Haverhill A (next to Campus Safety)
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 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 hour advice, call the After-Hour RN Telephone Advice Line at 562.464.4548. This service is NOT for life-threatening Emergencies.
For emergencies, call Campus Safety at 562.907.4211 and ask to be connected to an on-call therapist.
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.
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.
Dr. Chikako Yamaguchi is excited to offer counseling and psychological services to the community of students at Whittier College. She was born and raised in Japan and immigrated to this country during her adolescent years. She served nine years in the U.S. Marine Corps working with a wide range of service members, enlisted and officers, in the U.S. and Japan. Because of her multicultural background, she understands the challenges associated with immigration, acculturation, and living with diverse cultures.
Clinically, Dr. Yamaguchi has worked with a variety of populations from children to older adults during her doctoral training. She has previously worked at a university’s counseling clinic, a residential facility for individuals with schizophrenia, an inpatient substance abuse treatment center, the regional center for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital during her predoctoral year. In particular, she has dedicated her time and effort to support and study individuals who have struggled with trauma and the use of substances and received an opportunity to publish her research related to the cultural influence of the military and their potential misuse of substances in a professional journal. She also received extensive training in the diagnostic assessment and evaluation of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, and ADHD in a wide range of populations.
Dr. Yamaguchi believes each person holds unlimited potential to be discovered and nurtured in their own uniqueness. She emphasizes the balance and harmony of all aspects, emotional/psychological, physical/physiological, and spiritual for wholeness. She takes a multi-dimensional approach to treatment by understanding the influence of many aspects and is committed to providing a comfortable and non-judgmental atmosphere for students supporting the positive growth of every student.
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.
Amy Nannan is currently finishing her Doctoral Degree in Clinical psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology where she also received her master’s in clinical psychology. She previously completed a master’s in counseling psychology and a master’s in philosophy in India. Amy most recently worked as a clinician at Didi Hirsch Mental Health services, providing mental health care treatment to individuals from diverse backgrounds primarily in the low-income population who presented with trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use. In the past, Amy also worked at the Biola Counseling Center providing therapy services to college students who struggled with various clinical issues such as adjustment difficulties, depression, and anxiety. Amy’s interest in college students has also extended to her research where she explored the impact of social media addiction on mental health.
Amy is a huge advocate for mental health and values personal growth. She believes in the holistic care of an individual and that mental health care is a significant part of an individual’s well-being. In providing psychological assessments, she desires to provide a safe space for students and support them in their educational and psychological needs.
Amy was born and raised in India and moved to California four years ago. She has traveled to 5 countries and loves exploring the cultural influences that makes each person unique. Amy is excited to provide psychological assessment services at Whittier College for the 2021-2022 school year.
Carolyn Casada is a 3rd-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. Originally from West Texas, she earned her bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in clinical psychology at Abilene Christian University before relocating to Southern California to pursue further studies in psychology and theology. She has experience providing counseling to college students in both Texas and Southern California and considers it a privilege to join clients on their journey during a time of transition and growth. Carolyn is excited about the possibility of meeting students where they are and helping to provide tangible results over the course the therapy, with a particular interest in helping students who are battling anxiety, depression, and adjustment concerns.
Outside of her studies, Carolyn enjoys reading, playing piano, and exploring all that Southern California has to offer. She looks forward to getting to know the students who seek services at the Counseling Center and getting to partner with them as they work towards their goals.
Jie Stella Yan is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. She earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Biola, as well as a master’s degree in applied developmental psychology at University of Pittsburgh. Stella is excited to offer psychological counseling services to the Whittier College community during the 2021-2022 academic year. Stella was drawn to the helping profession through her love for relationships and a deep desire to understand mental healing processes. As a therapist, Stella has been privileged to work with individuals and families from young children through older adults. She had worked with clients who exhibit a wide range of clinical issues including anxiety, depression, adjustment symptoms, social skill deficits, relational conflicts, as well as self-harm behaviors. She is especially passionate about helping diverse college students increase their overall well-being.
Stella always seeks the combination of clinical practice and scientific research. In addition to her clinical experience, Stella participated in the UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) research project on Poverty of Left-behind Children in China and studied how to incorporate the concepts and standards of children's mental health and healthy development into the assessment of child poverty. She also conducted research on the impact of loneliness, especially during COVID-19 pandemic, and how it relates to markers of behavioral and mental well-being of college students. In her free time, Stella enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking. Stella is dedicated to her profession and desires to provide clients with compassionate, holistic, quality care to support them reach the next step of their life journey.
Thea Riley is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Biola University. Thea received her master’s degree from Biola and completed her undergraduate studies at Pepperdine University. Prior to coming to Whittier, she worked at the Biola Counseling Center where she served college students struggling with a variety of clinical issues related to emotional, relational, physical, and behavioral concerns. Thea is eager to continue her work with college students and to further her clinical training at the Whittier College Counseling Center during the 2021-2022 academic year. Through her work, she hopes to help students foster a greater sense of well-being and improve the overall quality of their mental health. Recognizing that each person’s story and journey is unique, she strives to always remain sensitive to and honoring of students’ past experiences, including their familial, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
Outside of psychology, Thea enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time outdoors.
Thomasina (Thomi) graduated from California Baptist University where she received her master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology. She is currently at Azusa Pacific University working towards obtaining her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Thomi is passionate about working with student athletes as she was a Division I athlete and understands the demands sports have on athletes both mentally and physically. She not only wants to work with athletes but all students as she understands the many stresses of college life. Thomi provides clinical services that are specific to each individual and does what is necessary to ensure the best possible treatment for her clients.