Counseling Center staff

Clinical Staff

UW Bothell counselors are licensed mental health professionals and provide a broad range of treatment approaches, depending on the unique needs of each client. Approaches your counselor may use include cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, interpersonal, emotionally-focused, and other treatment that the counselor and you feel will best meet your needs. Within these approaches, counselors actively incorporate the personal and cultural values and experiences that reflect the diversity that each individual brings.

Alex L. Alexander, ND, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#LH 60449716) and Licensed Naturopathic Physician (NT 00001580).  I received my Master of Science degree in mental health counseling from Capella University and my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University.  I specialize in Holistic Psychotherapy; an integrative approach to counseling focusing on the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. Imbalance in one aspect of ourselves can result in disruption of the connections between emotions, thoughts, physical experiences, and important beliefs. My clinical specialties include providing tools to navigate life cycle transitions, relational issues, depression, anxiety, stress, mood regulation concerns, body symptoms, and trauma of any origin. 

Lillian Chen, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60522189). I received my Masters of Arts and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver. I enjoy working with stress, anxiety, depression, identity exploration, and life transition common among college students. My clinical specialties include relationship problems, grief and loss, racial and sexual identity development, cultural adjustment, LGBTQ issues, body image concerns, and perfectionism. I provide counseling in both English and Mandarin. My treatment approach is integrative and collaborative. I love to work in partnership with students and help them find the path that will lead to their emotional well-being and academic success.

Summer Garcia, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60781022). I received my doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. I value collaborating with people to find the right mix of support, encouragement, and change that works for them. I also find it important to attend to systemic factors and I strive to help people find empowerment on their path to flourishing. I have experience working with a broad range of common concerns, including depression and anxiety, as well as LGBTQIA+ concerns, relationship and sexual subcultures, undocumented students, and trauma recovery.

Rosemary E. Simmons, Ph.D., Director is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60478115). I received my Masters of Arts and Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University. I’ve specialized in working with college students my entire career. When I first meet with a student my focus is to listen for their current struggles, seek to understand their strengths and growth areas, and work with them to decide the best approach to assist them in meeting their goals. I enjoy working with the broad range of issues and transitions that college students experience including anxiety, depression, adjustment and transition issues, having a minoritized identity and the stress of living in a majority culture, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm behavior, and body image and disordered eating.

Support Staff

Darya Anoshei, I graduated in Law from University of Rome, “La Sapienza”. I am bicultural and bilingual in Italian and Farsi. As a Program Assistant for Student Affairs and the Counseling Center I am available to guide students, answer questions or help schedule an appointment. I am proud to be working as part of our team at the University of Washington Bothell and therefore intend to broaden my knowledge besides my daily duties with all the wonderful opportunities this university has to offer. I have a great passion for working with students, learning from each other and I look forward to providing you best customer service.


Practicum and Intern Counselors

UW Bothell Counseling Center is committed to providing training opportunities for regional students who are currently completing their masters or doctorate in a mental health field such as Counseling, Social Work or Psychology. All practicum and intern counselors are supervised by the licensed mental health counselors who are employees of the UW Bothell Counseling Center. The practicum and intern counselors offer quality and effective services to UWB students.

Desta Gebregiorgis is a fourth-year graduate student pursuing my Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. I received my Masters of Science in Psychological Science from Seattle Pacific University in 2017 and finished my Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. As a fourth-year student, I have completed a full-time practicum placement at Swedish Primary Care – Issaquah working with individuals across the lifespan with a variety mental and physical health concerns. Last year, I worked at a high school and used a culturally-sensitive substance use intervention with African-American adolescents. In addition to working at University of Washington Bothell, I also have a part-time practicum at Neuropsychological and Psychoeducational Services where I assist with administering neuropsychological and cognitive assessments for immigrants, refugees, and those seeking asylum. My clinical interests are in interpersonal violence trauma, cross-cultural applications, and health psychology. In my spare time, I love to cook for my friends, go to kick boxing, knit and crotchet, and smash the patriarchy.

Sylla Fury is a PsyD student at Antioch University Seattle. Counseling is my second career. I previously earned a PhD in rhetoric and professional communication at New Mexico State University. I taught writing at the grad/undergrad-level and then worked as a technical/science writer and manager. I have a master's degree in clinical psychology and experience working with children from the age of 5 to seniors, including couples and families. My treatment approach is psychodynamic and collaborative. The principle that guides me is to consider with clients what they need at this point in their lives to heal, grow, and thrive. I enjoy working with self-talk and language for keys to clients' thoughts and feelings. I work with a broad range of issues and life transitions including developing an adult sense of self, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and the impact of familial and cultural expectations. 


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