UW Bothell counselors are licensed mental health professionals and provide a broad range of treatment approaches, depending on the unique needs of each person. Approaches your counselor may use include cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, interpersonal, emotionally-focused, and other treatment that the counselor and you feel will best meet your needs. Within these approaches, counselors practice cultural humility and strive to provide counseling from the student's cultural identity to support our wonderfully diverse community.
Lillian Chen, Psy.D.
Lillian Chen is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60522189). I received my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver. Prior to attending graduate school in the US, I was born in Taiwan and grew up in Canada. My experience living in different countries enables me to see things from diverse lenses. I want to understand your story and the nuance of your emotional experience, help you acquire a deeper understanding of who you are, where you come from, and how you arrive at this point in life. I enjoy working with stress, anxiety, depression, identity exploration, and life transition common among college students. My clinical specialties include relationship problems, grief and loss, self-confidence, perfectionism, multicultural counseling, and acculturation stress. Due to my bicultural background, I provide bilingual counseling (English and Mandarin) and have expertise in working with Asian and international students. I’d love to work in partnership with you in finding the path that will lead to your emotional well-being and academic success. During spare time, I enjoy travelling, dancing, solving mystery and…. did I say I am a big Harry Potter fan?
Summer Garcia, Ph.D.
Summer Garcia is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60781022). "I received my doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. I value collaborating with people to find the right mix of support, encouragement, and change that works for them. I also find it important to attend to systemic factors and I strive to help people find empowerment on their path to flourishing. I have experience working with a broad range of common concerns, including depression and anxiety, as well as LGBTQIA+ concerns, relationship and sexual subcultures, undocumented students, and trauma recovery."
Rosemary E. Simmons, Ph.D., Director
Rosemary E. Simmons is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60478115). "I received my Masters of Arts and Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University. I’ve specialized in working with college students my entire career. When I first meet with a student my focus is to listen to your current concerns, seek to understand your strengths and growth areas, and work with you to decide the best approach to assist them in meeting goals. I enjoy working with the broad range of issues and transitions that college students experience including anxiety, depression, adjustment and transition issues, stress/anxiety/trauma of experiencing oppression, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm behavior, and body image and disordered eating."
Ann Ellis, M.S.
Ann Ellis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State (LH 60972706). "I am originally from Seattle; but I received my Master of Science Degree in Community Counseling from Columbus State University and lived in Georgia for 11 years. College counseling is my specialty area and I have experience working with a wide range of topics including stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, LGBTQ+ issues, and military/veteran concerns. I love talking to people to understand where they’ve been, where they are, and where they hope to go. My approach to counseling is person centered and collaborative and I hope to support and empower you on your way to reaching your personal and academic goals. In my free time I love to travel, cook, spend time with family/friends, and pretty much anything to do with animals……especially cats and dogs!
Ricardo Torres, Ph.D.
Ricardo (Ric) Torres is a Licensed Psychologist. I earned my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University. My career has primarily focused on serving college and university students. I enjoy working with diverse student populations and with a range of common concerns, such as depression, anxiety, academic and career issues, adjustment/transitions, relationships, problems related to family, and stress. Additionally, I have specific interests in working with the Latinx community, first-generation and transfer students, individuals who identify as BIPOC, and students with minoritized identities. As a psychologist, I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is warm, compassionate, and caring with the hope that it will construct a safe space for students to explore their most private concerns. Furthermore, I aim to help students navigate the, often, challenging academic environment, and to promote students’ personal well-being and academic success through guidance, support, counseling, and advocacy.
Practicum & intern counselors
UW Bothell Counseling Center is committed to providing training opportunities for regional students who are currently completing their masters or doctorate in a mental health field such as Counseling, Social Work or Psychology. All practicum and intern counselors are supervised by the licensed mental health counselors who are employees of the UW Bothell Counseling Center. The practicum and intern counselors offer quality and effective services to UWB students.
Ellie Lisitsa, M.S
Ellie Lisitsa is a doctoral student of Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. My focus is on building a safe, nurturing environment where trust can be built. My orientation is strengths-based, eclectic, and humanistic. My approach is based in understanding how early relationships and exposure to majority culture inform our identity and worldview. I work to empower individuals to build self-understanding, self-compassion, and self-acceptance; connect with values and that which brings meaning, joy, and purpose; strengthen relationships with loved ones; and improve ability to trust themselves to weather life’s storms and enjoy its pleasures. My areas of interest include depression, anxiety, interpersonal problems, post-traumatic stress, addiction, mindfulness/yoga/meditation, and self-compassion. I have experience working with diverse populations and a year of experience in college counseling.
Lauren A. Hirsch, M.S.
Lauren A. Hirsch is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology Graduate Student at Seattle Pacific University. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology at Oregon State University. I have always loved living in the Pacific Northwest and was ecstatic to be able to continue my education in Seattle. I enjoy working with depression, anxiety, sleep concerns, stress, and grief and loss. I have been trained in various treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I’d love to be able to work with you to find the treatment modality that works best with you and your goals! During spare time, I love to travel and experience new food and culture, read fantasy novels, and I'm a huge video game lover!
Megan Knedgen, B.A.
Megan Knedgen is a current Clinical Psychology Doctoral student at the Antioch University Seattle. I practice from a client-centered perspective, emphasizing the importance of unconditional support, positive regard, and empathy in therapy. In my work with clients, I am committed to combining evidenced-based principles with each person's individual goals and values to guide the direction of therapy. My approach to therapy also includes empowering people through collaborative treatment planning and incorporation of self-care practices, mindfulness techniques and psychoeducation. While I hope to work with adult individuals across a wide span of concerns, my specific interests include supporting students who are struggling with eating, body image and substance use concerns. Above all, I practice with emphasis on cultivating a strong and genuine therapeutic relationship from which meaningful change can occur.