Kristen Linden, Ph.D

Director  

Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

Mark Papp Psy.D.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Clinical Interests & Specialties areas:  

Dr. Papp has delivered psychodynamic therapy in a variety of settings including community mental health, intensive outpatient, residential treatment programs, hospital settings, therapeutic day schools, pain management/anesthesiology and university counseling centers. He has expertise in treating depression, mood, anxiety, ADHD, LGBTQIA+ issues, social anxiety and various relational challenges. 

About the Staff Member:  

Dr. Papp received his PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Adler University in 2019. He aims to treat each individual’s unique challenges in a supportive environment, helping students to understand ties between individual thought patterns, past experiences, current stressors, and emotional pain.

 

Vivi Vallin, LPCC

Pronouns: she/her/ella

Clinical Interests & Specialties areas:

Vivi has provided individual, group, couples, and family therapy in a variety of settings including community mental health, residential treatment programs and currently a university counseling center. Vivi has expertise in working with mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, building a relationship with your body, and couples/partners work. Vivi has extensive experience working with childhood trauma, sexual assault trauma, racial and historical trauma, and systemic trauma. Vivi trained with Generative Somatics for 3-years and is a certified facilitator of Trauma-Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Vivi enjoys working with first-generation college students, Dreamers, LGBTQIA+ students and graduate students. Vivi’s approach is trauma-informed, culturally sensitive and strength-based. Vivi’s value is to co-create a safe place where students can explore themselves and their internal world, learn new skills, and feel empowered.

About the Staff Member:

Vivi graduated with her Masters in Counseling and Masters in Yoga Studies degrees from Loyola Marymount University. Vivi is a Queer Latinx therapist who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Vivi’s self-care includes time with her pups Koda & Charlie, watching sports and going to the beach.

 

Mimi Hoang, Ph.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Clinical Interests & Specialties areas:

Women’s issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, racial/cultural issues, Asian American issues, first generation college students, general anxiety, social anxiety, disordered eating and body image, grief/loss, family conflicts, couples therapy.

About the Staff Member:

I obtained my B.A. from UCLA and my Ph.D. from Alliant International University and have been licensed as a psychologist since 2008. I am a bisexual Chinese & Vietnamese American immigrant who has lived in both NorCal and SoCal most of my life. I also love food, art, culture, and science fiction.

 

 

Hung Tran Psy.D.

Pronouns: he/him

Clinical Interests & Specialties areas:

Men’s issues, First Generation College Student, family and generational Concerns, acculturation, alcohol and substance abuse, depression and anxiety, ADHD, neurodiversity, trauma, grief and loss

About the Staff Member:

Hung is a licensed clinical psychologist and trained as a generalist from Pacific University and completed his undergraduate at the University of California, Davis. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, martial arts, running, noodling on the ukulele, and cultivating rare fruits.

 

 

Jedd Alejandro, Ph.D.

Pronouns: he/him

Clinical Interests/Specialty Areas:

Jedd Alejandro utilizes cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to counseling. He has knowledge and experience working with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, grief and loss, relationship concerns, and trauma. He has interests in working with people of diverse identities and cultural backgrounds, including those who identify as Asian/Asian American, LGBTQ, and first-generation college students.

About the Staff Member:

Jedd also enjoys playing guitar, working on computers, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Orlando Jayasiri-Gunesekeri Psy.D.

Pronouns: he/him

Clinical Interests & Specialties areas:

Anxiety/stress management, self-esteem work, substance use, resilience development, communication, time management, relationship dynamics, family systems work, and trauma-informed care.

About the Staff Member:

Orlando completed his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Azusa, California, in 2015 and his Doctoral (PsyD) degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology at APU in 2022.

Orlando has worked in a variety of clinical settings such as two university counseling centers, a private practice, a community counseling center, a substance use rehabilitation center, a PHP/IOP outpatient program, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital. He has also provided clinical/psychotherapy services to clients ranging from four to seventy-four years of age.

From Sri Lanka, Orlando has a passion for working with individuals from diverse cultures and countries while utilizing an integrative framework in his sessions. The two main theoretical orientations that guide Orlando's clinical work are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and solution focused therapy (SFT).  

In his personal time, Orlando enjoys reading comics/manga, working out, playing games on his Switch, and learning languages. Always open to learning and growing, Orlando takes any opportunity to learn a new skill that he can utilize in his day-to-day life.

 

Ben Gallenson, Psy.D.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Clinical Experiences/Interests:

Dr. Gallenson has delivered cognitive behavioral therapies and interpersonal approaches in a variety of settings including community mental health, intensive outpatient, residential treatment programs, hospital settings, and university counseling centers. He has expertise in treating substance abuse, mood and anxiety issues, crisis, identity, family concerns, intimate relationships, trauma, and resilience. Ben also has extensive knowledge managing ADHD, adjustment/transition concerns, and multicultural counseling. His specialties and interests include peer-delivered interventions, peer support research, behavioral medicine, LGBTQIA+ affirming care, trauma-focused protocols, and substance abuse. Ben enjoys working with young adults, college students, Veterans, and diverse communities. Ben works from a client-centered perspective which informs the integration of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and humanistic interventions to meet the unique needs of each client. His identity as a queer clinician infuses a multicultural perspective into his work. Being an LMU alumni himself, Ben believes personal integration of thoughts, feelings, and choices are deeply enriching and critical components to an evolving self.

About the Staff Member:

I am an LMU alumni and identify as part of the LGBT community. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, movies that make me laugh until my sides hurt, hikes, sunny beaches, tennis, theatre productions, and ice cream.

 

Alejandro Aguirre, LMFT

Pronouns: He/Him/El 

Clinical Experiences/Interests: I am a Mexican-American bilingual Angelino clinical therapist and mental health advocate. I’ve worked in the field for well over 10 years and have provided direct services as a clinician for the past 5 years. I have extensive experience with severe mental health and forensic treatment; forensic meaning working with individuals involved with the justice system. I have provided direct therapy services in both individual and group settings to primarily male clients within residential settings, as well as previously providing bilingual and culturally adapted services within a private practice setting. I transitioned to school-based services over a year ago after joining SPS during the 2021 Spring Semester. My specialties include working with depression, emotional regulation, self-esteem and anxiety, interpersonal conflicts, male identifying dynamics, bilingual and culturally adapted services.  Being a bilingual and multicultural individual navigating the complexities of life within the ever-evolving melting pot of a country we are in, I clinically believe in an empathetic, honest, and collaborative approach; holding an open space for clients to speak freely while we explore, identify, and understand their deepest thoughts and emotions. Through unconditional positive regard and motivational interviewing, I aim to empower clients to recognize their strengths and build a deeper connection with themselves while maintaining accountability towards a healthier lifestyle.  

About the Staff Member:

In my spare time, I actively play sports and follow our city's teams (Dodgers, LAFC, and Angel City!), read, learning guitar, travel, and enjoy quality time raising the painfully adorable headaches that are my two Australian Shepards, Bucky and Jean Grey! 

 

Angela Garland, Psy.D.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

Clinical Interests & Specialties areas:

Dr. Garland (Dr. G) has delivered Humanistic/Existential therapy through an integrative and Multicultural lens, in a variety of settings including providing forensically focused community mental health, intensive outpatient, residential treatment programs, hospital settings, neuropsychological testing and university counseling centers. 

About the Staff Member:

Dr. G received her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Her professional interests include working with historically marginalized populations, anxiety, depression, multicultural therapy, and mindfulness-based practices. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, spending quality time with her son, playing video games, and cooking.  

 

Rebecca Rutchick, Psy.D.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Clinical Interests & Specialties areas:

Dr. Rutchick’s therapeutic style is warm, collaborative, authentic, active, and strengths-based. Some specialty areas include evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, relationship and intimacy issues, navigating life transitions, identity development, and body image/eating concerns. Dr. Rutchick Values cultural humility and welcomes conversations around diversity and intersecting identities.

About the Staff Member:

Dr. Rutchick received her master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has over ten years of experience within university counseling and loves working with college students. When she’s not at work, Dr. Rutchick enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her husband and two children, reading, tending to her succulent garden, and exploring new restaurants in LA.

 

 

Becca Okida, M.A.

Health Educator and Referral Coordinator 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Becca has over 10 years of higher education student affairs and student services experience. Becca's 5 years of experience at LMU in various roles allows her to support students in connecting them to on and off campus resources to support their wholistic wellness. When not working in SPS, Becca enjoys running, reading, and exploring parks with her family. 

 

 

Angie Blanco-Perez

Senior Administrative Coordinator 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Angie has 25 years of extensive support care service experience and joined the Student Psychological Services team in 2002, she came to LMU from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Angie has a passion for helping others and enjoys working with students; she strives to provide a friendly and compassionate first experience for students seeking help from SPS for mental health and well-being. Angie is a Venice/West Los Angeles native, she is married, has four sons, five grandchildren, and enjoys family time exploring the outdoors, ATVs and cooking. 

 

Alan Reyes

Administrative Coordinator 

Pronouns: he/him/his