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Counseling Staff

Steven Maybell, Ph.D.

 

Director
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology / M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work

State of Washington Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

State of Washington Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Diplomate standing awarded in: Adlerian Psychology (NASAP), Professional Psychotherapy (IABMCP), and Clinical Social Work (NASW)

 

"I approach counseling as a collaborative partnership.  As we work together to understand the issues and concerns, I seek to help clients tap into their wisdom, creativity, and strengths to meet their current challenges.  I bring a holistic and systems perspective whereby clients can better understand themselves in the context of their family histories and current relationships.  By helping clients understand the origins of their beliefs, feelings, and behavior patterns that so often are not in conscious awareness, clients are able to achieve greater self-acceptance and strengthen their ability to make relevant, positive, and lasting life improvements.  I have learned that many maladaptive patterns of behavior originate in unresolved trauma.  I have special training in 'Reprocessing Therapies' which provide clients rapid and permanent healing from confusing, discouraging, or traumatic life events."

 


Shawn B. Whitney, M.S., LMFT

 

 

 

 

Assistant Director

M.S., Seattle Pacific University, Marriage & Family Therapy
B.A., Westmont College, Sociology

State of Washington Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

AAMFT Clinical Fellow

Medical Family Therapy Certification

"I believe we are all created to be in relationships with others, yet we often discover how challenging relationships can be.  I desire to provide a safe environment for you to explore these challenges and identify ways to move differently.  My work with clients involves a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach within a systemic framework.  In my work, I seek to be respectful of and sensitive to your developmental needs and therapeutic goals.  I recognize that counseling can be intimidating, which is why I look forward to walking through the process with you.  I am also aware of how challenging and wonderful college can be, so I desire to be a support to you as you navigate your college experience at SPU."

 

Dave Lutz, M.Div., M.A., LMFT

 

 

Therapist
M.A., Antioch University, Psychology, Child, Couple and Family Therapy

M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A., University of Washington, Psychology

State of Washington Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

"My work in the field of counseling psychology began with a specialization in couple and family systems therapy.  My philosophy towards helping people achieve perceived change is client-centered and built upon collaboration, cooperation, and a deep respect for the client's own resources and abilities to arrive at solutions to problems and challenges.  Acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual, I combine a variety of approaches to assist clients as they work to reach their own personal growth goals.  Personal growth goals are those ongoing and evolving goals which the client chooses to pursue in addressing a perceived problem or issue which they are facing."

 

Sharon Barr-Jeffrey, M.A., LMHC

 

 

Therapist                                                                                                        M.A., Eastern University, Community and Clinical Counseling                                B.A., Seattle Pacific University, Psychology and Sociology 

State of Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselor                    

"My formal education and approach as a counselor has largely centered on Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic theoretical frameworks, though I am always seeking to grow and integrate other approaches when beneficial. You can expect that I will work collaboratively with you in the counseling process. As we discuss what brings you to seek help through counseling, and your goals for counseling, I hope that you will freely share the thoughts, feelings and behaviors which are concerning you. During our counseling sessions, we will explore together connections that may exist between these areas of your functioning both currently and in the related past. I will ask some prompting questions, listen actively, as well as give feedback about my observations. Through this supportive process, my goal is that you will become more aware of what informs your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and that deeper understanding and insights about yourself will lead to ways to address challenges that you face."

                

Emily Zeimet, M.S., LMFT

Individual, Couple and Family Therapist and Administrative Assistant

M.S., Seattle Pacific University, Marriage and Family Therapy

B.S., Colorado State University, Psychology

State of Washington Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

State of Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

“My training is in systems theory which focuses on how important relationships impact us and form us. Through our conversations, I hope to collaborate with clients to help them gain insight into the way their thoughts, feelings, past experiences and important relationships impact their presenting issue. I also use concepts from Gottman Therapy and Emotions Focused Therapy when I work with couples. These are two of the most scientifically validated couples therapy techniques."

 

Christina Barrows, M.S., LMFTA

Therapist

M.S., Seattle Pacific University, Marriage and Family Therapy

B.A., University of Washington, Psychology

"My primary goal as a therapist is to honor the wisdom each person holds within them. Through listening to your story, I hope to help you to come to know and empower yourself in a liberating way. I believe that personal growth can come from learning about patterns in our lives and acknowledging our roles in them. My work with body image concerns and eating disorders is grounded in “systems theory” methods, meaning together we will examine your emotional, physical, psychological, and social experiences to ensure we are tackling your concerns holistically."

 

Nicole Lincoln, M.A., LMHCA

 

 

Therapist

M.A., Antioch University, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

B.S., Central Michigan University, Psychology

"I view counseling as a collaborative alliance that is built from trust and acceptance of both client and counselor.  Because each individual is unique, I draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches, based on your needs and goals.  My intention is to create a compassionate and nonjudgmental environment so that, together, we can safely address your concerns and facilitate the life changes that you desire and deserve.  I am aware that we all come from different backgrounds with different stories.  Exploring together how your life story and culture has influenced your beliefs, values, and experiences allows both of us a better understanding of your strengths, challenges, hopes, and dreams.  Developing this holistic understanding of your life is an honor, one I look forward to experiencing together."


Kathleen Putnam, M.S., RD

Dietitian

M.S., Bastyr University, Master of Science and Nutrition

B.S., Oregon State University, Nutrition, Dietetics and Foodservice Management

State of Washington Certified Dietitian and Nutritionist

National Registered Dietitian

"I have almost 20 enjoyable years as a dietitian and more recently a parent coach. I love working with people to improve their health, reduce stress, and to live the highest quality of life possible. I feel particularly passionate about supporting individuals having difficulty with disordered eating and body image issues and moving toward healthy life choices. One diet does not suit all and I enjoy partnering with my clients to improve their relationship with food, their body and ability to live the fullest life while reaching for their goals. I spend my down time with family traveling as much as possible and when not...dancing, biking, swimming, reading books and trying to learn more."

 

Professional Externs

 

Sarah Fuller Phillips, M.A., LMHCA

Therapist Extern
M.A., Antioch University, Mental Health Counseling

B.S., Hardin Simmons University, Psychology

"I hold the view that individuals are learning, changing, and growing to live happier and healthier lives. My role includes supporting, challenging, and empowering others to work toward the growth they desire in their lives. My goal is to provide a safe space within the counseling relationship that will encourage awareness and empower clients through trust and collaboration."

 

Molly Putnam, M.A., LMHCA

Therapist Extern and Administrative Assistant

M.A., Northwest University, Counseling Psychology

B.A., Seattle Pacific University, Theater and Communication

 

“My approach to therapy is holistic and client centered.  I seek to create a safe and trusting environment where you can share your story, freely discuss your reasons for seeking help through counseling, and feel empowered to make healthy decisions.  My training emphasizes a multicultural and systems approach. Together we will discuss what challenges you may face, how these challenges relate to your current situation, your relationship to others, as well as your relevant past.  It is my hope that you will have deeper insight into your thoughts and feelings through this process.  I truly believe that each individual is uniquely creative and has a powerful story to share.  I have a passion for helping people and an interest in helping individuals who are dealing with body, self-esteem, and identity issues. I look forward to hearing and engaging in your story.” 

 

Professional Interns

 

Tamura Turney (M.S. in progress)

Therapist Intern

M.S. (in progress), Seattle Pacific University, Marriage and Family Therapy

B.A., Angelo State University, Psychology

“I believe that every individual has a unique and valuable story to tell and it is my joy to hear the stories of anyone I come in contact with.  There are countless layers of our lives that intersect every day to make up that story and a priority of mine is to help others uncover those layers in order to convey how deeply rich their story is.  College is an exciting time of discovering potential and navigating change.  My hope in working with students through the SCC is to help each individual experience this time of life with confidence, to find the space they need to heal and reflect, and ultimately feel the freedom and empowerment to live life well.”

 

Julie Hall (M.S. in progress)

Therapist Intern

M.S. (in progress), Seattle Pacific University, Marriage and Family Therapy

M.B.A., Rutgers University School of Business

B.S., New York University, Economics

"I believe that the journey of life can be very difficult and that all of us have the capacity for positive growth and change. The college experience especially is ripe with new challenges and decision-making opportunities. My intention is to approach your unique personal situation with empathy, compassion and authenticity. I will guide our time together by asking questions to help in the sharing process and tap into wisdom you may have been unaware of.  I understand that embarking into the therapeutic process can be scary and takes courage, but my hope is that by creating a safe space, I can support you in the path toward greater self-awareness, growth and healing."

 

Sara Fisher Brazier (M.A. in progress)

Therapist Intern

M.A. (in progress), Northwest University, Counseling Psychology

B.A., Northwest University, Psychology

"My approach to counseling comes from an integrated model, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic theory. Through a holistic and multicultural lens of wellness I can serve a diverse client population, taking into consideration the unique strengths and experiences that we can draw upon to achieve therapeutic goals. I believe that the client-therapist relationship should be a safe and respectful environment where we work together to reveal your strengths and address your reasons for seeking help. My attitude as your counselor is sincere, collaborative, and empathetic. During our counseling sessions we will discuss what challenges you face, your relationship to others, and your relevant past.  It is my hope that through this process you will feel empowered to make healthy decisions and overcome the challenges you face."

 

Shannon L. Shively (M.A. in progress)

Therapist Intern

M.A. (in progress), Seattle University, Community Counseling

B.A., Washington State University, Communications

"My approach to therapy is person-centered and holistic.  I believe that you are the expert regarding your own needs and life, and together we will explore the challenges you are facing, and how they relate to your past, present, and future.  This clearer understanding of yourself opens up the space for new possibilities to emerge.  As a counselor I will approach our sessions with openness, empathy, and dedication to our time together.  I value our therapeutic relationship as a unique and safe place where you can fully realize who you are.  It is my hope that through therapy we will co-create the insight and skills to find peaceful resolution, discover inner strengths, and empower healthy and meaningful life choices."

 

Sean Hogan (M.A. in progress)

Therapist Intern

M.A. (in progress), The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Counseling Psychology

B.S., Taylor University, Business Systems

"I view counseling as a collaborative alliance that impacts both client and therapist and believe that all transformation is rooted in relationship. The time we spend together will be in a safe and trusting environment where we work to address your reasons for seeking help, your unmet needs, and the goals that you consider important to realize. I believe that change occurs through actively engaging in the disruption of our usual experience and behavior, allowing us to awaken to the themes and patterns from our past and present so that we may respond differently in the future.  By entering the stories or your life through curiosity, empathy and vulnerability, we will work towards developing new stories of esteem, courage, and healing."

 

Jade Browne (M.A. in progress)

Therapist Intern

M.A. (in progress), The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Counseling Psychology

B.A., University of California Los Angeles, African American Studies with a Literature concentration

"Sometimes we can get stuck feeling bad about ourselves, experience shame, and hold secrets about our lives.  We can come to believe that this is who we are.  I see the work of therapy as a space to imagine other stories, in which we are able to see goodness in ourselves. I view therapy as a collaborative effort. My approach comes from the narrative and psychodynamic traditions, which means that I am particularly interested in how you are making meaning of your experiences. In our sessions you can be honest and expect that I will listen in a non-judgmental manner. I will make every effort to understand you and seek ways to come alongside you as an advocate for your health and well-being.  I seek to be mindful and respectful of the various communities to which you may belong and that have shaped you. My hope is that the relationship that we develop will bring healing and enable you to experience transformation in other relationships."

 

Administrative Staff

 

Carly Hanson, B.A.

Administrative Assistant

B.A., Seattle Pacific University, Language Arts

"As an administrator, I believe that every client deserves to be treated with respect and compassion throughout the entirety of his or her interaction with the Student Counseling Center. I care deeply about providing excellent customer service and creating a welcoming environment that enables all clients to feel comfortable at the Student Counseling Center."

 

Molly Putnam, M.A., LMHCA

Administrative Assistant and Therapist Extern

M.A., Northwest University, Counseling Psychology

B.A., Seattle Pacific University, Theater and Communication

“I enjoy serving the community here at SPU as both a counselor and an administrative assistant.   I truly enjoy working with both students and staff and am committed to maintaining a warm and comfortable environment at the Student Counseling Center.”

 

Emily Zeimet, M.S., LMFT

Administrative Assistant and Individual, Couple and Family Therapist

M.S., Seattle Pacific University, Marriage and Family Therapy

B.S., Colorado State University, Psychology

State of Washington Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

State of Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

"In addition to providing therapy for students, I also enjoy serving students as an administrative assistant in the Student Counseling Center. I am very privileged to be able to serve students in both capacities and to be part of such an amazing team of therapists and staff."

 

Jaymes Lackey (M.Div. in progress)

Graduate Assistant

M.Div. (in progress), Seattle Pacific Seminary, Master of Divinity

B.A., California State University - Chico, Sociology

"I am both a recipient and supporter of the transformational nature of counseling services. I consider myself blessed to be working with the staff and students who take part in this vital process. Therefore I will do my best to maintain a warm and welcoming atmosphere to help facilitate the work being done here."

 

 

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