Meet Our Staff

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at UC Santa Cruz is a part-centralized, part-decentralized service, with professionally trained masters- and doctoral-level clinicians located in our central counseling office in the Cowell Student Health Center complex and in various locations around campus. Our staff members come from a variety of backgrounds and have a special interest in and experience with helping students explore various issues. We provide a wide range of mental health and wellness services to UCSC students and the UCSC community.

Please keep in mind that although some of us have a particular interest in specialty areas, all of us at CAPS are aware of the social pressures and cultural characteristics that affect particular groups in different ways. We have been trained in aspects of multicultural counseling, including working with LGBTQI students, addressing rape and sexual abuse, and counseling students with disabilities. CAPS staff engage in ongoing mandatory and voluntary continuing education for mental health professionals.

The following is a list of our staff members and their locations. Note that we do not provide drop-in counseling, so if you are interested in finding out about and/or starting services with CAPS, please stop by our central office or call us during business hours (Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) at (831) 459-2628. You can also find more information about our services on our Counseling Services, Psychiatry, and Groups & Workshops web pages.

    Counseling Staff

  • Gary Dunn

    Gary Dunn, Ph.D., Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Health and Wellness

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: Gary is a cisgender male heterosexual-identified licensed psychologist who has been working in mental health, hospital, and educational settings for more than 30 years. Gary came to UCSC as CAPS Director in 2011 and is currently overseeing our Student Health Services in his interim AVC role. He has extensive training and experience in individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Gary’s primary training is in cognitive-behavioral therapy and strategic therapy. He is also interested in health psychology, healthcare administration, and leadership development.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Gary is interested in the treatment of sexual abuse survivors, dissociative identity disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Other areas of interest include understanding the dynamic role of college counseling centers, addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors of college students, integration of primary care and mental health services, and developing a college counseling center to meet the diverse, multicultural, and intersectional needs of our UCSC students.

  • MaryJan Murphy

    MaryJan Murphy, Ph.D., Interim CAPS Director

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2120

    ABOUT: MaryJan is a white cisgender female-identified licensed psychologist.  She has been working in University Counseling Centers for more than 25 years and has devoted much of her professional career to training and mentoring doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, early career psychologists, and practicing psychologists in a university counseling center. She has experience in individual, couples, and group therapy; outreach programing; and education and also directs the APA-Accredited Internship in Health Services Psychology and the Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: MaryJan takes a multicultural, feminist, and cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy. She is interested in training and supervision, women's issues, eating disorders, trauma, and career development. Other areas of interest include leadership development, counseling center administration, and developing a multiculturally and social justice–focused counseling center.

  • Jenner Rosgen

    Jenner Rosgen, M.A., L.M.F.T., Integrative Behavioral Health Supervisor

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Student Health Center, Room 1316
    (831) 459-2895

    ABOUT: Jenner is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has experience working in the mental health field for more than 20 years. Jenner has experience working as a therapist and case manager in a residential treatment facility for adolescents in the foster care system, and at a drug and alcohol treatment facility. Jenner’s approach is interactive, empathetic, collaborative, and respectful.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Jenner takes a client-centered approach to working with students. She believes that working with each student as an individual is important to her work. Jenner has training in cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness. She feels that it is important to connect students to organizations and resources on and off campus to help student’s sense of community.

  • Anastassia Alexandrovskaia

    Anastassia Alexandrovskaia, LMFT

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Student Health Center, Room 1310

    (831) 459-1383

    ABOUT: Anastassia Alexandrovskaia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, who provides therapeutic services and service coordination with CAPS and Student Health, with a focus on international students.  Anastassia emigrated to the United States in her early adolescence from Russia, and is fluent in both English and Russian. Anastassia acquired her B.A. from UCSC in 2011 and has since worked in the local community with various populations and settings, including; residential programs, school setting, home visiting, foster youth, marginalized populations, adult mental health, and early intervention with families with young children. Anastassia is third generation to work in a University setting, and is appreciative of the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views and trails of this campus. 

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Anastassia enjoys working with individuals with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. She has special training and experience working with trauma, attachment injuries, dual diagnosis, multicultural identity development, and family issues. Anastassia uses a trauma informed approach of meeting people where they are, with unconditional positive regard, and collaborating on goals. Anastassia frequently utilizes motivational interviewing, mindfulness, psychoeducation, emotion focused therapy, as well as cognitive based approaches.

  • Glory A. Blanceagle

    Glory A. Blanceagle, Psy.D.

    Porter College, Room D228
    (831) 459-1818

    ABOUT: Glory is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience providing psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students, students of color, and first-generation students. Glory is a first-generation, Mexican-American clinical psychologist and earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. Prior to working at UCSC CAPS, Glory worked at Cornell University's CAPS in addition to counseling centers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Glory uses a psychodynamic, interpersonal, multicultural, and feminist theoretical approach with students to help them gain insights and an understanding of how past experiences and relationships are often related to what an individual is currently experiencing. Glory also works with students to create changes.

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    Brittany Crew, L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-1785

    ABOUT: Brittany is a white cisgender lesbian-identified licensed therapist. She graduated from California State University, Stanislaus after successfully transferring from community college and before obtaining a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Brittany is a case manager providing therapeutic services and care coordination for CAPS. Brittany’s experience includes working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness in both locked, residential care and community-based settings providing clinical services. Prior to that, Brittany worked in a school-based setting with children diagnosed with emotional disturbance. Brittany also has experience working at a women’s domestic violence and sexual assault shelter.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Additional areas of interest and expertise include anxiety and depression, trauma, family and relationship dynamics, sexuality and gender identity, suicidality, and self-harm. Brittany’s approach to counseling includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused techniques, unconditional positive regard, and mindfulness practices.

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    Amelia Cutten, LCSW

    Amelia Cutten, LCSW

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Ella

    Student Health Center, Room 1309

    (831) 459-4593

    ABOUT: Amelia is a white, cisgender, female social worker who graduated with a Bachelors degree in American Studies and Education from UCSC in 2006 before going on to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work with a focus in community development from Cal State East Bay. Amelia is a case manager providing care coordination and therapeutic services to the Student Health Center and CAPS, with a focus in supporting the out-of-state student population. Prior to UCSC, Amelia worked for non-profit organizations in the Bay Area providing bilingual crisis services, care coordination, and therapy to people with developmental disabilities and youth in both the foster care systems and juvenile justice systems. Amelia incorporates a strength-based perspective into her clinical work and acknowledges the individual as the expert of their own experience.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Amelia has particular interest and expertise working with people from non-traditional backgrounds including former foster youth, undocumented students, first-generation students, transfer students, and the veteran student population. Amelia also has particular interest in working with people experiencing trauma, interpersonal conflicts, grief/loss, and supporting community-building.

  • Richard H. Enriquez, Ph.D

    Richard H. Enriquez, Ph.D

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    McHenry Library, Room 2285
    (831) 459-4799

    Richard is a cisgender male, gay identified, married, Mexican American, Christian, originally from the Los Angeles area. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University with an emphasis in Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH). He is a long-time slug, having earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and completing his postdoctoral fellowship here at UCSC. Richard approaches psychology from an integrative perspective, incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to meet students’ individual needs. 

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Richard’s clinical interests include alcohol and other drug use, religion and spirituality, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. He has experience with a wide range of populations and settings, including ethnically diverse populations, adult populations (ages 18-61), LGBTQ-identified clients, residential substance treatment, community mental health, and college counseling. Richard believes in working collaboratively with students, helping them identify their personal goals and supporting them in their journey.

  • Anna Iversen

    Anna Iversen, M.S., L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Student Health Center, Room 1335
    (831) 502-8129

    ABOUT: Anna is a licensed marriage and family therapist providing therapeutic services and care coordination to both CAPS and Student Health and consultation to support efforts toward integrated health care. Anna is a white, cisgender, straight-identified female. Her spirituality and personal and professional experiences assisting individuals with chronic illness also influence her identity. Anna has 15 years of experience working in county mental health systems and nonprofit agencies. Prior to her time at UCSC, Anna worked with adults with persistent mental illness in both locked, residential care and community-based settings, as well as jails, providing clinical services, training, and program implementation for mental health rehabilitation in diverse populations. Anna enjoys supporting EOP students develop strategies to remove barriers to academic success and negotiate healthy interpersonal boundaries in the context of their culture and family of origin.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Anxiety, developmental trauma, PTSD, addressing addiction and other unsafe behaviors, grief and loss, codependency, and working with individuals living with medical and mental health conditions to improve their overall well being.

  • Audrey Kim

    Audrey Kim, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Social Sciences 1, Room 259
    (831) 459-1373

    ABOUT: Audrey is a 1.5-generation Korean American, born in Korea but raised primarily in North America. Audrey really enjoys helping students figure out who they are and what they want to do with their life, because she felt rather confused about these things in college, and it took her a while to discover her passion for psychology. After majoring in American Civilization, she worked in the corporate world and in L.A.’s Skid Row as a domestic Peace Corps volunteer before completing her Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Audrey works from a feminist, multicultural perspective in which she collaborates with students to help them gain insight into their problems and develop practical skills to improve their academics, relationships, and everyday functioning. Audrey especially enjoys working with students of color, first-generation college students, and graduate students.

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    Lain Lease, L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: Lain/They/He/She

    Student Health Center, Room 1335
    (831) 459-1476

    ABOUT: Lain is transgender/nonbinary, queer, and white. Lain graduated from UCSC after successfully transferring from community college and before obtaining a masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Lain is a case manager providing therapeutic services and care coordination for both the Health Center and CAPS. Lain's experience includes working with Medi-Cal, integrative behavior health, transgender care, and
    collaborative support for pregnant and parenting teens. Lain has a great appreciation for the trees, ocean view, and awesome people that can be found on campus.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Lain approaches behavioral health through the lens of social justice. Lain has extensive experience working with gender identity, chronic pain, panic attacks, anxiety and neurodiversity. Lain's approach includes an eclectic blend of curiosity, mindfulness, somatic awareness, unconditional positive regard, solution-focused techniques, a dash of play, and a sprinkle of internal family systems.

  • Photo of Erica Lopez, L.M.F.T.

    Erica Lopez, L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Porter College, Room D229
    (831) 459-2572

    ABOUT: Erica is a licensed marriage and family therapist with experience providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy. From the onset of her career, she has worked with diverse and underserved populations in different settings: home, academic, health, and in-custody. As an immigrant woman of color and first-generation college student with a migrant background, she is passionate about working with individuals who face similar experiences.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Erica takes an individualized approach to treatment, which may involve cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness practices. She has interest and experience in working with anxiety, depression, adjustment, relationship issues, stress management, and sexual trauma (survivors or perpetrators).

  • Jessica Magallanes-Evans, Psy.D.

    Jessica Magallanes-Evans, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Rachel Carson College, Room 212, 2nd floor
    (831) 459-2109 

    Jess is a cisgender, Latinx, Queer woman, born and raised in Southern California. She is a Clinical Psychologist with a Multicultural focus. She earned her doctorate degree at Pepperdine University, and has been working in college and university counseling centers since 2011. She has previously worked at Santa Monica College, New Mexico State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and CSU Chico. Jess works from a Person-Centered therapeutic framework, while incorporating cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and trauma informed therapies. Jess’s work is largely attentive to the intersections of various parts of identity, including culture and ethnicity, sexual identity, and gender. Her goal is to work collaboratively with students to identify changes they wish to experience in their life, highlight personal strengths and resilience, and help them create a roadmap to facilitate movement towards their goals. Her hope is that each student she works with will feel authentically seen, develop a clearer sense of their unique personal values, and have the flexibility and confidence to create change when needed. 

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Jess has a special interest in working with students of color, student activists, first generation students, and Queer identified students. She also has a special interest in sexual and gender identity development, family relationships, culture and ethnicity, and socio-political stress. 

  • Jackie Rabouin

    Jackie Rabouin, L.M.F.T.. Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Oakes College, Room 225
    (831) 459-2220

    ABOUT: Jackie is an African-American cisgender female in a blended family with a husband, two adult step-children, and seven step-grandchildren (three of whom are biracial). She is available to counsel any student, with a particular emphasis on those identified as African, Black, or Caribbean (ABC). Her experience includes providing counseling and case management services to persons of various races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, and levels of ability for
    more than 25 years.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Jackie’s clinical orientation is psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and holistic, used in a solution-focused brief therapy model. Her areas of interests include racial/cultural identity, sexual abuse, generational trauma, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. These interests and expertise were developed when she served as custody mediator and sexual abuse
    evaluator to families dealing with abuse, abduction, substance use, personality disorders, and/or other mental health concerns in a family court setting. Her expertise was further broadened by providing leadership, advocacy, counseling, and case management to people with disabilities at local agencies. Her education includes a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a
    M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas. Her dissertation centered on the traumatic impact wrought from the intersection of institutionalized racism, sexism, and religion on the intimate relationships of people of African descent. She looks forward to using the experience noted here to help USCS students.

  • Julia Ragen

    Julia Ragen, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Porter College Annex (Modular Building near Meadow), Room B
    (831) 502-8029

    ABOUT: Julia is a licensed psychologist with more than 15 years of experience at college counseling centers and community mental health settings on both coasts (and in New Mexico!).  She grew up in New Jersey, and has lived in California since 2011, with some years in Albuquerque and then Brooklyn, NY.  Her identities include being white, being Jewish, and being allied, both personally and professionally, with the queer community; she embraces a stance of cultural humility. Julia works from a collaborative, feminist/multicultural/relational frame with a psychodynamic foundation to engage in a therapy that fit best each student's needs. She uses a holistic framework to work with each student to find ways to create change—working together to help relieve distress and find strength and empowerment. Julia works from an understanding that our intersecting identities and histories impact our experience of the world, which in turn impact our well-being. 

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Julia is a generalist clinician who enjoys working with all students on concerns including adjustment/transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidality, self-harm, racial trauma, and identity development issues, among other experiences. She offers additional experience and expertise in mindfulness practices, existential/humanistic theory, and incorporating cultural relational and social justice values as part of treatment. Populations of interest/experience/expertise include sexual identity development, gender identity development, African/Black/Caribbean (ABC)-identified students, HIV/AIDS, students who struggle with attentional difficulties/ADHD, and graduate students.
  • Niki Severson

    Niki Severson, LCSW

    ABOUT: Niki is a white and Latinx, cisgender female, straight-identified, clinical social worker. She has lived in many places including on both coasts, but was born and raised in CA and received all her higher education through the UC system (UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz). She was a first-generation college student. Niki came to her work as a therapist by way of a background in academia, education, and research in public health and social work focused on health inequities in marginalized groups. Previous to UCSC Niki worked in community mental health, most recently running a day treatment center in Salinas, CA. Niki works from a feminist, social justice framework and sees therapy as a collaborative process of transformation that is often connected to larger processes of social change. She strives to create a relaxed, open atmosphere in which students can explore challenges and move towards feeling more connected to themselves and others.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Niki integrates interventions from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy into her work with students, and has a particular interest in meditation and somatic-based practices. She has experience with a range of settings and diverse populations, and clinical experience that includes mood and thought disorders, anxiety, and depression. Niki welcomes all students, particularly 1st generation and graduate students, with a special attention to topics of identity development, gender and sexuality, family and romantic relationships, and religion/belief systems.

  • Danielle Smith

    Danielle Smith, Ph.D.

    About: Danielle is a licensed psychologist with experience supporting clients with mood and anxiety disorders, relationship or family problems, and developmental or adjustment concerns in a variety of settings (outpatient psychiatry departments and mental health clinics, school-based settings, children’s advocacy centers, partial hospitalization programs, and a federal prison camp). Danielle is a white, cisgender, straight-identified female who has lived and has worked in multiple states including New Jersey, Texas, and California. She is also a first-generation college student.

    Areas of Specialization and Interest: Danielle’s approach to therapy is centered on creating a strong therapeutic relationship. She frequently uses skills and strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help her clients better understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while at the same time taking meaningful steps toward change. She has special interests in supporting those struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, healing from traumatic experiences including sexual or interpersonal violence, and working with first-generation students.

  • Psychiatry Staff

  • Shuyun David Lo

    Shuyun David Lo, M.D., Director of Psychiatry

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: David is a board-certified psychiatrist who has worked in college mental health centers for more than 10 years.  He attended medical school in Chicago and trained in psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: David treats students with a holistic attitude and considers medications, psychotherapy, and exercise as all part of the treatment. David is interested in the integration of mental health with physical health, at both the individual and system levels. He also has expertise in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and in various psychotherapies.

  • Kacy Bonnet, M.D.

    Kacy Bonnet, M.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: Kacy is a board-certified psychiatrist who is interested in working with young adults in a compassionate, collaborative, and integrative way. She completed her medical training at UCLA and her psychiatry residency at Stanford. She is a California Bay Area native and enjoys cooking, staying active, and being in the outdoors.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Kacy is passionate about early intervention and using a resiliency-focused approach to help students feel equipped to thrive in college and in the world beyond, regardless of their background or current struggles.

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    Michael Gadbaw, M.D.

    Pronouns: he/him

    Location: CAPS Central Office
    Phone: (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: Dr. Michael Gadbaw is board certified in Adult and Child psychiatry. He attended the USC Keck School of Medicine for medical school and Stanford University where he did his residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent psychiatry. He also served as chief resident and concentrated in psychotherapy and education.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: He has a particular interest in Psychodynamics, Psychoanalysis, Attachment Theory, Buddhism, and Trauma. He has particular expertise in treating ADHD, PTSD and Eating Disorders. When providing psychiatry care and determining pharmacological treatments, he takes a holistic and developmental approach, striving to understand someone’s unique experience and story.


  • Christine Merriman

    Christine Merriman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2649

    ABOUT: Christine is the psychiatry case manager at CAPS. She is a cisgender female bisexual-identified, licensed clinical social worker with experience in individual, couples, family, and group therapy on both coasts. Christine has worked in mental health, healthcare, and end-of-life care, as well as residential treatment and school-based prevention/intervention programs focused on child abuse and juvenile delinquency. As a multicultural/biethnic feminist, with a personal experience of emigration and re-entry to the United States, Christine meets each student with openness and respect, utilizing a developmental and systems approach that takes into account cultural and environmental factors, as well as emotional, physical, and spiritual strengths.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Christine has particular expertise and interest in the areas of sexual abuse/assault; people raised in nontraditional homes, including foster care, guardianship, and adoption; student athletes and musicians; living with serious or chronic illness; death and dying; grief and loss; mindfulness; and integrative therapies. 

  • Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Sasha Faust

    Sasha Faust, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: She/They

    CAPS Central Office

    ABOUT: Sasha is a queer-identified, white, cis-gendered female originally from Rhode Island. She is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. She received her Pys.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. Sasha has previously worked at a crisis center, UC San Diego Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research, Rady’s Children’s Hospital’s medical behavioral unit, and the University of San Diego’s counseling center. Sasha approaches psychology from an integrative perspective, incorporating psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). She has experience working with individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, ages, religious and spiritual beliefs, and physical and psychological disabilities. Sasha believes that we
    all possess exceptional talents that enhance the potential to contribute to others and add meaningfully to our own sense of purpose. Sasha has a passion for working with students and fostering a safe, healing space where students can feel seen, heard, supported, and validated.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Sasha’s clinical interests include trauma, alcohol and other drug use, sexual abuse survivors, eating disorders, identity exploration, the experience and process around coming out, spirituality, codependency, intimate partner violence, and interpersonal concerns.

  • Stephanie Juarez Cordova

    Stephanie Juarez Cordova, Ph.D

    ABOUT: Stephanie (she/her) is a cisgender, Latinx, woman, born and raised in Southern California. She earned her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology and obtained her bachelor’s at California State University, Fullerton. While obtaining her doctorate, Stephanie was a transfer and first-generation college student. She has primarily worked in college counseling as well as community mental health settings. Her approach to therapy is grounded in psychodynamic, relational and trauma-focused approaches. She uses EFT and CBT when needed to meet the unique needs of each individual client. She likes to spend her time lifting weights, watching true crime documentaries, cooking and exploring new hiking locations in California.  

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Stephanie’s primary area of focus is supporting survivors of trauma. Her clinical interest also includes students of color, first-gen students, and assisting those who are exploring their place within various social, cultural, and relational environments. Her goal is to work collaboratively with students to identify changes they wish to experience, identify and build resilience, and help to facilitate movement towards their goals for mental health

  • Dave McNew

    Dave McNew, Psy.D

    Pronouns: he/him/his

    ABOUT: Dave is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. He recently completed his Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Maine. Dave identifies as a cisgender, white, heterosexual male. Working in Spanish Harlem, Bangkok, and Tokyo deepened his cultural humility and stirred his appreciation for intersectional identities, multiculturalism, and acculturative distress. In his free time, Dave can be found baking bread, getting lost in a book, or trail running.

    Areas of Specialization and Interest: Dave takes an integrative approach to therapy. Centered on interpersonal psychodynamic practices, he draws from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) traditions to meet the individual needs of students. Clinical interests include mood disorders, grief, trauma, identity formation, alcohol abuse, and self-harming behavior. He has experience working with individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, religious faiths, and socioeconomic backgrounds in community mental health and college counseling centers. He is especially drawn to supporting our international, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC communities. Believing that the therapeutic relationship is the crucible of change, Dave co-authors relationships with clients marked by acceptance, self-compassion, and curiosity.

  • Jaeliên Pinheiro

    Jaeliên Pinheiro, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: they/she

    Merrill College

    Phone: To do determined

    ABOUT: Jaeliên identifies as a queer femme Vietnamese/Portuguese-American person and is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. Jaeliên’s approach to therapy is largely integrative with foundations in relational theory, while also drawing from liberation psychology and CBT skill-based strategies. As a QPOC clinician and advocate, Jaeliên has had a long-standing passion for applying social justice oriented approaches in therapy that largely focus on cultivating self-compassion, insight, and liberation from oppressive systems of power. Jaeliên’s approach to therapy is anchored in exploring the multidimensionality and complexity of being while also unearthing new ways of relating to the self and others. It is Jaeliên’s hope that this reflective process may yield a burgeoning of meaningful healing and self-discovery.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: (Topics) expansiveness within sexuality and gender, identity exploration, relationship building, constructive communication; stress management. (Populations) queer, LGBTQIA+, NBGQ, POC, Southeast Asian; multi-racial self-identified.

  • Psychology Interns

  • Ian Fetterolf

    Ian Fetterolf, M.A.

    Pronouns: He/Him

    ABOUT: Ian is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at UCSC CAPS. Ian is a white and gay-identified cisgender male therapist whose education and training experiences meld the core human service components of social work with evidence-based practices in clinical psychology. He holds a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) at CSPP-AIU in Los Angeles, California. His clinical training experiences span a spectrum of inpatient psychiatric, intensive outpatient, substance use, community mental health, school-based, and employee assistance-oriented treatment settings. Ian’s integrative and relational approach to therapy is identity-affirming, trauma-informed, and customized to meet the specific needs of each individual’s unique lived experiences. His theoretical approach incorporates elements of psychodynamic (humanistic and relational), cognitive-behavioral (CBT), internal family systems, and multicultural psychology from of a person-in-environment perspective.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION/CLINICAL INTERESTS: some of Ian’s clinical interests include mood and trauma-related disorders, gender identity and development, human sexuality, LGBTQ+ health and wellness, substance use and addiction, individual and professional identity exploration, racial and social justice, and challenges related to interpersonal and intimate partner relationships. Ian is an advocate for person-centered language use, trauma-informed and identity-affirming interventions, risk reduction techniques, and other initiatives that aim to reduce mental health-related stigmas. Ian enjoys working with young adult individuals as well as different combinations of romantic or intimate partners.

  • Richard Koenig, M.A.

    Richard Koenig, M.A.

    ABOUT: Richard Koenig, M.A identifies as a bilingual/bicultural queer cisgender male. He is originally from Lima, Peru, and identifies as mixed in terms of race and ethnicity. Richard is currently a doctoral student of Clinical Psychology. His approach to therapy is integrative and trauma-informed, incorporating relational and psychodynamic principles with the instrumental features of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT
    (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Richard also integrates somatic elements into his practice, based on his research in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy). Richard’s therapeutic style involves working jointly with students to help them achieve their goals in a safe space that invites curiosity and identity exploration.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: (Topics) Anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ issues, identity exploration, immigration, social justice (Populations) queer, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, first gen, latinx, Spanish-speaking.

  • Vi Negrete, M.A.

    Vi Negrete, M.A.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    ABOUT: Vi is a first-generation immigrant originally from Vietnam. Vi identifies as a cisgender female, married, Christian, and is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno. Vi’s approach to therapy is primarily drawn from a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) using solution-focused brief strategies, informed by a humanistic and multicultural framework. While attending William Jessup University and Westmont College for her undergraduate degree, Vi had the opportunity to serve in leadership teams that focused on missions of educating the student body about the importance of cross-cultural communications and having a global perspective in building communities. Social justice and mental health awareness are two of her passions. Vi wishes to bring change to the currently stigmatized traditional beliefs of Asian cultures relating to mental health one step at a time.
    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: (Topics) multiculturalism, mental health literacy, resiliency and coping, mindfulness meditation, acculturation and loss of face. (Populations) Asian and Asian American students, international students and graduate students. (Skill and therapeutic approaches) CBT, person-centered, solution-focused brief strategies, multicultural framework, and bilingual counseling (Vietnamese and English).

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