Nick Duran Fair
Counselor, MS, MFA, LMFTA509-527-5195
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.
Associate Dean of Health & Wellness509-527-5195
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.
Nichole M. Vernon
Mental Health Counselor, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC509-527-5195
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with a Psychology degree from Washington State University and a Master's of Education in Counseling from Seattle University. I have worked as a counselor in schools and community mental health agencies with adolescents, adults and families. I am a strength-based counselor certified in CBT Plus, evidence-based therapy for young people, and primarily use Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to support healing and growth. Clients can expect professionalism and knowledge around mental health with a committed focus on their unique experiences, values and goals. I am excited about this opportunity to work with the Whitman students and community!