Counseling Center Staff

Professional Staff

Ed Brendler, MA

Ed is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology with Antioch University Seattle. He received his M.A. in psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2012 and his BA from The Evergreen State College in 2007. His history with counseling and psychotherapy goes back to 1972 when he was involved with the start-up of the Thurston-Mason Counties Crisis Clinic and the Evergreen State College Gay Resource Center. More recently, he has completed practicum and internship placements at the Antioch Community Clinic and the Evergreen State College.  His studies at Antioch have focused largely on the humanistic theories described by Relational Psychoanalysis and Existential Phenomenology, however, Ed is also trained in adult integrative therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reintegration (EMDR).  Ed’s practice is generally client centered, collaborating with the client to develop self awareness, emotional tolerance and emotional regulation.  He works with clients who are dealing with issues that can include trauma, depression, anxiety, family of origin, relationships, sexual orientation and gender.  Ed believes that each client comes in with a different story, background, and constellation of experiences and capabilities. When we engage and work with another human being, it is that connection that leads to therapeutic change. The practice of therapy is also the practice of relationship, in a safe, structured, and contained environment.

Kelly Brown, Ph.D.

Kelly received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 2005, and completed her clinical internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center. She has completed research examining Type A behavior patterns in college students and her dissertation topic was, "Type A Behavior Pattern in Black College Women: Implications for Academic Adjustment and Emotional Well-Being". Prior to completing her graduate work, Kelly graduated with a BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from Wellesley College in 1990, and received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 1993. Kelly has training and experience in providing psychological testing and assessment. She has specialized training regarding multicultural issues and diversity. She also has extensive experience in working with students who are exploring questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Kelly enjoys helping students to achieve inner peace and balance regarding academics, work, and personal well-being. She has special interest in working with individuals who are struggling with concerns related to their adjustment to college, dealing with multicultural and sexual identity/orientation related issues, and working with students who have family related problems. She also specializes in working with students who are recovering from trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Additionally, Kelly has considerable experience working with couples.

Leslie Johnson, M.S.W.

Leslie received her B.A. from Evergreen in 1995 with a focus on psychology and social work. She received her M.S.W. in Clinical and Medical Social Work from the University of Washington in 1997. She completed clinical practicum and research working with HIV+ patients at the HIV Clinic in Harbor view Medical Center, with a second clinical practicum in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as inpatient psychiatry and addiction treatment at the American Lake V.A. Hospital. After graduation she completed a one-year fellowship Studying addiction, dual disorders and participating in research at the CESATE Center in the Seattle V.A. Medical Center. Prior to completing her education, Leslie spent 6 years working in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has also served as voluntary faculty in the Reservation Based Program at Evergreen. Leslie approaches therapy from the holistic perspective, of mind, body and spirit, with a belief in working from an individual's strengths. She has a particular interest in grief, spirituality, trauma work, depression, anxiety and improving relationship skills. Leslie combines knowledge, respect, a sense of humor and genuine kindness to support students in strengthening and healing their lives in a way that is meaningful to them. She has enjoyed working with students as a Mental Health Therapist at The Evergreen State College for over seven years.

Elizabeth McHugh, PA-C, M.P.A.S.

Elizabeth is a Certified Physician Assistant and is the Director of Health and Counseling Services. She graduated from Evergreen in 1991 and went on to the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Kentucky. After she finished her medical training in Kentucky, she returned to the Pacific Northwest and worked for Group Health Cooperative in the Puget Sound area. She came back to Evergreen in 1998. Elizabeth earned her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) in 2005, with a sub-specialty in Psychiatry.

Kelley Simmons-Jones, Psy.D. LMHC

Kelley J is a Psychologist with over 25 years of experience with diverse populations.  She received her MA in Counseling Psychology from St. Martin’s University in 1998 and received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Seattle.  Her graduate internship included rotations at the Eastside Family Institute in Issaquah; The C.I.E.L.O. Project and Mental Health Access Programs in Olympia; and The Evergreen State College Counseling Center in Olympia and Tacoma. Kelley J was the founding executive director of Monarch Therapeutic Learning Center, a multidisciplinary therapeutic program for at-risk children and their families in Thurston County.  She has over 15 years experience providing medical social work, crisis counseling and assessment at the Providence St. Peter Hospital Sexual Assault Clinic and Child Maltreatment Center. Kelley J is a certified trainer in Developmental Therapy – Teaching and Psychological First Aid and has taught various courses and presentations in her areas of advanced training and experience.  These areas include lifespan development, childhood abuse and neglect, complex trauma, sexual assault and domestic violence, attachment, parenting skills, and behavior modification. Kelley J utilizes an integrative bio-psychosocial strength-based approach to assessment and treatment of adults, children, adolescents and families. She applies various expressive and mindfulness-based techniques along with evidence informed treatments, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Systems Theory, and EMDR in her therapeutic work.

Jamyang Tsultrim, MA

Jamyang received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 1997 from Saint Martin's College (University) and his B.A. from The Evergreen State College in 1992 with an emphasis in Western psychology. Prior to coming to the US, Jamyang received a "Geshe" Degree in Indo-Tibetan Psychological/Philosophical studies, from Sakya College, Dehra Dun, India in 1984. This degree is the highest graduate degree awarded in the Tibetan academic tradition. After receiving this degree, Jamyang joined the faculty at Sakya Institute in India and taught for two years. Jamyang also holds certification as a Minority Mental Health Specialist (MMHS) from University of Washington and provides multicultural counseling consultations to Behavioral Health Services (BHR), the local mental health agency. He has practiced psychotherapy for 17 years and taught Indo-Tibetan Studies for 18 years in the West. He was a clinical supervisor for the multicutural mental health program at Behavioral Health Resources (BHR) in Olympia and Good Samaritan Behavioral Health Services in Tacoma. In his clinical practice, Jamyang draws on his training both in Western and Eastern psychology. He specializes in the clinical application of Mindfulness meditation both as an actual intervention and preventive approach for psychological disorders. His focus is on helping clients develop and apply new coping skills to deal with constant changes in their lives and master the art of meaningful living. Jamyang is also a half-time adjunct faculty member at Evergreen teaching in the fields of East/West psychology, Eastern philosophy and clinical application of meditation.

Kay Uhl, M.A.

Kay is a graduate of The Evergreen State College, class of 1988, where she focused her studies around Health and Psychology. She received her M.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences/ Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, City University, in 1990. She has enjoyed work as a mental health therapist in private practice for 16+ years in the Olympia/Shelton area, and began working at the Counseling Center in Spring of 2005. Her practice has been general and dynamic, with a special interest in children and adolescents. She has maintained a contract to work with CPS, and has had contracts to provide mental health service for First Steps (at risk teens/pregnant women) and the HIV+ clients case-managed in Mason County. Kay has also been involved in the development of a non-profit program in Mason County for under-insured, or un-insured people needing mental health and crisis services. This program has helped hundreds of people get services, and is a pilot of its kind. Her counseling focuses on clients' abilities, using cognitive/ behavioral techniques, as well as family system work. She is also an EMDR practitioner, a technique helpful in working with trauma.