Meet the staff

Counseling Services Staff

The staff of the Counseling Office is committed to providing a caring, relaxed and professional service. As a student, you have a right to know what that service is and to choose a counselor who best suits your needs and purposes.

Liz Becker, Ph.D.

Counselor
Green River Counseling Services
Student Affairs & Success Building, Room 231
253-833-9111, ext. 2460

Education and Training: I hold a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. I have five years of experience practicing counseling in university counseling centers, a community mental health center, and a juvenile prison. I have also worked in various direct service and supervisory positions for state social service agencies.

Techniques used:
My counseling style is based on cognitive-behavioral theory which assumes that problematic emotions/behaviors can result from how we process information. In other words, changing how we think may change how we feel and act. I will work closely with you to identify your goals, the steps necessary to achieve your goals, and the barriers that are preventing you from achieving your goals. Some techniques that I use include skill building, reading and writing exercises, and role play. I believe that all people have the tools necessary to succeed, and that if they don't have them, they can learn them. My areas of counseling interest are effective communication, multiculturalism/diversity, relaxation, couples counseling, and anxiety reduction.

Devon Klein, LMHC

Counselor
Green River Counseling Services
Student Affairs & Success Building, Room 235
253-833-9111, ext. 4492

Education and Training: I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. My training includes treatment of adults and adolescents in both an inpatient hospital setting and a community mental health center. My work experience includes working with adults and teens in community mental health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation, residential programs, psycho-educational groups and court-referred programs. I engage in ongoing continuing education to both learn new evidence-based approaches as they emerge and to update or renew my knowledge in previously studied fields.

Techniques used:
My counseling approach is rooted in cognitive-behavioral theory which assumes that problematic emotions and behaviors can result from how we process information. My style focuses on working closely with you to identify your goals and the skills you already possess that may aid in your achievement of these goals. To do this, we will identify successes to build on, outline the steps needed to move forward, and problem-solve to overcome any barriers. I also bring a holistic perspective that helps us to understand our problems within the context of our identity, relationships and personal history. This is a collaborative process, in which much of the work is done through practice of the skills discussed in one's daily life. I have experience working with a variety of issues and conditions including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, domestic violence, conflict management, self-esteem, transitions, career planning, relationships, communication, sexuality, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic, ADHD, parenting, anger management and personality disorders.

Briana Trageser, MS, LMHCA

Education and Training: I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Loyola University Maryland. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. My training and work experience include offering behavior support services to students in special education settings, providing counseling to children, adolescents, and adults in their homes through community outreach programs, and completing psychological assessments and therapy to adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have experience working with various issues including: developmental disabilities (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders), learning disabilities, social skills, parenting support, depression, self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, stress, anxiety, ADHD, anger management, mood disorders, vocational planning, and interpersonal relationships. I have also received training in crisis prevention and intervention.

Techniques Used: My counseling style is based on cognitive-behavioral theory, which assumes that challenging emotions and behaviors can result from how we take in and process information. My therapeutic style focuses on working closely with my clients to identify their goals and the skills that they already possess that may assist in the achievement of these goals. To do this, I will work with the client to identify successes to build on, create the steps needed to achieve the goals, and problem-solve to overcome any barriers. This is a collaborative process, but much of the work will be done through the client’s practice of these skills in daily life. In addition to cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, I also utilize concepts of person-centered therapy and motivational interviewing. This means that I work to foster a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients by using empathy and understanding, while encouraging the facilitation of self-actualization and achievement of full potential through exercises designed to increase self-worth and personal growth.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Saturday, Sunday
Closed

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Contact Us

Phone: 253-833-9111, ext. 2460

Location

Student Affairs and Success Center, 266