Dr. Jeff Cook

jeff cook

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor
Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Director


Ph.D. in Counseling from Oregon State University, 2009
M.A. in Counseling from George Fox University, 2006
M.Div. from Denver Seminary, 1998
B.A. in Social Science from University of California, Irvine, 1992

About Me

​I am grateful to have joined the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northwest University in 2018. I have long sought to integrate my clinical and theological backgrounds with my love for teaching and formation, and I am pleased to have settled at a University that encourages such integration.

Prior to Northwest University, I have woven together a career as a counselor, pastor and educator. I have maintained a private practice since 2006, working with couples, families and individuals seeking healing and peace. Much of this work has been with those who have experienced some form of trauma that resulted in a life of shame and stunted emotional experience. I have taught as Assistant Professor at both the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Saint Mary’s College of California, and have served in the pastorate in Oregon, Colorado, and Montana.

I have been married to my wife, Heidi, since 1997, who shares my love for the outdoors and the life of the mind, and we are blessed with four children, Aspen (18), Chloe (14), Sierra (13), and Kilian (10).

Primary Courses Taught

Professional Orientation: Ethics & Consultation
Marriage and Family Therapy
Intercultural Counseling and Social justice
Clinical courses: Pre-practicum, Practicum, Group, Internship


I have found great joy in the mountains:

  • whitewater kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • backpacking

I also have long enjoyed the self-care and discipline of running, and have done so both as a competitor and in recent years as a track and cross-country coach.

A Few Books that have been Transformative Within my Journey

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Life together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Eternal Now by Paul Tillich
Pre by Tom Jordan
Losing Susan by Victor Austin
Union with Christ by J. Todd Billings
Emotional Understanding by Donna Orange
Loves Executioner by Irvin Yalom
Psychoanalytic Treatment by Robert Stolorow, Bernard Brandchaft, and George Atwood