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Counseling Psychology

Justin Henderson

Assistant Professor | Director of Lewis & Clark Community Counseling Center

Dr. Justin Henderson is assistant professor in Professional Mental Health Counseling and faculty in the Department of Counseling Psychology. Additionally, he is director of the Lewis & Clark Community Counseling Center, which is the training clinic for the Professional Mental Health Counseling, Professional Mental Health Counseling–specialization in Addictions, and Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy programs. He is a licensed psychologist and a National Certified Counselor. He has clinical experience in a wide array of contexts including: university counseling centers, hospitals, inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, schools, and residential treatment programs. He has a strong interest in supervision and training, having experience supervising both master’s and doctoral students in counseling and psychology. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Counselors for Social Justice, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the Oregon chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.   

Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark College, Dr. Henderson served as a clinical director and clinical faculty at Washington State University.  He was also employed part-time with Pullman Regional Hospital as a behavioral health consultant, helping evaluate patients with mental and behavioral health concerns. 

Personal Statement

I see the process of counselor/therapist development as a journey toward integration. Our capacity to manage dynamic and complex contexts is strengthened when we can integrate the psychological, emotional, biological, behavioral, cultural, familial, systemic, and broader ecological factors that contribute toward our understanding of self and other. I attempt to offer a compassionate stance toward student’s growth, offering both support and challenge-toward-potential. In this way, education becomes a collaborative process whereby both teacher and student are transformed in the experience. 

Areas of Expertise

Compassion, Acceptance, and Mindfulness-based Therapeutic Modalities and Interventions; Shame Dynamics in Therapy; Shame Dynamics in Power, Privilege, and Oppression; Compassion Training; Mindfulness Training; Trauma; Body Image; Gender and Sexuality; Health Psychology; Training and Supervision; Clinical System Administration; Organizational Development and Consultation

Current Research

Dr. Henderson’s most recent scholarship has focused the development of clinical training and resources for mental health providers helping clients navigate experiences of hate and bias. Dr. Henderson also has long-standing interest and experience researching body image, having conducted research on men’s body image education and prevention.  Dr. Henderson is also in the process of working on a compassion training program for counselor trainees. 


Henderson, J. D. (2012). Promoting Healthy Body Image in College Men: An Evaluation of a Psychoeducation Program. Published dissertation. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Scheel, M. J., Davis, C., & Henderson, J. D. (2012).Therapist use of client strengths: A qualitative study of positive processes.Article published in The Counseling Psychologist.


Henderson, J. D. (May, 2019). Shredded, Chiseled, & Swole: Understanding and Addressing Men’s Body Image Concerns. Continuing education training provided for Center for Community Engagement, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Portland, Oregon. 

Henderson, J. D., & Dorn-Medeiros, C. (March, 2019). Disrupting Hate: Integrating Social Justice Advocacy and Counseling Services. Education Session to be presented at the 2019 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Henderson, J. D., & Christensen, J. (2018). Disrupting Hate: Integrating Training Clinics with Community Coalitions. Presentation for Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. 

Henderson, J. D., & Christensen, J. (2018). Integrating compassion-focused approaches into counseling. Full-day workshop to be given for Center for Community Engagement, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling, Portland, Oregon. 

Henderson, J. D. (2018). Body image and body politics. Symposium discussion to be given for Social Justice Symposium and Alumni Awards Reception, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling, Portland, Oregon.

Henderson, J. D. (2018). Chiseled: Understanding, treating, and preventing men’s body image concerns. Presented at 2018 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo, Atlanta, Georgia.

Henderson, J. D. (2016). Compassion-Focused Therapy: Theory and Application. Professional training at Washington State University. 

Kaivan, N. C., & Henderson, J. D. (2015). Cultivating Compassion in Our Diverse World. Keynote address for the WSU Black T.I.E. event.

Henderson. J. D. (2015). Suicide and suicidal risk on college campuses. Professional training for student affairs employees at Washington State University.

Wix, R., & Henderson, J. D. (2015). Managing suicidality in the residence halls. Professional training for residence life employees at Washington State University.

Schwartz, A., & Henderson, J. D. (2015). Distressed and distressing students on campus. Professional training for residence life employees at Washington State University.

Henderson,  J. D. (2014). Chillax: How to manage stress in our complex lives. Community outreach presentation for Pullman Regional Hospital, Pullman Washington. 

Henderson, J. D. & Beard, J. (2012). One size does not fit all: Gay men and body image. Community outreach program for Uniting Pride Center, Champaign, Illinois.

Henderson, J. D., & Beard, J. (2012). Love your body. Community outreach program LGBT Resource Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Henderson, J. D. (2012). Confronting Adonis: An authoethnography of gender consciousness and embodied masculinity.In Badiee, M, Creswell, J, Henderson, J. D., Baker, C., & Bastami, S. Autoethnographies of gender consciousness. Symposium presented at the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Henderson, J. D. (2011). Men’s body image: From prevention to clinical work. Two-day workshop. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Henderson, J. D. (2011). Work it out: Educating campus men about body image concerns. Presented at the American Men’s Studies Association Nineteenth Annual Men and Masculinity Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Henderson, J. D. (2010). Chiseled: Understanding men’s body image. Campus presentation for University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Chatters, L., Henderson, J. D., Wang, S., & Reznicek, J. (2009). Therapy outside the box: Working with ethnic minority males. Poster presented for Division 51, American Psychological Association conference, Toronto, Canada.

Henderson, J. D. (2009). Chiseled: Understanding men’s body image: Research and clinical implications. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Henderson, J. D. (2009). Men’s body image, exercise, and nutrition. Community presentation for department of athletics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Henderson, J. D. (2009). Men of color: Understanding masculinities, culture, and help seeking. Professional training for staff at University Health Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Henderson, J. D. & Klentz, C. (2009). Using qualitative methods in psychotherapy research. In Scheel, M. J. Innovative psychotherapy research. Symposium presented for Division 17, American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Henderson, J. D., Scheel, M. J., & Klentz, C. (2009). Strength-based psychotherapy: An investigation of the phenomenon. Poster presented for Division 17, American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada. 

Academic Credentials

PhD: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2012)
         Clinical Doctoral Internship: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS: University of Wyoming (2007)
BA: University of Wyoming (2005)

Licensed Psychologist (Oregon)
National Certified Counselor