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Counseling Center Staff

To schedule an appointment with a Counselor, please email or call 541-956-7443. We generally can respond to you within the same business day. Please note that the Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the College is open (please refer to the Academic Calendar for RCC closures)

Eva Akiyama

Eva Akiyama
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor

Eva Valdes Akiyama has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from SOU and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Oregon. She has worked at RCC as a counselor and instructor since 2011. Her specialty areas are women’s issues, coping with stress and anxiety, and self-actualization. Her counseling theory is strength-based. She loves working with students of all ages from a variety of backgrounds.  She is connected to the community, with two kids attending local public schools and as the spouse of a high school teacher in Josephine County. She has had a private therapy practice and runs a support group for mothers in recovery at Phoenix Counseling Center.

Makiko BarreyMakiko Barrey
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor

Makiko joined the Rogue Community College Counseling Department in 2008 and has provided counseling and taught Human Development and Career Guidance courses for over 10 years. She was born and raised in Japan and is bilingual and bicultural. She earned her M.S. in Applied Psychology from Southern Oregon University and is a Licensed Professional Counseling Registered Intern and a National Certified Counselor. Her areas of interest include cultural and multicultural concerns, life transitions, career and identity exploration, mood issues, math anxiety and holistic student support approach.

Julia Fisher, MS, LPCJulia Fisher, MS, LPC
Counseling Department Coordinator of Personal Counseling Services and Referrals
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor

Julia Fisher (She/Her/Hers) has Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Oregon State University (2006) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Julia is in the process of becoming a board approved clinical supervisor for registered LPC interns, and becoming a certified EMDR therapist. She is the current Counseling Department Coordinator of Counseling Services and Referrals and has been at RCC as a counselor since 2012. Prior to her career at RCC, Julia worked in a variety of settings providing therapy to people of all ages and from all walks of life, including residential care, after-hours crisis emergency services, local non-profits, and in private practice. Julia also taught psychology courses at RCC prior to working for the counseling department, and continues to teach CG courses in her role a counselor.

Julia has focused much of her therapeutic work on sexual assault, trauma recovery, and mood and anxiety issues. Julia brings warmth, compassion, and a person centered approach to counseling sessions, and she operates from a trauma informed and humanistic lens. Julia is excited to use EMDR as a therapy for all students, and in particular for those that are recovering from traumatic experiences, whether recently or in the past. Julia feels that she has truly found her calling working with the students of RCC to help them navigate through life’s inevitable challenges as they work towards achieving their educational and career goals.

Michelle GrayMichelle Gray LPC
Human Development/Career Guidance Coordinator Academic, Career & Personal Counselor

Michelle has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University (2006) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), in the state of Oregon. She has worked for RCC since 2006 as an instructor through the Human Development and Career Guidance department as a counselor in the counseling center. She has taught College Success and Survival, Finding the Money: Scholarship Essay Writing, Career Guidance/Exploration Courses, and Math Study Skills. In the area of counseling, Michelle enjoys working with people from a variety of age groups and backgrounds. Her counseling interest areas include general, social and test anxiety, grief/loss, addiction recovery, career guidance/exploration, life/school balance, self-help/compassion, and self-esteem. She believes in creating positive relationships and has an eclectic approach. Michelle currently holds the roles of the Counseling Department Chair and Human Development/Career Guidance Coordinator at RCC. She is an Oregon Native and enjoys the breadth of outdoor recreation that Southern Oregon has to offer.

Celeste HettmanCeleste Hettman MS, Registered Associate, Certified Body Trust Provider
LPC Supervisor: Julia Fisher, MS, LPC
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor

Celeste (she/hers) completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Southern Oregon University.  She is a first generation college graduate and is passionate about education.  Celeste’s passion for education has provided the opportunity to spend more than ten years working in a variety of educational settings in Southern Oregon.  She received post-graduate education and certification in eating disorders, body image, and disordered eating through Be Nourished, The Eating Recovery Center, Ophelia’s Place, and Every Body Is Beautiful Project.  Celeste supports students working on a wide range of challenges in addition to her specialty areas of: Body Trust, eating disorders, disordered eating, body acceptance, body image, gender identity, LGBQTIA+, women and femme’s concerns, stress, and self-esteem.  Her approach to counseling is trauma-informed and strengths-based.  During her free time, Celeste enjoys gardening with her family and exploring hiking trails in the Rogue Valley.

Shelly HohlShelly Hohl
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor

Shelly has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1995 and graduated from Rogue Community College in 2000 with an AA/OT degree.  She transferred to Southern Oregon University and in 2002 earning a B.S. degree in Psychology.  After a few years in the work force she returned to school and graduated with a M.S. degree in Applied Psychology/Mental Health Track from SOU.  She has been a counselor and instructor at RCC since 2009 and a Licensed Professional Counselor in good standing since 2016.  Shelly is also a certified Star Behavioral Health Provider since 2018, having specialized training in understanding and treating military service members.  Her specialty areas include: Career and Personal/Relationship Counseling, Stress Management, Anxiety & Depression, Trauma, and Grief Counseling.  In addition to providing personal counseling, Shelly also teaches various Human Development courses including CG100 College Success and Survival as well as CG105 Finding the Money:  Scholarship Essay Writing. She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring outside by hiking and biking in various places throughout the Rogue Valley.

Nick WalterNick Walker, MS, Registered Associate, Academic, Career & Personal Counselor
LPC Supervisor: Julia Fisher, MS, LPC

Nick joined Rogue Community College’s counseling team in late 2019. He has been a counselor for four years and holds a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University. In his time as a counselor he has worked with children, families and adults on a wide range of issues, including trauma, family dynamics, attachment, anxiety, depression, social skill building, income and housing insecurity, anger management, developmental delays, and more. Nick’s approach to counseling is person-centered and strengths-based, and draws from evidence-based modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Collaborative Problem Solving. He strives to be trauma-informed in his work, as well as mindful of issues of gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, alter-abled, and the like. He is excited to be a part of RCC and welcomes you to campus.