The staff and providers of Counseling Services are strongly committed to affirming diversity in a broad sense, to treating all with dignity and respect, and to opposing discrimination, prejudice, and oppression.
Use the secure online portal (http://willamette.medicatconnect.com) to securely communicate with staff. Counseling Services staff have intermittent access to messages during normal business hours only, so please do not use the portal messaging service if you are in crisis or require an immediate response.
For emergency support, please see http://willamette.edu/offices/counseling/emergency/index.html for more resources.
Don Thomson, M.S., L.P.C.Director of Bishop Wellness Centerdthomson@willamette.eduAfter several years in college and university mental health, Don joined Willamette University in 2007 as the Director of Counseling Services, and in 2015 assumed the role of Director of Bishop Wellness Center. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon, Nationally Approved Clinical Supervisor, currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, and enjoys teaching in an adjunct role in our regional professional training programs. He worked for many years in non-profit agencies serving marginalized populations in the Willamette Valley, specializing in dual-diagnosed adolescents and adults. His theoretical orientation is primarily an integrative, strengths based, humanistic, cognitive behavioral approach, with a focus on acceptance, balance, values clarification, and authenticity as primary goals. Clinical areas of interest include anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, interpersonal violence and sexual assault prevention and response, identity development, men and masculinity, and supervision of interns and trainees. Committed to social justice, Don works hard to make Willamette and Bishop Wellness Center an affirming and inclusive environment. He actively serves on several standing campus committees charged with the support and retention of our amazing Willamette students. When not at work, he can usually be found knee deep in a local trout stream with a flyrod in hand, storm watching at the coast with family, or protecting his backyard garden from weeds, slugs, and gophers.
Rebecca Miller-Moe, Ph.D.PsychologistBecky has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health and employee assistance, before joining the Bishop staff for the 1995/96 academic year. Her approach to counseling is process oriented with a focus on creating safe space for disclosure and self exploration in service of navigating developmental milestones. Based on a model of change emphasizing the client's narrative and the dynamic nature of relationships as a vehicle for change, techniques utilized are an eclectic mix drawn from solution focused, narrative, experiential and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy models. Becky is currently learning about mindfulness and neurobiology and identifying ways to incorporate new material into her practice and maintains a small private practice treating adolescents and adults, with professional interests including trauma, family and marital therapy, and career adjustment.
Katie Diershaw, Psy.D.Psychologist ResidentKatie Diershaw, PsyD is a Psychologist Resident and has experience in a variety of settings including university counseling, neuropsychological assessment, community mental health, and juvenile forensics. As an Integrative therapist, Katie draws from Cognitive Behavioral, Gestalt, Buddhist Psychology, and Mindfulness-based therapies. She emphasizes a holistic perspective on health and focuses on working collaboratively with clients to assist them in developing patterns of growth that are driven by client values, achieving balance, and creating meaning. Katie is a generalist who sees clients presenting with a broad range of concerns. Her clinical specialties include working with clients to address anxiety disorders, trauma, ADHD/LD, and with LGBTQIA populations. Her research has focused on anxiety disorder and trauma treatment, stalking in university aged populations, suicide, PTSD, and ethics. In her free time Katie enjoys hiking, karaoke, yoga, science fiction, and gustatory adventures. She is passionate about social justice and enjoys participating in volunteer, educational, and outreach activities
Tony Davis, Psy.D.Psychologist ResidentTony earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University, in Portland, OR, and currently is a psychologist resident. He has a master’s degree in School Psychology from Texas State University. Before returning to school to complete his doctorate in clinical psychology, Tony worked as a licensed specialist in school psychology in the public school system. As a school psychologist he provided assessments and counseling to children, adolescents, and young adults to support their educational achievement. Tony’s areas of clinical interest include multicultural and diversity issues, anxiety, and mood disorders. Tony has provided services in a variety of institutions including in-patient drug and alcohol rehabilitation, college counseling, and the public school system. Tony’s theoretical orientation is integrative, with a foundation in Gestalt, feminist, Buddhist and cognitive behavioral psychology. Additionally, he incorporates multicultural perspectives into his clinical work.
Audrey Schwartz, Ph.D.Psychologist
Audrey Schwartz, Ph.D., is a licensed Psychologist who approaches counseling from an integrative humanistic, existential, and cognitive behavioral lens. Audrey’s clinical work is deeply informed by multicultural and feminist psychology, and she emphasizes themes such as self-awareness, empowerment, and social justice while working to help students achieve their goals and develop healthy life skills. As a generalist, she has experience working with a range of presenting concerns, including anxiety issues, mood disorders, trauma disorders, alcohol and drug-related issues, eating disorders, and relationship concerns. In her free time, Audrey enjoys traveling, paddle boarding with her spouse and dog, and reading for fun.
Karen WynkoopMedical Receptionist/Office Assistantkwynkoop@willamette.edu(503) 370-6471