Counseling Services

Counseling Services

Vision: JMCS students and staff will engage in a culturally responsive and holistic approach to reduce barriers and increase student capacity for life-long sustainable employment and personal success.

Counseling Services Program Model describes the JMCS student, staff, and counselor experience:

  • Direct Student Services: JMCS students in 16 sites have access to individual and small group counseling, and large group psychoeducation
  • Crisis Support for Students: All JMCS students may access a counselor when in a crisis via telephone, video-conferencing, or in-person
  • Staff Consultation & Development:  All JMCS and client agency staff my access the Counseling Services Team for individual consultation, workshops, & trainings
  • Counselor Trainee and Intern Preparation: Over 20 counselor trainees and interns from 6 universities engage in field practice training with 6 licensed clinical supervisors.

Counseling Services Pilot Year and Program Growth highlights:

  • Direct Student Services grew from 5 sites in 2014-2015 to 16 sites in 2015-2016
  • Enrollment and attendance rates increased in the 5 pilot sites in 2014-2015 compared to the previous year
  • Attrition rates decreased in the 5 pilot sites in 2014-2015 compared to the previous year

The Counseling Services team members are pictured below:

Jayne E. Smith, Ph.D., LPCC (CA LPC #495)
Director of Counseling Services
(619) 818-7838

Brenda Ayala Medina
Regional Coordinator of Counseling Services
Brandi Pulido
Regional Coordinator of Counseling Services
Luis DeLeon
Clinical Supervisor
Operation New Hope/Urban CC Inland Empire/Inland Empire CCC, e-mail
Owen Lawyer
Clinical Supervisor
Ukiah CCC, e-mail
Therese Gonzalez
Clinical Supervisor
Greater Los Angeles, e-mail
Jane Russell-Graffius
Clinical Supervisor
Riverside Heritage, e-mail
Maira Toscano-Prisakar
Counselor Trainee
Sacramento Regional CC, e-mail
Anetka Karaskiewicz
Counselor Trainee
Norwalk CCC/Challenging Minds, e-mail
Dana Rogers
Counselor Trainee
CCEO, e-mail
Mary McElhone
Counselor Trainee
Operation New Hope - Rancho Cucamonga, e-mail
Bola Soyemi
Counselor Trainee
Urban Conservation Corps Inland Empire, e-mail
Catherine Villalpando
Counselor Trainee
Riverside Heritage - Arlanza, e-mail
Jessica Perez
Counselor Trainee
Riverside Heritage - Eastside, e-mail
Lesly D'Madrid
Counselor Trainee
Inland Empire CCC/Operation New Hope, e-mail