Two new counseling directors hired


A file photo of the wellness center on the third floor of Evans Commons.
Photo by Megan Courtney

MATT HAMPTON | Sports Reporter

Lindenwood welcomed a new director of the Student Counseling Resource Center and a new director of student-athlete mental health on Friday, Oct. 5.  

Jonathan Hunn, LPC, was hired as the new SCRC Director, replacing Dr. Whitney Mathison, who left in September.  According to the Lindenwood Digest, Hunn has “over thirteen years of experience providing counseling and crisis intervention to diverse populations including college students and veterans.” He also has nine years of experience as a college instructor. 

Hunn has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Rockhurst University and a master’s in counseling psychology from Webster University. According to St. Charles Community College, where Hunn also studied for a semester, he was enrolled at Lindenwood before transferring to Webster, and was later a therapist at SCC.

The new director of student-athlete mental health is Becky Taylor, LCSW. She will be responsible for assessing and treating mental health issues faced by athletes at Lindenwood. 

Taylor has provided mental health services in a variety of settings, including eating disorder and substance abuse treatment.  Most recently, she has been a counselor at Fort Zumwalt North High School in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Truman State University and a master of social work from St. Louis University.  According to the Lindenwood athletics website, she was on the cross country and track and field teams at Truman.  

The previous director of student-athlete mental health was Dr. Jen Farrell, who was hired in Oct. 2017.

Mathison, the former SCRC director, worked at an outpatient mental health clinic before coming to Lindenwood.  At the clinic, she helped patients suffering from drug addiction, chronic mental illness, and other problems.  

After she was hired in Spring 2018, Mathison told Lindenlink that one of her goals as director was “to bring a face that says ‘I’m like you,’” so students can know they can get help they need.