Current Students

Learn about some of the many accomplishments of the extraordinary students in SDSU's Marriage and Family Therapy Program. 

Meet Our COHORTS

MFT Graduating Cohort of 2024

MFT 2024 Cohort

 

MFT Graduating Cohort of 2023

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MFT Graduating Cohort of 2022

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2022 Graduates

Congratulations to the SDSU Marriage and Family Therapy Graduates of 2022! 

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Mayra Berenice Álvarez

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Spanish, Spanglish

Relevant Experience: 

I had the honor of completing my clinical training at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement. I had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of clients which included children, adults, couples, and families. My work as a therapist is informed by Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

“The story that develops and unfolds as we grow up is shaped by our surrounding contexts. However, THIS story does not have to be your final draft. YOU are the author of your life, and you can write as many drafts as you like. Let’s begin writing.” – Mayra Álvarez 

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Nikkolson Ang

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Tagalog

Relevant Experience: 

I was given the opportunity to complete my clinical training at Rady Children’s Hospital seeing a variety of clients from children, teens, adults, and families. Through this partnership, I was also able to co-facilitate groups as well as experience school-based work at my site. I primarily draw from a co-created strengths-based and systemic lens and often borrow from SFBT, narrative, EFT, CBT, DBT, Art, and play therapy interventions to best suit the person seeking service’s needs.

“I survived because the fire inside burned brighter than the fire around me.” – Joshua Graham, Fallout New Vegas

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Esther Chau

Language(s) Spoken: 

English

Relevant Experience: 

I had the privilege of completing my clinical training at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement. I enjoyed collaborating with individuals, couples, and families from diverse contexts to learn about their preferred relationships with themselves and others. My clinical work is influenced by narrative therapy and internal family systems therapy ideas and values. 

“The stories we tell ourselves about who we are matter." - Esther Chau

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Klancy Chung

Language(s) Spoken: 

English

Relevant Experience: 

I completed my training with The Elizabeth Hospice as a grief counselor to children, teens, adults, and families. In this role, I also facilitated grief support groups in elementary and high schools around San Diego County, as well as grief groups for child and spouse/partner loss. I practice primarily within the ethics of narrative therapy and post-structural thought, while also integrating ideas from play therapy, mindfulness practices, and strength-based approaches. 

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

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Evelyng Danelia Cohen

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Spanish, Spanglish

Relevant Experience: 

I completed my clinical training at License to Freedom in El Cajon where I worked with the Middle Eastern Immigrant community on the topic of domestic violence.  I met with clients of all ages in individual and group settings. My work is influenced by the organization’s foundation of narrative therapy and Post-modern decolonial feminist theory.

“Whenever I looked at the bracelet you created with me, I heard the exact message that each strand of yarn was meant to remind me of.  And, it helped me through the week.” - Private source 

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Brooklyn Douglas

Language(s) Spoken: 

English 

Relevant Experience: 

I had the privilege of completing my traineeship at the Union of Pan Asian Communities, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program. Through my experience, I not only developed future clinical skills while working with children and families in San Diego county - I was provided with the opportunity to both professionally and personally. I’m grateful to have learned how to utilize effective techniques such as narrative, SFBT, and play therapy which I strongly value. I hope to continue to make a difference in individuals, just as they have made a difference in mine. 

“I am learning everyday to allow space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” - Tracee Ellis Ross

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Redentor Galura Jr

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Tagalog 

Relevant Experience: 

I completed my training at the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) Multicultural Community Counseling. I am honored to have supported Asian and Latinx youth in learning more about themselves, their families, and communities. I strive towards a collaborative approach, informed by my clients’ lived experiences through narrative therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, and the recovery model.

“The stories of the people we work with are gifts. I feel lucky getting to witness people unwrap and retrieve the many hopes and wishes of their lives.”    - Red

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Jeremy Garcia

Language(s) Spoken: 

English

Relevant Experience: 

I had the pleasure to walk alongside young adults in their journey during my clinical training as a therapist at San Diego State University’s Counseling & Psychological Services. I provided individual and couples therapy, as well as co-facilitated therapy groups. My client-centered clinical work is primarily rooted in narrative therapy, and influenced by tools from EFT, DBT, and SFBT. 

“Everyone’s story makes perfect sense when you understand the context in which it was created.”       - Jeremy Garcia

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Lara LaBar

Language(s) Spoken: 

English

Relevant Experience: 

My internship was spent at the Center for Community Counseling & Engagement in City Heights, working primarily with LGBTQIA+ teens, adults, and couples. I approach therapy with a narrative lens that is informed by queer, feminist, and transformative justice principles. 

“Hope is a discipline.” – Mariame Kaba

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Annika Lewis

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, German

Relevant Experience: 

I completed my clinical training at the Union of Pan Asian Communities, Child Mental Health, where I supported children and their families in navigating mental health challenges and strengthening their relationships. I prioritize providing culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed care, and I enjoy working from collaborative, narrative, and solution focused approaches. 

“If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise.” - Rupi Kaur

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Tabitha Magner

Language(s) Spoken: 

English & Spanish

Relevant Experience: 

I feel so lucky to have been given the chance to work in the beautiful community of Monte Vista High School, working with the students and their families. The support from my Supervisor, MFT Trainee team and the school staff has been incredible. I learn so much everyday from the brilliance of my clients. I enjoy working from a systemic, strengths based perspective and letting the client be the guide for their own therapeutic experience. 

"Whereever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca 

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Iris Merlos

Language(s) Spoken: 

English & Spanish

Relevant Experience: 

I was fortunate to complete my clinical traineeship at the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CMH) as a family therapist. My speciality is working with youth and families struggling with substance use disorder. I really enjoyed being able to practice a variety of frameworks such as solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotional focus therapy, play and art therapy. 

“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” - Max Depree

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Lelani My Nguyen

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Vietnamese, Spanish/Spanglish

Relevant Experience: 

I had the privilege of completing my training at the Center for Community Counseling Engagement, where I had the opportunity to work and collaborate with children, adults, couples, and families. My work is primarily influenced by narrative therapy with a sprinkle of solution focused and emotion focused therapy.

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Isabel Piña

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Spanish, & Spanglish 

Relevant Experience: 

I completed my clinical training with Nueva Vista Family Services where I had the opportunity to work with a diverse population through the community mental health field. Throughout my time here I collaborated and worked with children, adolescents, and families, through a post modern and strength based lens. I enjoy practicing narrative therapy, solution focused based therapy, and play therapy. 

“It is an honor to be trusted with my clients stories and witness their journey alongside them." - Isabel Piña

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Alicia Joy Prieto

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Spanish, & Spanglish 

Relevant Experience: 

I completed my clinical training at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement where I had the opportunity to work with diverse populations consisting of children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. I was also able to work with Casa Familiar providing services at Perkins Elementary in Barrio Logan. My work is influenced by narrative therapy, solution focused brief therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy. Also, when it came to children normally incorporated play and art therapy.

"Success as a therapist is not found in doing something for the client, but rather in being someone for the client." - Ili Rivera Walter

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Daniela Reyes

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Spanish, & Spanglish

Relevant Experience: 

I had the honor of completing my clinical training at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement. I had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of clients which included children, adults, couples, and families. My work as a therapist is informed by narrative therapy and solution focused brief therapy.

“When we learn speak, we learn to translate.”        - Octavio Paz

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Victor Santana

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Spanish, & Spanglish

Relevant Experience: 

I’ve had the honor and privilege of completing my traineeship at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement. Through this wonderful experience I was able to work with individuals and families from multiple diverse backgrounds and gain further experience working with multicultural individuals.In addition, through my training I had the privilege to provide therapeutic services in Spanglish which was a great experience when working with multilingual clients. My therapeutic work is driven by a client focused approach and influenced by narrative therapy, SFBT and critical race theory. 

“What I love the most about my work is being able to be there for my clients and support them through their struggles and cherish all their triumphs. I believe there is no greater gift as a therapist than having the opportunity to witness the stories of my clients and getting to share the journey with them, as they reach their goals.”           - Victor Santana

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Gonzalo Acosta Sierra

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Spanish, & Spanglish 

Relevant Experience: 

I completed my clinical training at Nueva Vista Family Services in Chula Vista. I had the privilege to serve culturally diverse, monolingual, and bilingual speaking children, adolescents, and their families. My clinical practice was informed by narrative therapy, collaborative therapy and solution focused therapy.

"The problem is the problem, the person is not the problem." – Michael White and David Epston

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Jessica Siliezar

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Spanish, & Spanglish 

Relevant Experience: 

I completed my clinical training at Crossroads Family Center in El Cajon where I had the privilege to work with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds through a community-based mental health program. In my training I learned to collaborate and work with children, adolescents, and their families. I practiced from a strength-based and systemic perspective while utilizing narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and solution focused brief therapy.

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Kit Ming Shermaine So

Language(s) Spoken: 

English, Cantonese, Mandarin, & Spanish

Relevant Experience: 

I completed my clinical training at Douglas Young Youth and Family Services where I had the chance to work with underserved families from diverse backgrounds and collaborate with a team consisting of therapists, case managers, substance abuse counselors, and psychiatrists. My work is influenced by social-constructionist ideas and I mainly practice narrative therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, and emotionally focused therapy with a sprinkle of CBT with my clients. I also do play, art, and game therapy with children.

"There is something about connecting with the clients on a personal level and becoming part of their journey in becoming healthier that makes me feel alive." - Shermaine So

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*Eleven members of the 2022 cohort are not reflected on this list.