Therapists are here to help
As a student, you have access to highly qualified and caring therapists who work with you to help establish and achieve your goals. We offer a maximum of 10 sessions per year to students who use our center. If appropriate, Counseling and Testing Center staff will refer you to Comprehensive Health, a local mental health agency that offers a range of services including respite care, support and psychotherapy groups, individual therapy, and medication management with psychiatric practitioners.
Learn more about our counselors and their qualifications below.
Michelle Naden, PhD, LMFT
Director of the Counseling and Testing Center
Michelle has over 20 years of experience as a faculty member at Loma Linda University and Seattle Pacific University, where she directed graduate clinical training programs. She is a licensed family therapist and has practiced in several private practice settings within multi-disciplinary teams of providers. Michelle graduated from Loma Linda University with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and she earned her PhD in Sociology at the University of Southern California, with a special emphasis in Family Therapy.
Michelle loves working with young adults, and specializes in conversations that highlight their strengths and passions, and inspire their competence and confidence. She has considerable experience working with young people on issues relating to their passage into adulthood, and working with couples and families to build more satisfying relationships.
Carrie White, MA, LMHC
Associate Director of the Counseling and Testing Center
Carrie graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Walla Walla University in 2005. Since then she has worked as a therapist in private practice settings as well as agency affiliated work. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and incarcerated men, and she brings a wide range of experience to the Counseling and Testing Center.
Carrie believes that engaging in a therapeutic process of self-exploration can restore a sense of well-being and connection at times when needed. Carrie also has a depth of experience working with clients during times of crisis and she works with people to develop new strategies and methods for coping with difficult life circumstances.
Troy Davis, MA, LAMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate
Troy graduated from Walla Walla University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Since then he has obtained a Master of Arts degree in Psychology as well as a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. He is currently in the process of completing the requirements for his state licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Troy has worked with a wide range of clients and believes that the best outcomes come from meeting the clients where they are and assisting them in achieving their goals. He recognizes the unique challenges individuals face and takes joy in helping clients navigate these challenges to create richer and fuller lives.
Peter Beck, MDiv, MSW, LMHCA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Peter graduated from WWU in 1978 with a degree in Theology, and earned his M.Div. at Andrews University in 1983. He pastored for 15 years and also served as a USAF Reserve chaplain for 26 years. In 1997 he received his MSW from WWU and has been working for 20 years at Washington State Penitentiary. Peter currently is working toward licensure as a mental health counselor. He finds working with WWU students to be meaningful and rewarding.
Jill is the testing center coordinator. She administers a variety of tests ranging from admissions tests to licensing tests offered at the Counseling and Testing Center. Jill also is the administrative assistant for counseling and is the person to contact for questions about counseling at WWU.