community Careline: 800/607-5501
Mental Health Assistance/Crises - ProtoCall: 866/432-1224

Emergency
On campus: Community Safety: 503/788-6666 or 6666 from a campus phone

Off campus: Portland Police/Ambulance: 911