All staff and faculty can be reached at 415-338-2208
Yolanda Gamboa*, PhD., Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Interim (MPP)
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
Stacy Peterson, LCSW, The SAFE Place - Manager (MPP)
Professional Areas of Interest: Trauma due to sexual violence, social justice, transformative justice, harm reduction, and solution focused interventions.
Personal Interests: Reading, spending time with loved ones, being creative, and enjoying the outdoors.
Motto: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~ James Baldwin
Clinical Counselor Faculty
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), impact of social justice on mental health, 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
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
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
Laurene Domínguez, LCSW, Clinical Counselor
Professional Areas of Interest : cultural identity/multicultural issues, Chicanx/Latinx support, first generation students, crisis/trauma especially sexual violence support, EMDR, somatic healing methods, anxiety, healthy relationships, and social justice issues and the integration of western and indigenous ways of healing.
Personal Interests: music, dancing, travel, watching b films on Netflix, and my puppy Maya.
Motto: "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde
Leslie Jaeyoun Shin, LMFT & LPCC*, Coordinator of Peggy H. Smith Counseling Clinic, Interim and Half-time Clinical Counselor
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
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.
Rick Nizzardini, LCSW, Residential Life Clinical Counselor
Professional Areas of Interest: Interpersonal processes, trauma, relationships, LGBTQIIA+ issues, and University Residential Life.
Motto: “I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Jung
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
Lightfoot Wilhite, LCSW, Clinical Counselor
Professional Areas of Interest: Deconstruction of stressful belief systems.
Motto: The Truth is also seeking the Seeker.
Gwen A. Agustin-Nodora, Ed.D., Educational Psychologist, ASPIRE (provides psychological testing only)
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
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.
Mental Health Case Manager
Leandra Peloquin, LCSW, Mental Health Case Manager
Professional Areas of Interest: Working with survivors of sexual trauma, trauma, and interpersonal violence; crisis counseling and social justice advocacy.
Motto: "Stand for what's right, even if it means you are standing alone." ~ Unknown
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
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."
*Counseling available in the following languages: Farsi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish
**(Bilingual in Mandarin and Cantonese)