Meet the Counseling Staff

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
California School of Professional Psychology

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: Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Crisis Intervention

Personal or Professional Quote: “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” - CG Jung

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, Masters of Social Work, 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

Chetina Hunter, LMFT, APCC

Chetina Hunter, LMFT, APCC

Counselor Faculty, Outreach Coordinator

Meet the Counselor - Chetina Hunter video or scroll down to view on page.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT116335

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC3110

SHCS Staff Member Since 2019

Academic Training: Holy Names University, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, 2016. 

Certificate in Traumatology and Treatment, 2016

Areas of Special Interest: Mindfulness/Meditation, Trauma, Self-Care, Positive Self-Talk, Personal Growth and Identity Development, Relationship Issues, Anxiety, Suicidal Ideation, Anger Management, Somatic Awareness, Expressive Arts

Languages Spoken Other Than English: Beginner to Intermediate American Sign Language

Personal/Professional Quote: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."- Dr. Maya Angelou

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

 

Leyla Eraslan

Leyla Eraslan, LMFT, APCC

Counselor Faculty, Housing Counselor

Meet the Counselor - Leyla Eraslan video or scroll down to view on page.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT123936

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC2458

SHCS Staff Member Since 2021

Academic Training: John F. Kennedy University, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy, 2015

Areas of Special Interest: Anxiety, Depression, Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, Perfectionism and Self-Criticism, Codependency, Coping Skills and Self-care, Expressive Arts, Positive Body Relationship

Personal or Professional Quote: "If I'm shining, everybody gonna shine." -Lizzo

Andy

Andy Spivack, MSW

Associate Counselor

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

Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW 87834

SHCS Staff Since 2020

Academic Training: University of California, Berkeley, Masters in Social Work, Concentration in Management and Planning, 2017

Areas of Special Interest: PTSD, Trauma, Intimate Partner and Family Violence, Sexual Violence, Relationships, Existential Crisis, Self Image, Men and Masculinity

Personal or Professional Quote: "You know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon...everything's different.” ~ Bill Watterson

Mariane

Mariane Stimbra-Mora, MSW

Associate Counselor

Meet the Counselor - Mariane Stimbra-Mora video or scoll down to view on page.

Associate Clinical Social Worker

SHCS Staff Member since 2020

Academic Training: Cal State University, East Bay, Masters of Social Work, 2020

Areas of Special Interest:  Undocumented/"Dreamer" Students, First Generation Students, Relationship Issues, Trauma, Anxiety, Stress Management, Self-Esteem, Personal Growth, Grief and Loss and Social Justice.

Languages Spoken other than English:  Spanish

Personal or Professional Quote: "Nada es más valioso que la risa. Se requiere de fuerza para reír y abandonarse a uno, para ser ligera."

"Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.” - Frida Kahlo
Michele

Michele Adkins, AMFT

Associate Counselor

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #115769

SHCS Staff Member since 2021

Academic Training: Santa Clara University, MA in Counseling Psychology, emphasis in Corrections, 2019.  California State University, San Bernardino, BA in Criminal Justice, 2006.

Areas of Special Interest:  Foster Youth/Former Foster Youth, Reentry/Probation, PTSD, Trauma, Trauma Informed Systems, Self-Care, Skill Development, Stress Management, Self-Esteem/Self-Concept, Mindfulness.

Personal or Professional Quote: "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein

Laura

Laura Rea, AMFT

Associate Counselor
Meet the Counselor - Laura Rea video or scoll down to view on page.

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #123489

SHCS Staff Member since 2021

Academic Training: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, MS in Psychology, 2020.  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, BS in Psychology, 2018.

Areas of Special Interest: Mindfulness, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Identity Development, Crisis Intervention, Stress Management, Anxiety and Depression

Personal or Professional Quote: "The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination." - Carl Rogers

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 - Chetina Hunter
Meet the Counselors - Chetina Hunter
Meet the Counselors - Bunny Ott
Meet the Counselors - Bunny Ott
Meet the Counselor - Rosa Mora
Meet the Counselors - Rosa Mora
Meet the Counselor - Leyla Eraslan
Meet the Counselors - Leyla Eraslan
Meet the Counselors - Andy Spivack
Meet the Counselors - Andy Spivack
Meet the Counselors - Mariane Stimbra-Mora
Meet the Counselors - Mariane Stimbra-Mora
Meet the Counselors - Laura Rea
Meet the Counselors - Laura Rea