Associate Dean of Health and Wellness, Ph.D., LPC, NCC509-527-5195
Nick Duran Fair
Counselor, MS, MFA, MFTT509-527-5195
I am a counselor with a background in the arts and education. I hold an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the California State University Long Beach, an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.F.A. in Dance from New York University. I have taught in the dance programs at UCLA, California State University Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University, the University of North Carolina at Ashville and Whitman College. As a counselor, I bridge expressive arts, cognitive-behavioral and somatic therapies with client-centered and trauma-informed care. I believe each person is the expert of their lived experience, and I empower students through collaboration, support and skill-building. My education and experience in Marriage and Family Therapy have enabled a relational and culturally-responsive approach to treatment. Originally from Long Beach, California, I enjoy bodysurfing, hiking, rollerblading, spending time in nature and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Mental Health Counselor, Ed.S., LMHC509-527-5195
I received my MA and EdS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling back in my home state of Virginia, at James Madison University. Since then, I have worked in a variety of community and residential settings as a counselor. I work from a relational-developmental perspective, paying special attention to our journey toward maturity and the importance of relationship—with our own physical bodies, other persons and the wider world. I am trained in a variety of Evidence-Based Practices, most significantly Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. I am fluent in Spanish and English. I strive to practice in a way that is neuroscience-informed and experiential (it’s not all talk). I am excited to be here at Whitman College, and to contribute to this unique community of learners.
Mental Health Counselor, PhD, LMHC
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Oregon University and my Master’s degree in Counseling and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University. I completed my PhD with a year-long doctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame. While I have run my own private practice in the past, I have worked primarily at college or university counseling centers. It is fun for me to really connect with and get to know students and help them through problems to flourish in school and beyond. The theories of counseling I draw from recognize that we all have strengths and inner wisdom that need to be teased out to give us the confidence to face life’s challenges. When we are in an environment of acceptance, genuineness, and respect, we find our strengths and open up our minds to new possibilities without fear. We learn about ourselves and our cultures that guide us. In counseling we learn new skills to use throughout our lives.
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, NCC
I received my B.S. in Psychology from Weber State University and I am finishing up my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University. My previous counseling experience includes working in partial hospitalization treatment programs where I had the privilege of being part of a multidisciplinary team utilizing evidence-based practices to treat a wide-range of client challenges and complaints. I thoroughly enjoy working with people and I consider every individual as special, with identifiable strengths and qualities as well as challenges. I also enjoy exploring diverse problems from a perspective of possibilities and opportunities. As a clinician, I strive to bring an integrated and balanced combination of humanistic optimism and care and evidence-based practicality into individual, group, and family settings. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as an intern counselor at the Whitman Counseling Center and I look forward to working with students to collaboratively address the concerns and challenges that arise through academic pressures and the process of daily living.
Counseling Center Administrative Assistant
I am a native of the Walla Walla Valley. I graduated from Walla Walla Community College in 2012 with a Medical Assistant license. My love for the medical field began in high school working in a nursing home and finding a connection with elderly people. It provoked compassion and love for the path I wished to pursue in caring and nurturing others. I worked with Green and Jackson Medical, a medical supply store for 12 years, and gained knowledge with Insurance Billing and Specialized Medical Equipment. My journey continued with Walla Walla Community College and granted me the experience of working with some of the best nurses and doctors in the Walla Walla Valley. My experience in urgent care, specialized medical practices and medical equipment has provided me a wonderful insight into the diverse field of medicine. I share tenacious energy with students, staff and faculty in paving the way towards an infinite future.
Counselor, MSW, SWAIC509-527-5195
I earned my Masters in Clinical Social Work (MSW) at the Smith College School for Social Work in Massachusetts and received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. I have worked for a number of years as a therapist in community mental health settings before joining the Whitman Counseling Center. As a counselor, I provide care that is warm, welcoming, authentic and trauma-informed. I have been trained in several evidence based practices, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Restructuring (EMDR), Common Elements Treatment Approaches (CETA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression, but I also draw upon a number of other theoretical frameworks and modalities including aspects of psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness-based therapy, relational therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy and others, depending on individual need. My work is grounded in the belief that trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship can create a foundation upon which we can build insight, practice self-compassion and experience self-efficacy.