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Meet Our Counselors

Tempest AndersonTempest Anderson

Greetings! I am Tempest Anderson and the new director of Counseling and CoachLink Services. My undergraduate degree is in Social Work, this allowed me to serve in the local area for several years in family services. Through my years of working with families I learned I had an interest in counseling. I attended EMU’s Masters of Arts in Counseling program and would describe my time there as amazing and life-changing. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life in where ever they may be in their journey. My desire is to give hope, to empower, and equip those I work with to be the best version of who they were created to be. I look forward to working with you!

Amanda StyerAmanda Styer

Hello! My name is Amanda Styer and I’m originally from a small town in Ohio. I went to EMU for my undergrad and studied Justice, Peace, and Conflict Studies. I believe we are all doing the best we can with what we have, and sometimes it can feel like the ways we’ve learned to deal with what we have aren’t working anymore. Maybe it’s time to try something new! I hope my office can be a safe, comforting, judgement-free-zone where we can work together on how to help you heal, develop stronger coping skills, and feel empowered to live your best life, no matter what you might be carrying, big or small (because we are all dealing with something!). Because we live in a diverse world and community, I value working with people of all backgrounds, experiences, orientations, identities, and faith traditions.  If you ever need to talk, please come see me!

Bethany ChuppBethany Chupp

Hello! My name is Bethany Chupp, and I am originally from Canby, Oregon. I graduated from EMU with a major in Psychology and a minor in Art. I have previous experience working with children who have experienced trauma. As a counselor in EMU’s counseling center, I believe that counseling is a space for your story to be held in its entirety. I work from a client-centered method, and I look forward to finding the ways that counseling can support your unique college experience. 

Rebecca PeiferRebecca Peifer

Hi! I’m Rebecca Peifer. I first arrived at EMU as a transfer student and then graduated with a Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in Art and minor in Business. After several years in Pittsburgh and North Carolina, I returned with my family to make Harrisonburg our home. I am now in my final year of the Masters of Arts in Counseling program at EMU. I am excited to be working at EMU’s Counseling Center this year and look forward to building with you to help you find the support you need to experience the change you desire.

Katie CurranKatie Curran

Hi! My name is Katie Curran. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gendered Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington (my home town). I am currently in EMU’s Masters of Arts in Counseling program finishing up my last year of the program. Last year I worked at Shenandoah University’s counseling center along with running art therapy groups at Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s Partial Hospitalization Program. I am continuing to run art therapy groups at RMH this year and I’m excited to continue to work therapeutically with college students here at EMU. I tend to utilize Expressive Arts techniques in my practice as I believe art has the power to help us look deep within ourselves in a different way. I look forward to working with you.