Counseling and Testing Center Staff

counseling.testing@wallawalla.edu 
(509) 527-2147

Our therapists are here to help.

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.

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.


Shannon West, MS LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Shannon is a licensed family therapist and joins WWU to support students during this challenging time. She’s passionate about the lives of young adults and has a private practice working with adolescent girls and young women. Areas of expertise include anxiety and depression, loss and grief, and exploring one’s identity and influential relationships.

A former adjunct instructor at Seattle Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University, Shannon has also provided counseling for students at Northwest University. Her background includes working with homeless youth and those impacted by abuse and trauma.

Shannon graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and an undergraduate degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Gender Studies. She is committed to gender equality, racial and economic justice, and is LGBTQ+ affirming.

Jill Atchison, BS

Administrative Assistant and Testing Coordinator
testing@wallawalla.edu

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.


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