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Counseling and Psychological Services Staff
Welcome to the Cowell Center Counseling and Psychological Services. Below you will find a team of mental health providers who work hard to assure the psychological health of our students.
Marie G. Herbert, Ph.D.Assistant Director and Staff Psychologist
Dr. Herbert is a licensed psychologist who practices from an integrative and growth-oriented perspective. Her special clinical interests include working with students with depression, anxiety, identity and developmental issues, problematic eating behaviors and body image concerns, and relationship conflicts. Her approach uses insight-oriented, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness acceptance and change strategies. Her administrative interests include supervision, training, and campus mental health policies. This is Dr. Herbert's twentieth year at CAPS.
Rosemary Ellmer, Ph.D.
Training Director and Staff Psychologist
Dr. Ellmer is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her B.A. degree from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ellmer also has a Masters of Divinity and an M.A. in Psychology and Religion which she received through the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is particularly interested in the interface between psychological and spiritual issues. Dr. Ellmer is also interested in young adult development working with trauma and grief as well as with depression and anxiety. Dr. Ellmer is currently the training Director at Counseling and Psychological Services. In addition to working at CAPS, Dr. Ellmer has a private practice in San Jose.
Mohammad A. Oveissi, Ed.D.
Dr. Oveissi is a licensed psychologist, a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist, a board-certified hypnotherapist, and a certified EMDR therapist. Dr. Oveissi received his BS in Psychology from Pars College in Iran, his MS in counseling psychology from Cal State University Hayward, and his Ed.D. in counseling psychology from University of San Francisco. Dr. Oveissi is skilled in treating young adult issues such as separation and individuation, self-esteem, depression, anxiety disorders, family of origin issues, substance abuse, and stress reduction and relaxation. He also teaches at JFK University Graduate School of Professional Psychology and is in private practice in Campbell. Dr. Oveissi is fluent in Farsi and English.
Michelle Bebb, Psy.D.
Dr. Michelle Bebb is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her B.A. degree in both Psychology and History from Westmont College. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute. Dr. Bebb conducted dissertation research on the relationship between involvement in a spiritual community and the mental health of young adults and continues to be interested in the intersection of psychology and spirituality. Dr. Bebb is passionate about providing supportive, holistic care to her clients, as they present with an array of concerns, including: depression, anxiety, relationship patterns, substance use, self-care, vocation, and identity development.
Tyler Wasson, Psy.D.
Dr. Wasson is licensed as a psychologist in the State of Florida, and is working toward licensure in the State of California. He received in B.A. as a double major in Psychology and Music at Cedarville University in Ohio, and earned his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Wasson utilizes an interpersonally-focused integrative brief therapy approach when working with clients, relying on the client-therapist relationship as the fundamental agent of change. He uses interventions from various theoretical backgrounds, including Existential, Humanistic, ACT, and Psychodynamic approaches. Dr. Wasson is also an advocate for group therapy, using an Interpersonal Process approach to help people learn more about themselves as social beings, as well as how to deepen their relationships. He is particularly passionate about working with issues around multiculturalism, identity exploration and discovery, and the intersection of multiple identities, such as ethnicity/race, SES, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Nadeem Hasan, Psy.D.
Dr. Hasan received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services and has also trained at the Palo Alto VA, Stanford’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic, and San Jose Staté University. As a therapist, Dr. Hasan draws from cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic principles as well as mindfulness-based interventions to collaboratively create a unique plan with each person he works with. His clinical interests include anxiety and depression, substance use, relationship and family of origin issues, as well as identity and multicultural concerns.
Sujata Patel, M.D.
PsychiatristAfter graduating from Stanford University, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Indiana University. She completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan followed by a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings as a staff psychiatrist and consultant as well as in private practice. She has spent most of her career as a staff psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She is currently working part time at CAPS Cowell Center, Santa Clara University and Vaden Health Center, Stanford University.
“I enjoy the collaborative aspects of working in a counseling center. I find the student population fascinating and rewarding to treat. Helping young adults navigate issues of identity, separation, and relationships while also treating the range of psychiatric issues that present at this stage of life is both challenging and gratifying. I have been fortunate to be able to work with students from all over the world, and from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.” Dr. Patel is interested in all aspects of clinical care.
Tatyana Foltz, M.S.W.
Tatyana received her Master's in Social Work from Howard University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from East Tennessee State University. She has gained 8 years of case management experience in the Washington, DC and Bay areas working with marginalized populations and multidisciplinary teams. Her work has largely focused on individuals who have experienced displacement and/or violent crimes. Tatyana practices strength-based, client-focused, holistic case management. Her interests include: community outreach, motivational interviewing, cultural influences on mental health symptom expression, and empowerment models.
Gurneet Chatta, M.A.
Gurneet Chatta is a doctoral candidate in her fifth year at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. Gurneet values helping clients with difficult transitions, helping them to attain a better understanding of their sense of self and to make meaning of their circumstances. Gurneet has worked with clients who present with various challenges including personality disorders, thought disorders, mood disorders and substance dependencies. Gurneet has cultivated a proficiency in interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds and life circumstances, and she enjoys working with cultural diversity. Gurneet’s dissertation is focused on developing a better understanding of the unique needs and characteristics of the South Asian immigrant population. Gurneet is also interested in working with immigrants facing challenges with varying degrees of acculturation and the impact of their status on emotional and psychological development and wellness. Gurneet is a devoted advocate of removing barriers to seeking mental health services and improving community awareness and prevention. As a clinician Gurneet is focused on how culture plays an important role in the client’s unique world as well as mental health treatment and its effectiveness.
Ryan M. Thomas, M.A.
Ryan Thomas is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he received his masters in psychology. He received his B.A. in psychology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Ryan has worked with individuals of a wide variety of ages, cultures, faith backgrounds, and sexual and gender orientations. He is particularly interested in work with young adults struggling with issues of identity formation, relational difficulties, stress management, and developmental difficulties. Ryan has experience working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, self-harm, and developmental delays. His doctoral research is in the area of virtue development and goal pursuit, where he is attempting to uncover how personality strengths shape the way college students pursue their goals. Ryan is trained in attachment-based therapies and the DIR developmental therapy model. He typically relies upon relational psychoanalytic, mindfulness-based, and developmental approaches in therapy to address each individual’s unique needs.
Jaclyn Friedenthal, M.S.
Advanced Practicum Student
Jaclyn Friedenthal is a doctoral candidate at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Jaclyn has worked with individuals with a wide range of ages, cultural backgrounds, and concerns, including: depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, bipolar disorder, and disordered eating. She is particularly passionate about working with young adults on identity development, managing stress, building self-esteem, and strengthening interpersonal relationships, communication skills, and emotion regulation skills. In her therapeutic work, she draws utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy, while taking into account the needs and strengths of each individual. Additionally, Jaclyn is currently conducting research at Stanford University’s School of Medicine on the impact of childhood exposure to violence on young African-American females from low-income communities.
Elizabeth A. Gurfein, M.S.
Advanced Practicum Student
Elizabeth A. Gurfein is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Consortium. She received her B.A. from Brown University, where she studied Mandarin, Spanish and modern East-Asian history. She is interested in supporting students in higher education, improving access to evidence-supported treatment, and decreasing mental health stigma. Her research focuses on: 1) long-term health outcomes related to childhood stress, and 2) preventing burnout and developing wellness programing for health care professionals. Her areas of specialization are working with clients and families coping with severe mental illness, depression, anxiety, and issues related to gender and sexual identity. She is currently engaged in research on a phone app to promote emotional awareness and emotion regulation in medical residents at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.
Kristen Lohse, M.S.
Advanced Practicum Student
Kristen Lohse is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She received her B.S. in Psychology from University of California, Davis. Kristen has experience working with a variety of populations and mental health concerns, but has a particular interest in working with adolescents and young adults in the areas of mood, anxiety, perfectionism, body image, and eating disorder issues. Kristen has significant training in evidence-based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), family-based therapy (FBT) for eating disorders, and mindfulness-based interventions. She strives to compassionately meet clients where they are at and work together to find the best fit for treatment. Kristen is involved in clinical research at Stanford University in the child adolescent eating disorder clinic, conducting neuropsychological and diagnostic assessments and receiving training in eating disorder therapy and interventions such as cognitive remediation therapy (CRT). She also is involved on a project at Stanford that brings peer-led body positive groups to campus to provide additional support for students struggling with body image and eating.