wildcat chats

Virtual Wildcat Chat

College life can be stressful and sometimes you need someone who understands these stressors to chat with or even just vent to. Your fellow Wildcats are here and ready to listen. Our trained peer advocates can also help you with support, guidance, problem-solving, building connections, and more. Just drop-in for a 15-minute chat session to discuss anything going on in your life. We’re excited to meet you!

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Fall 2021 

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Contact: Counseling & Psychological Services Center | 801-626-6406

Trained Student Facilitators


Caitlin Durand

My name is Caitlin, but people refer to me as "that one cat lady". I am studying to get my Bachelor's in Psychology here at WSU and plan to get a Master's degree after graduation. When I'm not studying and working on campus, I am either playing video games with friends, crocheting while trying to get my cats away from my yarn, or collecting an obscure amount of cat mugs. I am a student advocate because I want to help destigmatize mental health difficulties, and lift others up while doing so.

Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

I am working towards a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. I admire people, so my dream is to help others with my degree in Social Work and also be an Advocate for Mental Health. I have a strong passion for music, particularly percussion, and enjoy all genres of music. I spend most of my time studying, but when I am not I enjoy watching movies, playing games, and spending time with my family.


Benjamin Harpster

My name is Ben Harpster. I'm a Psychology Major with a Minor in Child Development, who plans on being a School Guidance Counselor. I am a Peer Advocate because I care for my fellow students, and know the value of having someone to talk to.

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall

Hi, I’m Amanda! I have been a student at Weber State for five years and am graduating this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I was born and raised in California and moved to Utah about seven years ago. During my time at Weber, I have worked on campus and been a part of various clubs and organizations such as student involvement and leadership, swimming, and senate which have all helped me get the college experience I wanted. I became a peer advocate because I know how easy it is to feel alone and overwhelmed on campus. I want to help people connect with sources that are available to them on campus and help make Weber the best experience for everyone.

Brianna Shipley

Brianna Shipley

Hi, my name is Brianna and I am majoring in psychology. I love hiking, camping, being with my dogs, and being with my family. I'm super happy to be a part of the Wildcat Support Network because I want to help make college a better experience for whoever I can! I am looking forward to meeting and talking to lots of new people!


Clinical Staff Supervisor: Amy Blunck, CMHC

Amy BlunckHometown & Places Lived: Northern California during my childhood, then Ogden for the last two decades

Academic Training: Proud first-gen graduate from Weber State in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in
psychology. I received my Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah in 2015

Profession License/Certification: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

Clinical Approach/Interests: I approach counseling from an ACT perspective, which is primarily about
helping students develop flexibility with what happens in their lives and how to make changes.

Counseling Center Responsibilities: My job is primarily administering the Wildcat Support Network, which is composed of PSY 2020 (Mental Health Awareness & Advocacy) and supervising student-run support groups. For more information, check out the Wildcat Support Network.

Wildcat Support Network groups and chats are intended to provide information, offer support, and foster a sense of community.  Although this may have therapeutic benefit, it is not therapy or a form of mental health treatment.  If you are a student and want information about our therapy services, please call the Counseling & Psychological Services Center at 801-626-6406.

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