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What is SPCS?

The mission of Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) is to assist students in functioning effectively in the university environment by assessing and supporting their psychological well-being as they pursue personal and academic goals.

SPCS is a department within the division of Student Affairs providing brief counseling and psychotherapy to students at Chapman University. SPCS is staffed with licensed mental health professionals, and a part time board-certified psychiatrist. Our services provide expertise, acceptance, and objective guidance in dealing with personal problems. Counseling at SPCS offers students the opportunity to look at themselves, their environment, and their relationships and facilitate positive change to enhance their emotional, relational and psychological well-being. Services are designed to assist students with a number of concerns and to enhance their ability to be more effective and successful in their academic and personal lives. While we work with students who may be experiencing a crisis, our goal is to help students manage their concerns before they develop into more serious issues.


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Meet the SPCS Staff

 


Andrew C. Kami, PhD, MFT, PSY 27304
Director, Psychological Counseling Services

Andrew KamiDr. Andrew Kami is a military veteran, Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps.  He is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Administrator for the State of California, maintaining 12 separate clinical certificates and 6 separate memberships in a variety of orientations and treatment modalities.  He served for nearly a decade as a Director for a facility working with Schizophrenia Spectrum Illnesses and is currently a Core Faculty/Professor of Psychology teaching on Trauma, Psychopharmacology and Clinical Practicum courses.  He has conducted cognitive, psychological and personality assessments for the Departments of Mental Health and Children and Family Services in Los Angeles as well as trained multiple private community-based agencies and for-profit clinics, nationally.  Andrew enjoys watching baseball, practicing martial arts, looking at art, riding his motorcycle and eating way more than necessary.


Julie Barbour, MS, LMFT, MFC41212
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist - Rinker

julie-barbourJulie received her master's degree in Counseling from California State Fullerton and has worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the last 17 years.  She has a depth of experience in working with individuals dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, and providing trauma informed care.  Julie's experience enables her to assist individuals in their academic journey and achieving personal growth.  She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and utilizes her skills to help individuals and families to negotiate the process of change.  In her spare time, Julie enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing board games with her husband and daughters. She loves cooking and hosting dinner parties for her family and friends.


Linda Karmelich, MA, LMFT, MFC42649
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

linda-karmelichLinda is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Chapman University in their Marriage and Family Therapy program.  She has worked as a therapist in our Student Psychological Counseling Services since 1999.  Linda has extensive experience and interest in issues associated with eating disorders and body image, as well as assisting students with relational concerns, phase of life, crisis, and mood related issues. Linda enjoys traveling, cooking, swimming, anything related to the ocean, and she thoroughly loves working with the college population. 


Corene Tague, MA, LMFT, MFC42054
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

corene-tagueCorene is a graduate of Pepperdine University's Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program.  She joined Student Psychological Counseling Services in 2014 and has been practicing psychotherapy for over 15 years.  Corene has specialized training and experience in working with phase of life transition individuals and student-athletes.  As a prior NCAA student-athlete herself, Corene has a special interest in supporting individuals as they navigate through the added demands and pressures that can impact a student-athlete’s academic, social, and athletic success.  Corene enjoys spending time with her family, watching and attending sporting events, crocheting, camping, and spending time in her hometown of Huntington Beach.


Alexandra Hansen-Ankerstar, MA, LMFT, MFC83965
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

alexandra-hansen-ankerstarAlexandra is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist.  She earned her master’s degree from Alliant International University.  Currently, she is working on her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.  Alexandra has a diverse work history in various settings but has enjoyed working with college students the most.  She previously worked for SPCS as an intern until she obtained her license and has returned to continue working with students as a licensed clinician.  She works from a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy modality but utilizes other modalities to fit the student’s needs.  In addition, to her passion for being a therapist she enjoys the outdoors and following a vegan lifestyle.


Christine Zes, MA, LMFT, MFC110347
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

christine-zesChristine is a graduate of Chapman’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master's program and joined the staff at Student Psychological Counseling Services in 2016.  She often works from a Mindfulness-based CBT orientation and is also EMDR trained.  Christine enjoys partnering with students as they navigate the beginning phase of “adulting” within an academic setting.  In her free time, Christine loves to travel, is an avid baker, and finds enjoyment and peace in her own mindfulness practice.


Elizabeth A Santos, MA, LMFT, MFC42016
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

elizabeth-santosElizabeth was born and raised in Southern California.  She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with a Creative Writing emphasis. Elizabeth attended Chapman University for her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and has worked in non-profit and private practice settings with all ages and relationships.  She has had the honor of sharing her passion for therapy through teaching and training upcoming therapists in a university and private setting.  Elizabeth’s treatment approach is Collaborative and Experiential, utilizing Solution-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques.  Therapy focuses on supporting students in having a healthy identity, acceptance of self, creating balance, and promoting advocacy. Elizabeth has a busy family life. She also enjoys walks with her 2 dogs, reading, writing, and spending time at the beach.


Andrea L. Killian, MA, AMFT 87701
Counseling Coordinator

Andrea KillianAndrea is a Registered Associate MFT, supervised by a licensed clinician.  She was born and raised in Oregon.  She attended Chapman University as a non-traditional, first gen, transfer student of psychology in 2002.  After graduating, Andrea became staff in Financial Aid while she completed Chapman’s Master’s in Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program, graduating in 2009.  Andrea’s passion toward helping Chapman students, families and the transforming nature of the therapeutic process lead her to joining the SPCS & DS teams as their first Counseling & Disability Services Coordinator in 2011.  Currently, Andrea oversees the daily SPCS operations, including informing the campus with info on services and resources, scheduling appointments, and has training and extended experience in assisting students in crisis.  Andrea looks forward to completing clinical hours toward licensure, assisting in suicide prevention, supporting the grieving process and first-generation student challenges.  She is also the advisor for the student organization Active Minds and coordinates the annual Furry Friends for Finals campus event.  Andrea strives to ensure seeking help remains a comfortable, safe, and welcoming environment and process.  Andrea enjoys any singing/dancing/talent shows, thrift stores, the redwoods, returning her shopping carts and being a mom to her feisty preschooler.


 

Location and Hours

Location: 
410 N. Glassell St.
(House between Public Safety & Student Health)

Hours:
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

(CLOSED 12 p.m.-1 p.m.)

University 2020 Holiday Closures:

January 20 - MLK
March 27- Cesar Chavez Day (observed)
May 25 - Memorial Day       
July 3 & 6 - Independence Day (extended)

After Hours Emergencies

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after normal business hours, weekends or holidays, please seek assistance by doing one of the following:

  • Call 911 or Public Safety on campus at (714) 997-6763
  • Go to the ER at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange (off of La Veta)
  • Go to the ER at UCI Medical Center at 101 The City Drive, Orange (off of Chapman)
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

Other Resources

Disability Services                                                                    
Jason McAlexander, M.S., M.A.
Director
jmcalex@chapman.edu
(714) 744-7971 
(714) 744-7940 fax                                                                          

PEER and Health Education                                                   
Dani Smith
Director & Sexual Assault Advocate
dasmith@chapman.edu
(714) 744-7080

Health Services                                                                        
Jacqueline Deats
Director
deats@chapman.edu
(714) 997-6851

Public Safety
(714) 997-6763

Dean of Students
(714) 997-6721

Residence Life and First Year Experience
(714) 997-6603

Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy
(714) 997-6746

Contact Us


Phone: (714) 997-6778
Fax: (714) 744-7940
spcs@chapman.edu

Location: 
410 N. Glassell St.
(House between Public Safety & Student Health)

Hours:
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Closed 12 p.m.-1 p.m.)

SPCS After Hours
Consultation & Crisis Services
(714) 997-6778

 

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