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PDX Counseling Services and Health Insurance

All students attending Linfield University School of Nursing are required to have health insurance coverage. You must either purchase a student health insurance policy through the university or sign a waiver indicating that you, your spouse or parent provides a health insurance policy. You can purchase insurance with PacificSource through the university.

Check out plan and benefit details to see how you're covered.

The free counseling service for current students covers an individual, group or family session. Our counselors specialize in anxiety/worry, handling life transitions, anger, depression, trauma/loss/grief, relationship problems, self-esteem problems, and parent-child problems.

If you need additional types of counseling services or have medication needs, please utilize your personal health insurance. If you need help navigating your plan and finding a provider, please seek out assistance from the Student Life staff.

To make an appointment for on-campus counseling, please email


  • Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm (Julie)
  • Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm (Julie)
  • Friday: 9 am - 4 pm (Julie)

Meet your counselors

Julie Berman

Portrait of Julie BermanI joined the Linfield University counseling team in the Fall of 2020 and I am excited to be a part of the Linfield community. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to my time at Linfield, I was a counselor in a group practice focusing primarily on eating disorders. I have also worked as a therapist at Kaiser Permanente and Providence Portland Medical Center. I have had a private practice for well over a decade. I taught as an adjunct professor at NYU and I am looking forward to connecting with students once again.

My work at Linfield is to help students with the challenges that life is bringing them, reflect back what I hear, and collaborate on a plan to improve their well-being and move towards their goals. I earned a MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. I hold a MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. When not working I love to write short stories and read obscure fiction. I enjoy the outdoors (and air conditioning) with my son and dog, traveling and always learning new things.



Sunny Brown

Sunny BrownI began my journey at Linfield in Fall 2022 exclusively at the McMinnville campus and am excited to now share my time with the Portland campus as well. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pacific University in 2019 and graduated with a Master of Arts in Applied Psychological Science from Pacific University in 2021. I am currently registered with the state of Oregon as a Professional Counselor Associate and will be eligible to register as a Licensed Professional Counselor by the end of 2023. 

My experience prior to joining Linfield included working as a counselor and adjunct faculty at Clackamas Community College, as well as performing as a mental health therapist in private practice. My goal as a therapist is to ensure a welcoming, safe environment for all students to be authentically themselves. I strive to collaborate with students to foster growth, skills to tackle their future, live in accordance with their personal values, and work toward their goals. 

Outside of my work at Linfield, I enjoy long-distance running, reading, music, and playing board games. 



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