• Thacher Carter, Psy.D, MSW

    Thacher Carter, Psy.D, MSW

    Associate Dean of Health and Wellness, Director of Counseling

    All in all I have over 35 years of clinical practice experience. I worked 15 years at Denver Health and Hospitals starting in 1977. I obtained my Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver in 1982 and worked in community mental health for about 13 years. In addition I had a private practice in Denver working with adults and couples. I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1993 and was the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Eastern Oregon University for 19 years. I am honored to be at Whitman College as the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness/ Director of Counseling. I enjoy working with a variety of issues and populations: trauma, developmental issues, depression, anxiety, couples and groups. I am both a Clinical Social Work and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors (skiing, hiking etc.), racquetball, being with my family and playing acoustic finger style blues guitar.

  • Tracee L. Anderson, LICSW

    Tracee L. Anderson, LICSW

    Counselor and Assistant Director

    I completed my MSW at UCLA and have been at Whitman since 1992. Prior to coming to Whitman, I worked in education and medical settings, primarily focusing on youth and women's health. I speak Spanish and French semi-fluently and have done extensive travel and work in numerous SE Asian, African, Latin American and European countries. As well as doing general counseling, I am also certified as an EMDR therapist. I like to combine a direct, practical approach with a philosophical/clinical orientation in my work and love the energy, passion and thoughtfulness of the college student population at Whitman.

  • Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, LCSW

    Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, LCSW

    Counselor

    Since receiving my B.A. degree in Psychology at Oberlin College (1976) and my M.S.W. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1979), I have spent most of my professional career working with individuals, couples and groups at Whitman's Counseling Center. I have been involved with Whitman's GLBTQ, its Jewish student group (Hillel-Shalom) and campus feminist groups. It is a gift to work with students as they grow and explore during their college years. Using a variety of approaches, integrating mindfulness, humor, directness, and a balance between past history and the present, I support students' strengths and self-care as we work through the challenges that bring them to counseling, such as relationship difficulties, struggling self-esteem, anxiety, depression, family issues, and addictions. I enjoy facilitating campus discussions about sexuality, body image, race, gender, cultural influences, and interpersonal relationships. In my spare time, I take great pleasure in traveling, creative arts, gardening and remaining in touch with my friends, family and first grandchild.

  • Marie Metheny, LMHC

    Marie Metheny, LMHC

    Counselor

    I earned my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from New College of California, San Francisco and my B.A. in Women's Studies and Counseling from San Francisco State University. I have worked at Whitman College as a Master's level Mental Health Counselor for over 10 years. Before joining the counseling staff, I worked in a variety of community mental health settings, as well as kept a part-time private practice primarily focusing on psychodynamic work with individuals. I thoroughly enjoy working as a psychotherapist with Whitman College students. The broad range of developmental issues and mental health concerns students want to address allows me to work in a variety of ways. Generally, I utilize a psychodynamic or cognitive approach, with a focus on somatic awareness. In addition to counseling, I advise Whitman College Peer Listeners.

  • Rick Baez, Psy.D.

    Rick Baez, Psy.D.

    Counselor

    Psychologist license in the state of Washington. Employment at Whitman since 2015. Earned master and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University, California. Enjoys working clinically with college students within a short-term model of care. Clinical work includes developmental, CBT, interpersonal, narrative, existential, depth, trauma (EMDR), and systems approaches. Is curious to the mysteries of complexity, which reveals the dynamic forces that make each of us unique and connected.

  • Tricia Schulte

    Tricia Schulte

    Counselor

    In 2013/14 I completed my clinical internship at the Whitman counseling center, and have continued to work as a therapist on campus since finishing my Masters in Social Work at Walla Walla University in 2014. Prior to becoming a counselor, I trained and worked as a life coach, coaching individuals, conducting coaching workshops, and leadership development programs. In my work as a therapist with Whitman students, I use a combination of psychodynamic, trauma (EMDR), solution-focused and motivational interviewing modalities, as well as coaching strategies, such as values-based decision making and goal setting. My approach in working with students is to assist them to reflect on their particular challenges, identify therapeutic goals, explore their options, and manage barriers along the way. I believe that exercising agency and self-direction are the most effective way to engage in therapy (individual and group therapy) and create positive change in your relationships and quality of life. My work at Whitman has been the most enjoyable and fulfilling work of my career!

  • Karene Gonzalez

    Karene Gonzalez

    Administrative Assistant

    I joined Whitman College's Counseling Center in the spring of 2011, following a 15-year career in marketing. As the Counseling Center's Administrative Assistant, I am charged with greeting and assisting students as well as managing the front office. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the family property to hike and play by the river as well as having coffee with friends at the beloved Patisserie.

  • Louie

    Louie

    Dog

    I grew up as a free range schnoodle on Mount Emily in La Grande Oregon. After being a hand-delivered pup by Dr. Carter, I initially was given away to a 10-year-old girl who very much wanted to have a dog. Unfortunately, six months after my adoption, I was returned to my birthplace. Upon my arrival, I was malnourished and quite skittish. My owner and trainer (Dr. Carter), being a clinical psychologist, thought that I would benefit from desensitization/exposure and relaxation training. So, I attended a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder conference with him where I sat at the entrance for two days and was greeted by 300 therapists who petted me and gave me corrective emotional experiences several times a day. Dr. Carter then began to take me to work with him and let me be free range at the Counseling and Health Center at Eastern Oregon University. At 6 years old now, I believe I'm quite well-adjusted and enjoy being petted by students, hanging out with them or lounging by a sunny window. I live at home with my mother and father, a schnauzer and a poodle (and Dr. Carter too! He feeds us.). And, in case you're wondering, I don't bite, I am hypoallergenic and I don't shed.