The Counseling Center has a full-time, professional staff of caring mental health professionals who provide short-term counseling.
Mark Adams, PhD
I’m proud to be THE Marriage and Family Therapist at CPSC. I’m a Utah native and received my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Brigham Young University. I completed my master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Arizona and my PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. My diverse clinical experience includes individuals from young childhood through older adulthood, and issues such as addiction recovery, infidelity, childhood abuse, trauma, and sex/intimacy concerns. I work from the Family Systems perspective, integrating Bowen, Satir, and Gottman into my therapy. While I specialize in working with couples and families, I also have advanced training in treating trauma with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). As a former faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado, I still enjoy teaching Child and Family Studies, Psychology, and Gerontology courses at WSU. In my free time, I love being a part of my children’s activities (sports, dance, boating, chess, etc.), raising my chickens, and dating my wife!
Jamie Brass, PsyD
I am a Utah native and earned my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Utah. I wanted to experience more of the country, and so left Utah to obtain my Master's and Doctoral Degrees at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I missed the Utah mountains, so I returned home and completed my internship at Utah State University. Much of my training is in university counseling, and I also spent four years working in Wyoming in community mental health before I came to Weber in 2013. I am a licensed psychologist and I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in my work with clients. I am generalist and enjoy working with people with a variety of concerns, including stress management, personal growth, and depression. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking with my dog, and working in the garden.
Lawrence Helmbrecht-LaPointe, PhD
Originally from Minnesota, I have been employed at WSU CPSC since 1989. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from University of Minnesota, Duluth and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. My initial training was for non-profit agency counseling. The majority of my training and clinical experience has been in university counseling centers. I utilize a range of therapeutic interventions strongly influenced by cognitive behavioral theory and mindfulness. I feel very fortunate to be part of the healing professions. I am also engaged in the community as a member of The Board of Directors for the Northern Utah Coalition, The Board of Trustees for the Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership, and the Leadership Collective of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah. Away from the CPSC I find solitude in the outdoors. I also enjoy independent film, live theater, and gardening.
Donna Hunter, MA, CMHC
A New Jersey native, I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Ambassador College in California. I completed a Master’s degree in Counseling at Rider University and a Master’s degree in Leadership from the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership in Belgium. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor working in college mental health since 1999. I also spent 10 years working with wildland firefighters on a state, regional and national level as they incorporated human factors psychology into their organizational culture. I love working with issues of identity development across the lifespan. This involves helping people to better thrive in their lives by considering how cultural and biological systems, experience, and attachment inform our self-concept. My approach is integrative but draws heavily from cognitive-behavioral and feminist theoretical approaches. In my free time, I like to ski, travel, and read as well as bake and take professional patisserie classes.
Shaney A. McCoy, CMHC
I grew up in Kansas but moved west for my education. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Arizona State University and my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling at the University of Utah. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor and I have experience in community mental health care as well as in the university setting. I have been employed at Weber State University since January, 2012, and very much enjoy the opportunity to work with the diverse challenges our students face. I typically utilize interpersonal, cognitive/behavioral, multicultural/feminist and mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Northern Utah Coalition, a nonprofit organization that provides support and education regarding HIV/AIDS, and am a member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah .In my free time I enjoy doing just about anything active outside, including biking, hiking, skiing and playing with my Golden Retriever. I’m an avid reader and I also enjoy composing and playing music.
Aubrey D. Morrison, PsyD
Originally from Ontario, Canada, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Huron University College of the University of Western Ontario. I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology in Ohio, and I am licensed in Utah as a Certified Psychology Resident. I have worked in university counseling, domestic violence, and community mental health settings, but my primary interest has always been in working with university students. I enjoy doing individual, couples, and group therapy, and working with a diverse range of issues, such as anxiety, relationship difficulties, and identity. I also have experience treating university students with ADHD and learning disabilities. I integrate humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal approaches to therapy, and I have become increasingly drawn to approaches that include a balance of acceptance and change, like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, movies, and spending time with loved ones, including my dogs.
Craig A. Oreshnick, PhD
I was raised on the east coast and journeyed west to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle. Then to the Midwest, to Iowa State University earning Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology. Here in Utah, I’ve served as a clinician in college/university counseling centers at the University of Utah, Westminster College and Weber State University. As a licensed Psychologist, I am enthusiastic about helping clients across a variety of challenges/pursuits, including overcoming mood and anxiety disorders, implementing stress-management and wellness endeavors, and successfully managing life’s transitions. I co-facilitate our counseling center’s Meditation/Relaxation Group and like to assist others in developing meditation practices and mindfulness skills which, incidentally, are great for enhancing one’s coping in general. On a personal note, I enjoy spending time in the gym as well as time outdoors, swimming and biking amongst other leisure activities. Namaste…
Tamara Robinette, LCSW
I completed my undergraduate studies at Weber State, when it was still a college, and then continued my education at the University of Utah, earning my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have worked in various capacities since 1982. I have worked in many programs and agencies, including several adult and juvenile criminal treatment programs and family support agencies. I specialize in sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, trauma and grief recovery. I have also studied extensively in the field of marriage therapy and enjoy working with couple and family issues. The therapy method I use most often is cognitive behavioral therapy. I will often integrate systems theory and rational emotive therapy, as these work well in a short-term therapy setting. I am married, and have three adult children - all attending Weber State University. I love to read, garden and travel.
Jonathan Selden, APRN, PMHNP-BC
A native of Seattle, Washington, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Brigham Young University and my Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Washington. After working in oncology for five years, I became a licensed Advance Practice Registered Nurse and a Board-Certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I worked for several years at the McKay-Dee Hospital Behavioral Health Institute before joining the staff at Weber State. I have always wanted to work in a university setting and love working with my colleagues and students here. I provide psychiatric services, including comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and medication management. I work holistically to treat a variety of disorders, specializing in anxiety and mood disorders. Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising outdoors, watching sports (go Mariners!), listening to music, singing, and playing piano, guitar, and banjo.
Jennette Wood, MSW, LCSW
I am a Wildcat at heart! Growing up in Ogden, I spent much of my youth on the Weber State College campus and graduated from WSC with my BS degree in Social Work. I completed my Master’s degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas. Since then, I have worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with varied populations in diverse settings including medical, psychiatric, community mental health and substance abuse with experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, adjustment, grief and relationships including domestic violence. Returning to WSU in 2008, I enjoy working with university students addressing issues of identity development, stress management and personal growth. I am eclectic in practice interweaving client centered, cognitive behavioral, problem solving as well as other approaches into my work with clients. I enjoy swimming, music, reading and traveling.
Front Desk Staff