Meet the MCAPS Staff
Committed to promoting psychological wellness for all students served by The Claremont University Consortium.
Gary DeGroot, Ph.D.
Director | Email
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have been working with college students in a college counseling center setting for the last 25 years. My theoretical orientation is described as integrative, as it uses humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral principles and techniques. The type of therapy used with my clients largely depends on my clients’ needs, their personality style, and finding an intervention that will best fit and be the most effective. I place emphasis on helping my clients identify and change less effective patterns in their life by addressing difficult issues developed early on, which tend to continue into their adulthood. In therapy, clients will learn methods/techniques that will enable them to make beneficial life changes leading towards positive growth.
As this is my 22nd year at MCAPS, I have extensive experience working with diverse student populations with a variety of issues. Some of my clinical interests and work have been in the areas of grief and bereavement, depression/anxiety, and biracial concerns. As I continue to work with the college student population, I look forward to helping students work through personal issues and experiences, to grow as individuals and to meet the goals they have set for themselves.
Education: B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology
Notable Training and Experience: Over the 20+ years I have practiced, I have attended many conferences and trainings, including national conferences for directors of university counseling centers (Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors and Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education), and trainings focused on culture and diversity, law and ethics in psychology and more. I have specialized training in grief and bereavement.
Administrative Services Manager | Email
I was born and raised in Oxford, England but have called California my home for almost thirty years. Prior to joining the Claremont Colleges Services I worked in the medical field for over twenty-five years and have had experience in a variety of different roles. I am a proud “mum” to two daughters who are both college students themselves. My time away from work is spent with my family; we love to camp at the beach and explore the outdoors.
Fiona Vajk, Ph.D.
Assistant Director / Training Director | Email
My approach to brief individual therapy is to help individuals draw from their strengths, in order to explore possibilities for change and growth, taking into account each person’s unique life experiences and cultural background. My particular areas of specialty are sexual assault/abuse, multicultural and international issues, identity development, women’s issues, body image concerns, mindfulness/meditation, and relationship issues. I am currently the MCAPS liaison to Pitzer College. I serve on the Institutional Review Board for Scripps College, and the CCRT Team for the EMPOWER Center.
Education: B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Colorado at Boulder
Notable Training and Experience: I have published several articles and book chapters, and have presented at conferences in subjects including mood disorders, supervision of therapists, hidden disabilities, and international counseling. I have attended the Association of Counseling Center Training Directors Conference for 9 years, the National Multicultural Conference and Summit for 3 years, and the NaBITA Conference and Threat Management Institute for 2 years. I am NaBITA Certified in Campus Threat Management. I am also fluent in French and I served in the Peace Corps in Africa.
Carrie Park, Psy.D.
Senior Staff Psychologist | Email
I have been a member of the Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services staff since 2008. I am licensed as a psychologist in the state of CA and have trained and worked at a number of college counseling centers. In my counseling center experience, I’ve enjoyed working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds, focusing on the individual’s unique experience while challenging those thoughts and behaviors which may be maladaptive. My theoretical orientation draws largely from humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and feminist therapy. My areas of special interest include adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, identity development, and GLBTQIA concerns. I am currently the MCAPS liason to Scripps College and serve as the MCAPS outreach coordinator.
Education: B.S. at the University of Florida; M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University
Notable Training and Experience: I have attended the past three editions of the biennial National Multicultural Conference and Summit, attending sessions on subjects such as Integrated Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students within the University Health System, Counseling African American Women Interpersonal Trauma Survivors, Addressing Racial Microaggressions in Therapy, Intersectional Stress and Survival among Queer People of Color, and more. I have also attended conferences focused specifically on serving transgender students and the Association for Women in Psychology.
Vilma Fuentes, Psy.D.
Senior Staff Psychologist | Email
My approach to brief individual therapy is eclectic, even though I draw largely on Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioral approaches. I support my clients through their journey of personal growth by helping them identify and nurture their inner strengths while learning to modify and change unproductive thought patterns. I provide an accepting environment where my clients feel safe to explore their concerns and increase their sense of self-mastery through the development of self-accountability. My areas of interest include multicultural counseling, anxiety, depression, spirituality, family of origin issues, and women’s issues.
Education: B.A. from CSU San Bernardino, M.S. in Counseling from CSU Fullerton, M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, and Psy.D. from Alliant International University
Notable Training and Experience: I am bilingual in Spanish and English. I have experience in forensic psychology. I have also presented training seminars for post-doctoral therapists on topics such as working with Chicano/Latino students and working with non-traditional aged students.
Elizabeth Poloskov, Ph.D.
Senior Staff Psychologist | Email
I am a California licensed psychologist. I have provided clinical services in English and Spanish to diverse populations in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health centers and vocational/tech schools. I have experience working with a wide range of mental health concerns. My passion is working with college students, particularly those who are seeking services for the first time. I am dedicated to de-stigmatizing psychotherapy and empowering students to become advocates for their own mental health.
As a first-generation college student who self-identifies as both Latina and bi-ethnic, I am particularly interested in supporting students in the transition to college and assisting them in navigating questions of identity. I enjoy working with students from diverse sociocultural backgrounds. My clinical interests include relationship issues, treatment of anxiety and depression, stress management, life transitions, crisis intervention, ethnic/cultural identity development, social advocacy and group therapy. I am a believer in group therapy and its power to change individual lives. Currently, I am the MCAPS liaison to Chicano Latino Student Affairs and Claremont Graduate University.
Education: B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Arizona State University.
Notable training and experiences: I completed an APA-accredited doctoral program and APA-accredited internship program. I also have specialized training in group therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.
Brittany Beasley, Ph.D.
Senior Staff Therapist| Email
I enjoy working with a diverse college student population, and excited to work with the Claremont students. I strive to create a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where the student and I can collaboratively work to understand the sources of distress. I draw from feminist, humanistic, and emotion-focused therapy, in which I take a strength-based approach and help students recognize and utilize their individual and cultural strengths in order to continue their growth process and find sources of agency and empowerment in their lives. Although I consider myself a generalist, some of my areas of interests include multicultural counseling, students of color, racial identity, first generation college students, identity concerns, trauma, depression, and self-esteem. Currently, I am the MCAPS liaison to Office of Black Student Affairs and Claremont McKenna College.
Education: B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University
Notable Training and Experience: I have presented research on topics such as counseling African American sexual assault survivors and racial identity at many conferences and symposiums, including the American Psychological Association Conference and the Counseling Psychology Conference. I also am a faculty member and teach psychology classes.
Sean Cheng, Ph.D.
Senior Staff Therapist | Email
I am excited to join the staff at Monsour Counseling and Psychological services and have 10 years of experience working in college counseling centers My approach to counseling can be described as an integration of humanistic, interpersonal, and existential approaches within a multicultural framework. Although I identify as a generalist, I have particular specialties in working with concerns specific to Asian Americans, cultural adjustment of international students, ADHD, racial identity formation, career issues, and men’s issues. Currently, I am the MCAPS Liason to Pomona College.
Education: B.A. at Pomona College, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Notable Training and Experience: I was a presenter at the 20th, 22nd and 23rd Annual Dennis H. May Conference on Diversity Issues and the Role of Counseling Centers. I was also the 2016 Outstanding Asian American Faculty/Staff Award at University of Illinois at Urbana Campaign.
Anneka Busse, Psy.D.
Crisis Therapist/Care Manager | Email
As the Crisis Therapist, I provide crisis therapy and case management services for students. I focus on providing a safe, supportive, and empathic space in therapy, so you can use your strengths to overcome whatever challenges you may be facing. My clinical experiences have been primarily at community mental health agencies and university counseling centers, including University of California Riverside Counseling Center and the University of Los Angeles Center of Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States. Currently, I am the MCAPS Liason to Harvey Mudd College, the leader of the Case Management Working Group at the 7C’s and I serve on the CCRT Team for the EMPOWER Center.
Education: B.A. from CSU Channel Islands, M.M.F.T. from the University of Southern California, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Notable Training and Experience: I am a certified College and University Suicide Prevention Specialist through the American Association of Suicidology and the JED Foundation. I am also NaBITA Certified in Campus Threat Management. I have presented research at the Western Psychological Association Conference and trainings at the 5C Student Affairs Conference. I am also a member of the Higher Education Case Managers Association.
Mary Weber, M.A.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist/Staff Therapist | Email
Being a student at any age can be both an exciting and challenging time. My approach to therapy is to provide a safe environment to explore issues in which the goals of therapy are tailored to each individual’s concerns. I want my clients to feel they are gaining new tools and insights in order to cope with life’s transitions and hardships. I use several therapeutic modalities to assist clients in addressing issues, including Integrative Therapy, Family Systems Theories, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Interventions. I am the Liaison to the Queer Resource Center and provide drop in hours at the QRC. My areas of interest include addiction Issues, spiritual Issues, LGBTQ Issues which includes Gender Identity Issues, Family and Couples Issues, multicultural counseling, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues. Please click this link to find out more about Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
Education: B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Notable Training and Experience: I was awarded The Westminster John Knox Press Award for Creative Integration of Theology and Marriage and Family Therapy. Notable trainings and conferences I have attended include the World Professional Association for Transgender Health: 2017: Best Practices in Medical and Mental Health Care; Kentucky School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies and Prevention Research Institute, Motivational Interviewing, Modified Group Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
Michelle Chan, M.A.
LMFT, Case Manager | Email
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I have worked for various nonprofit organizations and schools, servicing students and clients of all ages and backgrounds. At Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, my goal is to empower students by providing them with knowledge and information, so that they can better understand their needs and seek the right kind of support for them. I hope to be able to help students succeed and achieve their personal and academic goals.
Education: B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, M.A. from Alliant International University.
Notable Training and Experience: I am trained in Seeking Safety and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am also a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and Asian Professional Exchange.
Grant Goodman, Ph.D.
ADHD/LD Therapist| Email
As the ADHD/LD therapist at MCAPS I offer support and consultation to students dealing with learning differences. I provide screenings for ADHD and learning disorders and advocate for students as they work to succeed academically. I also assist students with receiving academic coaching and academic, cognitive, and neuropsychological testing. I approach therapy from a time limited dynamic psychotherapy model and I also employ techniques from interpersonal therapy as well as acceptance and commitment therapy. I strive to create a safe space in therapy for students to understand themselves more deeply and understand how their early life experiences impacted their current way of interacting with the world. I work collaboratively with individuals on fostering growth and helping them to thrive in their roles as students. My areas of interest include anxiety disorders, multicultural issues, academic difficulties, group therapy, interpersonal growth, and identity formation.
Education: B.A. from Cedarville University, M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinicial Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
Notable Training and Experience: I have presented research focused on attention, memory and learning at conferences, including the National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference. I also have provided working memory training to children in a private practice setting.
Dana Reyes, Psy.D
Post-Doctoral Therapist |E-mail
I received my bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino and earned both my master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University. I have provided clinical services to diverse populations in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health centers, and at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. I have experience working with a wide range of mental health concerns. Although I consider myself a generalist, I have particular interest in working with students of color, survivors of sexual trauma, and working with relationship issues particularly with interracial couples. My approach to therapy is strengths based. I work from a time limited dynamic psychotherapy perspective to help students understand themselves and their relational patterns better. I strive to help students utilize their individual strengths and feel empowered in their lives.
Education (college, grad schools, degrees): B.A. at California State University, San Bernardino, M.A. in Clinical Psychology emphasis on Family Systems and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology emphasis on Family Systems at Azusa Pacific University
Notable Training and Experience: I won the Dissertation award for dissertation that most represents family systems (Awarded by APU). Dissertation title: How Facial Affect Influences Perceived Self-Awareness in Couples?
Kelly Gonderman, Psy.D
Post-Doctoral Therapist | E-mail
I received my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University and have trained and worked in a variety of community mental health and university counseling centers. I am excited to be a part of the staff at Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, as I have a passion for working students as they navigate both the exciting and challenging experiences that college life can bring. I provide short term individual therapy, group therapy, and conduct a variety of workshops here at MCAPS. I approach short term therapy from a psychodynamic and emotion focused frame while incorporating behavioral techniques. My goal is to work collaboratively with each student to facilitate growth and to help each student thrive personally and academically. Although I consider myself a generalist, some specific areas of clinical interest include identity development, working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, transitional issues, and substance use disorders.
Education: B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
Notable Training and Experience: I have attended trainings in addiction and substance abuse, serving LGBTQ students, trauma focused treatment, and other trainings focused on serving university students.
Hilary Son, Psy.D
Post-Doctoral Therapist| E-mail
I received my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. I have conducted research in a variety of areas, including exploring the experiences, adjustment challenges and strengths of individuals who have grown up among multiple cultures, self-destructive behaviors, and resilience/hardiness. My hope is to walk with students as they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and recognize how their past experiences influence their relationships to those around them and themselves. Some of my areas of interest include multicultural issues, relational concerns, trauma, spirituality/faith, anxiety and identity formation. I approach therapy from an interpersonal stance and integrate aspects of dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness techniques and emotionally focused therapy.
Education: B.A. from University of Nevada Reno, M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology,
Notable Training and Experience: I have presented research focused on multicultural therapy and culture identity development at multiple conferences. I can speak conversational Mandarin and Indonesian.
Irene Kao, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist| E-mail
I am excited to be part of the staff at Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services. I utilize a collaborative and relational approach to help students create and hopefully achieve their short term goals. I draw from family systems, multicultural counseling and interpersonal theories to provide a wholistic perspective on addressing goals that we set together in therapy. My hope is to listen and understand every student’s story to facilitate new insight, understanding, growth and change. My particular areas of interest are multicultural identity development, Asian American mental health, spiritual questioning and formation, relationships and boundaries, life transitions, and substance use disorders.
Education: B.A. in Psychology and Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University.
Notable Training and Experience: I have been serving as an adjunct faculty at various colleges in Southern California and teach both undergraduate and graduate level psychology courses. I am a founding member of the Korean American Mental Health Association and am currently serving as VP. I am a member of Asian American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Women, Section V. I have conversational fluency in Korean.
Brooke Bender, LMFT/ ATR-BC
Staff Psychologist | E-mail
My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe environment to help individuals identify what challenges they are facing and help guide them to feeling better again. I have specialized training in art therapy, which does not require any formal art training to participate in and can lead to increased insight and progress. I additionally have specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which is a neurobiological approach to treating unhelpful memories that lead to anxiety or depression. I have experience treating individuals who have gone through traumatic experiences including acts of violence and sexual trauma. I believe that each individual person has the ability to heal from the past and I enjoy helping others in this process.
Education: B.A. from California State University, Northridge, M.A. in Marital Family Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University
Notable Training and Experience: I have published research studies on psychotropic medication and art therapy as well as on the cultural impact of disasters on recovery and resiliency. I lived abroad in Chile for a year and understand the impact of adjusting to living abroad and also coming back home. Subsequent to living in Chile and moving home, I returned a year later to lead a research team of art therapists to look at creativity and resiliency following a major earthquake which occurred there in 2010. I have presented my work at the Northern California Art Therapy Association conference and at Loyola Marymount University. I am also a registered volunteer with the American Red Cross and have a special interest in disaster mental health.
Mendel Feldsher, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Katrine Enrile, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist | Email
Judy Hu, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist
I am a child, adolescent, and adult Psychiatrist.
Education: UCLA School of Medicine
Secretary Receptionist | Email
Lorrie, the familiar face and voice of Monsour Counseling Services, was born and raised in southern California. She is now in her 20th year at the Claremont Colleges. Previously, Lorrie worked in a Pediatric Neurologist’s office for five years and states she “learned many things.” This proud mother of two sons, and four grandchildren is happily married. She enjoys interacting with people, working in her yard gardening and love sports.
Office Assistant | Email
I am just returning to California after 25 years of Florida living. I have two sons, three grandchildren and a Golden Retriever named “Brandi”. I am working on getting certified as a “Microsoft Office Specialist”. I am very happy to be working at TCCS; it is a rewarding position.