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Counseling Services

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.

Cindy Bruns, Ph.D
Director of Counseling
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.

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.

Marcia Rorty Ph.D. 


I'm delighted to begin Part II of my professional life at CWU. I love serving students as they develop their unique identities, personal, political, spiritual, sexual, gender, and more. As an undergraduate at Harvard I majored in Social Studies which, despite summoning up images of 5th grade, involved the study of classical social theory in the works of Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and others. After completing my PhD in 1993 at the University of California at Los Angeles, I pursued an academic career before yielding to my true calling as a clinician.

With initial specializations in treating eating, weight and body image concerns as well as complex post-traumatic stress, at this point I'm a contented generalist. I'm especially interested in the utilization of meditative and mindfulness practices as a deeply meaningful route to psychological growth and healing.

My husband Stephen and I called Southern California our home for 25 years before happily trading greater Los Angeles for the small town charm of Ellensburg, with its negligible commute times and easy access to the outdoor activities that nourish our souls. We are the proud parents of two kids, a soon-to-be college graduate and a high school student.

Jeanette Rendina Ramey, PsyD

Postdoctoral Resident (Staff Psychologist upon licensure)

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.

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.

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!

Taryn Beard, MA

Doctoral Intern

Hello and welcome to the counseling clinic! College can be a time of transformation, opportunity, and fun. During this time, you can also experience emotional pain, stress, and a variety of bumps in the road.  I am passionate about guiding students through these 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 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. My doctoral research is focused on yoga and mental health. In addition to my role as a clinician, I love to cook, travel, and spend time with my loved ones.

Kimberly Moorhead, MA

Doctoral Intern

Hello!   I was born and raised in the Metro Area of Portland, Oregon and graduated with my B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University. I am currently completing my PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Fresno, California. I have prior experience working with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, domestic violence offenders, and high school and college students.  I have done therapy with individuals who experience many types of mental health issues and emotional concerns.  My goal in therapy is to provide the space and support a client needs to find their path and tools for wellness, as each person's journey is unique to them.  In my non-working time, I enjoy watching movies or TV, playing video games on my computer, creative writing, doing dance or yoga, and spending time with friends and family.

Max Shannon, MA

Doctoral Intern

I am a doctoral intern completing my Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. I grew up in northern California. I earned my B.A. in Psychology at Earlham College in Indiana, and since then I have worked in wilderness therapy, residential treatment centers, correctional facilities, community mental health clinics and college campuses. I am passionate about working with people from different cultures, and am honored to be part of this important time in my clients’ lives. I particularly enjoy working with anxiety, relationships, and the body and mind’s response to trauma. I strive to help clients respond to life changes, difficult emotions and powerful institutions in effective, values-based ways. In my free time I enjoy backcountry adventuring, climbing, disc golf, playing guitar and singing.

Avery Butcher
Graduate Assistant/Master's Intern

Hello all! I am a Colorado native, and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Colorado Mesa University.  I moved to Washington to join Central Washington University's Mental Health Counseling graduate program, and I love it here in Ellensburg! College is a huge transition in life where a variety of new opportunities become available, and I enjoy working with college students to help them navigate these exciting life changes.  I have prior experience working with corrections, residential treatment centers, survivors of domestic violence, older adults in assisted living, and college students.  Some of my counseling interests include anxiety, suicide prevention and intervention, eating disorders, and increasing self efficacy.  My goal in therapy is to provide a space where clients are able to comfortably be their authentic self, and support that client in continued growth.  During my free time, I enjoy hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with loved ones.

Heather Hopkins
Graduate Assistant/Master’s Intern

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Law & Justice at Central Washington University. I am currently a graduate student in CWU’s Mental Health Counseling program. My experience in counseling has mainly been working with college students and it is something I love to do. My main counseling interests are in substance use, corrections, and working with the LGBTQIA+ community. My therapeutic goals are to provide a non-judgmental space where clients can share their authentic experience. I value diversity and am honored to work with CWU’s diverse population. In my free time, I love to go to the dog park with my dog, Aspyn, do anything creative, cook, as well as spend time with friends and family.

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