Counseling and Psychological Services

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Senior Staff

Curtis Hill, Ph.D.
As a counseling psychologist, Curt received training in models of development specifically geared toward the college student experience. Following a primarily phenomenological/existential approach, Curt's areas of interest include; the central role of relationships in the change process, counseling, career development, family relationships, and advocating for the developmental needs of students.

De Nean Petersen, LCSW
De Nean provides individual and group therapy from a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approach, which emphasizes interpersonal skills, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance. In addition to DBT, De Nean’s areas of professional interest include bereavement, anxiety, and providing outreach and consultation services to students living in on-campus housing.

Susan Garner, LCSW
Susan has experience working with individuals who are struggling with depression and anxiety, and experiencing problems related to body image, self-esteem, and histories of abuse. She also enjoys addressing these issues and other mental health concerns at a community level through outreach programs.

Jennifer Ellsworth, Ph.D.
Jennifer's areas of professional interest include individual and group therapy with college students who are experiencing depression, family of origin problems, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, eating disorders, and histories of abuse. She is the Training Director at CAPS and enjoys and supervising and training graduate students in mental health fields.

Blaine Edwards, CMHC

Blaine is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who works from a relational and modern Gestalt perspective. Blaine values the relationship as one of the most important factors in the counseling process. His professional interests include group and individual counseling, the career decision making process, and all aspects of college student development.   

Kevan LaFrance, Ph.D.
Kevan approaches therapy from an existential perspective, which focuses on the client's sense of meaning and purpose. He emphasizes the importance of developing a strong client-therapist relationship as foundational to the process of counseling. He uses strategies that focus on enhancing self-awareness and improving overall health and functioning. He has worked with a variety of clients with anxiety and stress management issues, depression, relationships and communication, and the grief process. In his spare time, Kevan enjoys reading, watching movies and/or TV (Chuck, Firefly, and Doctor Who top the list), and grilling.

Doctoral Interns

Kristina Johnson, BS, Doctoral Student

Kristina is a Ph.D. Counseling Psychology student from Andrews University in Michigan. She approaches therapy from a humanistic perspective, drawing on both person-centered and existential theory to guide her practice. Kristina enjoys helping clients clarify their values, relate more authentically to others, celebrate their personal strengths, and identify ways to live more meaningful lives. In her spare time, Kristina does yoga, reads, attends live theater, and spends time in nature.

Brita Fosse, MS, Doctoral Student

Brita is a doctoral psychology intern from Pacific University, located in Oregon. She provides individual, group, and couples therapy at CAPS, as well as biofeedback, outreach, and assessments. Her approach to therapy is integrative, founded in cognitive-behavioral and dynamic theory. In her spare time, Brita enjoys reading, watching movies and television, attending live theater events, and baking. 

Front Desk Staff

Debbie Foster, Administrative Assistant II