The Menlo College Mental Health Services Clinic Is Open

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Director of Menlo College Mental Health Services Jake Kelman, Psy.D. and his team of doctoral students in clinical psychology Sandra Mikhail and Elise Yoshida provide individual psychotherapy and counseling services and mental health and wellness campus outreach programming for Menlo College students.

The Menlo College Mental Health Services Clinic is available to schedule appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Their offices are located in Student Affairs in the Administration Building.

Therapy Can Help With a Wide Range of Problems

Dr. Kelman said, “I am excited to be part of a vibrant, diverse, and growing community at Menlo College. I am passionate about what I do, and look forward to working with students to help with a range of mental health and personal development goals that they may have.”

Students might present with depression, anxiety (social, general, panic, school-related, other), interpersonal or relationship problems, stress management, anger management, grief and loss issues, adjustment concerns, family of origin issues, trauma history, sexual issues, identity concerns, substance problems, behavioral issues, body image concerns, and sleep problems, among others.

Dr. Kelman holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, and trained and worked in a variety of settings, including Stanford University and Vanderbilt University, at the Veteran’s Hospital, in schools, and at a community mental health clinic. The interns attend the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, from which they both currently hold a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology.

He encouraged Menlo College students to visit the Clinic whenever they feel ready. “If it’s something new that just came up, or something longstanding that you’ve been dealing with for a long time, we are happy to help.”

What Happens in an Appointment

Appointments last 50-minutes. First sessions include a series of questions to get to know a student and the concerns that brings them in. Future sessions may be more or less “structured,” depending on the student’s needs. Dr. Kelman’s team works collaboratively with students to identify their goals for therapy and evaluate their progress towards those goals. Sessions may include introducing certain coping skills or techniques or may be more discussion-based. Sometimes students may be asked to practice certain things they are working on in treatment in between sessions.

Students can schedule an appointment by calling  650-543-3798 or e-mailing jake.kelman@Menlo.edu.  Since e-mail is a non-confidential means of communication, it should be used for scheduling purposes only.

A Good Time for a Clinic Visit

Dr. Kelman notes that if students have difficulty participating in their life events in the ways they normally do (e.g., difficulty getting out of bed, going to class, or concentrating), it may be a good time for a clinic visit.  Other signs may include:

Frequent tearfulness

  • Having a persistently low or high mood for several days on end without apparent cause
  • Feeling nervous or on edge, with racing thoughts
  • Difficulty coping with an external stressor, such as a relationship or change in life circumstance

If students require assistance during business hours on days the clinic is not open (M/W/F), they should call Andrea Peeters, Interim Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Student Success at 650-543-3735. If they require assistance during non-business hours, they may call the RA duty phone at 650-796-9544. In case of medical or psychiatric emergency, students should call 911.

The Menlo College Mental Health Services Clinic may also in the future offer group therapy and targeted workshops, based on availability and student need.

Dr. Kelman said “We’re excited to have a great team of providers on hand to serve Menlo College.”