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Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Services


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photo of Jen Rikard Jennifer Rikard, Ph.D. (she, her, hers) is the Director of Counseling & Psychological Services. A licensed psychologist, she is a graduate of George Washington University and the California School of Professional Psychology – San Diego, and completed training at the University of Miami - School of Medicine. She has provided counseling to students for a wide range of presenting problems, taught Bounce Back classes, and provided training and supervision to trainees, particularly in Motivational Interviewing and working with alcohol and other drug use. She is a developer of the e-CHECKUP TO GO intervention programs, used on over 600 campuses worldwide. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and is an adjunct faculty member in SDSU's American Indian Studies department.

Picture of Martin Doucett Martin Doucett, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of Counseling & Psychological Services.  He supervises doctoral trainees, and is the liaison to Student Disability Services and Student Health Services where he provides consultation and oversees psychological assessments for students with disabilities related to mental health conditions. He recently developed a biofeedback program to address academic stress and is conducting outcome research. He developed and implemented the Anger Management Program at C&PS, and co-developed the Civility/Citizenship Workshop for students mandated to an early intervention/diversion program for violating campus conduct policies.

Dr. Doucett has a strong interest in cultural, gender, and sexuality and how these factors of human diversity inform therapy. He has lived in Bahrain and has travelled extensively. He enjoys working with international students from the Middle East and Latin America. Dr. Doucett has been a member of the Safe Zones training team, and sat on the LGBT Advisory Board, which was charged with the development and implementation of an LGBT Center on the SDSU campus. He has also served as faculty advisor to SDSU’s Queer Student Union. He is certified in relationship violence, and helped to develop and implement a court-certified program for treatment of relationship violence among gay and lesbian couples. Additionally, Dr. Doucett conducts workshops and trainings with community groups and county agencies on various aspects of family violence and gay/lesbian culture. He is a member of the San Diego Psychological Association, and serves on the LGBT Task Force.

Picture of Douglas Thompson Douglas Thomson, Ph.D. (he, him, his) is the Assistant Director at C&PS, and Coordinator of the Training Program. He immigrated from Canada to the U.S. in 1996, and obtained his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2004 with an emphasis in Men’s Issues. He has been employed at Counseling & Psychological Services since 2006. He has interests in the areas of training and supervision, privilege, spirituality, and college student career development. He provides individual counseling to students, supervises graduate psychology trainees, and acts as a liaison to Project Rebound students on campus.

 photo of psychologist Cristina Antonucci, Psy.D.Cristina Antonucci, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist and earned her doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She trained as a predoctoral intern at Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center in Baltimore and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago Student Counseling Services. Dr. Antonucci has experience providing both individual and group therapy, as well as supervising and teaching graduate students. While she specializes in student populations, she has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient community mental health centers.

Dr. Antonucci holds an integrated approach to treatment drawing upon psychodynamic, humanistic, multicultural, and existential models of healing. Her clinical interests include identity development, intersectionality, relationship issues, social justice, trauma and working within the LGBTQIA+ community. She also has a special interest in mindfulness practices, the creative process and working with artists.

 photo of psychologist Zemed Berhe, Ph.D.,  Zemed Berhe, Ph.D. is a psychologist providing mental health services to students at SDSU. She earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University, with a special emphasis in Multicultural Psychology. Dr. Berhe trained at the New Jersey Veterans Affairs for her pre-doctoral internship, and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs in Long Beach, with a specialized focus in trauma-related disorders and individuals struggling with emotional dysregulation, suicidality, and interpersonal issues.
Dr. Berhe has specialized training in trauma-focused treatments and evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has extensive training working with diverse populations and experience in conducting individual, group, and couples therapy. Her clinical interests include trauma, stress, racial/ethnic identity development, African American mental health, and multicultural counseling. Throughout her work, Dr. Berhe strives to incorporate racial-culturally sensitive approaches in working with adults, couples, and families. She is bilingual in Tigrinya and English.

img_3838_pp.jpg Devon Berkheiser, Psy.D. (she, her, hers) is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Outreach Co-Coordinator at Counseling & Psychological Services. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, before moving to San Diego to earn her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Berkheiser started her career at C&PS as an intern, and she is happy to now be a full-time faculty member. Her other training experiences include working in community mental health clinics and substance abuse treatment facilities.

Dr. Berkheiser’s treatment approach focuses on building a strong collaborative relationship with students, which provides the foundation for increasing insight and making positive changes. Dr. Berkheiser strives to help students identify their own strengths so that they feel empowered to be the best versions of themselves. Her clinical interests include substance misuse, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, and relationship issues.

 Picture of Diana Bull Diana Bull, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, and has worked at Counseling & Psychological Services since 2011. Dr. Bull is an alum of SDSU, and went on to earn her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Bull’s interests include reducing the stigma of mental illness, peer mentoring and education, and suicide prevention. She loves working with students, and her clinical interests include working with anxiety and stress related conflict, depression, relationship conflicts, life transitions, substance use and suicide prevention. She teaches Bounce Back and provides training to faculty and students on suicide prevention. Being a fellow Aztec she loves this university, and is thankful to have the opportunity to be working with the current students who attend SDSU.

photo of Todd Carson Todd Carson, Psy.D. has been Counseling Faculty at C&PS since fall of 2015. He provides individual and group therapy for SDSU students, as well as, presents to SDSU campus groups on a wide variety of topics, including managing test anxiety, matters of multiculturalism and diversity, and privilege in our society. He also coordinates the Successful Community Living program, is a member of the SafeZones@SDSU Coordinating Committee, teaches a Bounce Back course, and supports the FratMANners/SiSSters program of the Health Promotion Department. He is a co-coordinator of the Aztecs Reaching Aztecs program, which aims to build connections between students. He also and enjoys working with students adjusting to college, dealing with life stressors, grieving losses, and struggling with test anxiety.

His therapy style integrates different fields of psychology, as well as, philosophical and spiritual ideas. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Florida and obtained his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego.

photo of Maria Elena Garibay Maria Elena Garibay, LMFT is a licensed clinical therapist at Counseling and Psychological Services.  She is proud alumna of SDSU where she obtained her BA in Psychology.  She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University, San Diego.  She has experience providing group, individual, couples and family counseling.  Maria Elena has had the opportunity to work in different settings including schools, a crisis house, non-profit community clinic and outpatient drug and alcohol programs.

Maria Elena is passionate about working with students and helping them through Cognitive Behavioral, Systems, Client-Centered approaches, being sensitive to cultural and spiritual values. She has worked with diverse populations and is familiar with the process of acculturation and how this can play a role in family dynamics, self-identity and academic success.  She has a passion for working with underserved populations and working on decreasing mental health stigma.  Maria Elena is bilingual in Spanish and English.

photo of Erika Hess Erika Hess, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her MS in Counseling from San Diego State University and BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  Since 2005, Erika has been engaging with diverse communities in community-based mental health and non-profit agencies.  Her work has focused around supporting individuals, families, and communities with experiences of abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, as well as specialized training in torture treatment, immigration stressors, and cultural adjustment. Her previous employment has also included Clinical Research Associate in the UCSD Psychiatry Department and Clinical Supervisor in the SDSU MFT Program.

Erika’s approach is grounded in narrative and solution-focused therapies which center each person as the expert of their life and focuses on reconnecting with our values, skills, and strengths.  She also integrates mind and body approaches through exploring physiological responses to trauma and stress, drawing upon mindfulness-based practices, and offering psychophysiological interventions of Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  In addition to working at C&PS, she is also a contracted provider with Survivors of Torture, International, a local non-profit supporting refugees who have been tortured in their home countries.

photo of Mary Juan Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D. (she, her, hers) is a licensed psychologist with her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Psychology (Counseling Psychology) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She trained as a psychology predoctoral intern at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Palo Alto, CA and as a Women's Mental Health Advanced Postdoctoral Fellow at the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in San Diego. 

Dr. Juan's approach to working with students is centered on nurturing self-compassion. In therapy, she draws largely from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and emotion-focused and mindfulness-based approaches, while honoring students' multicultural perspectives. In addition to providing individual and group therapy, she is a member of SDSU's Sexual Violence Task Force. Her clinical interests include intersectionality and identity integration, women's issues, and trauma/PTSD, particularly sexual assault. Outside of C&PS, Dr. Juan has organized around issues affecting women and the Pilipino American community.

Picture of Michael Juan Michael Juan, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist providing mental health services to the students of San Diego State University. He has over a decade of experience in community mental health, serving individuals with severe mental illness as a therapist and clinic manager in South San Diego. Michael received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego and obtained his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego.  

Dr. Juan has specific clinical interests in the areas of multicultural counseling, community mental health, severe and persistent mental illness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Prior to his work with adults in community mental health, Michael has 6 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. He has a passion for working with diverse and under-served populations.

Picture of Jerry Kropp Jerry Kropp, Psy.D.has been employed at C&PS since 2009. He coordinates the Peer Education Program and social media for C&PS. He also provides individual therapy and is involved with many of the other services, including co-coordinating the ASPIRE program. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and his doctoral degree from Alliant International University.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Kropp maintained a private practice that primary focused on providing individual therapy and conducting psychological assessments, worked at multiple inpatient and outpatient psychological facilities and programs, and provided therapy for individuals with a history of alcohol and drug use. He also has extensive experience working with court mandated forensic populations, including authoring a dissertation that examined the personality profiles of male stalkers.

photo of Koko Nishi Koko Nishi, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and serves as the Outreach Coordinator for C&PS. Koko received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and completed her Masters in Psychology and Education at Teachers College Columbia University. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Koko taught English in Japan through the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) program and worked in residence life at Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at University of California, San Diego with an emphasis in suicide prevention and mental health promotion.

Koko utilizes an integrated treatment approach drawing upon psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humantistic, interpersonal and multicultural interventions. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, social justice and diversity concerns, Asian/Asian-American mental health, relationship and identity issues, life transitions and adjustment difficulties and women’s issues. Koko is passionate about collaborating with campus partners to create outreach programs that raise awareness and promote resources to help reduce mental health stigma, particularly within underrepresented populations. 

Picture of Manuel Rivera Manuel Rivera, LMFT, has worked at Counseling & Psychological Services since 2011. Manuel provides group, individual, and couples/family counseling to students for a wide range of presenting issues. He also teaches Bounce Back classes and co-coordinates the Bounce Back retention program, co-facilitates Safe Zones trainings, coordinates the COPE stress management program, and provides training and supervision to MFT and SW trainees. A licensed marriage and family therapist, he is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and San Diego State University.

Manuel was born in Puerto Rico, and is bilingual in Spanish and English. He has been living and working in San Diego since 1996. Before coming to SDSU, his clinical experiences included working with military service members and their families, working with adolescents and families involved with San Diego’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools, and working in community mental health. Manuel is particularly interested in helping individuals, families, and communities as they develop resilience in the face of adversity.

Picture of Carrie Sakai Carrie Sakai, Psy.D., is the Assistant Intern Training Coordinator at C&PS. She is also the co-chair of SafeZones@SDSU and coordinates the Safe Zones Ally Training Program which serves to create a welcoming campus climate for LGBTQI students, faculty and staff through education and advocacy. A licensed psychologist, she obtained her B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Sex and Gender at the California School of Professional Psychology – San Diego.

Dr. Sakai has a special interest and expertise in working with gender identity. Having lived and worked in the international community in Tokyo, Japan for nearly two decades, Dr. Sakai has extensive experience working with acculturation issues.

photo of Martina Nittra Savedra Martina Nittra Savedra, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing mental health counseling to the students at San Diego State University. She earned a master’s degree in Martial and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego in 2008 as well as a master’s degree in Education with a Concentration in Counseling from San Diego State University in 2006. Martina brings to Counseling and Psychological Services an extensive experience in community mental health serving underrepresented populations as a therapist and a clinical leader.

Having been raised in a large, multicultural family and to have been the first generation to receive a higher education, Martina’s approach to therapy integrates Family Systems Theory and Narrative Therapy as meeting the student where they are in their development is significant to her. She utilizes emotion-focused and mindfulness-centered interventions. Martina provides a holistic approach to healing and considers all aspects of life that relate to the present. Throughout her work, Martina has practiced therapy with a collection of communities from a wide range of backgrounds, providing her with a cross-cultural perspective. She has special interests in working with women, couples, families and the LGBTQ community; and within health and wellness, trauma, peer support services, social justice, and ethnic identity. 

After a productive day, Martina finds balance by practicing yoga, running, surfing and sharing time with her family and friends.  

picture of Leslie Wilson Leslie Wilson, Ph.D. is the co-coordinator of the ASPIRE program and has worked at Counseling & Psychological Services for more than 10 years. She is a developer of the e-CHECKUP TO GO intervention programs, used on over 600 campuses worldwide. She has an expertise in Motivational Enhancement Treatment and trains interns, faculty, and staff in the use of MET with the college population. She also specializes in working with issues of grief and loss.

Dr. Wilson works with the peer education program at Counseling & Psychological Services. A licensed psychologist, she is an alumnus of San Diego State University (and Zura Hall) and the California School of Professional Psychology – San Diego.

photo of administrative support staff, see text for namesValerie Morris, Priscilla Perez, Sarah Mendez, and Amy Shimasaki make up our administrative support staff and help students get connected to the proper therapist or program at C&PS. They are C&PS' first point of contact for students seeking services and take care of all initial scheduling, as well as assist with a large number of other administrative duties.