Contact Us

Whittier College Student Counseling Center
Haverhill A (next to Campus Safety)
562.907.4239
562.907.4218 (fax)
​counselingcenter@whittier.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed daily from noon – 1 p.m.
Professional counseling staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For after hours emergencies, call Campus Safety at 562.907.4211 and ask to be connected to an on-call therapist.


Staff

Rebecca Eberle-Romberger, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Director
Student Counseling Center

Dr. Rebecca Romberger has been a Licensed Psychologist in the state of California for nearly two decades. Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, she received her doctoral degree in Psychology from Indiana University of PA, and then relocated to California to complete an APA accredited internship with Kaiser Permanente in Health Psychology. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), where she worked with children suffering with cancer and blood disorders, specializing in the psychological aspects of oncology. After a few years in private practice in Whittier, Dr. Romberger joined the staff of the Intercommunity Counseling Center as Executive Director. During this time, her passion for community psychology, clinical training and non-profit leadership blossomed. Dr. Romberger holds memberships in the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association and the National Institute of Sports Psychology. She has served as adjunct faculty to the University of Southern California (Rossier School of Education), the University of La Verne and the Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology. She has particularly enjoyed supervising graduate psychology students to develop the therapists of tomorrow.

Heather Toledo, B.A.
Program Coordinator
Student Counseling Center

Born and raised in Whittier, Heather received her undergraduate degree in Psychology here at Whittier College in 2009.  Heather served as a student worker in Human Resources and more recently as the Administrative Assistant for the Chemistry, Psychology, and Biology departments.  She has also worked as a Behavioral Therapist for SEEK Education for four years with autistic children and their families.  Heather is currently pursuing her dream of becoming a freelance artist.   She also enjoys running and swimming, and hopes to have a successful run as a triathlete in the future.  She looks forward to serving as the new Program Coordinator and continuing to help Whittier College students.   

Sheila Khaleghian, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Center

Sheila Khaleghian earned her Doctorate and Masters degrees in clinical psychology with an emphasis in family and couple therapy from California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University.  She also previously earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Chapman University. Her clinical training experiences include: the Children, Youth, and Family Services Consortium, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (LAGLC), and Exodus Recovery Inc., where her training ranged from individuals of all ages, families, couples, as well as group therapy. Sheila has also provided community service for a number of non-profit organizations here in Los Angeles for the past 10 years. She is passionate about working with college students and is excited to be a part of the counseling center.

Stephanie Smolinski, Psy. D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Center

Stephanie Smolinski is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology. Prior to entering Fuller, Stephanie completed her master of arts from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. While in school, she completed practicum-training experiences at Hathaway-Sycamores in a school-based setting with children and at Fuller Psychological and Family Services with clients of differing ages and presentations. Recently, Stephanie has been working on a research study at Fuller’s Travis Research Institute, administering a battery of tests to children and adolescents to investigate the utility of computer-based interventions for attention and concentration issues. In addition, she has participated in research studies at University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies to explore the use of virtual humans in assessing trauma in military veterans. Stephanie is very excited to be at Whittier College for her pre-doctoral internship. 

Mary Henein, Psy. D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Center

Mary recently completed her Doctoral Degree (Psy.D.) in Applied Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where her dissertation focused on the effects of sleep deprivation on the academic performance of college students. She previously earned a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Cal State Fullerton University. Mary has worked with individuals of all ages, adults, teenagers, families, and children.  In addition, she has provided focused treatment to those struggling with drug and alcohol issues.  Mary is passionate about working with college students, someday hopes to teach at the college level, and is excited to be a part of the Whittier College Student Counseling Center.

Desiree Tamjidi, B. A.
Pre-Doctoral Intern
Student Counseling Center

Desiree is thrilled to be a clinical psychology intern at the Whittier College Student Counseling Center. She is in the last year of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  In counseling, Desiree uses both psychodynamic and systems theories.  She helps students to understand the impact of early experiences on relationships with the self and others.  She works from a strengths-based approach to empower students as they address current issues and needs.  Desiree was born and raised in two different cultures, leading to her particular areas of interests including multicultural counseling, working with students who identify as minorities such as ethnic and sexual minorities (GLBTQA), mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, identity development and women’s issues.

Alexander Rowell, M. A.
Pre-Doctoral Intern
Student Counseling Center

Alex is a doctoral student at the Alliant International University in the clinical psychology program. He has a wide range of clinical experiences that include inpatient and outpatient hospitals, a non-profit organization, and a college counseling center. His areas of interest include men's issues in relationship to mental health, new father's experiences of parenting, gender awareness and education, and sport psychology. He has presented at the local and national level on issues related to parenthood. Alex practices from a Humanistic/Self-Psychological perspective, which focuses on interpersonal interactions in the here and now and how they can be emphasized to help strengthen one's self-confidence and reduce current symptoms. He enjoys having a collaborative and working relationship with his clients to truly understand how current problems may be hindering everyday life situations. Alex is excited to work with students at Whittier College. 

Christopher Morrison, M. A.
Practicum Intern
Student Counseling Center

Christopher received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2012 and is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) at Azusa Pacific University. Throughout his training, Christopher has worked as a clinician in various settings including community mental health, in-patient hospitals, and local school districts. Christopher’s current research interest centers on identity formation in young adulthood. He is enthusiastic about the opportunity to combine his passion for higher education and serving college students as a part of the Whittier Student Counseling Center staff. 

Kristen Eliason, M. A.
Practicum Intern
Student Counseling Center​ 

Kristen has received her Master of Arts from Rosemead School of Psychology where she continues her studies as a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology (PhD) program. Through her training, she served as a therapist at the Biola University Counseling Center and as an assessment extern in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School district. She currently works as a teaching assistant at Rosemead School of Psychology and as an adjunct professor at Biola University teaching in the undergraduate psychology department. Kristen has experience working with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and ages with a particular interest in the university graduate and undergraduate populations. Her research focuses on women’s issues and spirituality, specifically on the intersection of sexism and gender roles with spiritual variables. Kristen looks forward to working with Whittier College students this year.