Counseling & Psychological Services' Faculty and Staff

Illustration of a phone  All staff and faculty can be reached at 415-338-2208

Faculty and Staff

 

Portrait of Yolanda Gamboa

Yolanda Gamboa*, PhD., Assistant Director of Clinical Services (Interim)

Professional Areas of Interest: Multicultural issues, first generation college students, AB 540 undocumented students, women of color, Chicano/a and Latino/a population, LGBTQ, and underserved and underrepresented students. Training and supervision of graduate and post graduates.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family, walking my dog, cooking/baking, hiking, and meditation.

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

 

Portrait of Taghi Amjadi

Taghi Amjadi, PhD., LMFT*, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: East-West psychology, mindfulness-based anxiety management, relationships, trauma work with refugees and immigrants (PTSD), and transpersonal psychology.

Personal Interests: Music, nature, and movies.

Motto: "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~ Nelson Mandela

 

Portrait of Karla Castillo

Karla Castillo, LMFT*, LPCC,  Clinical Counselor &  Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Substance use disorders, EMDR, trauma, mindfulness, multicultural issues, issues affecting undocumented students, harm reduction, and crisis counseling.

Personal Interests: Swimming, biking, jogging, dancing, music, and travel.

Motto: "I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." ~ Audre Lourde

 

Portrait of Susan Chen

Susan Chen, LMFT*, Clinical Counselor & Liaison to International Programs

Professional Areas of Interest: Social anxiety, excessive internet and social media use, harm reduction, LGBTQ issues, anti-racism, and meditation.

Motto: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~ Various

"It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found." ~ DW Winnicott

 

Portrait of Laurene Dominguez

Laurene Dominguez, LCSW, Clinical Counselor

Professional 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

 

Portrait of Leslie Jaeyoun Shin

Leslie Jaeyoun Shin, LMFT & LPCC*, Clinical Counselor and Coordinator of Peggy H. Smith Counseling Clinic (Interim)

Professional Areas of Interest: Relationship issues, trauma work, racial discrimination and microaggressions, social justice related issues, multicultural counseling, self-esteem and personal growth, depression, anxiety, and adjustment challenges.

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

 

Portrait of Catherine Jolly

Catherine Jolly, LMFT & FAMI, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Expression arts therapy, LGBTQI issues, social justice and advocacy, and FAMI (Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery).

Personal Interests: Spending time in nature, playing and writing music, and connecting with people of all ages.

Motto: Compassion is never wasted.

 

Portrait of David Vengel

David Vengel, Psy.D., Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Holistic health, multiculturalism, cross cultural psychotherapy, mindfulness, interpersonal process, navigating relationships, self-compassion, and self-care.

Personal Interests: Yoga, podcasts, and cooking.

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

 

Portrait of Lightfoot Whilhite

 

Lightfoot Wilhite, LCSW, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Deconstruction of stressful belief systems.

Motto: The Truth is also seeking the Seeker.

 

Portrait of Gwen Agustin

 

Gwen A. Agustin-Nodora, Ed.D., Educational Psychologist, ASPIRE (provides psychological testing only)

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.

Professional 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 Interests: Travel, hip-hop, art, and music. 

Motto: "Education is Freedom." ~ Paulo Freire​

 

Administrative Staff

 

Portrait of Ricky Lui

Ricky Lui, Administrative Support Coordinator

Personal Interests:  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."

 

Portrait of Jessa Delos Reyes

Jessa Delos Reyes, Administrative Support Assistant I

Areas of Interest: Gender, LGBTQ+, and ethnic studies.

Personal Interests: 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

 

 

Portrait of Katharine Tsang

Katharine Tsang**, Administrative Analyst Specialist

Personal Interests: Traveling, listening to music, and 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)