Meet the CAPS Staff

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CAPS Counseling Staff

The UHS CAPS Counseling staff is a multicultural group of professional counselors and psychiatrists. Counselors include psychologists, social workers, and advanced-level trainees. We try to accommodate students’ preferences regarding counseling gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Laura Alie

Laura Alie, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director, Hospital/High-Risk Team

Chair, University Health Services Transgender Care Team

Interests: Transgender Care Team, LGBTQ+ identity development, gender and transgender identities, non-binary identities/exploration, first-generation students, and post-hospital care.


Adisa Anderson, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: African American mental health and racial identity development, multicultural counseling/supervision issues, men’s concerns, underrepresented populations (students of color, first-generation college students), alcohol and drug use, intimate relationships, spirituality, trauma, discrimination, adjustment/transition issues, academics, career development, anxiety, depression, holistic well-being, musical arts and healing, group counseling, outreach/consultation, the integration of cognitive-behavioral-interpersonal, and mindfulness/acceptance-based interventions.
Elizabeth Aranda, PhD

Elizabeth Aranda, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Wellness Coordinator

Multicultural Community Center & bridges

Interests: Transgender Care Team, multicultural psychology, feminist therapy, LGBTQ identity development, Latinx and communities of color, kink, and polyamorous relationships.


Jeanine Baillie, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Read Jeanine's Staff Highlight

Jeanine Baillie (she/her) joined the UHS CAPS team in 2016. She received her psychology doctoral degree from William James College in Massachusetts. Jeanine has over 12 years of clinical experience serving diverse communities. Her areas of interest include: multicultural counseling, individual and group counseling, outreach & advocacy for underserved populations, multidimensional levels of healing, and justice and peacebuilding work to support the creation of more equitable and inclusive systems. Jeanine is passionate about the abilities of consciousness, and is curious about the process of growth for individual and collective realization. She enjoys gardening, dancing and spending time near the ocean.
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Bianca Barrios, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Working with students from diverse backgrounds and identities (especially underrepresented minorities/students of color), undocumented students, first-generation college students, LGBTQ), Latinx mental health, sexual assault, grief and loss, adjustment concerns, and identity development.

Additional Languages: Spanish

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Susan Bell, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director, Outreach and Consultation Services

Interests: Suicide prevention, post-traumatic reactions, graduate student issues, integration of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral interventions.

Sasha Blum

Sasha Blum, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Low income and first-generation college students, underrepresented student populations, sexual trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, and career development.

Don Capone, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Haas School of Business Counselor

Interests: Transgender Care Team, couples counseling, conflict resolution, relationship challenges, cognitive-behavioral approaches to reducing anxiety, brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, LGBTQ+ stressors, strategies for managing ADHD, mental health law, coping with a loved one's mental illness, and self-esteem/body image.

Kin Ming Chan, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Cross-cultural concerns, multicultural counseling, international student adjustment issues, Asian student identity development, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Additional Languages: Cantonese

Christine Chih-Ting Chang, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

International House Counselor

Interests: Multicultural identities, immigrant, refugee, and international students, loss and grief, trauma, transition and adjustment, relationship and intimacy issues, and couples therapy. 

Additional Languages: Mandarin Chinese

Richard Chiovarelli, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

CE Program Coordinator 

Interests: Anxiety, life transitions, multicultural issues, family conflict, relationship issues, couples therapy, and fulfilling one's academic/career potential.
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Aaron Cohen, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Residential Life Counselor

Interests: Residential life, adjustment and transition issues, psychological first aid, psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities, and outreach and consultation.

Claytie Davis III, PhD, ABPP

Licensed Psychologist

Interim Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Claytie Davis III, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified Counseling Psychologist who joined the UHS CAPS team in 1999. Claytie received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Texas, Austin. Claytie is passionate about training and has served on the board of directors for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).  Claytie's research interests include training in supervision, application of stereotype threat theory, and ethics. He has served on the editorial boards of The Counseling Psychologist, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Clinical interests: Multicultural counseling, supervision issues, black racial identity and mental health/academic performance, career and life development coaching, and ethics.

Yi Du, PhD 

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Multicultural counseling, college adjustment and identity development, depression and anxiety, relationship concerns, emotional awareness, disordered eating and body image, career exploration, and psychological assessments. 

Additional Languages: Mandarin

Emma Gomez LCSW

Emma Gomez, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interests: Multicultural and intersectional identity development and affirmative therapy, inter-generational trauma and resilience, trauma informed care, supporting undeserved populations (QTPOC/LGBTQIA+ folx, students of color, first-generation college students, undocumented students), anxiety and stress management, body image issues, harm reduction, and grief and loss.

Matt Goodman, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director Quality Assurance and Research

Interests: Men & masculinity, experiential/dynamic psychotherapy, grief and loss, and spirituality.

Carrie Guthrie, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Director

Interests: Family and relationships, transfer students, transitions and adjustment, mental illness early intervention and recovery, the impact of mental illness on the family, family of origin issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and student parents.

Amy Honigman, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Graduate Assembly Counselor

Interests: Transitions, graduate student issues, anxiety, mindfulness and meditation, stress, wellness and resilience, diversity and belonging, and being an LGBTQ ally.
Tiffany Lin

Tiffany Hsiang Lin, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interests: Complex trauma, sexual/intimate partner violence, social justice, LGBTQIA+ issues, multicultural and intersectional counseling, identity development, empowerment, and resilience.
Genee Jackson

Geneé Jackson, PhD, BHC

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: African American identified and underrepresented students, family of origin issues, trauma/PTSD (EMDR trained), relationship/interpersonal issues, behavioral health (BHC trained), chronic medical challenges, sleep issues, nutritional psychology, self-care/wellness, mindfulness meditation, indigenous healing practices, existential/spiritual concerns, personal growth and grief/loss.  
Strongly utilize systemic and integrative models.
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Amber Jaiza Jones, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interests: Feminist relational, multicultural, and brief dynamic approaches to mental health, intersectional identity development, working with underserved populations (Black/African American students/communities of color, queer and trans students of color, first-generation, low-income, and LGBTQIA+ students), family of origin concerns, grief/loss, spirituality, and social trauma (discrimination/micro/macroaggression).

Holly Landsbaum, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Post-MSW Fellowship Coordinator

Interests: Collaborative approaches to understanding one's unique life experiences in the context of multicultural and intersectional identities, person-in-environment considerations with a social-justice lens, anxiety, depression, adjustments and transitions, grief and loss, family issues, integration of therapeutic approaches including mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral modalities (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy/DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/ACT), contemporary relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, harm reduction and clinical social work training.


Jeff Lee, LCSW

Jeff Lee, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interests: Anxiety, depression, underserved populations, and transitions.

Paige Lee, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Cross-cultural counseling, academic, career, student development, family of origin issues, alcohol and drug use, and crisis intervention.

Karen Lee Tsugawa, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Karen Lee Tsugawa, LMFT joined the CAPS team in 2008. She graduated from UCLA with a major in Psychology and minor in Applied Developmental Psychology and then received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago. Karen currently sees individuals and couples for counseling at CAPS and enjoys working with the diverse student population at UC Berkeley. As the CAPS Referral Coordinator, Karen also serves as a liaison to therapists and psychiatrists in the community.

Clinical interests: Mental health, college adjustment, transitions, relationship issues, family dynamics, multicultural identities, and Asian/Asian American identity development. 

Chris McLean, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director, Career and Academic Programs

Interests: Family of origin issues, career development, sports psychology, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression and anxiety.

Cynthia Medina, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Integration of mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive-behavioral interventions for reducing depression and anxiety, family of origin issues, attachment, relationship concerns, career development, Latina/o mental health and academic persistence, multicultural identity development, sports psychology, discrimination and microaggression, and working with underrepresented student communities (students of color, undocumented, LGBTQ, first-generation, transfer).

Additional Languages: Spanish

Gina Midili, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Sports psychology/student-athletes, transitions/adjustments, learning disabilities, students in crisis, LGBTQ identity development, cognitive and behavioral interventions, dissertation support, career counseling, transfer students.

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Raquel Miller, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Raquel Miller, LCSW, worked at MarinHealth in the IOP program prior to joining UHS, and, before that, she resided in Montana for 27 years. After Raquel received her MSW from the University of Montana in 2015, she worked for 4 years at the Flathead Indian Reservation as a school social worker and in a private practice. 

Raquel enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, and has been focused on her engagement in Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years. She’s served on the Dharmata Foundation Board of Directors in Richmond, CA and as the Development Director for Ewam Garden of 1,000 Buddhas in Montana, a project dedicated to the religious and cultural preservation of Tibetan Buddhism. She enjoys attending meditation retreats.

Additionally, Raquel founded Women Make Movies Missoula, a feminist film festival, and the Family Law Advice Clinic, a project of Montana Legal Services. She co-founded Working for Equality and Economic Liberation (WEEL), a grassroots organization addressing economic justice for low-income families, and founded the Western Region Welfare Activist Network, a twelve-state coalition of grassroots organizations focused on economic justice for low-income families. 

Raquel was an adjunct professor at the University of Montana’s School of Social Work where she served as the field supervisor for MSW candidates. Years later, she also taught MSW: Psychopathology and BSW: Interventions with Individuals and Families. Raquel was awarded the YWCA of Missoula Excellence Award for Empowerment of Women (2005) and has co-authored "Working for Equality and Economic Liberation: Advocacy and Education for Welfare Reform,” in the Affiliate Journal of Women and Social Work.

Clinical interests: Trauma-informed care, mindfulness-based therapies (ACT, DBT, MBSR, CBT), and resilience and strengths focus approach. Raquel trained in a Native American developed group process for healing generational and historical trauma (Healing Broken Hearts) and in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She enjoy group psychotherapy and working with clients of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. 

Additional Languages: Spanish

Kusha Murarka, PsyD

Kusha Murarka, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Kusha (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the UHS CAPS team in 2017 after working at Roosevelt University in Chicago for 8 years. She received her PsyD at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2007. Kusha loves working with university students using a culturally centered and intersectional social identity lens. She has worked with university students across the US since 2005 and enjoys providing counseling, group therapy, and outreach to students as well as supervision and training to mental health professionals. She is currently the SSWANA wellness counselor providing support and advocacy for this population on campus. In her free time, she stays active indoors and outdoors with her family through cooking, singing, dancing, hiking, dining al fresca, and running after her two young sons.

Clinical interests: Multicultural counseling, inclusion, identity development, family of origin, relationship and interpersonal concerns, SSWANA mental health, immigrant families, low socioeconomic backgrounds, depression, suicide prevention, social anxiety, alcohol abuse, group therapy, wellness, balance, and graduate student life.

Veronica Orozco

Veronica Orozco, PhD

Licensed Psychologist 

Satellite Office Coordinator

Interests: Resilience of Latina/o and first-generation students, low income, underrepresented, and undocumented students, adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, career development, loss and grief, relationship concerns, family of origin issues, and being an LGBTQ ally.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Alyssa Panyawai

Alyssa Panyawai, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Interests: Multicultural counseling, formerly incarcerated students, substance abuse, relationship violence, and sexual violence.

Diane Pena

Diana Peña, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Undocumented Student Program Counselor

Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence Counselor

Interests: Immigrant and undocumented student mental health, QTPOC-affirmative therapy, spirituality, Latinx family health, grief and loss, chronic health conditions, mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Additional LanguagesSpanish 

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Jennifer Rooney, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Trauma treatment, treatment informed by neuroscience, first-generation college students, sexuality, questioning, and gender spectrum students, substance use, care for caregivers, thought disorders, and young adults and psychosis.

Junichi Shimaoka

Junichi Shimaoka, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Social/cultural/personal identity issues of all types (race/ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, immigration/national origin, ability status, etc.), Asian Pacific Islander/Desi-American communities, couples and relationship concerns, outreach/prevention/community engagement, grad students, international students, and other marginalized and underserved students.

Additional Languages: Japanese

Samuel C. Tourek, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
Interests: Working with student-athletes, mindfulness meditation, men’s issues, existential psychotherapy, multicultural competence in counseling, attachment, and brief/accelerated and experiential psychodynamic psychotherapies.
Chiyon Won

Chiyon Won, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy, family of origin issues, immigration and children of immigrants, religion and non-binary gender issues, LGBTQ ally, API student concerns, and first-generation college students.

Additional Languages: Korean

Linda Zaruba, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Berkeley Law School Counselor

Interests: Depression and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, psychological consequences of reproductive events in women's lives, and eating disorders.

Christine Zhou, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

College of Engineering Counselor

Interests: Multicultural counseling, working with underserved/marginalized populations, working with science and engineering/international students, Asian/Asian American students, and training and supervision of counselors internationally.

Additional Languages: Mandarin

Doctoral Psychology Interns


Postdoctoral Psychology Fellows

Sonia Amin

Sonia Amin, PhD

Western Michigan University

Approach: Culturally-sensitive and adaptive lens to psychodynamic, interpersonal process, and relational approaches to support diverse client needs. Interests: Trauma, non-suicidal self injury (NSSI), grief, adjustment and transitional processes, anxiety and mood disorders, relaxation/stress reduction/self-compassion/sleep, bicultural identity conflicts, intersecting identities (e.g. race, gender, sexuality, class), racial and sexual identity development, South Asian/AAPI mental health and stigma, international students, undocumented students, marginalized racial minority students, and students who have been incarcerated/family members who have been incarcerated.  

Additional Languages: Gujarati, Hindi

Kiet Huynh

Kiet Huynh, PhD

University of Miami

Interests: LGBTQIA+ topics (self-acceptance, coming out, finding community), students of color, first-generation students, coping with discrimination/stigma/prejudice, multicultural counseling, group counseling, and mindfulness and meditation.

Daniel Meza

Danny Meza, PhD

University of California, Santa Barbara

Interests: Multicultural psychology and psychotherapy, ethnic identity development and exploration, counseling for marginalized and oppressed communities, psychodynamic and relational therapies, and alcohol and drug use among college students.

1st Year Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellows

2nd Year Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellows

Andrea Godinez

Andrea Godinez, MA

University of Chicago


Andrea Godinez, AM, received her AM in Social Service Administration with a clinical concentration from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining UHS, she was a counseling intern in Little Village, Chicago, a family and relationships workshop facilitator, and a Zumba instructor. Andrea identifies as a Latinx, cisgender counselor who recognizes and is interested in the intersectional identities we each hold and and how they shape our experiences. She is able to provide sessions in English or Spanish. Andrea is the happiest when she's dancing - she's an amateur salsa and bachata dancer. Her family is everything and she's very excited to now have time for naps and reading. 

Andrea's interests include body image, emotional awareness, empowerment, relationships, anxiety, depression, intimate partner violence, trauma, transition and adjustment, career development, multicultural identities, underrepresented students, LatinX, international students, immigrant & next generations, refugee, and transfer students.

Additional Languages: Spanish
Lisa Quach

Lisa Quach, MSW

Columbia Univeristy

Lisa Quach (she, her) identifies as a first-generation Vietnamese/Chinese/Cambodian born in Toranto and raised in Ottawa, Canada. She received her BA in International Development from the University of Ottawa. Lisa moved to Oakland in 2013 where she worked with children and families on abuse prevention and anti-human trafficking as a community organizer and case manager. Prior to joining UHS, Lisa resided in New York City where she completed her MSW at Columbia University.

Lisa has a collaborative approach to working with individuals, couples, and families and comes into therapy with a lens of culturally-attuned and social justice-oriented framework. Her clinical approaches include Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Lisa's interests include supporting the resilience of Southeast Asian/AAPI, BIPOC, first-generation, Muslim, LGTBQ, low-income, undocumented, and underrepresented students. She enjoys playing basketball, drinking good coffee, and watching anime. 


Molly Anderson, NP


Interests: Anxiety, depressive, death and dying, and somatic disorders. 

Read Molly's Staff Highlight

Mark Choa, MD


Interests: Collaborating with students in considering or managing meds while also supporting personal growth and healthy life habits (sleep, exercise, nutrition, nature, creativity and artistic expression, social connections), working with students who hear voices or have other unusual experiences, working with students of color and LGBTQ+ individuals, mixed race/multiracial identity development, supporting resilience and recovery from trauma, psychoanalytic therapy, parenthood. 

Danielle Davidson LCSW

Danielle Davidson, LCSW

Psychiatry Care Manager

Danielle Davidson, LCSW, joined UHS in 2020 as the Psychiatry Care Manager. Danielle has previourlsy worked with unhoused veterans at the Oakland VA and also as a clinical social worker at Citywide, a UCSF Department of Psychiatry community mental health program. She received her BA from Brandeis University and her MSW from UC Berkeley. Danielle enjoys making art (painting, printmaking, and pottery), coastal California road trips, biking around Berkeley, live music, and spending time with family and friends.

Clinical interests: Holistic wellbeing of traditionally underserved groups, addressing complex trauma using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), navigating challenging transitions including grief and loss, resilience and early intervention for psychosis, family, relationships and intergenerational trauma, immigrant, refugee and first-generation students, drug and alcohol use, harm reduction approaches, advocacy and mental health support for people with disabilities, and housing/homeless issues.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Ron Elson, MD


Dr. Ron Elson joined the UHS Psychiatry team as the Chief of Psychiatry in 1994 and now serves as staff psychiatrist. He received his MD from the University of Maryland and his MPH from UC Berkeley (Health Policy and Planning). Ron interned in Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago. He completed residencies at UC San Francisco (Psychiatry) and at UC Berkeley and the US Public Health Service (Public Health and Preventive Medicine). Ron is board certified in both Psychiatry and in Preventive Medicine. He was a Fellow in the Career Development Program in Global Community Health.

Ron is on the editorial board of the Berkeley Wellness Letter, a leading online and print resource for evidence-based wellness information. He is also on the board of Bay Psychiatric Associates, the largest psychiatry group in the East Bay. For many years Ron was on the UC Berkeley faculty and the director of a graduate Doctor of Mental Health Program. He has lectured and organized training in many areas of psychiatry and mental health.

Clinical interests: Anxiety and depression. The importance of emotions and the integration of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral areas when considering medication. Meditation/mindfulness. Art, writing and issues related to creativity. Normative life and developmental issues — particularly in relation to academic work, and graduate student issues.

Veronica Lopez

Veronica Lopez, MSN, NP


Interests: Underrepresented student populations, psychosis, attenuated psychosis, ultra-high risk for psychosis, trauma, crisis intervention, the intersection between psychiatry and culture/spirituality, and the first onset of mental health concerns.

Additional Languages: Spanish

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Maria Cristina Mendoza, MD


Interests: Phase of life and role transitions, cross- and multicultural issues in mental health, neuropsychiatry and neurocognitive disorders, integrative psychiatry, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma recovery, Jungian and psychodynamic schools of psychotherapy, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Aurora Ortiz, NP


Interests: Complex trauma, Latino/a mental health, immigrant mental health, and integrative medicine.

Kristine Panik, MD

Chief of Psychiatry

Interests: Holistic approaches for cultivating psychological wellness, incorporating mindfulness and meditation practices within treatment framework, transitioning off psychiatric medications, and autism and other developmental issues.

Sharon Smart, MD


Interests: The treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders and psychosis, insomnia management and the interactions between sleep and mental health. 

Brandon Vance

Brandon Vance, MD


Interests: Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, integrative medicine, cross-cultural and trans-cultural psychiatry, accelerated response therapy, and hypnotherapy.

CAPS Administrative Staff

Nancy Aguilar

Nancy Aguilar

Administrative Assistant

Additional Languages: Spanish

Charmaine Harris

Administrative Assistant

Valerie Luluquisen

Administrative Assistant


Lalita Magaro

Mental Health Scheduling Coordinator

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Katie McCrory

Administrative Assistant

Katie joined the UHS CAPS team in 2017. She is currently working on her BS in Psychology from Oregon State University and will graduate in the Spring of 2021. In addition to providing support for students, staff, and faculty, Katie serves as the administrative coordinator for the Post-MSW Fellowship committee, as well as the scheduling assistant to the CAPS director. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Michele Swide

Administrative Assistant
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JoAnn Torres

Business & Operations Manager

Career Counseling Library Staff

Chris Garcia, BS

Administrative Lead

Chris Garcia joined the CAPS Career Counseling team in 2011. He received his BS from St. Mary's College of California. His role at UHS includes connecting students with career-related resources and managing the personality and interest assessments. He enjoys sports, video games and graphic art. 
Kate Zuby

Kate Zuby, MS

Career Counseling Outreach Coordinator

Kate Zuby joined the CAPS Career Counseling team in 2018. She received her Master's degree in College Student Personnel Counseling in 2017 from San Francisco State University. Her role at UHS includes working with students, alumni, and community members to provide career exploration support for individuals struggling with career indecision.

Kate has over six years of experience working in various educational settings as an undergraduate advisor, program coordinator, and career counselor providing one-on-one assistance and resources to individuals seeking career services.

Career Counseling Interns