Counseling Services

counselors during Stress Break in Counseling Center

Counseling Services offers free, confidential services to current students. We offer scheduled appointments, walk-in sessions, crisis intervention services, and a series of classes and workshops. Come and visit us in the Center for Student Success (Building 22, Suite 260) to learn more about what we offer. We look forward to meeting you.

Services for Faculty

Classroom Presentations
Counselors are available to come to your classes and speak on a range of topics. Whether that is an overview of counseling services, any of our Success Series Workshops, or another topic that is germane to your class, we would be happy to put together a presentation and schedule time to meet with your class.

The counselors are available for faculty and staff who have concerns about students and would like guidance on strategies moving forward.

Meet Your Counselors

Yolanda MachadoYolanda Machado, M.Ed.
Yolanda Machado received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Puget Sound and her Master of Arts Degree in Education from Antioch University.  Before accepting her current position at SPSCC she worked as an Adult Education Instructor/Counselor for both the Muckleshoot and Nisqually Indian Tribes.  While in this capacity she also served as an Indian Education Consultant for Resource and Evaluation Center III at Gonzaga University.  Yolanda has presented numerous workshops and training seminars at the local, state and national levels on a variety of student success topics (which is her area of interest/expertise) such as Native American Learning Styles, Self Esteem and Academic Achievement, and Learning and Motivation.  She also was recently appointed to serve as the Assistant to the President for Tribal Relations at SPSCC.  When she is not working, Yolanda enjoys spending time with her large extended family, camping, hiking, sightseeing, and photography.

Sally SharbaughSally Sharbaugh, M.C., L.M.H.C.
Sally Sharbaugh received her Master of Counseling from Seattle University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state.  She completed a Bachelor of Art in Sociology and a Bachelor of Art in Communications from the University of Washington.  Sally has worked at SPSCC since 2001 and considers the College not only her work place but an important part of her community here in Olympia.  Prior to SPSCC, Sally worked as a counselor at Grays Harbor College, as a Career Specialist at Shoreline Community College, and as a reproductive rights advocate and sexual health counselor and educator in Seattle.  Sally is passionate and dedicated to her work providing mental health support to students and teaching success classes and workshops.  She has particular interests in the intersections of mindfulness, neurobiology and psychology and has completed training in somatic experiencing and interpersonal neurobiology.  She brings experience, knowledge and deep compassion to her work with students.  She works with students on a wide variety of issues but has particular skills and experience helping students manage stress (including test anxiety), post-traumatic stress, anxiety/depression, and how to bring the power of mindfulness into daily living.  She loves helping students discover their own resiliency and create their own best lives here at school and beyond.  Sally loves travel, the outdoors and she regularly hikes, back-packs, kayaks and commutes by bike as often as possible.    

Colleen ClukeyColleen Clukey, M.A., L.M.H.C.A.
Colleen Clukey received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Gonzaga University and holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Seattle University.  She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate with the State of Washington.  Colleen spent the first years of her career working in the social service arena with underserved families and children; international adoption; pregnant and parenting teens; and crisis services for families in a variety of non-profit organizations in Eastern and Western Washington.  After receiving her Master’s degree in Counseling, Colleen worked for Highline Community College and has been at South Puget Sound Community College since 2008 as a Counselor and Human Development Faculty. Colleen primarily uses the concepts of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (belief and effect) and Reality Therapy (choice) to assist students to a place of growth and success. Colleen is busy in her personal life with a husband and their dog, Charlie, 4 adult children, their spouses, 6 grandchildren, and extended family.

Counseling Workshops

The counseling center hosts workshops designed to help students grow academically, personally, and professionally.

Each quarter, we offer a Strategies for Success Series of workshops that target a range of topics. The workshops are completely free to students. Students do not need to register for these workshops—simply show up and learn about areas that can enhance your experience here on campus.

Contact Counseling Services for the Strategies for Success Series workshop schedule.

We also partner with the Career Center to bring you Career Explorer’s Workshops each quarter. The Career Explorer’s Workshop is a free, 2-hour workshop open to anyone in the community who wishes to develop self-understanding using interest, personality, and skills inventories. The Career Explorer’s Workshop is the first step in Career Planning at SPSCC.

See Career Explorer’s Workshops for a schedule of workshops offered this quarter.

Sexual Assault

Sexual Violence can occur in many forms including sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, or sexual assault. If you are experiencing, of if you are wondering if you are experiencing, any kind of sexual violence, Counseling Services is a resource for you.

We are professionally trained counselors who will work with you at any step of the way in your process toward healing. Whether that is immediate crisis support, connection to additional resources, a place to process decisions around taking legal action, or at any point in the recovery process, we are here to assist you. Please reach out to us so that we can offer you the support you deserve.

Campus Security is also available to assist at any time on any day. You can reach campus security by calling 360-596-5299. Local police are also available by dialing 911.

See Campus Safety > Sexual Assault.

Counseling Resources for Veterans

See Info Center > Student Life > Counseling for veterans.

Career Exploration Resources

Career Counseling/Exploration:
The following links have information on occupations and related training and education programs: