CAPS clinical staff consists of licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, and advanced graduate trainees in counseling and clinical psychology.
Dr. Ngo is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She has been in practice for 24 years across a variety of settings, including university counseling centers, emergency room, forensic, inpatient, community mental health. Dr. Ngo is a trainer, consultant, and media expert in College Mental Health, Human Sexuality, and Diversity and Inclusion. She maintains a part-time private practice specializing in individual and couples with relationship and sexuality concerns. Dr. Ngo is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), and the Texas University and College Counseling Directors Association (TUCCDA). Dr. Ngo is immediate Past President of TUCCDA. She has previously served as an oral examiner and professional reviewer of complaints for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, as well as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Asian American Family Services.
Associate Director for Clinical Services
Dr. Mølbak has 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy for adolescents and adults in community mental health settings, university counseling centers, and private practice. He is a certified emotionally-focused couples therapist and has received training in psychodynamic and emotion-focused therapies, such as EFT and AEDP. Dr. Mølbak’s areas of interest and expertise include: couples therapy, trauma work, supervision, and teaching. Dr. Mølbak has published widely in psychological journals on topics as diverse as multicultural psychology, substance abuse, child development, and philosophical approaches to psychology.
Assistant Director for Training
Dr. Cecilia Sun has 24 years of experience in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health, career services, academic counseling, and neonatal intensive care. Her areas of interest include supervision and training, group therapy, ethnic and LGBTIQ identity development, psychology of the performing arts, interpersonal psychotherapy, personality disorders, sexual trauma, and technology. She has served on the Board of Directors (2003-2005, 2010-2012) for the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA). She also serves as the e-mail List Manager for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).
Dr. Andrew Bingman has six years of experience in a variety of settings, including university counseling centers and community mental health agencies. His areas of interest include: trauma-related concerns, interpersonal difficulties, personality disorders, men’s issues, LGBTQ+ related concerns, and clinical supervision and training. Dr. Bingman’s therapeutic approach is integrative and collaborative, and he has a background in psychodynamic therapy, multicultural/feminist therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 38 years of experience working with individuals (children, adolescents and adults of all ages), couples, and families in a variety of settings including residential treatment, day treatment, outpatient community-based mental health, and, most recently, private psychotherapy practice. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, depression and anxiety, managing anger/intense emotions, emerging adulthood, multiculturalism, life changes and adjustment, ADHD and other learning difficulties, LGBTQ-related struggles, couples and families, and the impact of technology/social media on adolescents and young adults. Janet embraces a team approach to counseling, in which the client and therapist are equal partners in the change process.
Laura Conner is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 6 years of experience working in university counseling centers and community centers. Her areas of interest include crisis intervention, trauma support and recovery, anxiety, depression, multiculturalism, interpersonal relationships, and identity exploration. She has a passion working with traditional and non-traditional college students, as this stage of life can be an integral period of development and personal growth. Laura often utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a framework in treatment, while incorporating various approaches in a collaborative effort to fit her client’s needs.
Denver has had the pleasure of working with college students and adults for the last 8 years, with the majority of his training taking place within various university counseling centers. Besides providing both individual and group therapy, Denver also has significant experience conducting various psychological and diagnostic assessments. Denver approaches therapy from a primarily interpersonal orientation, with clinical interests that include training and supervision, as well as working with college students and emerging adults around issues related to anxiety and mood, interpersonal and relational concerns, ADHD, existential concerns, and individuals' overall adjustment to college.
Yesica Lemus is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 9 years of experience in a variety of settings including academic, non-profit, private practice, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Her areas of interests include: anxiety, depression, trauma related concerns, multicultural and diversity related issues, family stressors, adjustment to college, and identity based issues. She has experience providing individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults. Yesica’s therapeutic approach is eclectic and collaborative; she values each client’s unique narrative and lived experiences. She has a passion for working with individuals who hold marginalized identities and aims to provide an authentic and safe therapeutic environment for her clients.
Dr. McCain joined the CAPS team in 2016 and has worked with college students for nearly a decade. In addition to her role of providing individual counseling, she coordinates the Groups program at CAPS and manages the department’s social media pages. Dr. McCain’s approach to therapy is collaborative and informed by an interpersonal, emotion-focused, and multicultural lens. Although she considers herself to be a generalist, she has a passion for working with individuals with marginalized identities. She also has a special interest in providing outreach services to diverse audiences.
Leah has 15 years of experience in a variety of settings including non-profit Christian counseling organization, crisis center, outpatient multidisciplinary Samaritan center, and a university counseling center. Her areas of interest and expertise include: individual, pre-marital, couples, sexual health and dysfunction therapy, communication and conflict resolution, spirituality issues, life transitions, relationship enrichment and public speaking. Utilizing integrative psychotherapy, focusing primarily on psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy style, she aims to create a safe place to explore life’s challenges. Leah has co-authored a relationship workbook/DVD enrichment series and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist, a Prepare/Enrich Assessment Facilitator and a Level 2 PAIRS Certified Instructor. Leah serves CAPS’ clients on the UH Main and Sugar Land campuses.
Dr. Ranschaert has 9 years of experience in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, VA outpatient and substance abuse centers, community mental health and an inpatient psychiatric hospital. He has experience conducting individual and group therapy and administering psychological assessments. His clinical interests include multicultural factors in therapy, adjustment to college and university, working with resident assistants, and working with marginalized groups on university campuses.
Meghan has 7 years of clinical experience in settings with adults, youth, and adolescents. She has worked with clients in an in-patient child and adolescent psychiatric hospital, an out-patient pediatric behavioral clinic, and college counseling centers. Meghan approaches work with clients collaboratively and from an integrative framework, primarily drawing from cognitive behavioral, person-centered, and interpersonal perspectives. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to: emerging adulthood, identity development, multiculturalism, issues related to self-worth and empowerment, interpersonal relationships, anxiety, and depression. She also has experience and interest in career counseling, administration of career assessments, and interpretation of career assessments. Meghan also enjoys teaching and community and campus engagement and advocacy.
Justyn Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for mental health awareness and wellness. He has 6 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including academic, community health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, non-profits, and private practice. His areas of interest include: anxiety, depression, adjustment to college, men’s issues, LGBTQ+ related concerns, multiculturalism and clinical supervision and training. Justyn’s approach to therapy is collaborative, integrating person centered and cognitive-behavioral perspectives, while informed through a multicultural lens. He also enjoys teaching, advocacy and providing outreach services to diverse audiences.
Dr. Marti Trummer has over 6 years of experience in university counseling and career centers, community mental health and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. She has experience conducting individual and group therapy, psycho-education and assessment presentations and administering psychological evaluations. Utilizing emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioral therapy styles, Dr. Trummer creates a safe place to explore life changes and challenges. Her clinical and research interests include developmental psychology, trauma, adjustment and acculturation, multicultural factors in therapy, and program evaluation.
Kazanda Wills is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for mental health awareness and wellness. Kazanda has over 11 years of experience in various mental health settings including residential facilities and non-profit mental health agencies. Through her years of experience, Kazanda has worked with a diverse population of clients including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Kazanda utilizes both a systemic and person-centered therapeutic approach to counseling and respects the confidential relationship between client and counselor as it is a critical component. Her areas of interest and expertise include the following: Crisis Intervention, couples counseling, family therapy and group therapy. Kazanda is also passionate about continuing to learn through trainings and research.
Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor from Houston, Texas. She has 10 years of experience providing individual and group therapy to adults in community agencies, residential settings, and private practice. Her specialties include working with survivors of trauma, including sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Laura is a trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist as well as a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) provider, two evidence-based treatments for the resolution of trauma. She takes an integrative, holistic approach to therapy, collaborating with her clients and combining techniques from various therapeutic modalities to create an individualized path towards wellness. In addition to trauma, Laura’s interests include anxiety, depression, emerging adulthood, and multicultural factors in therapy.
Dr. Steven Zuniga has 6 years of experience working with adults in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, and VA inpatient/outpatient clinics. His areas of interests include: issues related to multicultural and diversity development, LGBTQ+ concerns, working with individuals who have intersecting identities, interpersonal difficulties, as well as training and supervision. Dr. Zuniga works from an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates person-centered, multicultural, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives.
Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology - California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University
Adam has two years of clinical experience providing short-term therapy, crisis intervention, and psychosocial support to US and international individuals, couples, and families of all ages and multicultural backgrounds, from a family systems/differentiation perspective incorporating ACT interventions. Adam also has a passion for working with couples, and provided counseling on a crisis line for two and a half years. He has delivered evidence-based curriculums in a school setting and has several years’ experience working in schools. He considers it a great privilege to work with UH students and hopes to help them achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals while dealing with any challenges which may arise, and is very excited to join the CAPS team. Adam is a student-affiliate member of the American Psychological Association (APA), a member of Division 43, the Society for Couple and Family Psychology, and the Asian American Psychological Association, having previously lived and worked in Japan.
Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology - University of North Texas
Kristina has 5 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including university counseling, Division I athletics, community mental health, and pediatric health. Her experience includes individual and group therapy, crisis management, consultation-liaison, assessment, and outreach. Kristina also has specialized training in sport psychology and she is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC; administered by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology). Her therapeutic approach is grounded in interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral frameworks with a focus on building collaborative therapeutic relationships. Her clinical interests include identity development, adjustment to college, body image and disordered eating, student-athlete mental health, interpersonal and relational concerns, and coping with medical/health concerns. Her dissertation focused on the efficacy of psychological interventions (e.g., imagery, mindfulness, self-compassion) in improving athletes’ physical rehabilitation and psychological well-being following sport injury.
Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA
Amelia has four years of clinical experience working with children, adults and families in a variety of community mental health settings. Her experiences include conducting individual therapy, group therapy, consultation, crisis management for adolescents and adults, substance abuse treatment, and trauma informed psychotherapy. Amelia’s clinical experience includes diagnostic training in comprehensive/collaborative assessment (i.e. achievement, intelligence, projective, etc.) with adolescents and adults and psychological evaluations for asylum seekers. Amelia works primarily from a psychodynamic (insight oriented) framework and integrates multiculturalism, family systems, social justice and trauma informed care. Her dissertation titled: Multiracial Indian American Identity Formation and Intercultural Communication: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, seeks to explore how specific multiracial groups create and express their multiple heritage identity with others. Amelia is a student affiliated member of the American Psychological Association, Asian American Psychological Association and California Psychological Association. She is originally from Houston and is excited to be back serving the UH community.
Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology – Purdue University
Sula has worked in diverse clinical settings including college counseling, community mental health, and inpatient hospital. She is passionate to work with diverse clients, but she is the most excited to work with young adults. She uses a person-centered and interpersonal framework to work with her clients. Her clinical and research interests include multicultural issues, identity development and training issues in psychology. Sula is originally from South Korea, and she has lived as an international person in the US over 10 years. She hopes she can provide an opportunity to bring multicultural awareness in herself and the others around her, by sharing her experiences as an international person.
Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology – University of Houston
Sana enjoys working with college students from diverse backgrounds who struggle with adjustment, depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. They are a member of the CORE research lab at the University of Houston, which investigates LGBTQ health disparities. Their current research focuses on identity concealment in non-binary transgender people.
Ph.D. Student, Clinical Psychology - University of Houston
Jake has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both research and clinical settings. His clinical work has primarily been CBT-focused, but Jake is also interested in using Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches to provide the best fit for his clients' needs. He has worked in state-run mental health centers and UH's Psychological Research and Services Center (PRSC). His research interests include risk and resilience in racial, ethnic, and sexual minority communities, especially how social support acts as a protective factor.
Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology - University of Houston
Luiza has worked with college students as an Assistant Student Services Advisor, where her roles included tutoring, advising, and mentoring. She also developed and implemented a Mental Health Program for student athletes, which provided them the mental health support they needed as well as helped to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Her current research interests include mental health disparities in minority status college students, with a focus on student athlete mental health.
Psy.D. Student, Health Service Psychology – University of Houston-Clear Lake
Diana has experience providing evidence-based interventions to children, adolescents, and adults in community-based mental health settings and school settings. Specific evidence-based intervention she uses include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), skills-based modules from Dialectical Behavior informed Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her current research focus is on brief mindfulness interventions in adults with anxiety.
Office Assistant II
Ken joined the CAPS department in the Summer of 2017 coming from previous companies in the private sector such as Cintas, Port of Houston Authority, and DHL with customer service and office experience. Ken, also is a native Houstonian who attended Prairie View A&M University and is currently involved with several non-profit organizations including Petals and Pearls Group Inc. as the COO which serves the Greater Houston community. In his leisure time he plays adult kickball and volunteer coaching little league. “Having an opportunity to make a great impression on the student body brings a new level of excitement knowing I’m making a better future for the University of Houston.” I’m excited to be at the PowerHouse!
Office Assistant II
Marilyn was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She comes to CAPS with a variety of experiences; from being Academic Advisor in the UH Computer Science Department to the Dean's Assistant at Baytown Christian Academy. After getting her BA degree in Interior Design from The College of the Holy Spirit, she moved to Taipei, Taiwan where she was an English teacher for 3 years; that’s also where she met and married her husband. They have been involved in ministry together for over 25 years. In her spare time, Marilyn enjoys Cake decorating, Painting, developing new recipes and playing the piano. Marilyn has an intense interest in the emotional welfare of others, and enjoys being part of a team of caring people who impact lives every day.
Tonya provides administrative support to the UH Counseling & Psychological services team! She has 16 years of Mental Health support & customer service experience in her current role as Office Supervisor. She currently serves as a member of the UH Staff Council as Events Co-Chair, DSAES Customer Service Champion and 2015 Customer Service Award recipient. She is passionate about people, relationships, UH & staff issues and is truly committed Her passion to serve within this population stems from seeing a lack of help for those in her community and family, growing up. Personally, feeling helpless while navigating life is a feeling she has experienced & never wants anyone to experience especially those striving to discover their own passion and purpose. She is a native of Beaumont, TX and is a licensed and ordained minister who in her downtime enjoys cycling, reading and lounging with her emotional support … Zion! Favorite Quote: “Be strong and very courageous, don’t be afraid or discouraged; for the Lord is with you wherever you go.” Josh 1:9