Meet Our Therapists and Staff
De Anza College Psychological Services is staffed by therapists from Bay Area Clinical Psychology Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs. These practicum interns are supervised by Dr. Siew Kuek, Psy.D.
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Ashley Elefant Baratz, M.S.
Ashley received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. She is working on her doctorate degree and her research focuses on reducing barriers to care for Latinos with depression. Her primary clinical interests include community mental health and working with transitional age youth. She is experienced in providing therapy to those with depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. She previously trained at CHAC in Mountain View, CA. Ashley has centered much of her development as a therapist on cultural competency and enjoys working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. In addition, she is fluent in Spanish and has several years of experience working with Latino students.
Vanessa Ma, M.S.
Vanessa Ma is a fourth year student, working on her Ph.D. at Palo Alto University. She graduated and obtained degrees in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University-Teachers College and UC-Riverside. She previously trained at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) and Mission College. She has treated clients with various difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, serious mental illnesses, and issues related to homelessness, sleep, interpersonal problems, and trauma. Vanessa also currently works as a clinical research assistant at Palo Alto VA. She is interested in research and treatment of trauma, resilience, coping, and stress among the adult and older adult population. She enjoys working with community college students.
Jung-Ho Ryu is a third-year PhD student studying clinical psychology at Palo Alto University. His academic focus is on the trauma area of emphasis. He is currently interested in researching intergenerational trauma related to the 'Jeju Uprising', a massacre that happened in Jeju, South Korea in 1948. Jung-Ho is fluent in Korean and is willing to work with Korean-speaking students. He is interested in aiding college students in coping and functioning well.
Siew Jolin Kuek, Psy.D
Dr. Kuek is a licensed clinician who is a Chinese diaspora, native to Singapore. She earned her doctoral degree from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. She is the director of De Anza College Psychological Services. Dr. Kuek provided supervision to the therapists. She also provides therapy to students at De Anza, and works with crisis cases at the college.
Psychodynamic in orientation, her interest is in community mental health, contemporary thinking and practices in psychoanalysis, and in contributing to the development of clinical practices across cultures and across borders. Dr. Kuek focuses on the needs and safety of all students at the college. She is devoted to supporting the mental health of De Anza College students.
Florence Wang, Ph.D.
Dr. Florence Wang graduated from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University. She has previously been trained at the Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System, the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and De Anza College. She has extensive training and conducted research in the detection and treatment of suicidality, specifically among ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities. She is also trained in Prolonged Exposure, a VA approved, evidenced-based treatment for PTSD. She has treated clients with a broad range of difficulties, including difficulties with sleep, substance use disorders, issues with acculturation and assimilation, issues relating to homelessness, adjustment to chronic medical illnesses, social anxiety, depression, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, serious mental illness, and existential issues. Her approach to therapy is very much client-centered. Her passion is to learn different theories and to build her knowledge in understanding the human condition.
Julia Franklin works as the front desk administrative assistant, office manager, and scheduling assistant for De Anza College Psychological Services. She is the face of Psychological Services, greeting students who call, email, and come in for an appointment. Julia has studied behavioral science at De Anza college and hopes to transfer to San Jose State in order to complete her studies. She has also worked for EOPS as a student worker and front desk administrative assistant. Julia tries to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Her personal philosophy at work is that “you don’t know who is going through what before they walk through that door. I don’t judge.”