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Whittier College Student Counseling Center

Haverhill A (next to Campus Safety)
562.907.4239
562.907.4218 (fax)
​counselingcenter@whittier.edu

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed daily from noon – 1 p.m.
Professional counseling staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For after hour advice, call the After-Hour RN Telephone Advice Line at 562.464.4548.  This service is NOT for life-threatening Emergencies.  
For emergencies, call Campus Safety at 562.907.4211 and ask to be connected to an on-call therapist.


Staff

Rebecca Eberle-RombergerRebecca Eberle-Romberger, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Director
Student Counseling Center

Dr. Rebecca Romberger has been a Licensed Psychologist in the state of California for more than two decades. Born and raised in central PA, she received her doctoral degree in Psychology from Indiana University of PA, relocating to California to complete an APA accredited internship with Kaiser Permanente in Health Psychology followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), where she worked with children and teens suffering with cancer and blood disorders, specializing in the psychological aspects of oncology. After several years in private practice, Dr. Romberger was appointed Executive Director of a local non-profit mental health clinic, while also serving as a clinical supervisor to Whittier College Counseling Center staff and becoming the Director of the center in 2009.

As a mother of two college students, Dr. Romberger understands the challenges students and families face while transitioning to college life. She and her staff provide services that support students in coping with everyday hassles as well as more significant life events. She believes it is an honor to accompany students on the journey of transformation, developing skills and acquiring knowledge as they move toward graduation, career and a fulfilling life beyond Whittier.

Dr. Romberger holds memberships in the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association and the Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education. She has served as adjunct faculty to the University of Southern California (Rossier School of Education), the University of La Verne and the Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology. She enjoys supervising graduate psychology students to develop the therapists of tomorrow, while supporting the growth and development of Whittier College students.

David B LightDavid B. Light
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

As an advanced practice registered nurse trained to provide a wide range of mental health services, Mr. Light assesses and treats adult patients who have a diverse range of psychiatric issues.

Mr. Light is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including county clinics, skilled nursing/ assisted living facilities, and outpatient settings such as Whittier College’s Student Counseling Center. Mr. Light’s practice is focused upon psychiatric medication management. Specialties include mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders, as well as ADD/ADHD. Mr. Light believes in fostering a collaborative partnership with clients, focused on their care and treatment. Originally from Virginia, Mr. Light relocated to California in 2007. In his free time, Mr. Light enjoys reading and traveling, as well as following the ups-and-downs of his favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves.

HeatherHeather Toledo, B.A.
Program Coordinator
Student Counseling Center

Born and raised in Whittier, Heather received her undergraduate degree in Psychology here at Whittier College in 2009.  Heather served as a student worker in Human Resources and more recently as the Administrative Assistant for the Chemistry, Psychology, and Biology departments.  She has also worked as a Behavioral Therapist for SEEK Education for four years with autistic children and their families.  Heather is currently pursuing her dream of becoming a freelance artist.  She looks forward to serving as the new Program Coordinator and continuing to help Whittier College students.   

Stephanie SmolinksiStephanie Smolinski, Psy. D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Center

Dr. Stephanie Smolinski received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology and her master’s from Pepperdine University.  Stephanie is excited to be at the Whittier Student Counseling Center for her fourth training year.  She is passionate about helping college-aged students increase their overall well-being and has enjoyed working with students from both Whittier College and Otis College of Art & Design who are dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, adjustment, identity development, substance abuse, and self-harm.  While coordinating the Counseling Center’s outreach programs for the campus community over the past two years, Stephanie has worked to increase programs and partnerships between Student Life offices and classroom presentations.  Prior to coming to Whittier, Stephanie had a wide-range of clinical experiences with clients of all ages and cultural backgrounds in settings such as an elementary school and a community mental health clinic. In addition, she has conducted research on a variety of topics including the utility of computer-based interventions for attention and concentration issues and the use of virtual humans in assessing trauma in military veterans.  Dr. Smolinski’s doctoral dissertation, “Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Motivational Interviewing in a College Counseling Center” allowed her to combine her interest in college mental health with her desire to increase treatment efficacy.  

Mariam McLeodMariam MacLeod, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Center

Dr. Mariam MacLeod earned Masters’ degrees in Clinical Psychology and Christian Leadership as well as her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology, which has equipped her to integrate faith and psychology in her clinical practice. Her research interests include HIV/AIDs, bicultural identities, trauma, social justice and gender equity. Dr. MacLeod’s doctoral dissertation, entitled “Developing a Resource Curriculum for the Ikhaya Lempilo HIV Support Group in South Africa” allowed her to research and integrate topics of interest. Prior to joining the WC team, Dr. MacLeod has served as a Teacher’s Assistant, Behavior Therapist, and Child Care Counselor. Her clinical graduate training has included work at a Children’s Center, Community Mental Health sites and several College Counseling centers, including a Pre-doctoral Internship at Central Washington University’s Counseling Clinic. Dr. MacLeod is excited to join the WC team on campus. She will also be providing counseling and consultation at the Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa. Dr. MacLeod seeks to provide culturally informed therapy, with the goal to partner with clients to explore and identify what may be prohibiting them from thriving.

David MitchellDavid Mitchell, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Center

Dr. David Mitchell recently earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Loma Linda University, an APA accredited program. As a Post-doctoral Fellow at Whittier College he looks forward to working with students and support staff to try and insure each student has a successful year.  Dr. Mitchell has past experience working with college students and he completed his internship at Fresno City and Reedley Colleges in the central valley.  While on internship he co-facilitated a course designed to help incoming students be successful and acclimate to the college environment. Dr. Mitchell has worked with students dealing with a variety of presenting concerns including: adjustment/homesickness, anxiety, phobias, depression, histories of trauma and/or abuse, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), gender identity and learning challenges including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He also has experience providing individual and group therapy, student outreach, and crisis intervention services. 


JackieJacqueline Henretig, M.S.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Center

Jacqueline Henretig, M.S., received her B.S. in Psychology from Antioch University and her M.S. from California Lutheran University, where she is also completing her doctorate in Psychology.  Jacqueline tends to look at the world from a cognitive perspective, meaning that thoughts directly influence behavior and emotions.  As a part of her training, Jacqueline has had clinical experience in community health settings as well as college counseling services.  She enjoys running, yoga, mindfulness mediation, and spending time with family and friends.


HilaryHilary McCaskill, M.A.
Practicum Trainee
Student Counseling Center

Hilary McCaskill is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology.  Prior to entering Rosemead, Hilary completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with a minor in East Asian Studies and Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. While completing her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Rosemead, she trained at the Biola Counseling Center in a university-based setting and at Pacific Clinics Intensive Outpatient in a community mental health setting with children, while also completing psychological assessments at a local Whittier high school.  Hilary has conducted research in a variety of areas including her undergraduate thesis entitled, “Factors Affecting the Development and Spread of Eating Disorders in China”. Recently, Hilary has been working on a research study at Rosemead, conducting surveys in an attempt to learn more about expatriate children growing up and adjusting to living in different countries.  She has volunteered at re-entry camps for “third culture” kids and is conversational in both Mandarin and Indonesian languages. Hilary has been a teaching assistant for a variety of courses including: Mental Health and Missions and Theology. She looks forward to serving the students at the Whittier College Counseling Center this year.

RebekahRebekah Bartholomew, M.A.
Practicum Trainee
Student Counseling Center

Rebekah Bartholomew is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) with an emphasis in Family Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.  She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor’s of Communications with a Minor in Digital Art Technology from Washington State University. Rebekah is completing her dissertation on self-care and trauma with the population of Haiti. She has served as a teaching assistant, English Instructor and volunteered at the Action Violence Project in New York, as well as the Global Village Center in South Korea. While at Washington State University, she served on the GLBTA Speakers Bureau to increase awareness and foster unity amongst a diverse undergraduate population.  She has also mentored incoming minority first-year students at the WSU Multicultural Student Center, with a focus on academic success. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys performing poetry, watching classic films, and practicing yoga the beach. She is excited about the opportunity to work at Whittier College this year! 

DustinDustin Arnold, M.A.
Practicum Assessment Trainee
Student Counseling Center

Dustin Arnold joins the staff in a new position this year as an assessment trainee.

He will be leading on-campus Decision-making workshops and conducting evaluations for learning/cognitive, personality/psych evaluation and drug/alcohol evaluation. Dustin is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Rosemead School of Psychology (Biola University), where he previously earned a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology.  He has worked for several years with college students and young adults at the Biola Counseling Center and has trained in various medical settings, including hospitals (in ICU, ER, and telemetry units) and skilled nursing facilities, providing psychological evaluations and psychotherapy as part of an integrated care team.  Dustin has also worked in an IMD (institution for mental disease) providing psychotherapy for people with more severe mental health concerns. 

Dustin's doctoral research is focused on gender issues, specifically on masculinity in the United States. He has taught or assisted in various graduate and undergraduate level psychology courses including: psychodynamic psychotherapy, human sexuality, psychology of family, test and assessment and cross-cultural and ethnic issues. He has served Biola/Rosemead in student government, alumni representation and advancement.  In his spare time, Dustin loves reading and traveling with his wife.

 

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