Supervisor Information

 Supervisor Information

Lillian Chen, Psy.D.is a Licensed Psychologist in the states of Washington (#PY 60522189) and California (#PSY26850). Dr. Chen received her Master of Arts and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Cal Poly Pomona University Counseling Center. Prior to joining UWB in the summer of 2017, Dr. Chen was a staff psychologist at the UCLA Counseling Center for 2 years.

"I was trained in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral modalities, and I work with clients through an integrative approach. Since I was born in Asia and grew up in North America, I often combine Western counseling principles with Eastern philosophies. I incorporate conceptualizations and interventions from different theoretical orientations depending on the client’s presenting concerns, and I like to draw from stories and metaphors as part of my work.

I have experience with a wide variety of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, suicidality, perfectionism, racial and sexual identity issues, and relationship problems. My clinical specialties include grief and loss, multicultural counseling, and acculturation stress. Due to my bicultural background, I provide bilingual counseling and have expertise in working with Asian, Asian-American, and international students. 

I provide supervision based on a developmental model. Specifically, I give more instructions, concrete suggestions, encouragement and direct feedback to beginning therapists to help them build solid clinical groundwork. For more advanced counselors, I facilitate exploration of interpersonal dynamics, transference-countertransference, case conceptualization, and the pros and cons of different interventions. I challenge more advanced therapists to trust their own skills and to think independently, so they can develop confidence as a growing clinician. 

My supervision style tends to be more direct, structured and task-oriented. Clear communication lays the foundation for trust and transparency in a supervisory relationship, and it helps us stay on the same page. For example, I will inquire about your clinical interests, learning goals, and areas of growth at the beginning of the practicum to ensure that the training experience is tailored to your needs. I will review video recordings and case notes to prepare feedback before supervision, and I will collaborate with you to establish the agenda at the beginning of each meeting. 

By being open about my mistakes and lessons I have learned in the past, I hope to foster a safe and supportive space for you to discuss your clinical struggles. I will also encourage you to share your proud moments and to acknowledge your strengths. I believe that supervision is a bi-directional growing process, and each supervisee brings in their own expertise. I enjoy navigating through the unknown and figuring out challenging situations together with my practicum students. Some of my supervisees are my best teachers. The partnership and collaboration is what I enjoy the most about supervision, and I hope you will find this training opportunity rewarding as well!"

To contact Dr. Chen, you can email her at lchen20@uw.edu.


Summer Garcia, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in the states of Washington (#PY60781022) and New York (#021522). "I received my Master of Education in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University and my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. I joined the UWB Counseling Center in the summer of 2017 after falling for the Seattle area’s siren song of endless sunshine and lack of traffic. Before joining the UWB staff, I worked in college and community mental health in New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

I was primarily trained in the CBT and feminist schools of therapy. As a woman of color myself, I value the face validity and personal empowerment these approaches provide and I appreciate their utility in time-limited settings. I also draw from other theoretical orientations when appropriate and helpful for my clients.

I’ve worked with a broad variety of presenting concerns, ranging from more commonly seen depression and anxiety to higher acuity schizophrenia and chronic suicidality. I have a particular interest in sexual subcultures and have researched and/or worked with clients involved in sex work, kink, polyamory, asexuality, and other related communities. I also have training and experience in working with transgender clients and was part of a multidisciplinary treatment team focused on clients with gender identity concerns while on staff at Cornell University. I strive to approach all my clients with kindness, respect, and appropriate curiosity about their desires and goals. It’s an incredibly trusting and intimate thing clients do, sharing with us some of their most painful, shameful, and difficult experiences, and I want to be sure I honor the courage and strength that takes. 

In the same way clients trust us with their vulnerability, so do supervisees. I truly see supervision as a training opportunity and fully expect student clinicians to have areas of growth, situations in which they’re uncertain, and occasions where they need guidance. I hope supervision can be the place where we puzzle these things out together without fear of judgment or expectation of perfection. I utilize developmental and feminist supervision models to try to build a supportive, collaborative, and empowering environment where trainees can learn and grow. I’m also aware that much of the supervision I provide will be cross-cultural in nature, and I try attend to all relevant factors and work with the richness these differences can provide. 

I prefer a semi-structured approach to supervision where student clinicians and I can review taped sessions and case notes to help build case conceptualization skills. I also aim to help supervisees identify and work toward both short- and long-term goals as well as increase their knowledge of and comfort with professional standards and norms. I value humility and openness on both sides of the supervisory relationship. I believe strong therapists regularly question themselves, engage in self-reflection, and build flexibility. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from my supervisees and hope that we can help each other build and maintain habits that result in strong clinical work. I’ve also found a healthy dose of humor usually makes that work a little easier. 

I’ve been privileged to have worked with some wonderful supervisors who have shaped my personal and professional growth, helped me find confidence in my own skills, and been an excellent source of support and camaraderie. I hope I’m able to pay that forward and offer that level of support to my own supervisees."

To contact Dr. Garcia, you can email her at sg88@uw.edu.


Ann Ellis, M.S., is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington (LH 60972706), and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia (LPC 007996).  Ann received her Master of Science in Community Counseling from Columbus State University and then worked in college mental health in the greater Atlanta area before moving back to the Pacific Northwest and joining the counseling team at UWB.   

"I work using an integrative approach to therapy that is primarily humanistic and strengths based.  I pull techniques from a variety of theories based on the needs of the client; I often use person centered, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and solution focused.  I have worked in college counseling for my entire professional counseling career so I have seen a wide range issues including depression, anxiety, perfectionism, LGBTQ+ issues, self-esteem, relationship concerns, suicidality, sexual abuse, and the list goes on.  I have training and experience working with veteran students and particularly enjoy working with that population.   

I approach supervision from a developmental standpoint.  Just as I personalize counseling for clients based on their individual needs, I personalize my supervision approach for each supervisee depending on their personality, where they are in their professional development as a counselor, and their supervision goals.  I may use multiple roles during our time together, starting out more as a teacher and then moving toward a consultant role as your skills grow.  Some of the topics that will show up during supervision will be skills and interventions to use with clients, professional behavior, ethics, case conceptualization, and counselor self-awareness.        

Similar to my personality, my supervision style tends to be laid back which I think provides a nice complement to the more structured aspects of reviewing tapes and session notes.  I know at times supervision can be a vulnerable process so I want to provide you with a safe and empowering space without judgement to build on your skills and identity as a clinician.  Just as I hope you will learn from me, I am a big believer in forever learning and growing, so I know I’ll learn a thing or two from you as well, which I whole heartedly welcome! I’ve had some great supervisors over the years who really helped and supported me in my development as a counselor, so my sincere hope is to be able to do the same for you on our supervision journey together."

To contact Ann, you can email her at ahoward@uw.edu