Chris Edwards, Psy.D.
I lead intern seminars on a variety of topics, co-lead groups, and provide primary supervision to trainees. I am also the Outreach Coordinator for the Counseling Center and work with Prevention & Wellness Services and other campus departments. I approach supervision from a developmental frame acknowledging that trainees come to internship with a vast array of clinical and life experiences and will continue to expand their knowledge, skills, and abilities through training at the Counseling Center. I highly value the supervisory relationship and endeavor to create a safe, open, and empowering experience for trainees as they continue to grow both personally and professionally.
Personal interests: Spending time in the San Juan Islands, cooking, gardening, running, quality time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, travel, and trying new places to eat!
“Forget regret or life is yours to miss.” – Rent
C.J. Swanlund, Psy.D.
I facilitate intern seminars, co-lead groups, and engage in consultation with trainees. I provide individual supervision and occasionally facilitate group supervision. I tend toward a developmental and competency-based approach to supervision.
Personal Interests: Spending time with my dogs, family and friends, playing and watching sports, being outside, reading, & thinking about potential research projects
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” - Wilma Rudolph
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
Jennifer Gildner, Ph.D.
I co-facilitate groups and provide seminars. My supervision style is developmental as I take each individual where they are. I incorporate humor as much as possible in that relationship. I also have high expectations for Pre-Doctoral Interns and will help them set appropriate and realistic goals that are challenging while I also provide the support and supervision necessary for a safe environment to pursue those goals.
Personal interests: Spending time with my spouse and our pooch who is too cute for her own good; involvement with the Foster Care system; camping; backpacking; hiking; SUPing; reading; music; and road trips to strange and wonderful places.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
Nikki Cassidy, Ph.D.
I facilitate intern seminars on different topics, co-lead groups, and provide primary supervision. I draw primarily from the competency-based model of supervision and tailor supervision according to interns’ individual needs and strengths. I try to build upon interns existing competencies and increase skills and confidence through a balance of challenge and support. As a supervisor, I value genuineness and openness and exploring interpersonal and multicultural processes in supervision and counseling.
Personal interests: Reading, outdoor and physical activities, cooking, playing with my pet cat.
“Worthiness does not have prerequisites.” – Brene Brown
Ruby Casiano, Ph.D.
I am the Assistant Director and Coordinator of Training at the WWU Counseling Center. In this role, I am involved in not only in the logistical and administrative aspects of the training program, but also in supervising and mentoring interns during their year at WWU. I also provide didactic seminars and co-facilitate groups with interns. My supervision style is an integration of developmental approaches within a relational/interpersonal framework. My goal in my work is to provide interns with supportive, nurturing, challenging, and growth-fostering experiences throughout their internship year.
Personal interests: I am a mom to two wonderfully mischievous kids, and this dominates my world. When not at work, I'm home with my family getting to know the area. I love cooking, reading, knitting, getting lost in a good television series, and nerding out with my partner.
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” – Fred Rogers
Sarah Godoy, Ph.D.
As the Director, I provide supervision and consultation to the interns, as well as guidance on professional development issues. With a background in training and supervision of graduate-level trainees, I love being a part of interns’ growth.
Personal interests: Trail/road running, befriending stray animals, reading all of the books, and practicing yoga.
“We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are.” -Sylvia Rivera
Gabrielle Hope-Foucault, M.A.
Jon Barry, M.S.W.
Tonya Pepper, LMHC