Counseling Center Director
I moved to La Grande in September, 2001, to begin working as a Clinical Counselor in our Counseling Center. I accepted the job as Counseling Center Director in September, 2012. I am a Southern California transplant (please don’t hold that against me!) and so winters can be a little long and cold for me. Much of the time I long for the 110 degree weather I grew up with, but aside for the cold weather, I absolutely love Eastern Oregon – the natural beauty, pace of life, and the people! For a little about my educational and clinical background …
I earned my BA in Behavioral Science from Concordia University in Irvine, California in 1991; my MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University (also in Southern Cal) in 1993; and my PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Family Psychology) also from Azusa Pacific University, in 2001.
I was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and had a private practice for several years where I had the fortunate opportunity of working with many families, kids (doing play therapy), couples, as well as individuals. I have been a licensed Psychologist in Oregon since 2002, and enjoy working with those who have experienced trauma and are struggling with various addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. I thoroughly enjoy working with the college student population, which makes my job an ideal fit for me.
I could share lots more about myself, so if you want to know more, feel free to ask when you visit the Counseling Center or see me around campus.
Temporary Counselor Winter and Spring Terms
Barbara Tyler is a therapist here in town with 20+ years of experience in national and community development around health promotion and alcohol and drug prevention. She graduated from EOU when it was still Eastern Oregon State College and earned her Masters in Social Work in 2005 from Walla Walla University. She also owns and manages Journeys Counseling & Services, where she does private practice work, consultation and training. Barbara has extensive experience in community mental health, parenting and school peer programs. Her specialty is understanding temperament and she co-authored a book on the subject.
She is in the office Mondays and Tuesdays and will be covering some of the drop-in times, providing therapy to our students and helping with outreach programming on campus.
Front Desk for Student Health and Counseling Center
I have been the Patient Access Specialist for the Student Health and Counseling Center since 2011. I enjoy being part of the health care team here on campus. We work hard to meet the needs of our student population every day. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing with my 3 dogs and enjoying beautiful Northeast Oregon.