Melanie Hale Melanie Hale, LCSW, Director
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 
After serving at Foothill College for 25 years, Melanie retired June 29, 2015 but remains a Consultant and support to our Department and the greater Foothill College campus. Ms. Hale holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work and a bachelor's degree in sociology from City College of New York. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a passion for helping college students achieve their goals despite the personal challenges that they may face throughout their college experience.
 
Hale was trained by David Burns, M.D., at Stanford University in the evidenced-based T.E.A.M. Therapy Model, and has incorporated this model as the foundation for brief therapy offered at Foothill College Psychological Services & Personal Counseling. Her long career in mental health and social work has contributed to a repertoire of skills for effectively treating a wide variety of mental health conditions. As a change agent, she has devoted much of her career to improving systems that affect quality of life for all people. Hale has directed a day treatment center for severely emotionally disturbed youth, managed an adult services program for high-risk families and helped to establish homeless and domestic violence shelter programs in New York City. She has served as an adjunct professor and faculty field liaison for the San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work and Adelphi University Urban Center.
 
The recipient of the 2010–2011 Innovator of the Year Award from the League of Innovation in the Community College, she has received numerous awards for innovation, leadership and distinguished service.
 
A founder and first president of the California Community College Mental Health & Wellness Association, she has also served on the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee, organizing committee for Santa Clara County Inaugural Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, and was a keynote speaker for this event. She is a certified master QPR suicide prevention gatekeeper instructor trainer and certified in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Model. Her appreciation for and commitment to diversity stems from her bicultural heritage as Afro Cuban.
 
Celinda Miranda Celinda Miranda, L.C.S.W., P.P.S.C., M.Div.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 
Ms. Miranda brings a multi-layered perspective to the wellness and healing journey to be experienced through mental health services. She is a bilingual (Spanish), bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Social Work (1989), and graduated from San Jose State University, where she received her Masters of Social Work (1991). She holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential and also received her Masters of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West (2007). She has been working in the field of bilingual mental health services since 1989 in various supervisory, managerial and direct service positions throughout numerous community settings including crisis intervention, parent education, community organizing and individual/group/family counseling services.
 
Before coming to Foothill College full time, she worked for 12 years as a Clinical Supervisor for MSW Interns and MFT Trainees/Interns for the YWCA of Santa Clara Valley's Counseling Department where she worked to affirm that this healing journey not only involves self-healing through continued growth and service but also the willingness to embrace one's own responsibility for learning through the provision of mental health services.
 
And now for the past 14 years, she has been and continues in private practice on the East Side of San Jose serving adults and children of various ethnic and generational groups who are victims of domestic violence, abuse, and/or persons working through other emotional, behavioral, employment and family healing issues. Additionally, after working at Foothill for two years plus several years ago and being a part time Counselor since April 2013, in August 2013, Celinda was able to join our Department fulltime in the role of Internship Coordinator/Supervisor, Counselor and Instructor of the Counseling 72: Stress, Wellness and Coping Class as well as the QPR: Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training. She has quickly been able to establish herself within the Department and provide support, advocate and connect with various College Groups, Staff, Administrators and Instructors. Her overall goals are to promote and help facilitate increased mental health awareness, functioning and overall positive and healthy wellness and collaboration in all efforts.
 
Patricia Meza Parada Patricia Meza Parada, B.A.,
Secretarial Administration

Administrative Assistant
 
Ms. Meza earned a bachelor's degree in secretarial administration at Laica Vicente Rocafuerte University in Guayaquil, Republic of Ecuador. She joined the Foothill College Psychological Services team in 2008, and provides administrative support for the college's Psychological Services and Health Services departments. She also provides a welcoming reception for students who want to make an appointment for psychological services.
 
A valued member of our team, she assists staff with outreach event planning, coordination and registration. In addition to office operations, she utilizes her fluency in Spanish to enhance communication with Spanish-speaking students and members of the broader community. Committed to her professional development, she has completed training in Emergency Mental Health, CPR Adult and is a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer. She is also a recipient of Foothill College Classified Employee of the Quarter Award in Fall 2010. A caring, enthusiastic professional, she demonstrates a strong commitment to supporting students during their Foothill College experience.
 
Tonantzin Ocampo Tonantzin Ocampo, MFT Trainee
Graduate Intern, 2015-2016
 
Fluent in Spanish and English, Tonantzin, who usually goes by "T," has worked as a mental health peer and walk-in counselor, conducted Test Anxiety Program workshops and other mental health awareness workshops for UCSB undergraduate and graduate students under the UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services Department. Additionally, she provided intervention classes and counseling services to at-risk youth at the Sunrise House in her hometown of Salinas, CA. She has also been exposed to a variety of cultures, worked on creating individualized student learning plans and functioned as a strong advocate and team player through her services as an academic tutor for K-12 students for the San Jose East Side District. She graduated with a double major and a minor from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, and a minor in Applied Psychology.
 
She is in her third year of graduate school at Santa Clara University for Counseling Psychology en route to an MFT licensure. She will be graduating in June 2017. She believes clients are the experts of their own lives and she is available as a resource to help them channel and explore the problematic dilemmas they are currently experiencing.
 
Anna Alper Anna Alper, MSW Intern
Graduate Intern, 2015-2016
 
Fluent in Russian and English, Anna has a passion in suicide prevention and crisis intervention. She volunteers at Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis Services as a Crisis Counselor. In addition to being involved at the Suicide Hotline, Anna's professional experience includes working with children on the autism spectrum and providing counseling services, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for middle school students through Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), a local non-profit agency. She holds an Associate Degree in Communication Studies from Foothill College, a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, and she is completing her final year at San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work with a concentration in Health/Mental Health. Anna will earn her master's degree in Social Work in May 2016.
 
Jenny McGrath Jenny McGrath, MFT Intern
Post Graduate Intern, 2014-2016
 
Employing a collaborative approach in counseling, assisting individuals in identifying their strengths and creating goals, Jenny McGrath also believes in the creative process and that art can be a powerful tool for helping individuals’ gain insight into their lives. She has worked as an MFT/art therapy trainee and intern with San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services providing counseling to children and adults with various concerns, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, and chronic pain. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Chico, and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy with a specialization in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. After a successful and effective Internship year for 2014-2015, Jenny will be with us another year for 2015-2016. We are excited for the many strengths and the expansion of this art therapy modality she brings to our service provision.
 
Ahuva Faraji Ahuva Faraji, LMFT
Part-Time Licensed Clinician
 
Ms. Faraji holds a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Master's in Organizational Development from Tel Avis University. Ahuva's professional experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is varied and includes individual, couples, and family and group counseling in different settings in the Bay area, including The Center for Living with Dying, The Bill Wilson Center, Santa Clara County Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM), and her private practice in Los Altos.
 
In addition to counseling, Ahuva also works as a Behavioral Educator at Kaiser Permanente, where she teaches skill-based classes to help participants manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, anger, and communication problems. Ahuva is also a certified QPR (Question Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention gatekeeper and has been giving training in the community to promote awareness for suicide prevention.
 
Frances Respicio Frances Respicio, LCSW
Part-Time Licensed Clinician
 
Ms. Respicio holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from San Jose State University (1984) and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology (1981). She is a bilingual (Spanish) bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Trained in End-of Life care, Family Wellness Psychoeducational Parenting Classes, Domestic Violence, and Mindfulness.
 
Ms. Respicio has been a mental health provider for the past thirty years. She has worked in residential and day treatment center for severely emotionally disturbed youth, in-patient medical adult/child intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, trauma center, and emergency hospital experience. She served as an adjunct professor and faculty field liaison for the San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work.
 
For the past 20 plus years, she has been and continues to be part of the San Jose - O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program. She is one of the Behavioral Science Faculty, co-coordinates the behavioral science curriculum, provides direct integrative behavioral health services, and her major interest is in domestic violence and end-of-life issues. She has also conducted workshops for healthcare professionals in the field of health effects of violence and abuse. For the past five years she has had a private practice in Los Gatos, CA.
 
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