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Health and Counseling

Counseling and Psychological Services

Mission Statement

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to assist our students in attaining greater knowledge about themselves and their relationships with others, to identify their strengths, and some of the challenges they face in making healthy and meaningful choices and achieving personal and academic success at Mills College. Toward that end, CAPS offers confidential counseling, psycho-education and outreach, crisis intervention, faculty and staff consulation, campus resources, and community referrals. CAPS is committed to a holistic concept of individual development and a multicultural perspective on personal and social transformation.

CAPS Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is staffed by professional counselors from varied ethnic, educational, and experiential backgrounds. We offer counseling, workshops, and referrals and are here to help you. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us to answer questions such as:

  • How might counseling be helpful?
  • What kinds of problems do people talk about in counseling?
  • What services are offered at the Counseling Center?
  • How do I make an appointment?
  • How would I refer a friend or student?
If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our counselors:
  • Come into the Cowell building Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
  • When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork including a form about your availability.
  • You will then be given an appointment to meet with one of our counselors. 
  • We also have urgent, same-day appointments available. If you feel that you need to see someone urgently, please let our front desk staff know.
  • If you do not feel comfortable calling or coming into the front desk, you can email Please note, this email is only to be used for non-urgent concerns related to information or scheduling.
In case of emergency of emergency, call 911 and/or campus safety at 510.430.5555.

For more information, please call us at 510.430.2130.

Counseling and Psychological Services Staff

Aviva Wilcox, PsyD
Director, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Cowell Building

Ilana Barakat, PhD
Assistant Director

Amanda Rivera Chow, PsyD
Harriett Curtis-Boles, PhD
John Spudich PsyD

Amy Gentile PhD
Jennifer Panish PsyD
Anahita Mazdyasni, MA, LMFT
Counselors, CAPS
Cowell building

Deborah Johnson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner 
Cowell building

Jasmine Dobbs-Marsh
Paige O'Connell
Brittany Cooper 
Richelle Dadian

Jenna Wieden
Shelby Scott
Pre-doctoral Psychology Trainees, CAPS
Cowell building

Our Counseling and Psychological Services staff offers crisis intervention, time-limited individual and group psychotherapy, resources, and referrals to Mills students. Our licensed clinicians train and supervise our pre-doctoral psychology staff.


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Contact Information

Counseling & Psychological Services
Cowell Building

P: 510.430.2130
F: 510.430.3235

Last Updated: 2/7/17