Meet Our Staff & Therapists
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 William Firmender, Ph.D.
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Suzanna Ramirez, Administrative Assistant (she/her)
|Monday - Thursday 8:30am- 5:30 | Friday 8:30am-2pm|
Suzanna is the administrative assistant of Psychological Services at De Anza College. She is a proud alumni of De Anza College. She has her Associates in Liberal Arts - Social & behavioral Science Emphasis, as well as an Associates in Communication studies for transfer. Suzanna looks forward to continuing her education to receive a Bachelor’s degree in communication studies. She is passionate about helping her community and providing support to students in need. Her dedication started in 2012 helping low income students within after school programs creating a safe space for them. Suzanna started working a temp position for Psychological Services at De Anza in 2019, which led her to a full time position. Her devotion is making resources available to her team and students about mental health. She is a proud fur mom to a maltipoo named Mela, who she adores and spoils. Suzanna is an outstanding employee who is compassionate and empathetic to her students and staff.
William Firmender, Ph.D. (he/him)
Available: |Monday - Thursday 10am-5:30pm|
Dr. Firmender is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Psychological Services at De Anza College. He moved to California after spending his childhood, adolescence, and early adult years in South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and New York City. His clinical and research interests include diversity and community mental health, public policy, program development and evaluation, and therapeutic sports interventions. He has a great deal of experience helping clients deal with stressful life transitions. Using a combination of humanistic, behavioral, and attachment approaches to psychotherapy, he aims to help clients feel comfortable with themselves, feel less self-critical, and feel capable of making and maintaining meaningful life changes. Such changes are based on substantive collaboration with clients to create tangible, realistic, and attainable goals.
Derrick E Felton, MSW, MPA, MBA
Available:|Tuesday & Thursday 9am to 5pm| Friday 10am to 2pm|
Mr. Felton is an Army Veteran and originally hails from Mississippi. Previously, he has worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Services. He is currently a part-time faculty member with the Social Sciences & Humanities Division, teaching Psychology Classes, as well as being the Veteran Liaison Social Worker with Vitas Healthcare. Mr. Felton has experience in trauma, depression, and anxiety. He has run several men’s groups, covering numerous relevant topics, and offers a mindful approach to coping strategies. Mr. Felton recently joined the Psychological Service department in Spring 2020.
Brian Lippincott, Ph.D.
Available: |Wednesday & Friday 10am-3pm|
Brian Lippincott Ph.D is a Psychologist and Supervisor for Psych Services at De Anza College. Dr. Lippincott earned his Bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California in 1978 in the Integral Curriculum of the Liberal Arts which is a Great Books program. He immediately went on to John F Kennedy University to earn his Master’s degree in Psychology in 1981 and eventually matriculated to Pacifica Graduate Institute where he earned his doctorate degree in 1992 with a specialization in depth psychology. Dr. Lippincott is both a licensed marriage family therapist and licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California. He has had a private practice since 1985. Dr. Lippincott returned to John F Kennedy University in 1992 and has been a faculty since then teaching every quarter in either the masters in psychology program for MFT, LPCC program or in the PsyD program.Dr. Lippincott has taught a wide variety of classes ranging from clinical case seminar, group process and other clinical classes to research and advanced research. Dr. Lippincott spent 20 years working in community mental health where he was the supervisor of the transition age youth program for Monterey County which dealt with first episode psychosis. In 2013
Dr. Lippincott founded the Center for Humanistic Development, a training center in Aptos, Watsonville and Salinas California, which trains practicum students and interns in Humanistic psychology and Creative Depth Psychology (CDP.) CDP embraces the ideas of Jung and others regarding the depth of the human spirit and has a holistic approach. It also involves depth perception in the outer world and is a community-based psychology aligned with the work of Michael White and David Epston in Narrative therapy.
Kimberly "Kim" Lee, Psy.D. (she/her)
Available: |Monday - Thursday 9am- 4:30pm|Friday 9am-12pm|
Anita Vazifdar, MMFT, LMFT #110606 (she/her)
Available: |Monday & Tuesday 6pm-7pm|
Anita is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Anita is passionate about empowering young adults to find their authentic selves, increase self-esteem, and build coping skills to overcome life’s difficulties. As a bi-cultural individual, she understands the significance of cultural identity, & works from a client-centered approach to create a strong and compassionate alliance with her clients. She works with individuals to develop their unique cultural identities and make sense of the world and society around them.
Much of her experience has focused on working with young adults transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. She fosters a supportive environment for young adults to explore the difficulties that surface during this challenging phase of life. In her own life she has seen the significant impact of a mindfulness practice and utilizes this approach in her work to promote emotional regulation and emphasize the importance of living more fervently in the present moment. Anita is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which is an evidence-based practice that incorporates mindfulness techniques with other coping skills to ease emotional distress, increase interpersonal effectiveness, and increase emotional well-being. Specialties: Individual and group psychotherapy; creating coping skills for anxiety, depression, and trauma; working with college-age young adults to overcome life-transition obstacles; women’s empowerment; and supporting individuals with disabilities.
Genavae Dixon, LMFT #102988
Available: |Wednesday - Friday 4:30- 6:30pm|
Genavae Pierre Dixon is a licensed marriage and family therapist, who is currently
the mental health and wellness coordinator at Gunn High School and has been for that
past 4 years. She is also now eligible to be a clinical supervisor for associate marriage
and family therapists. She received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology, with an
emphasis in marriage and family therapy from University of San Francisco and completed
her BA at the University of California, Riverside in Psychology. Genavae specializes
in trauma-focused CBT practices, client centered care, and motivational interviewing,
having worked in community mental health settings since 2015. Her previous placements
were Bill Wilson Center, Community Solutions, Unity Care, and CASSY (counseling and
support services for youth),
where she gained experience working with children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults. Genavae’s greatest goal is to reduce mental health stigma, increase access to care, and better the lives of children and families in her community!
Jacob Cameron, M.S. (he/him/his)
Available:|Wednesday - Friday 9am-2pm|
Jacob Cameron is a doctoral candidate at Palo Alto University where he is pursuing his PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in LGBTQ+ Psychology. He obtained his BA in Psychology at California State University, Sacramento and his MS in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. His previous training includes college counseling, community mental health, and a federal school program where he gained experience conducting psychotherapy from cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and narrative modalities. Jacob utilizes feminist theory as a strength-based approach to meet clients where they are at. He considers himself a generalist who to date has experience with a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, anger, grief, motivation, relationships, ADHD, substance use, trauma, suicidality, gender and sexual identity questioning/concerns, and leading a balanced life. Jacob has worked with individuals and groups ranging in age from youth to older adults. He has a passion for social justice, young adult development, and working with diverse individuals within their sociocultural context. Jacob has volunteered his time in community organizing and improving education/access to mental and physical health services for those in marginalized communities.
Karen Firestone, B.A. (she/her/hers)
Available: |Tuesday & Wednesday 9am-5pm|
Karen is third year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California Berkeley. She has experience working with adolescents in a school-based setting and adults in a community mental health setting. She has training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and treating youth who have experienced complex trauma. She enjoys working with young adults who are coping with life transitions, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She is passionate about decreasing mental health stigma, particularly on college campuses.
Katie Karimian, M.A.
Available: |Monday & Wednesday 9am-4:30pm| Friday 9am-12pm|
Katie is a third-year student at the University of San Francisco. She has a passion with working with young adults who are experiencing life transitions, relationship difficulties and anxiety. Katie works from a strength-based model and believes that is where all of the growth starts. Katie received her Bachelor's in Communication Studies at Chapman University and her Master's in Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She integrates the two to ensure transparency in communication while understanding the psyche. She has experience working at an outpatient substance abuse facility and the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, working with individuals and families with critically ill children. Katie teaches pilates during her free time and believes that overall health is a mix of the mind, body, and soul.
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