Counselor Bios

Biographies of the confidential counselors PNWU offers our students.

Joy Staley, PhD |

Dr. Staley was born and raised in Yakima. She has three degrees from Seattle Pacific University, a B. S. in zoology (premed), a M. Ed. in counseling, and a PhD in clinical psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in health psychology, which is the interaction between health issues, lifestyle, and contentment. She offers many life experiences to her counseling: a strong marriage, a blended family of seven children including five adopted children, thirteen grandchildren, multiple cancer experiences, the care and death of parents due to Alzheimer’s and a stroke, and a vast career of teaching and speaking.

She is certified in premarital/marital assessments and counseling for Life Innovations and trains others in premarital/marital work. She has taken advanced training in marriage therapy with Dr. John Gottman at the University of Washington. She also leads a monthly Balint group for physicians at one of the local clinics and directs the local scheduled meetings for psychologists. Her private practice focuses on young adults to the elderly. Personally, she leads an active family life with her husband of exercise, travel, sports, mission work, and teaching women studies. She is a licensed land and sea pilot, a pianist and violist, and does clowning.

Taylor Klein, MS |

Taylor was born in Yakima and raised in the Terrace Heights/East Valley area. He went to school at Western Washington University, coming away with a business administration minor, BA in psychology, and MS in mental health counseling. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Taylor met his wife, Katie, while they were still in high school and got married in 2012. After both attended graduate school at WWU, they decided to move back to Selah to be closer to family. Katie works as a speech-language pathologist at Children’s Village, while Taylor began his career at Comprehensive Healthcare. For two years, Taylor was the primary student/employee assistance program (EAP/SAP) therapist at Comprehensive, helping both PNWU students and employees with various issues.

In February 2017, Taylor started working for a group private practice in Yakima named the Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy. He sees teenagers and adults through individual, couples, family, and group therapy. He specializes in couples therapy, PTSD, men's issues, and various group therapy. He also has extensive training in treating depression, anxiety, stress, and academic issues. In his free time, Taylor likes to hang out with family, ride his bike, play sports, go boating, travel, play piano, and make others laugh.

Avry Eichwald |

Avry Eichwald has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years. During this time he has focused on psycho-education and psychotherapy with healthcare professionals, bioethics, and social justice within the field of healthcare. Avry received his Bachelors in Social Services from Central Washington University in 2008, and a Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University 2013. Avry is a licensed clinical social worker, (LCSW), in the State of Washington and is currently the employed with Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Avry serves as the elected chair of Virginia Mason Memorial’s Bio Ethics committee, a position he has held for the last 2 years. Avry also serves as a mental health professional for Virginia Mason’s Critical Incident Stress Management team, where he assists healthcare professionals process traumatic events related to providing healthcare.

Avry is passionate about working with medical professionals and enjoys discussing the clinical and ethical intersections of the healthcare industry. His goal is to help healthcare professionals find and/or maintain a connection to their passion for their chosen profession and then collaborate with the health care professional to discover skills to help them consistently be at their best.