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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
Director of 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
Mental Health Counselor 
Melissa Anderson
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
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 will be coming into the clinic from time to time.

Cindy Bruns, Ph.D.
Psychologist/Training Director

Cindy Bruns
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, gardening, and playing with our daughter.

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.

Jennifer Bearse, 
M.A.Jennifer BearsePost Doctoral Psychologist Resident                  
I grew up in a small town in southwest Washington and I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest all of my life except for five sunny years in California. I went to college in Oregon and earned a bachelors degree in business from George Fox University. I worked in the business world for almost 20 years before deciding it was time for a change. I then returned to George Fox where I am currently working on my doctorate in clinical psychology. I enjoy the diversity of a university counseling center, and I will work with you to develop a clearer picture of who you are and a stronger sense of who you want to become in the midst of what can be a challenging and uncertain time of life. I enjoy sports, animals, and outdoor activities, and I love spending time with friends and family.

Holly Porter, M.S.
After graduating from high school in the Yakima Valley, I moved to Seattle where I graduated with my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington.  Following graduation, I worked outside of the psychology field for a couple of years.  Last spring, I finished my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at CWU.  I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Mariam Baim, M.A.
Doctoral Intern
I was raised in countries that include Australia and Thailand before I came to the United States to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Southern California. After completing my B.A., I worked as a counselor for a year at a residential facility with at-risk teens. It was a challenging and yet enriching experience that imbued me with a passion to promote the personal and interpersonal development of adolescents and emerging adults. I am currently a pre-doctoral intern completing my Psy.D in clinical psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, where I also received a master of arts in clinical psychology and a master of arts in Christian leadership. My clinical interests include interpersonal and family of origin concerns, multicultural counseling, life transitions and adjustment difficulties, identity development, anxiety, and social justice. I typically spend my free time with my friends and family, exercising, singing, listening to music, and engaging in outdoor activities.

Jacquie Corvan, M.A. 
Doctoral Intern                                                                    
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and completed my bachelors and masters degree from Loyola Marymount University.  I spent two years conducting health prevention research which inspired me to pursue a doctorate degree at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA.  Currently, I am in the final year of my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology.  I have been fortunate to work in many clinical settings and particularly enjoy working with people who want to make positive changes in their lives.  I am excited to work with the college population and plan to use my therapeutic skills to help students pursue their educational path and grow into the type of individual they desire.  I have never lived outside of California so I am thrilled to be in Ellensburg to experience a different part of the country.  I love playing sports, being in the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Tomomi Gianforti, M.S.
Doctoral Intern
I was born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan where I could see Mt. Fuji from my windows. I went to college in Tokyo and earned my first bachelor’s degree in English. I have worked as an English teacher for a few years then became interested in the field of psychology.  I came to the States in 1998 and earned my second bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Auburn University, AL in 2000.  In 2001, I moved to North Carolina and completed a Master in Science in Rehabilitation Psychology and Counseling at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I worked as a Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist then as a Vocational Counselor for a few years.  Then I moved to Hawaii and started my doctorate in clinical psychology at Argosy University where I am in the final year of schooling.  I really enjoy working with people of a variety of backgrounds, age, cultures, and especially with people in transitions in their lives.  I will work with you to develop/understand who you are and who you want to become in this crucial phase of your life. I love animals, water sports, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and I can’t wait to try some winter sports here!

Owen Dugmore, Ph.D.                   
I earned my degrees at the University of Utah - B.A. in biology and chemistry, M.A. in educational psychology and Ph.D in counseling psychology. I have been a counselor and instructor at Central since 1968. My main professional interests are in counseling, the psychology of adjustment and the psychology of relationships. Otherwise, I am interested in English, philosophy, history, music, and theater arts and look forward to seminars, concerts and plays on campus. I have a season ticket to the Seattle Opera, and I am surrounded at home with books and discs (mainly classical). Minne, pictured here, and her daughter Kenny are neighbors who live near my office and frequently drop in to see how I am doing.