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Student Medical & Counseling Clinic

The Training Team

How to Contact Us

We are aware that you likely have questions that have not yet been answered regarding our internship program. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the Training Team members for clarification. We can be reached at the phone number or email addresses below


You can reach us by calling The Counseling Clinic at (509) 963-1391 or by emailing John Jackson, Ph.D. Training Director at John.Jackson@cwu.edu.


John Jackson, PhD - Assistant Director for Training

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Degree(s): PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland

 

Brief Bio:  Originally from Georgia, I most recently worked as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Prior to that position, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings, including college counseling centers, several community mental health clinics, and a Veterans Affairs hospital.  Recently, my passion for training led me northwest to CWU, and I find myself thrilled, challenged, and humbled by my work as a Training Director in such a vibrant and supportive clinic. My areas of professional interest include psychotherapy training and supervision, treatment of trauma, integration of social justice and multiculturalism in clinical work and beyond, and research on psychotherapy and supervision process and outcome.  My approach to therapy and supervision are informed by psychodynamic theory, interpersonal and group interpersonal process theories, object relations theory, and cognitive behavioral theory.  My therapeutic and supervisory work involve the development of deep and nonjudgmental curiosity to explore in a manner that leads clients and supervisees to reach insight and make the lasting changes they seek from our relationship and time together.  When I’m not working as a psychologist, you’ll find me camping, cooking, playing and listening to music, and, not least of all, being a parent of an amazing two-year-old-daughter. 

 

Professional Activities:  Research and writing on psychotherapy process and outcome, attachment theory, supervision process and outcome, and self-compassion.

Memberships include the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR).


Cindy Bruns, Ph.D. – Director of Counseling

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Degree(s): PhD and MA, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology - Alameda
                  BS, Psychology, University of Oregon

Brief Bio:  I came to Central Washington University in April of 2009 to serve as the Training Director for the doctoral internship.  In 2017, I became the Interim Director of Counseling and in 2018 I was hired as the permanent Director of Counseling.  Prior to my time at CWU, I was a Licensed Psychologist for the Counseling Center at Texas Woman's University.  I have experience providing therapeutic services in a wide variety of other settings including, an agency that provided crisis and therapeutic services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, a community mental health center, and a women's federal prison.  My areas of professional interest include trauma, feminist and multicultural psychologies/therapies, spirituality and psychotherapy, and, of course, supervision and training of interns. My therapeutic and supervision approaches are heavily influenced by feminist, multicultural, developmental, and relational philosophies combined with a background in psychodynamic theory. I work collaboratively and seek to empower my clients, supervisees, and staff member to reach their fullest potential.  When not being a psychologist, I love being the parent of a middle-schooler, teaching ballet, and cooking.

Professional Activities: Writings on feminist therapy, reviewer for the journal Sex Roles and former reviewer for Women and Therapy, accreditation site visitor for American Psychological Association's (APA) Commission on Accreditation, Association for Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) mentor, member of APA and Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD).


Kendall N Irvin, PsyD - Psychologist

 

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Degree(s): PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology.  

 

Brief Bio:  I grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and attended undergraduate at the University of Florida before completing my doctorate at Florida Institute of Technology.  From Florida, I relocated to South Carolina and then made my way to beautiful Washington State.  I have worked at several university counseling centers around the country in addition to having a background in forensics and assessment.  My approach to therapy is integrative and relies heavily on aspects of Brief Dynamic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and interpersonal and multicultural models.  I have experience helping students work through anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, emotional pain, identity development, and various social justice concerns.  I have a strong background in trauma work, particularly sexual assault, in both individual and group counseling settings.  I particularly enjoy helping students discover their true selves from both individual and cultural perspectives and assisting students in living lives that are satisfying, validating, authentic, and values-driven.  In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my partner, my cat, reading, writing, and being outdoors to enjoy nature and local events.  

 

Professional Activities:  I am a member of the American Psychological Association and has attended the Society for Personality Assessment conference.  I served as Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Interim Outreach Coordinator at Washington State University.  I have also provided consultation to the Attorney General’s Office at WSU in conduct cases regarding sexual assault. 


Andrew Roth-Heinlein, PsyD. - Psychologist

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Degree(s): PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland 

Brief Bio:  I am a recent transplant from Massachusetts where I worked as a Staff Psychologist and the Associate Director of Psychology Training for a large, multidisciplinary community health center. I am excited to have begun the next phase of my career at the Counseling Clinic at CWU. Clinically, I have experience working with individuals, families, couples, and groups in a variety of treatment settings. My experiences training and working within community-based, multidisciplinary environments have informed my holistic and multisystemic lens framework of treatment. My areas of professional interest include trauma-focused treatment, building ego strength and distress tolerance, cultural identity and resiliency, identity development, and psychotherapy training and supervision, focusing on parallel processes and developmental learning and growth. The alliance is fundamental to my therapeutic and supervisory approaches and, in my experience, it is this foundation of trust, understanding, and collaboration on which growth is achieved for clients and supervisees, alike. 

My wife and I moved to Washington for adventure and to immerse ourselves in the seemingly infinite naturalistic opportunities. I am a believer in the restorative and healing effects of nature. I enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking, and surfing, as well as movies, sports, meditation, reading adventure and coming-of-age stories, and spending time with my playful cat. 

Professional Activities: Memberships include Division 56: Trauma Psychology, Division 12: Society of Clinical Psychology, and the American Psychological Association (APA).


Jeanette Rendina, PsyD - Postdoctoral Resident (Staff Psychologist upon licensure) - update bio coming soon

I completed my Bachelors of Arts and at California State University Channel Islands and 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.  


Taryn Beard, PsyD - Postdoctoral Resident (Staff Psychologist upon licensure)

 

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Degree(s): PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Alliant University- San Diego

 

Brief Bio:  I am passionate about guiding students through their challenges and towards self-discovery. My approach is informed by Psychodynamic and Integrative Therapies. I focus on establishing a warm and supportive therapeutic relationship where students feel comfortable. I believe that through our relationships we can learn how we interact with the world and make informed choices.  I have a particular interest in helping students gain insight into interpersonal conflicts, manage and reduce depression and anxiety, cope with emotional pain, and with identity formation. In addition to my role as a clinician, I love to cook, travel, and spend time with my loved ones.

 

Professional Activities: Research on yoga, personality, and racial microaggressionsMemberships include the Association of Black Psychologists. 


Max Shannon, PsyD - Postdoctoral Resident (Staff Psychologist upon licensure)

 

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Degree(s): PsyD, Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute

 

Brief Bio: Originally from California, I have been growing to love central Washington State for the past year. I have provided counseling services in a jail, a dual diagnosis treatment center, a trauma-focused clinic, and even a wilderness therapy program before focusing on college counseling. I am honored to provide support and feedback to my clients at this important time of their lives. Much of my training is focused on guiding behavioral changes in the context of anxiety, depression and trauma response. I am also interested in the struggles that come from building important relationships, whether that is in friendship, family or romance. I am dedicated to equity in diversity, and strive to be present and affirming to all identities in the therapy room. When I am not at work, I spend my time rock climbing, practicing landscape and sports photography, and writing music.

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