Meet the Staff!
Dai To, Ph.D., Director
Dr. To is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and received her doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. As Director, she is available for consultation to Faculty, Staff and family members to address any concerns or questions about how to intervene and help a student. She also provides individual and group psychotherapy with an emphasis on First Generation College Students. Whether in her own clinical work or supervising the work of trainees, Dr. To is informed by her understanding of people both psychologically and socioculturally. She has a deep appreciation for the developmental challenges of college students and understands that these challenges are often complicated by familial, cultural demands and expectations as well as internal conflicts. Dr. To works with students to navigate this important time of transition and growth through providing support and insight oriented therapy that will allow students to understand the connections between their emotions, behavior and academic success.
Laura Williams, Psy.D., C.G.P., Associate Director/Director of Training
Dr. Williams received her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She interned at the Wright Institute of Los Angeles and Whittier College Counseling Center. She pursued a specialty in college counseling with a postdoctoral residency at the University of Rochester's Counseling and Psychological Services and has worked at various college counseling centers for the past 20 yearts. Dr. Williams is available for consultation with Faculty, Staff and parents who are concerned about a student. As a licensed Psychologist, she provides individual and group psychotherapy and is a Certified Group Psychotherapist offering groups for grief and loss, rape and sexual abuse survivors and those desiring personal growth. As Director of Training, she directs and supervises the clinical training program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Williams' theoretical orientation is an integration of feminist, psychoanalytic and relational theories.
Cynthia Cutshall, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist/Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Cutshall received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa, and she is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of California. As Staff Psychologist, she provides individual, group, and couples therapy to Saint Mary’s students and consultation to Faculty, Staff, and family members. Dr. Cutshall incorporates elements of psychodynamic and relational theories into her work with students with the goal of fostering and supporting their emotional well-being, healthy relationships, and academic success. She also collaborates with the Training Director to provide clinical supervision and didactic instruction to graduate student therapists who work within CAPS. Lastly, as Outreach Coordinator she collaborates with the Director to plan, oversee, and implement a comprehensive psychoeducational program designed to meet the needs of the culturally diverse student population at Saint Mary’s College. Please feel free to contact Dr. Cutshall for any outreach needs.
Brother Thomas Jones, FSC, Ed.D., Staff Psychologist
Dr. Jones is a Christian Brother who holds California state licenses as both a Clinical Psychologist and an Educational Psychologist. He received his doctorate from the University of San Francisco. With experience in educational, correctional and medical settings, Dr. Jones brings considerable expereince in supporting the development of individuals who struggle to take care of their personal needs as they repond to institutional expectations. As a staff psychologist in CAPS, he is available to students regarding issues pertaining to the social, emotional and academic challenges of collegiate life. He is also available to faculty and staff for consultation. Drawing on a number of paradigms, Dr. Jones incorporates elements of learning, muticultural and psychodynamic theories into his practice. He has worked with a wide range of issues that impact the well-being and development of students, including addressing learning differences; facing transition; managing family and peer relationships; building self esteem; setting and attaining goals; coping with stress; and managing depression, mood swings and anxiety.
Hilary Beech, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Resident
Dr. Beech received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in Palo Alto, CA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Mission Mental Health Clinic in San Francisco. She is currently fulfilling requirements for her postdoctoral training under the clinical supervision of Dr. To and Dr. Williams, and provides individual and group psychotherapy to St. Mary’s College students. Dr. Beech practices integrative psychotherapy with a psychodynamic emphasis, incorporating transpersonal and expressive arts modalities when these fit well with the client’s needs. Her clinical interests include issues affecting the LGBTIQQ community, challenges faced by international students or those with bicultural backgrounds, life transitions, women’s empowerment and professional development, relationship issues, and healing from sexual or physical trauma.
Heidi Tend, Administrative Assistant
Heidi brings more than 18 years of logistics and administrative experience. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, she served as Logistics Manager for EPC, where she managed such projects as courseware curriculum development, training certification and training coordination. When you come to CAPS, Heidi will be your first point of contact. She will help to navigate you through the process of filling out a questionnaire and setting up an appointment to see a therapist. In her free time, Heidi volunteers at a local animal shelter and has two therapy dogs, which make frequent visits to the SMC campus.
2014-2015 Psychology Training Program
Emily Kruger, M.A., Pre-doctoral Therapist
Emily is a pre-doctoral graduate student in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, CA. She is currently fulfilling requirements for her pre-doctoral internship at CAPS under the supervision of Dr. Williams and Dr. Cutshall. Her clinical interests include issues surrounding sexuality, relationships, multiculturalism, and social justice. Emily is also interested in serving those students who are the first in their family to attend college, as these students often face a unique set of challenges. She believes that the therapeutic relationship has the potential to inspire meaningful change and works within a psychodynamic framework to help clients meet their goals.
Sylvia Khromina, M.A., Pre-doctoral Therapist
Sylvia is a graduate student at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at CAPS under the clinical supervision of Dr. Williams and Dr. Cutshall. Sylvia's dissertation focused on the experience of immigration and adjustment of Russian-speaking immigrants in the United States. She is a first-generation immigrant herself and has a great deal of interest in working with immigrants as they navigate life in a new country. Sylvia also has an interest in helping individuals affected by trauma, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, issues related to self-esteem, and life changes. Her working style is warm and empathic, with a focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship, and helping clients gain awareness and acceptance of their truest inner experience.
Katerina Tsapanidou, M.A., Practicum Therapist
Katerina is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psy.D. program at the American School of Professional Psychology Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. She practices under the clinical supervision of Dr. Williams. Her interests include LGBTQ issues and the effect of cultural factors in forming an LGBTQ identity. She is also interested in trauma, group dynamics, life transitions and individuation and has special interest in reaching out to athletes. Katerina practices psychotherapy from a psychodynamic perspective, integrating jungian influences.
Jessica Gould, M.A., Practicum Therapist
Jessica is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She is returning to CAPS after completing her third-year practicum during the 2013-2014 school year and is currently practicing under the clinical supervision of Dr. Cutshall. Jessica’s interests include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and relationship issues, as well as working with survivors of trauma and individuals who identify as multiracial or mixed heritage. She also has experience providing psychoeducation and outreach services within the SMC community, as well as during her work as a sexual health educator while completing her undergraduate degree. Jessica practices from a multicultural psychodynamic perspective with an emphasis on relational and collaborative work with her clients.