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Student Medical & Counseling Clinic

Counseling Clinic Staff


The professional staff at the center can assist you with a wide variety of mental health issues. Some of these issues include, but are not limited to; anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD assessment and treatment, anger management, communication skills, sexual minority issues, relationship skills, couples counseling, and stress management.


Rhonda McKinney, M.S., LMFT
Executive Director of Student Medical and Counseling Clinic   
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus and went on to receive my M.S. in Counseling from that same institution. I became licensed in the State of California as a Marriage, Family & Child Counselor and worked in a number of different settings. Eventually I ended up back at Cal State Stanislaus and worked for six years in their Counseling & Career Development Center. I am currently licensed as a counselor in Washington State and serve as the Director of Counseling Services here at Central. I love my job and thoroughly enjoy working with students on a variety of different issues.

Melissa Anderson, M.A., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Outreach Coordinator
I'm a Washington State native and lived in Montana before settling in Central Washington. I feel very fortunate to be able to live and work in an area with so many outdoor recreational opportunities.
My academic studies began in forestry and eventually drifted to a degree in psychology. I received my BA in Psych, here, at CWU, and my Master's in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University-Seattle. I have enjoyed working at CWU since 1995.
When not working, my partner and I spend our time trying to out-smart our two standard parti-poodles, Rum Doodle and Sherlock Bones. Rum Doodle has received his Therapy Dog International certification and comes into the clinic from time to time.

Cindy Bruns, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Director of Medical and Counseling
Director of CounselingCindy Bruns
Training Director/Psychologist
Hello! I am a licensed psychologist in Washington State. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda Campus, in 2002 and have been licensed since 2003. I have worked in a variety of clinic settings, including most recently at a college counseling center. I love working with college students, as this is a time of life when people often are ready to look at the past, make some peace with it, and begin to experience life with greater authenticity and personal presence. I am excited to be part of this transformative process. I also enjoy the diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and cultures that students bring to the counseling experience. I have worked collaboratively with clients and consider a safe, positive therapeutic relationship to be essential to the change process. I will work with you to clarify your beliefs, values, and goals and help you find a way forward through your difficulties to greater connection and zest in your life. In my free time I enjoy cooking, teaching ballet, and being a mom to an awesome middler-schooler.

Laura H. Dixon, Ph.D.

I received my Master’s degree in community counseling from The College of William and Mary and my Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Brigham Young University. Before coming to CWU, I spent five years working at a university counseling center in Georgia and was licensed as a Psychologist there. I enjoy the interaction with students and the variety of clinical, outreach and consultation work that occurs in counseling centers. I love living in Ellensburg! Having grown up in the mountains, I have missed them and am glad to be back in a place that is so beautiful and has so many outdoor activities.

Amal Abuzalaf Mull, Psy.D
Licensed Psychologist

I am Arab-American and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, I began my career as a high school teacher, then changed my mind and went back to my passion of understanding and working with people from a psychological perspective.  I completed my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver, and this will be my third year working as a counselor at the SMaCC. Since embarking on my journey of helping and connecting with people, my work with the college students at CWU has been the most rewarding for me. I am dedicated to working with clients on a wide variety of issues, and am especially interested in anxiety, spirituality, diversity, and relationships.  Other passions of mine include hiking and playing music.

Nathaniel O'Connor, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Hello all! My academic path began with a BA in History, but after some thought I decided that working with people resonated more with me. Pursuing my doctorate in psychology at Widener University provided a variety of clinical expereinces, ranging from substance abuse treatment and community mental health to working in college counseling centers. After completing my Psy.D. in 2015, I worked for two years at the University of Rhode Island Counseling Center and then came to CWU for a new adventure.

University mental health has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding privilege. Providing a collaborative, safe and accepting environment for addressing challenges is a foundation for how I approach therapy. I draw from different therapeutic approaches to connect with students where they are at and to facilitate healthy change.

Being a new transplant to Washington has ben exciting, since it puts me closer to family and lets me explore the Northwest, and allows me to work in a dynamic college counseling setting.

Gwen Koenig, MA, LMHC

Licensend Mental Health Counselor

I am a licensed counselor in Washington State and received my MA in Counseling from Michigan State University in 2007. I have a BA in Psychology and Art from Gustavus Adolphus College and while I grew up in Texas, I was born in Washington. I have experience working in community mental health centers in Vermont, and was previously employed at a small private liberal arts college there, before returning to Washington.

I have a background in treating substance use disorders. I encourage new perspectives and authenticity in my work with students and help them to identify behavioral patterns.

I keep busy in my free time with either artistic endeavors, outdoor pursuits, or board games!

Carter Comrie, MA

Doctoral Intern

I am a doctoral intern completing my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and earned my B.A. in Psychology from Emory University. I have worked in numerous settings, including community mental health clinics, hospitals, and university counseling centers. I am passionate about working with individuals from a variety of different ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds and I have experience providing therapy to individuals with a wide range of mental health concerns. Though I have received training in psychodynamic therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, I primarily adopt a relational approach to treatment, focusing on understanding the experiences of the individuals I work with and striving to help my clients to work through their personal struggles. In therapy, I seek to assist my clients in living their fullest lives. In my free time, I enjoy collecting vinyl records, watching baseball, bike riding, and camping.

Alexander Krieg, MA

Doctoral Intern

I am a doctoral intern working on my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I was born and raised in Michigan and obtained my B.A. in Psychology, Sociology, and Japanese Studies from Hope College before joining the Clinical Studies Program at University of Hawaii. I have worked with children and adolescents in the public school system and community mental health centers in Hawaii, as well as worked with adolescents and adults in a large outpatient clinic in Tokyo, Japan. My areas of clinical interest include: social anxiety, multicultural/diversity issues, mood disorders, task organization/academic difficulties, and life adjustment. My preferred approaches to therapy include Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Connecting these evidence-based approaches to student’s unique values, goals, and culture provide the basic framework for my therapy style. I strive to create an environment where honesty, insight, and exploration are encouraged and reinforced, and where the student’s strengths drive solutions.

Jeanette Ramey, MA

Doctoral Intern

I completed my Bachelors of Arts and at California State University Channel Islands and I am currently working on my Psy. D. degree in Clinical Psychology at California Lutheran University. I have worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, behavioral health, and Drug and Alcohol recovery environments. I strive to create a supportive and safe environment and value vulnerability, kindness, and authenticity in my work with clients. My clinical and research interests include living with chronic illness, life transitions, stress, addiction, trauma recovery, culture and social justice. In my free time, I enjoy wood working, refurbishing and up-cycling furniture, watching superhero movies, hiking, crafts and spending time with my family.  

Itsel Corona Madrigal

Graduate Assistant/Master's Intern

Victora Rivera

Graduate Assistant/Master's Intern


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