Meet the Counseling Staff

About Us

Please note that all of our counselors are trained as "generalists" to work with students on any personal issue. However, we have listed some particular areas of interest and specialized training as well.

Each counselor has recorded a "Meet the Counselors" video introduction.   See links in each bio, or full videos at the bottom of the page.

Colleen Arnold, Ph.D, LMFT

Colleen Arnold, Ph.D, LMFT

Lead Counselor, Clinical Supervisor

Meet the Counselor - Colleen Arnold video or scroll down to view on page.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 36921

SHCS Staff Member since 2016

Academic Training: San Jose State University, MS in Clinical Psychology, 1992

California School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, 2002

Areas of Special Interest: Life transitions, spirituality and mental health, depression, anxiety, identity issues, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness

Personal or Professional Quote: "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

 

Kathryn Kirkpatrick, LCSW Counselor Faculty

Kathryn Kirkpatrick, LCSW

Counselor Faculty, Clinical Supervisor

Meet the Counselor - Kathryn Kirkpatrick video or scroll down to view on page.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW 60751
Columbia University

SHCS Staff Member since 2018

Academic Training: Columbia University School of Social Work, MSW, 2008

Areas of Special Interest: First Generation Students, Undocumented/"Dreamer" Students, Relationship Issues, Social Justice, Coping with Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, and Women's Empowerment.

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish

Personal or Professional Quote: "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

Erin Harrell

Erin Harrell, Psy.D

Counselor Faculty, Clinical Supervisor

Meet the Counselor - Erin Harrell video or scroll down to view on page.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY #27303

SHCS staff member since 2021

Academic Training: California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Doctor of Psychology, 2013

University of California San Diego, Human Development and Critical Gender Studies, BA 2003

Areas of Special Interest: LGBTQIA Community, Identity (Especially Gender and Sexuality), Social Justice, Life Transitions, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Relationships. 

Personal/Professional Quote: “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” - Brené Brown

Benedicta (Bunny) Ott, LMFT, APCC

Benedicta (Bunny) Ott, LMFT, APCC

Counselor Faculty

Meet the Counselor - Bunny Ott video or scroll down to view on page.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 116068
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC 3500

SHCS Staff Member since 2019

Academic Training:  Regent College, MA in Theological Studies, 2002

Western Seminary, MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2016

Areas of Special Interest: PTSD, Trauma Relief utilizing EMDR, Family Relationships, Spiritual Integration, Anxiety, Depression, Self-esteem/ Identity Development and Stress Management

Personal or Professional Quote:  “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” - Frederick Buechner

Rosa Mora

Rosa Mora, Ph.D.

Counselor Faculty, Clinical Supervisor

Meet the Counselor - Rosa Mora video or scroll down to view on page.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY #23233

SHCS staff member since 2021

Academic TrainingUniversity of Illinois-Chicago BA in Clinical Psychology, 2000

Illinois Institute of Technology, MS in Rehabilitation Counseling, 2002

California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, 2007

Areas of Special Interest: Crisis Intervention, First Generation Students, Undocumented/"Dreamer" Students, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Anger Management and Substance Issues.

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish

Personal or Professional Quote: “To make a dream come true, the first requirement is a great capacity to dream. The second; is persistence.” - Cesar Chavez

 

Sophie De Pillis

Sophie De Pillis, LMFT

Please note that Sophie is on leave until November 2023.

Counselor Faculty, Counselor at Concord

Meet the Counselor - Sophie De Pillis video or scroll down to view on page.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #122245

SHCS Staff Member Since 2021

Academic Training: The Wright Institute, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, 2018

Areas of Special Interest:  Trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, identity development, substance use, body image, stress management 

Personal or Professional Quote“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  - James Baldwin

Dahlia Case

Dahlia Case, LMFT

Counselor in SEAS - please note that Dahlia works specifically with students from the Student Equity and Success programs.
Meet the Counselor - Dahlia Case video or scroll down to view on page.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #140026

SHCS Staff Member since 2022

Academic Training:  Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English, 2010

The Wright Institute, Masters in Counseling Psychology, 2016

Areas of Special Interest: Faith/Spirituality, Self-esteem/Identity Development, Depression, Anxiety, Communication, Relationships

Personal or Professional Quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Christina Tompkins

Christina Tompkins, LMFT

Counselor in Housing

Meet the Counselor - Christina Tompkins Video or scroll down to view on page

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #117352

SHCS Staff Member since 2023

Academic training: University of California Santa Cruz, B.A, Psychology Major (Intensive), 2016.

The Wright Institute, Masters in Counseling Psychology 2019. 

Areas of Special Interest: LGBTQIA+ folks, Identity (exploration, development, and intersectionality), Trauma and Resilience, Interpersonal relationships, Substance Use, and Domestic Violence. 

Languages Spoken other than English: Moderate Level of proficiency in Spanish

Quote: "You don't have to sing it nice, but honey, sing it strong, at best you'll find a little remedy, at worst the world will sing along" -Hoizer

Andy Gonzalez

Andy Gonzalez, AMFT

Associate Counselor

Meet the Counselor - Andy Gonzalez video or scroll down to view on page.

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #134229  

SHCS staff member since 2022

Academic Training: Santa Clara University, MA in Counseling Psychology (LGBTQ+ emphasis), 2022

Ithaca College, BAs in Psychology & Theatre Studies, 2016

Areas of Special Interest: Relationship issues, substance use concerns, overthinking/anxiety, grief & loss, sadness/depression, questioning LGBTQ+ folks, gender & sexuality concerns, sex & intimacy, loneliness, spirituality, authenticity development, personal growth, life transitions

Languages spoken other than EnglishSpanish

Personal or Professional Quote: “Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?” – Eckhart Tolle

Tori Parsons

Tori Parsons, ACSW

Associate Counselor

Meet the Counselor - Tori Parsons video or scroll down to view on page.

Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW #100352

SHCS staff member since 2023

Academic TrainingCal State East Bay - Masters of Social Work, 2019 

Areas of Special Interest: Neurodiversity Affirming Care, Embodied Somatic Abolitionism, Cultivating space for more imagination, joy, and authenticity.

Personal or Professional Quote: “Ease is your birthright.” - Tricia Hersey 

Songs that help me Groundhttps://music.apple.com/us/album/rest-life/1593190533?i=1593190769

Fun Fact: I love to collect hot sauces.

Dejaun Gray

Dejaun Gray, AMFT

Associate Counselor

Meet the Counselor - Dejaun Gray video or scroll down to view on page.

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #141227

SHCS Staff Member since 2023

Academic Training: San Francisco State University, MS in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, emphasis in Clinical Mental Health, 2023

California State University, East Bay, BA in Psychology, 2019

Areas of Special Interest: First-generation college students, life transitions, identity development, anxiety, depression, and developmental trauma.

Personal or Professional Quotes: “Actions create consequences which produces new worlds, and they’re all different” - Ruben Blades

“Taking care of you is not selfish or egocentric but essential to finding your own success. Finding balance begins with allowing yourself the opportunity to build a foundation of how you want others to see you.” - Brian Bovino

Ru Reed

Rukiya "Ru" Reed, ACSW

Associate Counselor
Meet the Counselor - Rukiya Reed video or scroll down to view on page.
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW #116418
SHCS Staff Member Since 2023
Academic Training: Cal State East Bay - Masters of Social Work, 2023
Cal State East Bay - Bachelors of Arts Human Development - 2020
Areas of Interest: Aging, Life Transitions, Anxiety, Anger & Stress Management, Self-Esteem, Mindfulness, Gerontology, Personal Growth
Personal or Professional Quote: "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change" - Dr. Wayne Dyer
Shauna Hong, LCSW, PPSC

Shauna Hong, LCSW

Director of Counseling Services

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCS24276
San Jose State University

SHCS Staff Member since 2009

Academic Training: San José State University, MSW, 2003

Areas of Special Interest: First Generation College Students, Identity Development (Ethnic, Sexual, Gender, Spiritual), Relationships, Couples, Social Justice

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish

Personal or Professional Quote: “The soul speaks its truth only under quiet, inviting, and trustworthy conditions. The soul is like a wild animal – tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient, and yet exceedingly shy.”
- Parker Palmer

Meet the Counselors - Colleen Arnold
Meet the Counselors - Colleen Arnold
Meet the Counselors - Kathryn Kirkpatrick
Meet the Counselors - Kathryn Kirkpatrick
Meet the Counselors - Erin Harrell
Meet the Counselors - Erin Harrell
Meet the Counselors - Bunny Ott
Meet the Counselors - Bunny Ott
Meet the Counselor - Rosa Mora
Meet the Counselors - Rosa Mora
Meet the Counselor - Sophie De Pillis
Meet the Counselors - Sophie De Pillis
Meet the Counselors - Dahlia Case
Meet the Counselor in SEAS - Dahlia Case
Meet the Counselors - Andy Gonzalez
Meet the Counselors - Andy Gonzalez
Meet the Counselors - Tori Parsons
Meet the Counselors - Tori Parsons
Meet the Counselors - Dejaun Gray
Meet the Counselors - Dejaun Gray
Meet the Counselor - Rukiya Reed
Meet the Counselor - Rukiya "Ru" Reed
Meet the Counselor - Christina Tompkins
Meet the Counselor in Housing - Christina Tompkins