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Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Services

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photo of Jen Rikard Jennifer Rikard, Ph.D. 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. She completed a doctoral internship at the University of Miami - School of Medicine. She is a developer of the e-CHECKUP TO GO intervention programs, used on over 600 campuses worldwide. 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 has many years of experience working with Deaf, hard of hearing and late-deafened individuals. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation.


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. 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 currently is a trainer for the Safe Zones Ally Training Program, and has interests in the areas of privilege, spirituality, and college student career development. He provides individual counseling to students, supervises graduate psychology trainees, and acts as a liaison to Student Health Services regarding how to help students get connected with needed services in both departments.


 photo of psychologist Zemed Berhe, Ph.D.,  provides mental health services to students at SDSUZemed 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.


 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.


Picture of Jada Cade Jada Cade, Psy.D. has been a faculty psychologist at C&PS since 2008. She is a graduate of William and Mary College, earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University in 2005, and completed her internship at Gouveneur and Bellevue Hospitals in New York City. She was a post-doctoral fellow in neuropsychology and behavioral medicine at UCSD. She has worked with a variety of patient populations including in hospital settings, emergency rooms and triage, schools and universities and outpatient settings. 

Dr. Cade’s specialties and areas of interest include assessment and evaluation, performance enhancement, eating disorders, trauma, and couples’ work. She has completed several projects with the C&PS website to de-stigmatize mental health issues and to assist students in gaining access to services utilizing the web. Dr. Cade also has a particular commitment and passion for education and programming around sexual violence issues, and she was the recent recipient of a grant to design interventions to prevent sexual assault on the SDSU campus. Given her experience as a Division I athlete in college, she has additional interest and experience working with athletes and students managing multiple demands.


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, co-facilitates a LGBTQ discussion and support group, teaches a Bounce Back course, and supports the FratMANners/SiSSters program of the Health Promotion Department. 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 Mary Juan Mary Joyce Juan, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has worked at C&PS since 2015. She has 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 also trained as a psychology predoctoral intern at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Palo Alto, CA and as a Women's Health 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 therapies, she is a facilitator for the Bounce Back Program. Her clinical interests include intersectionality and identity integration, women's issues, and trauma/PTSD, particularly sexual trauma. 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 Liz Kingsbury Liz Kingsbury, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and has worked at Counseling & Psychological Services since 2007. She is the co-coordinator of the Bounce Back Retention Program, provides counseling to SDSU students, and offers training to faculty, staff, and students on Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid. Dr. Kingsbury has expertise in Mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Motivational Interviewing. Her clinical interests include issues related to adjustment/transition, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationships issues, and personal growth. She is passionate about working with college students of diverse and international backgrounds. Dr. Kingsbury has also worked at the counseling centers at both USD and UCSD, and in local community mental health centers. She attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT and the California School of Professional Psychology – San Diego.


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. 


photo of Shira Oretzky, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologistShira Oretzky, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and sport psychologist. She has worked at Counseling & Psychological Services since 2004. Dr. Oretzky is a liaison to the athletics department and specializes in supporting the well-being of student-athletes. She assists in coordinating the Biofeedback program and is the co-coordinator of the Neurofeedback program.

Dr. Oretzky earned her doctoral degree at the California School of Professional Psychology. Her research on how yoga can improve depression, anxiety, and physical symptoms of stress in young adults naturally led her to incorporate psychophysiology and a mind-body approach in her practice. She has presented at various conferences and symposia including the American Psychological Association.

In addition to her local pursuits, Dr. Oretzky sailed around the world as a psychologist on Semester at Sea, a multi-country study abroad program for college students. She has lived and worked in Central America and has traveled extensively throughout South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. This international experience brings a unique multicultural perspective to her work with students.


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 Heidi Rodenberger Heidi Rodenberger, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist at Counseling & Psychological Services where she provides individual counseling as well as program development for sexual assault prevention efforts. Dr. Rodenberger is an alumnus of University of Delaware and Pacific University. Her clinical experiences and interests include working with grief and loss, depression, relationship conflicts, life transitions, eating disorder relapse prevention, and trauma recovery. She approaches these issues integrating mainly from a psychodynamic, interpersonal, and family systems perspective.

Dr. Rodenberger is a Fellow with the San Diego Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Rodenberger worked as a high school English teacher in New Jersey.


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.


picture of Linda Diane Smith Linda Diane Smith, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor emeritus at SDSU who has worked in this setting for 21 years. She has specialized in post traumatic stress issues with women and post war veterans. She offers individual therapy to SDSU students, teaches meditation and Bounce Back classes for students on academic probation. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is a licensed psychologist in the state of California. She completed a two year post doctoral training experience in the Long Beach Veterans Hospital where she worked with hypnosis and biofeedback for the alleviation of stress and chronic pain.

Dr. Smith has studied Zen Buddhism, Kundalini Yoga, and for the last 15 years has studied the mental training methods of the Tibetan Buddhists. Her 45 year meditation practice informs her teaching of meditation and stress management strategies to SDSU students.


picture of Shireen Trujillo Shireen Trujillo, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has been providing counseling services to the students of San Diego State University since 2014. Shireen has experience in a wide variety of settings, including schools, residential treatment programs, hospitals, medical clinics, and non-profit community agencies. Shireen earned her BA from Point Loma Nazarene University and her MSW from the University of Kansas, having also completed training at Loma Linda University. In addition, she holds a Pupil Personnel Services credential in school counseling from the University of Redlands.

Shireen integrates a strengths-based perspective into her work holding the belief that each individual possesses the capacity to learn, grow and change. Using this approach, Shireen builds upon each individual’s personal strengths to assist them in meeting their therapeutic goals. Her interests include multicultural counseling, grief and loss, and working with underserved populations.


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, Valerie Morris, Priscilla Perez, Sarah Mendez, and Amy ShimasakiValerie 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.