All staff and faculty can be reached at 415-338-2208
Faculty and Staff
Derethia DuVal, PhD., LMFT, Director
Areas of Interest: Multicultural Psychotherapy, PTSD, Feminist Therapy, Couples/Family Therapy, Identity Development
Motto: "Taking even one step in mindfulness can benefit all beings on Earth" ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Taghi Amjadi, PhD., LMFT*, Clinical Counselor
Areas of Interest: Relationships, personal growth, spirituality and psychology, trauma relief work with refugee and Immigrants (PTSD), and cross-cultural psychotherapy
Motto: "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~ Nelson Mandela
Karla Castillo, LMFT*, LPCC, Residential Life Clinical Counselor
Areas of Interest: Stress Management, Crisis Counseling, Trauma, Alcohol and Other Drug assessment and counseling
Motto: "I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is a act of survival." ~ Audre Lourde
Susan Chen, LMFT*, Clinical Counselor & Liaison to International Programs
Areas of Interest: Anxiety, International student concerns, LGBTQ issues, Harm reduction, Meditation
Motto: "Pain is not punishment. Pleasure is not a reward. They are just ordinary occurrences" ~Pema Chodron et al.
"The greatest gift you give to the universe is being who you really are. Kindness, like a boomerang always returns." ~Unknown
Laurene Dominguez, LCSW, Clinical Counselor and Coordinator, The S.A.F.E. Place
Areas of Interest : I enjoy working with a broad range of issues with a focus on cultural identity/multicultural issues, spirituality/religion, depression & anxiety, bereavement, and working with Chicano/Latino & first generation students. I am especially interested in supporting students dealing with crisis/trauma and relationships. I am passionate about social justice issues and the integration of western and indigenous ways of healing.
Motto : "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou
Yolanda Gamboa*, PhD., Clinical Counselor, Liaison to Student Health Services
Areas of Interest: I am interested in developmental issues facing the diverse college population, women of color, body image and eating issues, crisis intervention, training, first generation college students, ethnic identity, LGBT issues, Chicano (a)/Latino(a) population, and multicultural issues. I am currently developing a Post Doctoral Training Program for CPS and in the last year started Active Minds, a student organization focused on raising mental health awareness on the campus community. I have also presented at professional conferences on research related to Women of Color and Multicultural Issues. The most recent presentation was my dissertation research focused on the Sociocultural Issues Related to Body Image and Eating Issues in Mexican American College Women.
Motto: "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'." ~Mary Ann Radmacher
Leslie Jaeyoun Shin, LMFT & LPCC*, Clinical Counselor
Areas of Interest: People, Life, and Love. Clinical interests include trauma work, racial discrimination & microaggression, multicultural counseling, social justice issues, domestic or dating violence, relationship, self-esteem and personal growth.
Motto : Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. ~ Soren Kierkegaard
Catherine Jolly, LMFT & FAMI, Clinical Counselor
Areas of interest: I enjoy helping people in finding their voice, expressing their artistic side (which I believe is a human birthright), and learning to advocate for themselves and others. I have experience clinically with LGBT issues; developing white allies; family relationships; young adult development; and expressive arts therapy. Personally, I am nourished by connecting with people, spending time in nature, playing the cello, singing, and hearing live music.
FAMI stands for Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery.
Motto: Compassion is never wasted.
David Vengel, Psy.D., Clinical Counselor
Areas of interest: Holistic health, multiculturalism, cross cultural psychotherapy, yoga, mindfulness, podcasts, navigating relationships, interpersonal processes, self-compassion, and self-care.
Motto: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou
Lightfoot Wilhite, LCSW, Clinical Counselor
Areas of Interest: Thought as creation myth, Collecting dvds, Watching UK crime/drama TV shows, Basketball, Cooking, Joy.
Motto: The Truth is also seeking the Seeker.
Gwen A. Agustin-Nodora, Ed.D., Educational Psychologist, ASPIRE
Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education (ASPIRE) is a collaboration with the Asian American Studies (AAS) Department and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM). The goal of ASPIRE is to improve and expand SF State’s capacity to serve high-need Asian American and Native American Pacific Islanders (AANAPI) and low-income degree-seeking undergraduate students, improve the learning environment, and strengthen academic outcomes. To learn more about ASPIRE and their mission and services, please visit their website at aspire.sfsu.edu.
Areas of Interest: Educational Interests: Learning Disabilities, Psycho-Educational Assessments, Social Justice, Equity, Transformative Education, Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities, and First Generation Immigrant Youth.
Personal Interest: Travel, Hip-Hop, Art, and Music.
Motto: "Education is Freedom" - Paulo Freire
Jessa Delos Reyes, Administrative Support Assistant I
Areas of Interest: Gender, LGBTQ+, and ethnic studies; community organizing, reading, writing, and baking.
Motto: "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." – Audre Lorde
Ricky Lui, Administrative Support Assistant I
Areas of Interest : I enjoy spending time with the people I love and making memories that will last more than my lifetime.
Motto: "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear."
Katharine Tsang**, Administrative Analyst Specialist
Areas of Interest: Traveling, Listen to music, Reading
Motto: "Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~ Buddha
*Counseling available in the following languages: Farsi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish
**(Bilingual in Mandarin and Cantonese)