Jane   Barga

Jane Barga

PhD, Licensed Psychologist

I offer clinical services to WSU students, supervise doctoral psychology trainees, and oversee our APA-accredited doctoral psychology internship program.

Teaching and advising international English language students at WSU led me to my psychology and training career. As I work with clients and trainees, I enjoy facilitating growth by exploring one’s situation, collaboratively setting goals, trying out changes, and monitoring progress. I consider each person’s developmental tasks, identities, lived experiences, and strengths as they address their challenges. For therapy, I emphasize support and use an integrative approach, drawing on cognitive and behavioral strategies, readiness for change, skill development, and relational processing.

After earning a BA in Health Education from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR), I worked with adult literacy and community development in Brazil and then taught English in Colombia. I completed an MA in TESOL from the University of Idaho, after which I taught English at WSU's Intensive American Language Center. This work prompted me to pursue my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at WSU. I have been on staff at CAPS since 2004.

I speak Spanish and have a good understanding of Portuguese. Outside of work, I enjoy walking the hills of the Palouse, biking, hiking, cooking, reading, and doing puzzles. I love visiting family in Washington and Colombia.