Contact the Counseling Center

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Haverhill A (next to Campus Safety)
562.907.4239
562.907.4218 (fax)
counselingcenter@whittier.edu

Hours of Operation

The Counseling Center is now closed for summer and will reopen on August 8, 2022.

If you are in need of support, please refer to our list of recommended resources. To find a therapist with your insurance, visit Thriving Campus and follow the locator services. For emergencies, call Campus Safety at 562.907.4211 and ask to be connected to an on-call therapist. If you require emergency mental health services, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room, or call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255. 

Professional counseling staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For after hour advice, call the After-Hour RN Telephone Advice Line at 562.464.4548. This service is NOT for life-threatening Emergencies.

Staff

Rebecca Eberle-RombergerRebecca Eberle-Romberger, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Director
Student Counseling Center

Dr. Rebecca Romberger has been a California Licensed Psychologist for more than two decades. Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, she received her Doctoral degree in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She relocated to California to complete an APA accredited internship with Kaiser Permanente in Health Psychology, followed by 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 several years in private practice, Dr. Romberger was appointed Executive Director of a local non-profit mental health clinic, while also serving as an adjunct clinical supervisor to Whittier College Counseling Center staff. She was selected as the Counseling Center Director/Clinical Training Director in 2009.

As the mother of two Whittier College graduates, Dr. Romberger understands the challenges students and families face while transitioning to college life. She and her staff provide services that support students in coping with everyday hassles as well as more significant life events. She believes it is an honor to accompany students on the journey of transformation, developing skills, and acquiring knowledge as they move toward graduation, career, and a fulfilling life beyond Whittier.

Dr. Romberger holds memberships in the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, and the Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education. She serves on the Board of CAPIC (California Psychology Internship Council), representing internship sites across Southern California. She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California (Rossier School of Education), the University of La Verne, and the Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology. She enjoys supervising graduate psychology students to develop the competent, confident, and professional therapists of tomorrow while supporting the growth and development of Whittier College undergraduate students.

Jonathan LyJonathan Ly, Psy.D.

Assistant Director

Dr. Ly earned his BA in psychology from UC Santa Barbara, and his doctorate (PsyD) at Alliant International University, Los Angeles.  He spent his internship year at Southern Utah University to gain experience working in rural environments as well as navigating the challenges of under-resourced areas. He then completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Whittier College, and is happy to be back at the Counseling Center.

Dr. Ly's research interests lie in the personal, social, and cultural barriers to help-seeking behavior. He is a firm advocate for the idea that while nobody ever gets to choose a life free from distress, effective therapy can provide clients with the means to learn more about themselves and cultivate strength in the face of hardship. He emphasizes client efforts to define how they see their struggles in order to best serve them individually. 

Ted BartholomewTed Bartholomew, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Counselor

Dr. Ted Bartholomew is a counseling psychologist and will be working as a postdoctoral counselor at Whittier College for the 2021-2022 academic year. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Department of Africana Studies (Affiliate) at Scripps College. He earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska in 2016, which included a predoctoral internship in the Pennsylvania State University Counseling & Psychological Services. Much of his clinical training occurred in university/college counseling centers, and he has continued engaging this type of work in his research. Dr. Bartholomew is also the President-Elect of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research and a board member of the Kalahari People’s Fund.

His clinical interests include college mental health, developmental distress, strength-oriented psychotherapy, and cultural processes in treatment. As a generalist, Dr. Bartholomew takes a largely interpersonal process approach to psychotherapy but integrates elements of ACT and Goal-Focused Positive Psychotherapy in his work. His training emphasized multicultural competence and orientation, client hope, and strength-oriented practices.

Danielle Morales

Danielle Morales

Program Assistant

Danielle graduated from California State Dominguez Hills where she received her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. She joined the Counseling Center staff as the Program Assistant in December 2019 and it brings her great joy in being able to help students, staff, and faculty in any way she can as an office administrator. Danielle is the first face or voice you will see/hear when contacting the Counseling Center and is always willing to help any way she can.

In her downtime, Danielle enjoys reading, writing, and playing video games to relax and decompress after a long rewarding day.