Longview Counseling

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Meet The Counselors

Grethen Blythe, MCC-LV Counseling.

Gretchen Blythe

Learning Resources building, room 204
816.604.2251 or Email

I have worked in higher education for most of my career. I have been a counselor at MCC-Longview since 2000.

Previously, I worked in Vermont as the Director of Student Support Services and at MCC-Penn Valley as the Access Counselor. Prior to my work in higher education, I worked on job seeking skills and job placement for people with disabilities.

I am committed to the students at MCC-Longview. I strive to meet each student in his/her unique situation. I especially enjoy working with students on transition issues, career exploration, relationship issues, relaxation techniques, and academic concerns. If you find yourself with some spare time (what's that?!) in between classes stop by my office to say, "Hi." I'd love to meet you.

Jim McGraw, MCC-LV Counseling.

Jim McGraw

Business building, room 201R
816.604.2313 or Email

I have been a counselor at Longview Community College since 1993. Prior to Longview I worked at other college counseling centers, community mental health centers, and psychiatric hospitals.

My fundamental approach to counseling is person-centered, based on the belief that people are able to work-through difficulties and enhance their lives given the appropriate conditions.

Other influences on my counseling practice include family systems thinking, brain-compatible learning strategies, and narrative approaches to counseling. I also coordinate and supervise the graduate-level counseling interns at the Longview Counseling Center.

Along with the other counselors at Longview Community College, I utilize a holistic approach to college, career, and personal success. One dimension of this includes teaching relaxation training and using biofeedback equipment to help people manage stress and enhance personal wellness.

In my free time, I enjoy reading and travel with my spouse, daughter, and our two dogs (however, the dogs can't travel or read very well). Other interests include exercise, guitar, and volunteering in the community.

Burke Maxted, MCC-LV Counseling.

Burke Maxted

Science & Technology building, room 102A
816.604.2257 or Email

My journey in becoming a Counselor was set in motion when I attended and graduated from a community college in Michigan.  The support and resources I received there helped pave the way for me to become the first in my family to receive a college degree.   My work as a college Orientation Leader and high school recruiter further encouraged my interest in working with community college students.   

My goal is to help each individual feel more empowered in their lives and the decisions they make.  Each individual is unique and worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of their personal circumstances or struggles.   This perspective has led me to a student-centered counseling approach which involves assisting students in the recognition of their own strengths and resources and adopting goal-oriented and solution-focused behaviors.  

My professional interests and work include addressing first-year transitional issues, providing emotional and academic support to students in math and science coursework, and assisting individuals with career direction. 

My pastime pursuits include backpacking, golf, competitive yoga (yes, those words can actually go together), and learning to speak Spanish.    I hope that if you see me around campus you'll stop to say hello.

Deah  Robinson, MCC-LV Counseling.

Deah Robinson

Liberal Arts building, room 202L
816.604.2256 or Email

Like most people, I wear many hats in my life. I am a daughter, a mother of three (Lily–a teacup Yorkie, Winston–a Pom, and Catty–a Calico), a meditation guru (in training), a social activist, and a psychology instructor. And of course, I am a counselor, too!

Life brought me to MCC-Longview in 2008 after several years of working in Human Services when I felt I needed to go deeper into counseling work. Since my graduate studies concentrated on student affairs in higher education, for me, working as a community college counselor was the best of both worlds.

My counseling approach with students is solution-focused,most of the time I work with students from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy framework to support students in achieving their goals. I feel like my greatest role as a counselor is to help students overcome obstacles and become successful!

My areas of specialization include working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students, as well as first-generation college students and students of color.

When I am not at work, I enjoy learning about alternative healing therapies, reading, volunteering for civil rights organizations, and being an unofficial taste tester for Chipotle Mexican Grill. 


Last Modified: 2/26/15