Counseling and Health Staff
Clark College counselors are available to help students make changes that will enable them to achieve success in their personal, academic, and professional lives. The counselors provide free, short-term, goal focused counseling. Counselors support students in self-development, goal setting, and problem solving to enhance student success. Academic and personal counseling is available. Please call (360) 992-2614 to schedule an appointment.
- (360) 992 - 2848
- Shayna joined Clark College in 2012. She holds a master's degree in mental health counseling from Minnesota State University. She offers solution focused, strength-based counseling, and collaborates with each individual to create a course of action that will work best for them and deliver quick results. Her therapeutic style is person-centered, positive, and nonjudgmental. She believes that each person is the expert on their own life and that there are many ways to achieve success. She also firmly believes that asking for help is healthy, normal, and a sign of strength.
- Program Coordinator
- (360) 992 - 2264
- Marianne Luther has been the Program Coordinator at the Counseling and Health Center since July, 2014. She can help you set up appointments to visit with the counselors or the nurse practitioner, and is probably the first person you'll see when you visit the CHC. She also organizes events to educate students about mental and physical wellness, and coordinates with outside agencies to help them access available resources in the community. She is dedicated to making the Counseling and Health Center a safe and welcoming space for all Clark students.
- (360) 992 - 2415
- Valentina holds a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has a passion for working with teens and adults and has done so since 2012. She believes that each student is unique and deserves an approach that is tailored to their needs. Valentina aims to provide a comfortable, judgement-free space where students can feel heard and understood as they work towards their goals. She incorporates several approaches that include solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapies and others.
- (360) 992 - 2804
- Bevyn joined Clark College in 2011. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned a master's degree in counseling psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University. Her counseling approach incorporates cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, psychodynamic and humanistic orientations. She attends to the developmental needs of each student and believes that individuals arrive to counseling at varying stages of change. She works to facilitate students' understanding of helpful/unhelpful behaviors and thoughts, help them move toward healthy change, and provide a safe environment to test out new ways of being and thinking to maximize academic and personal success.
- Adv Reg Nurse Practitioner
- (360) 992 - 2679
- Ashley Schumacher is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner who is happy to work with you on your health concerns. Ashley Schumacher brings 13 years of experience in the medical field, working in community health both in a clinic setting and doing home visits. She has a special interest in women’s health, nutrition, preventative medicine, as well as management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. She completed her undergraduate nursing degree at Oregon Health Sciences University in 2002, and received her masters from University of California San Francisco in 2009.
Beth Van Buecken
- (360) 992 - 2813
- (Pronouns she/her). I have a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Drama Therapy. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Drama Therapist.
As your therapist, my job is to work together with you to figure out struggles and patterns that are holding you back, and develop new skills towards living a more joyful, authentic, and fulfilling life. My style is warm, playful, and down-to-earth. I believe in the power of relationship and creativity to create positive change. I aim to offer a space in therapy where you can explore new ways of being, and feel seen and supported in all of your beautiful messy human complexity.
In therapy, I use different tools to help you identify your strengths and build new skills. These include talk therapy as well as mindfulness and creative/interactive methods, if desired (visual arts, writing, drama, movement). Many people can benefit from using the arts in therapy, even if they are not experienced artists.
My training in family systems and social justice helps me view people and problems within the context of their lives and relationships. I have particular experience working with issues related to: trauma/abuse, teens and young adults, parenting, LGBTQ+ identities, foster care/adoption, immigration, homelessness, and family/relationships. I think it is a sign of true bravery to seek support and I look forward to meeting you.
In my free time, I love camping, travelling, and doing theater. I have one very grumpy cat named Mizus.
Beth Van Buecken