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Counseling Center Staff

Eva AkiyamaEva Akiyama
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor - RVC
541-245-7693

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 - RVC
541-245-7679

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, LPC
Counseling Department Coordinator of Personal Counseling Services and Referrals
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor - RWC
541-956-7195

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. 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 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.


Shaylee GrahamShaylee GrahamLCSW
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor - RWC & RVC
541-245-7670

Shaylee Graham is currently the Mental Health Counselor for the Southern Oregon Hope Grant (SOHOPE) at RCC. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2014 and joined RCC’s Counseling Department in 2017. She provides mental health counseling to students and teaches classes such as College Success & Survival and Race & Ethnicity in the U.S. Shaylee has worked in a variety of settings supporting a diverse population of people. Her therapeutic areas of interest are anxiety and depression and grief and loss. She uses a holistic approach to therapy, recognizing the foundational connection between scientific, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual influences. She has training in trauma-informed care and uses a culture awareness lens. Shaylee enjoys supporting students in being academically successful and helping them create a meaningful existence while learning to accept the adversity that inevitability comes with life.


Michelle GrayMichelle Gray LPC
Human Development/Career Guidance Coordinator Academic, Career & Personal Counselor - RVC
541-245-7754

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 LPC Intern, Certified Body Trust Provider
LPC Supervisor: Julia Fisher, MS, LPC
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor - RWC
541-956-7247

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 - RVC & TRC
541-245-7779

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.


Tom PikeTom Pike
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor - RVC
541-245-7558

Tom Pike has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon.  In his role, Tom has supported students and faculty at RCC for 12 years, providing mental health counseling, career advising, and class instruction through courses such as College Success and Study Skills for Math Success.  Before becoming a part of the Student Services family at RCC, he was a counselor at the University of New Hampshire and at Phoenix House, a substance abuse treatment facility.  Tom specializes in working with students experiencing anxiety and depression, relationship challenges, grief, anger and issues specifically relevant to men.  Stemming from his years of meditation practice, extended periods of wilderness immersion and a lifetime of self-inquiry, Tom approaches working with people’s thoughts and feelings in a unique way that helps them live a more relaxed and fulfilling life.  Happily married for 17 years, he enjoys outdoor adventures with his wife and two sons, playing ukulele and gardening.


Nick WalterNick Walker
Academic, Career & Personal Counselor - RWC
541-956-7204

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.