Staff Bios

Meet Your Student Health Services Team

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Alyson Bostwick
M.A., LMFT
Personal Counseling Dept. Co-Chair


Pronouns: She/her/hers

Education: 
B.A.  Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara 
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapist, Antioch University Santa Barbara

Areas of Interest or Specialty: Stress/anxiety management, relationship issues, self-esteem building, assertiveness training/boundary setting, couples counseling, mood disorders, conflict resolution/mediation, grief and loss, performance/sports psychology,  crisis intervention and management, multicultural issues, developmental issues in adolescence and young adulthood, identity exploration and development.

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Lacey Peters
M.A., LMFT
Personal Counseling Dept. Co-Chair


Pronouns: She/her/hers

Education: 
B.S. Health Promotion, Community Health Education, Northern Arizona University 
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapist, Antioch University Santa Barbara

Areas of Interest or Specialty:  Anxiety, mood disorders, mood dysregulation, addictive disorders, co-occurring disorders, grief and loss, crisis intervention and management, relationship concerns, motivational interviewing, strength based interventions, resiliency and empowerment, developmental issues in adolescence and young adulthood, identity exploration and development.

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Betsy Phillips
M.A., LCSW
Personal Counselor

 
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Education:  
University of Utah, MSW, UCSB, BFA, Modern Dance, Carleton College, Latin American Studies

Languages:
Spanish

Areas of Interest or Speciality: Counseling college students who struggle with anxiety, family issues.  Counseling international students, multicultural counseling, Elder counseling, Somatic work with many years of teaching Yoga, Pilates, Dance.

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Raquel Do Carmo
M.A., LMFT
Personal Counselor


Pronouns: She/her/hers

Education:
B.A. Advertising & Public Relations, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
M.A. Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA

Languages:
Spanish & Portuguese

Areas of Interest or Specialty:
Stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, identity exploration, interpersonal relationships, confidence and self-esteem building, time management, crisis support and management, personal development, conflict resolution, boundary setting, multiculturalism, Cognitive Behavior techniques, Socratic questioning, process-focused counseling, mindfulness, single parenting issues, grief and loss support, resilience building, strengths-based and person-centered approach. 

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Becky Bean
M.A., ASW
The WELL Student Program Advisor 


Pronouns: She/her/hers

Education: 
B.A. Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz 
M.A. Social Work, Columbia University - School of Social Work 

Areas of Interest or Specialty: 
Mindfulness and stress management, trauma-informed care support groups, cognitive-behavioral and family systems approaches, skills based psychotherapy, 

empowerment based therapeutic interventions, re-entry counseling, somatic psychology, addressing relationship issues, identity and career exploration and development for young adults and adults.

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Renato Marques
M.A., AMFT
Personal Counselor


Pronouns: He/him/his


Education:

B.A. Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara 
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapist, Antioch University Santa Barbara

Areas of Interest or Specialty:
Cultural identity issues, anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, stress/anger management, spirituality, diversity issues, body images & self-esteem, LGBTQ+, relationship issues, career counseling, multiculturalism, mindfulness, social skills, divorce, and substance abuse.


Languages:
Spanish & Portuguese

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Emily Stone
M.A., APCC
Personal Counselor


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Education: 

Master of Art in Education and Master of Science in School Counseling with Associate Professional Clinical Counselor license

Areas of Interest or Specialty: stress/anxiety management, relationship issues, self-esteem building, self-compassion, surviving trauma, school/adjustment stress, interpersonal relationships, body images & self-esteem, career counseling, and building up study skills

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Kristina Esopo
M.A., PH.D. Candidate
Personal Counselor


Pronouns: She/they


Education: 

B.A. Psychology, Specialization in Biopsychology, The College of New Jersey
M.A. Counseling Psychology, University of California - Santa Barbara

Areas of Interest or Specialty:
Anxiety; depression; life transitions; relationship concerns; chronic illness; trauma especially complex relational trauma, racial trauma, and/or intergenerational/historical trauma; liberation psychology and empowerment; systemic oppression; privilege; multicultural identity, academic, and career exploration; sexuality and gender identity including queer, asexual/aromantic, trans, non-binary, and polyamory; holistic healing practices

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Amaranta (Amy) Ramirez
M.A., PH.D. Candidate
Personal Counselor


Pronouns: She/her/hers


Education:
B.A (M.A. After this spring)


Areas of Interest or Specialty:
I have a couple of areas of interest and areas of specialty. However, my strongest interest is working with the LGBTQ community at the intersection of race/ethnicity. I am also interested in working with first-generation and Latinx students, and helping them navigate the difficulties of being first-generation in college. My area of specialty is with LGBTQ clients, with experience in exploring gender and sexual identity.

Languages:
Spanish

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Erick Felix
M.A., PH.D. Candidate
Personal Counselor


Pronouns: He/they 


Education:

M.A. in Counseling Psychology from UCSB

Areas of Interest/Speciality:
Trauma informed interventions, multicultural inclusive approaches, immigrant populations, and meaning making. I have worked treating individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and complex trauma. 

Languages:
Spanish

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Gwendolyn Kilfoyle
M.A., AMFT
Personal Counselor

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Education:

B.A. Psychology, Sonoma State University
M.A. Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Areas of Interest or Specialty:
Anxiety, stress, grief and loss, addiction, stage-of-life transitions and identity formation, Expressive Arts Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Ecopsychology, Depth Psychology, group therapy, interpersonal relationships, parenting, multiculturalism.

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Noelle Clearwater
M.A., AMFT
PH.D. Candidate
Personal Counselor

 
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Education: 
Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA
M.A.  Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara 
M.A.   English, University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA
B.A.  English, University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA
 
Areas of Interest or Specialty:  Bereavement, anticipatory grief, depression, co-occurring disorders, anxiety and family issues, stress, substance abuse, trauma-informed care support groups, multi-cultural and elder-counseling, narrative therapy, self-compassion.

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Brenda Scherlis
MSN, FNP
Nurse Practitioner


Pronouns: She/her/hers

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Mary Sila 
RN
Nurse


Pronouns: She/her/hers

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Dr. Susan Lawton Medical Supervisor SBNC


Pronouns: She/her/hers

Angela Ortiz

Angela Ortiz
Senior Office Assistant


Pronouns: She/her/hers