Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Who We Are

PCC counselors hold master’s or doctoral degrees in counseling, social work, psychology or closely related fields. Most are licensed or certified by state or national boards. Our mission is to assist a diverse population of learners to develop and accomplish personal, educational, and career goals in an atmosphere that encourages the full realization of each individual’s potential.

What We Do

PCC offers free, confidential, short- term (1-8 sessions) counseling services to currently-enrolled students. Counselors assist students with academic, personal, and career counseling, and work with students to improve study skills, reduce test anxiety, choose a career, manage stress, and locate community resources. We offer:

Personal Counseling

  • Addiction concerns
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness
  • Cultural Identity
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Gender Identity / Expression
  • Goal-setting and decision-making
  • LGBTQIA+ Identity
  • Loss and grief
  • Men’s issues
  • Mental health information and referrals
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Stress management strategies
  • Title IX Issues
    • Dating/Domestic Violence
    • Gender Equity
    • Sexual harassment/Sexual Assault
    • Stalking
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Women’s issues

Career Counseling

  • Career classes or individual appointments
  • Career interest and personality type inventory assessments
  • Assistance to choose or change careers
  • Interpretation of self-assessment tools for interests, skills, values and personality type
  • Referrals to the Career Exploration Centers for career research, internet resources, résumés, informational interviewing and job shadowing
  • Career decision-making
  • Educational goal setting to support career choice

Crisis Counseling

  • Individual short-term crisis intervention for students suffering from acute emotional distress
  • Support, assessment and appropriate referrals

College Success and Retention

  • Adjusting to an academic culture
  • Navigating college systems
  • Older learner concerns
  • Time-management skills
  • Identifying learning barriers
  • Motivation toward academic goals
  • Balancing school, work and family
  • Reducing test anxiety
  • College grievances or complaints
  • Referral to campus learning support services
  • Coping with problems in classes
  • Scholarships and other financial resources
  • Support and advocacy

Confidentiality

Counselors practice under professional standards that prohibit the disclosure of any information that students tell them during a counseling session, except by a release from the student or under specific circumstances. Exclusions may include: risk of harm to self or others; abuse of a minor, elder or vulnerable adult; health or medical emergency; scheduling; discussions and documents related to Standards of Academic Progress; or other circumstances required by law. Counselors will review confidentiality and exclusions with you.

Schedule an Appointment

Counseling offices are located at Cascade, Newberg, Rock Creek, Southeast, and Sylvania. To schedule a counseling appointment, contact the campus counseling office directly:

Cascade

Location:
SSB 124, 705 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217
Phone:
971-722-5271
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm, Friday: 8am-4pm
Cascade Counselors
Pamela Miller-Tatro, M.A.
Pam Miller-TatroPam is the Counseling Department Chair at Cascade. She has been counseling and teaching at Portland Community College for over 20 years. She began her career as a counseling intern at PCC when she was pursuing her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College. She specializes in personal and academic counseling and particularly enjoys assisting students who experience difficulties in the study of math and science. She teaches CG courses each term as well as Abnormal Psychology and Human Sexuality.
Carly Clark, M.S., NCC
Carly Clark Carly has been teaching and counseling at PCC since 2007. She has experience in helping students manage test, general and social anxiety, exploring personal relationships and life transitions, developing healthy communication skills, creating work/life balance and developing organization strategies for college success. Carly works with students in identifying barriers to academic, personal and career goals, and helps them to develop individualized short and long term strategies to enhance their personal and academic experience.
Simone Frank, M.A.
Simone FrankSimone has been with PCC since 1990. She has held a number of positions at the college including Counselor for students in the Steps to Success Program, High School Completion Specialist, and Technical Learning Skills Specialist. Simone joined the Counseling team at Cascade Campus in 1998. Simone earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 1988.

Newberg

Location:
135 Werth Blvd., Newberg, OR 97132
Phone:
971-722-8602
Hours:
Students can call 971-722-8602 to make an appointment to see a counselor any time during business hours (Monday-Thursday: 8am to 9pm, Friday: 8am to 2pm, Summer: 8am to 5pm)
Newberg Counselor
Craig Wickenberg, M.A., LPC, NCC
Craig WickenbergCraig holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and an MA in Organizational Management from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. He has been teaching and counseling with PCC since 2012 and has been an online instructor for the University of Phoenix since 2006. As an undergrad, Craig earned degrees in Business Economics and Environmental Studies and has acquired over 20 years of professional work experience in diverse industries. Craig brings various life, professional, and academic experiences to help students process career choices, enhance academic success, and promote personal well-being. He holds a current Oregon teaching license, National Counseling Certification, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Rock Creek

Location:
Bldg. 9, Room 117E, 17705 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229
Phone:
971-722-7300
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm, Friday: 9am-4pm
Rock Creek Counselors
Adrian Rodriguez, M.Ed.
Adrian RodriguezAdrian Rodriguez is the Counseling Department Chair at Rock Creek. ​He received his M.Ed. in Counseling at Northern Arizona University in 1995. Through teaching, counseling, advising, and service, he enjoys working with students holistically supporting their personal and educational goals. His areas of interest include college and life transitions, identity development, multicultural perspective, GLBT identity, language development, retention and study skills. His teaching experience includes CG100 College Survival and Success, CG111 Study Skills, CG140 Career and Life Planning.
Jim Earley, M.A.
Jim EarleyJim Earley received his MA in Counseling and Guidance from New Mexico State University. Before that he was an assistant professor in Developmental English and College Studies at a community college in southern New Mexico. Jim specializes in the use of cognitive strategies, motivational interviewing, and existential counseling approaches to assist in the management of personal, family, and career change.
Craig Wickenberg, M.A., LPC, NCC
Craig WickenbergCraig holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and an MA in Organizational Management from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. He has been teaching and counseling with PCC since 2012 and has been an online instructor for the University of Phoenix since 2006. As an undergrad, Craig earned degrees in Business Economics and Environmental Studies and has acquired over 20 years of professional work experience in diverse industries. Craig brings various life, professional, and academic experiences to help students process career choices, enhance academic success, and promote personal well-being. He holds a current Oregon teaching license, National Counseling Certification, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Nancy Stoutenburg, M.A.
Nancy StoutenburgNancy Stoutenburg is currently on a 1-year sabbatical leave and will return in fall term 2017. She received her M.A. in Systems Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University. She has been a counselor at PCC since 2001. Her teaching experience includes CG 101 College Success, CG 140 Career and Life Planning, and transitions classes like New Directions, Project Independence, and Life Tracks. Before coming to PCC, Nancy was the career counselor at Pacific Northwest College of Art, and a private practice life/career coach. Nancy enjoys working with students in the areas of career, academic, and personal issues.

Southeast

Location:
SCOMM 116, 2305 SE 82nd and Division, Portland, OR 97216
Phone:
971-722-6240
Hours:
Vary, call for appointment
Southeast Counselors
Angelina Davis, M.S., CRC
Angelina DavisAngelina is the Counseling Department Chair at the Southeast Campus. She has been counseling and teaching career guidance classes at PCC for 10 years. She has a Masters in Counseling Education from Portland State University with a focus in Rehabilitation Counseling. She holds a national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Angelina uses a client-centered approach in helping students through the application of cognitive, behavioral and systematic counseling strategies. Her underlying belief is in the dignity and worth of all people. Areas of interest include students who experience a disability, veterans, transition and adjustment, identity, anxiety, and injured workers looking to retrain.

Sylvania

Location:
CC 210, 12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219
Phone:
971-722-8153
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-6pm, Friday: 9am-4pm
Sylvania Counselors
Sonya Bedient, M.A., LPC
Sonya BedientSonya Bedient began as an intern with PCC and has been working in the counseling department since 1998. Sonya completed her Associates of Arts degree at Clark College, a B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. She has interests in personal and career counseling. In addition, Sonya can draw from her own personal experience as a woman of mixed race, first generation community college student and provide assistance to those who have similar experiences.
Tammy Dowd, M.S., C.R.C.
Tammy DowdTammy holds a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a specialization in Deafness from San Diego State University, Magna Cum Laude. She has over 14 years of experience counseling students in higher education, and over 13 years of experience teaching at the community college, university, and graduate levels. Tammy uses an individualized method to counseling, incorporating Rehabilitation Counseling theory which emphasizes a client-centered method to maximizing individual potential and eliminating barriers to success. She employs a collaborative and supportive approach to assist clients pursuing their full personal and academic potential, including solution-focused, holistic, and cognitive-behavioral strategies. Areas of Interest include Veterans and military dependents, transition and adjustment, stress/time/organization management, and students who experience a disability (ADHD, LD, ASD, PTSD, etc).
Jackie Elliott, M.S., NCC, LPC
Jackie ElliottJackie Elliott earned a Masters degree in counseling from Portland State University in Counselor Education in 1999. She has several years’ experience working with students in different college settings. Some of this work includes teaching ESL, coordinating Literacy volunteers to tutor students, working with students with disabilities, and advising students in the Sylvania ROOTS Program. In her current role as a counselor, Jackie particularly enjoys working with students who are new to the college experience. She has counseling experience in areas of career, life transitions, school issues, domestic violence, self-esteem, stress management, women’s issues, depression, grief/loss, cognitive/communication skills, and GBLT issues.
Anne O'Reilly, M.A., LPC
Anne O'ReillyAnne O'Reilly has been with the college since 1993. She has worked in a variety of settings at PCC, providing academic advising, case management and crisis intervention to a diverse group of students. Anne earned her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2005 and has served as a Mental Health Therapist at the YWCA of Greater Portland for six years, both as an intern and a volunteer. Anne uses a holistic approach in working with students and is interested in providing both personal and career counseling. She has experience working with students in the midst of life or career transitions, sexual minority/LGBTQ identified students, and students experiencing crisis, depression, or anxiety.