Santa Clara University

Counseling & Psychological Services

The Staff

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a team of highly skilled clinicians and administrative personnel. The clinical staff consists of an ethnically and culturally diverse group of licensed mental health professionals. In addition, we have 2 full-time pre-doctoral interns and 4 part-time advanced practicum students for the 2010-11 academic year. Our trainees are doctoral students interested in pursuing careers in the field of psychology. They assist us in providing services to the SCU community while under supervision of one of our licensed professionals. All of our staff are experienced in working with college students and observe the highest professional ethical standards of care.

Supporting the work performed by the clinical staff are administrative assistants and several student workers from the SCU community. Our administrative assistant facilitates the daily operations of the center, supervises our corps of student workers, and oversees the administration of a variety of post-graduate examination services. All of our student workers are trained to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of the individuals who utilize our services.

Ultimately, each member of the CAPS team strives to promote and further the mission set forth by the university.


Clinical Staff

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     Jillandra  C. Rovaris, Ph.D.

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    Marie G. Herbert, Ph.D.
    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 fifteenth year at CAPS. 
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    Rosemary Ellmer, Ph.D.
    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. In addition to working at CAPS, Dr. Ellmer has a private practice in San Jose.

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    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.

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    Kate Young, Ph.D.
    Dr. Young received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University. She is skilled in working with anxiety, depression, stress, anger, relationship problems, concerns about eating and body image, academic problems, and career choices. She also focuses on developing a positive sense of self, assertiveness, effective communication, and enhanced performance. Dr. Young provides a safe place to talk about student's experiences regarding race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, social and economic background, disabilities, and immigration experiences. Her work with students incorporates cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness, developmental, and interpersonal approaches to therapy. She is trained in EMDR.


Predoctoral Interns (2011-2012)

.Isa Isabel Avila Saiter, M.A



DalennaDalenna Ruelas Smith, M.A.

Advanced Practicum Students (2011-2012)

Helen Bowers, B.A., Matthew Schottland, M.A., William Selig, M.S., M.F.A.


Support Staff

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    Maria-Eugenia Arraya
    Ms. Arraya is currently in her 38th year as Administrative Assistant for CAPS. She is the keeper of the flame! The holder of the history! And can enlighten anyone on the who's, where's, and why's of Santa Clara University. Originally from La Paz, Bolivia, Ms. Arraya is bilingual and can assist those who require communication en Espanol. Additional administrative functions include supervising the student support staff and being Testing Supervisor for the administration of GRE and The PRAXIS Series tests.
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