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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

Dr. 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.


Ed Fox, M.A., L.M.F.T., 44321

Counselor 

Ed Fox has been at Chapman since 1986.  He served as Associate Director of Student Counseling Services for over 20 years.  Ed has also taught Community Mental Health, The Counseling Process, Introduction to Counseling, and Family Dynamics & Crisis Counseling at Chapman University.


Linda Karmelich, M.A., L.M.F.T., 42649

Counselor

Linda is a graduate of Chapman's Marriage and Family Therapy program, and has been associated with SPCS since 1999.  She is also a part time supervisor at the training clinic for the Psychology Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Linda has specialized training and experience working with Eating Disorders and associated issues. 

Christine Zes, M.A., L.M.F.T., 110347

Counselor 

Christine 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 especially enjoys working from a Mindfulness-based CBT orientation and has experience working with various populations, ages and backgrounds.  Partnering with young adult individuals at Chapman University is a rewarding experience for Christine.


Elizabeth Wilson, M.A., L.M.F.T., 52781

Counselor

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Chapman University Marriage and Family Therapy program.  She has been working at Student Psychological Counseling Services since 2008 and is an advisor for the student organization Active Minds.  She has specialized training in working with trauma as a certified EMDR therapist.


Corene Tague, M.A., L.M.F.T., 42054

Counselor

Corene 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 specialized training and experience in working with phase of life transition individuals.


Alexandra Hansen-Ankerstar, M.A., L.M.F.T., 83965

Counselor 

Alexandra has an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University and has worked part-time at SPCS in the past.  She has eclectic experience working with various ages, populations, and concerns, and in identifying and providing assistance to individuals in crisis.  Alexandra enjoys working with young adults in the college setting and is currently completing a program for a doctorate in clinical psychology.


Elizabeth Santos, M.A., L.M.F.T., 42016

Counselor 

Elizabeth received her master's degree from Chapman University in 2001.  She has specialization in therapy with individuals in social and family context; relationships throughout the lifespan; diversity and trauma.  Elizabeth supervises pre-licensed therapists working in the community and loves supporting the students at Chapman.


Julie Barbour, M.S., L.M.F.T., 41212

Counselor - Rinker Campus

Julie received her master's degree in Counseling from California State Fullerton and has worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the last 15 years.  She has a depth of experience in working with individuals dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, and recovering from trauma.  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.


Andrea Killian, M.A.

Counseling Coordinator

Andrea is a graduate of Chapman University’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program, and has worked for Chapman since 2002 and with Student Psychological Counseling Services since 2011.  Andrea assists students, families and campus community with information on our services, coordinates the scheduling of initial appointments, and oversees the daily operations of SPCS.  She is also an advisor for the student organization Active Minds.

Contact email: spcs@chapman.edu

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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