Haverhill A (next to Campus Safety)
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed daily from noon - 1 p.m.
If you are in need of support, please refer to our list of recommended resources. To find a therapist with your insurance, visit Thriving Campus and follow the locator services.
For emergencies, call Campus Safety at 562.907.4211 and ask to be connected to an on-call therapist. If you require emergency mental health services, please call 911, go to your nearest hospital emergency room, or call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255.
Professional counseling staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Student Counseling Center
Dr. Rebecca Romberger has been a California Licensed Psychologist for more than two decades. Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, she received her Doctoral degree in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She relocated 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 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 an adjunct clinical supervisor to Whittier College Counseling Center staff. She was selected as the Counseling Center Director/Clinical Training Director in 2009.
As the mother of two Whittier College graduates, 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 serves on the Board of CAPIC (California Psychology Internship Council), representing internship sites across Southern California. She has served as adjunct faculty at 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 competent, confident, and professional therapists of tomorrow while supporting the growth and development of Whittier College undergraduate students.
Emanooel is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Alliant International University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cal State University, Northridge. Emanooel’s clinical experience includes working with couples, providing support for a range of social, personal, and psychological challenges while helping them to identify strengths and meet goals. He also has experience providing healthcare services, patient coaching, and care transition for diverse populations. As a college counselor, Emanooel supports students in meeting their mental, emotional, social, and academic goals, so they can make the most of their time at college.
Emanooel grew up in an Armenian household in Iran. He immigrated to the U.S. as a child and has also lived in Austria. Emanooel is a first-generation immigrant who has knowledge of the middle eastern population and diverse cultural beliefs. He also understands the challenges immigrant students face such as language barriers and adaptation to a new culture.
Outside of work, Emanooel enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, watching movies, and playing video games.
Natalia Duarte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a specialization in Latinx Studies. Mrs. Duarte is a seasoned therapist with 10 years of experience in both school-based therapy and in a private practice setting serving young adults, children, and their families. Her work encompasses serving diverse populations such as immigrant families, differently abled, and individuals with varied socio-economic backgrounds. In addition, she treats a wide range of clinical needs including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, PTSD, ADHD, identity/LGBTQ+, and interpersonal relationship challenges. Mrs. Duarte believes in a collaborative treatment model and supporting the whole person by recognizing inherent strengths, personal goals, and integrating one's cultural and spiritual background. She specializes in the application of developmental stages and life cycle issues as she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Consumer Sciences, as well as her experience as a teacher in early childhood education. Natalia is currently working on her CCTP-II certification (Clinical Trauma Professional Level II: Complex Trauma).
In her free time, she enjoys volunteering and empowering women and young girls in her community through her work with Soroptimist International of Whittier. She also enjoys spending time in nature, with family, and strengthening her overall wellness through mindfulness practices, yoga, and dance.
Megan is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, where she previously completed her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Concordia University Irvine, where she played NCAA Division II women's soccer. Notably, her Master’s thesis was on the intersection of athletic identity and life calling among collegiate athletes. Megan has experience in providing psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and additional support services to college students, including student-athletes. Additionally, she has experience in working with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds from childhood through young adulthood with a variety of clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and other life stressors.
Megan has worked in a college counseling center, providing short-term psychotherapy to college students, and is currently working at Children's Hospital Los Angeles doing pediatric neuropsychological assessments. She strives to create a safe space for her clients by providing a nonjudgmental atmosphere that is supported by the therapeutic relationship built by trust, warmth, and hope. In her work, Megan hopes to instill a sense of belonging and empowerment because everyone deserves a seat at the table and for their voice to be heard.
In her free time, Megan can be found petting dogs, staying active outside, and cooking different foods!
Christina is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. She received master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and Biola University and bachelor’s degrees from UCLA. Christina has worked with clients in the university setting with a broad range of concerns that include mental health, life transitions, self-awareness, and relational challenges. Before joining the field of Clinical Psychology, Christina served as a life coach, a leadership coach, and a career counselor. She brings with her a passion to provide safe spaces for students to find the healing, clarity, and strength to be their best self in all areas of life. Being Korean American, she also brings an understanding of immigration and bicultural experiences.
When not in the office, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, learning about how spirituality and the physical world are related, watching investigative reports, and taking acting classes.
Sierra (Cici) (she/her/hers) is currently in her third year of doctoral studies in clinical psychology; she previously completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy. As a biracial-black woman, she is passionate about providing culturally informed care, and seeking resources to gain perspectives about different areas of diverse identities and the intersection of those identities. Over the past several years, Cici has provided support and treatment to a broad range of folks with different challenges, including anxiety and depression across a variety of treatment settings, and has a love for children, adolescents, and young adults. She enjoys meaning-making, and helping clients find empowering solutions that fit well with their values.
As a member of the Counseling team at Whittier College, Cici is dedicated to incorporating each client’s unique wisdom and strengths and providing helpful frameworks to assist in finding solutions. Cici hopes to join students in their journeys as they make meaning of their present and feel empowered toward their future.
In her free time, Cici enjoys spending time in the sun, moving to music, playing with her cats, and going on motorcycle rides.
John is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Alliant International University. He received his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Rehabilitation from California State University, Fresno. He has experience in providing academic, vocational, and other counseling services for college students with diverse needs and disabilities. Moreover, he has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of clinical issues including schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and coping skill deficits.
John is passionate about helping college students to overcome any personal, social, and psychological barriers that are impeding their academic performance and overall well-being. He is looking forward to meeting students and helping them in their journey, so that they may live happier and healthier lives.
Outside of the office, John enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, camping, as well as competitive trail running.
Sarah Weston is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University. Sarah earned her master’s degree at Alliant and her bachelor’s degree at University of La Verne. Sarah has previously worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, providing rapid stabilization for individuals of all ages experiencing crisis. Sarah’s most recent work has been at University of La Verne’s Counseling and Psychological Services, providing mental health care to students presenting with a broad range of concerns. Sarah strives to create a therapeutic alliance with her clients in which they feel safe, validated, and empowered. By helping clients access their own strengths and learn tools to work through their struggles, Sarah hopes to help her clients thrive academically, mentally, and emotionally.
In her downtime, Sarah enjoys reading fiction, learning about history, and hanging out with her cat.
Danielle graduated from California State Dominguez Hills where she received her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. She joined the Counseling Center staff as the Program Assistant in December 2019 and it brings her great joy in being able to help students, staff, and faculty in any way she can as an office administrator. Danielle is the first face or voice you will see/hear when contacting the Counseling Center and is always willing to help any way she can.
In her downtime, Danielle enjoys reading, writing, and playing video games to relax and decompress after a long rewarding day.