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, short-term counseling to currently enrolled students (excluding Community Education). Service eligibility begins two weeks prior to a given term. In counseling, we discuss personal concerns students may be facing and work with students to develop new ways of addressing concerns. Many concerns are addressed within eight sessions or less.

Personal counseling
  • Addiction concerns
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness
  • Cultural identity
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Gender identity and 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 and domestic violence
    • Gender equity
    • Sexual harassment and 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

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

To schedule a counseling appointment, contact the campus counseling office directly:

Carly Clark, M.S., LPC

Carly ClarkCarly Clark is the current Department Chair at Cascade. She has been at PCC for 10 years, providing counseling and teaching classes such as College Survival, Study Skills, Managing Test Anxiety, Stress Management and Human Sexuality. Carly has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Carly’s areas of interest include general, social and test anxiety, helping students cultivate mindfulness practice and self-compassion, healthy relationships and communication strategies, working with LGBTQIA identified students, helping students create organization strategies for academic and professional success, as well as applying an equity and inclusion perspective to instruction and counseling.

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.

Mike Barber, M.Ed., M.A., LPC

Mike BarberMike holds an M.Ed. In Special Education and an MA in Counseling. He was a special education teacher in Seattle, New York City, and Portland for 33 years and has been a practicing therapist since 2011. In his work and life, Mike welcomes diversity of all kinds. He is paticularly interested in discovering and supporting his clients’ sense of individuality and awareness of their inner lives. He brings many years of experience with and knowledge of school systems, transtion to college, and learning challenges to his work at PCC. Other areas of interest include creative process/performing arts, LGBTQ issues, and race and social justice.

Javelin L Hardy, CSWA Master Level Social Worker, Clinical Social Worker Associate

Javelin HardyIt is a joy and privilege to work at Portland Community college that I attended and received my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice in 2002. I completed my Bachelors in Social Work at Concordia University in 2008. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University 2012. I have twenty-five years’ experience working with adults with mental health and substance issues and educating families. I’ll be bringing to Portland Community College skills at working with adult justice systems, courts, the state health and human service system. I have six years’ experience working with Veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. My areas of specialty are anxiety, depression, women’s emotional health, family therapy, trauma treatment, and substance abuse/dependence. I have three years’ experience working in Psychiatric care as well as outpatient mental health services. I’m certified in various trauma informed methods. I bring 25 years of experience and training of culture perspectives relating to Trauma informed Care in the African American community. I worked twelve years in the criminal justice system supporting students at Portland Community college change their lives. I became Clinical Social Worker to help people on their path to healing in order to live a healthier and happier life. I believe in holistic approach to health-in order to be whole one must work on their mental/physical and spiritual being. I am the mother of two adult sons and a grandmother. I’m from Louisiana and I love cooking Southern foods, traveling and writing poetry.

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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.

Nancy Stoutenburg, M.A.

Nancy StoutenburgNancy Stoutenburg 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.

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 draws from prior clinical experiences in community mental health and private practice. 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.

Magdalena Avila Echenique, M.A.

Magdalena EcheniqueMagdalena Avila Echenique received her Master in Psychology at Cordoba National University, Argentina. She is bilingual (Spanish). She grew up in Argentina where she has acquired professional experience working in a variety of public and private institutions (State Prisons Service, Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Programs, Psychotherapy Programs, Universities, Human Resource Agencies, and Private Practices).

Her approach explores the student’s individual, interpersonal, and cultural strengths to increases insight into challenges that students may face. She enjoys working with culturally diverse populations. And her interests include trauma and abuse, college/life transition and adjustment, emerging adulthood, stress management, relationships, and communication skills.

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.

Rohini Puri-Bose, Ph.D.

Rohini Puri-BoseRohini joined PCC Counseling Services in Spring 2017. She has an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, and a minor in Multicultural Psychology and Education from the University of Missouri. Rohini is from India, where she completed B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology from the University of Pune. She has been living in the U.S. for 10 years now, and speaks English, Bengali and Hindi. Rohini has substantial experience working with college students from diverse backgrounds, including first-generation college students, students of color, international, undocumented and LGBTQ students. She tailors counseling sessions as per students’ unique needs and strengths, and can help address a variety of concerns from anxiety, depression, ADHD, career and academic distress to identity and multicultural issues.

Tammy Dowd Shearer, M.S., C.R.C.

Tammy Dowd ShearerTammy 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.

Paige Hirt, M.A., LPC

Paige HirtPaige holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. She has worked as a part-time counselor with PCC since 2016. Paige has a background working with adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of residential and community-based mental health settings. She has taught in higher education since 2013 within the Psychology and Human Services fields. Primarily, Paige utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution-Focused therapeutic approaches with individuals to help them achieve their goals. She values an Integrated Systems approach to include family, school, community, and environment. She supports using a client’s strengths while encouraging autonomy and empowerment within a respectful environment. Paige specializes in youth/young adults and families, depression, anxiety and suicide prevention.

Anne O’Reilly, M.A., LPC

Anne O'RiellyAnne O’Reilly is currently serving as the Counseling Department Chair at Sylvania Campus. She has been with the Counseling Department since 2008, and with PCC in various student support positions since 1993. Anne holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works from a student-centered approach, supporting students in owning their individual, interpersonal and cultural strengths, identifying their inner and outer resources, and moving forward with personal, academic, or career goals. Anne brings many years of experience working with college students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including first-generation college students, LGBTQIA students, students of color, international students, and undocumented students. Anne applies an equity and social justice lens to counseling and practices with a trauma-informed approach incorporating mindfulness practices. She assists students in addressing issues around anxiety, depression, identity, multicultural concerns, LGBTQIA concerns, college success and life transitions.

Emily Somervell, MSW, LCSW

Emily SomervellEmily Somervell (she/her/hers) holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over eighteen years of experience working with children and adults in counseling, mentoring, crisis response, and in healthcare settings. Emily practices trauma-informed care and uses cognitive-behavioral, acceptance commitment, and collaborative-problem solving strategies.  Special areas of interest include: working with students in crisis, students experiencing anxiety and depression, students with chronic illness, and creating an environment for equity.

College Success & Career Guidance classes

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Off-campus crisis resources

  • Clackamas County: 503-655-8585
  • Southwest County: 503-626-8137
  • Columbia County: 800-294-5211
  • Multnomah County: 503-988-4888 or 1-800-716-9769
  • Washington County: 503-291-9111
  • Yamhill County:  800-560-5535

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

The Veterans Crisis Line supports Veterans in crisis and their families and friends through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Trans Lifeline, 877-565-8860, is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.

Free online resources

  • ULifeline is a comprehensive, confidential, online resource center for college students regarding mental and emotional health.
  • NAMI the National Alliance on Mental Illness is that nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.
  • 211info.org: A non-profit organization that serves as an information hub, providing referrals for housing, health care, child care, food, and other resources.