Chandra Mundon

Title: Senior Staff Psychologist

Additional Roles: Alcohol and Other Drug Care Team, Transgender Care Team

Alma Mater: Wright Institute (2013)

Professional Interests: I utilize a theoretically-integrative and client-centered approach to therapy, which means I tailor my approach and interventions based on each student’s particular needs and preferences. Overall, I am a generalist and enjoy working with a wide array of clinical concerns. My areas of focus and specialization include, but are not limited to: working with students from marginalized backgrounds, alcohol and other drug issues, sexual and gender identity, multicultural and identity concerns, family of origin issues, relationship concerns, and perfectionism. I love providing group and couple's therapy, and strive to serve as an ally and advocate for students. 

Personal Interests: I enjoy playing guitar, knitting, going to concerts, hosting game nights with friends, watching The Simpsons, and exploring the outdoors. I think it is fair to say that the ocean is “my happy place” and I have been known to spend hours collecting rocks along the seashore. 

UO Love:  As a transplant from California, I am enchanted by the cool, damp, Pacific Northwest weather.

Senior Staff Psychologist 

Professional Interests

Though I have many clinical interests, I seem to have found a professional "home" in university mental health and have been working with college students for the past 6 years. As a queer-identified female, college counseling's commitment to diversity and multicultural competence is a value closely aligned with my desire to integrate social justice principles into the clinical realm. First and foremost, I identify as a generalist and enjoy working with a wide array of clinical concerns. My areas of focus and specialization include, but are not limited to: working with students from marginalized backgrounds, alcohol and other drug issues, sexual and gender identity, multicultural and identity concerns, family of origin issues, relationship concerns, and perfectionism. I love providing group and couple's therapy and strive to serve as an ally and advocate for my clients.

Theoretical Orientation and Therapy Approach

I utilize a theoretically-integrative and client-centered approach to therapy via a multicultural lens. This means that I tailor my approach and interventions based on each students’ particular needs, preferences, and identities, while striving to be ever-mindful of the interplay of culture and systemic oppression. I tend to rely heavily on motivational interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy due to their collaborative nature, as well as their emphasis on fostering self-compassion and self-acceptance, increasing one's own sense of agency, and building healthier relationships. I highly value honesty and directness in therapy and have often been called the "tell it like it is" therapist. That being said, I have also been known to shed a tear or two with my clients and feel that I balance my directness with my warmth, empathy, and humor.

Supervision Approach and Model

It feels like only yesterday that I was a doctoral trainee in my own supervision, navigating the twists and turns of my own personal, clinical, and professional journey. I think that is probably why I consider it such an honor to be a supervisor. I take an integrative and developmental approach to supervision, shifting my role, style, and interventions based on the supervisee's current developmental stage. I strive to create a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment in which a supervisee can feel free to explore the challenges, joys, and nuances of clinical work, their professional development, and the supervisory relationship itself.