Mental Health Providers

Julie J. Yun, Psy., Director

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Interest in College Counseling
Early in my training, I had worked primarily in large hospital settings working with diverse populations.  When I started my internship at a college mental health site, I had fully intended to return to work in an urban hospital setting.  But once I got into college counseling I knew that this was where I belonged.  I love working with college students and I love working collaboratively in large complex systems in supporting students achieve their academic goals and launch into the rest of their lives as healthy and functional beings.

Approach to Counseling 
I am trained in Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral approaches to treatment but over the years, I have become more integrative and more community focused in my work with clients.    As a clinician I am pretty holistic, pragmatic and present-focused.  I weave in a lot of mindfulness and valued action into the work that I am privileged to do with clients in assisting them through their life journeys.  I also believe that it is very important to treat the “whole individual” not just symptoms-seeing clients as people with complex histories, identities, and lives which all get reflected in how they present when clients walk through our doors.        

Areas of Clinical Interest/Expertise
I have a great deal of interest and experience in working with people of diverse backgrounds.  I also have had experience in working with people who face or have had to overcome adversity and challenges to get to where they are in their individual journeys.   I am a generalist but I have a great deal of experience and expertise in the areas of trauma, transitions, multicultural issues, anxiety and grief/loss.   Additionally, I have had the privilege of working with a great many graduate and international students over the years so I am very familiar with the challenges faced by these populations.

I am also a strong believer in the power of prevention and community support.  So don’t be surprised if you see me out and about on campus talking about mental health issues and peer to peer support.

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Deborah Cohen, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker
Coordinator of Clinical Training
Master of Social Work; Master of Arts in Psychology

Interest in College Counseling
I feel incredibly fortunate to have a job that allows me to be part of an academic community, to form relationships with students and interact with them in a variety of ways to help them reach their personal, academic, and professional goals. I’m most grateful to be able to do all of this at UMass Boston, where the energy, determination, and courage of students continually inspire me to be the best counselor I can be.

Approach to Counseling
I believe that there are many ways to bring about change, and try to work collaboratively with students to identify the ways that will work best for them. I am committed to understanding students within their cultural contexts, and pay close attention to the impact of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and religion on development and identity. My approach to counseling is integrative, incorporating strengths-based, relational, and dynamic perspectives as well as cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions.

Areas of clinical interest/expertise:
My particular areas of interest include surviving the trauma of interpersonal, sexual, and/or political violence; negotiating a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer identity; the impact of stigma on mental and physical well-being; pregnancy/abortion counseling; and training and supervision of graduate students in psychology and social work and undergraduate peer counselors.

I’m not currently running any groups but have experience leading or co-leading groups for students coming out as LGBTQ and for student survivors of rape and interpersonal violence.

Francis (Lee) Stevens, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist/ Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

Interest in College Counseling
I have worked at two other college counseling centers in the past the greatly enjoy the eagerness and desire for inquiry in college students. I appreciate the diversity of UMass Boston student population. I continual look forward to meeting students here at UMass Boston.

Approach to Counseling
I take relational approach to counseling, focusing on the context of the relationship above any one technique or modality. I see psychotherapy as a two part process. The first is developing the ability to regulate affect. Here the therapist teaches skills to titrate emotions in preventing states of overwhelming affect that can lead to negative behaviors. The second step is developing greater access to one's emotions. This involves arousing feelings and body sensations to create insight and personal understanding for the client. I am influenced by Diana Fosha’s Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy and Leslie Greenberg’s Emotion Focused Coping Therapy.

Areas of Clinical Interest/Expertise
My clinical and research interests are in clinical affective neuroscience. I am interested in the anterior cingulate cortex’s role in emotional awareness and its function in integration of cognition and emotion. I am curious as to what prevents or allows one to bring our emotions to consciousness, to then feel and recognize unwanted states of affect?  

Support Group: This group is designed for students that want to continue to practice established skills that they may have already learned in therapy. It provides an opportunity for students not in an acute distress to continue to work toward their therapeutic goals in a group setting. The group meets Mondays from 2 -3 pm.    

Yanina Gonzales, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Interest in College Counseling:
I believe educational institutions play a key role in forming and supporting students during the process of establishing themselves as adults and providing the necessary tools to work, be independent and have a fulfilling life. I like working at UMass Boston’s Counseling Center because it allows me to help students to reach their full potential by working on issues that emerge during the young adult and adult stages of people’s lives. I enjoy working with the diverse student population at UMass Boston in an accepting and supportive environment.

Approach to Counseling 
I see therapy as a safe place where healing and change are fostered. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is central in helping patients to reach their goals. I incorporate insight oriented work as well as skill building techniques. I help patients to be able to gain awareness of their own thoughts, feelings and behaviors for them to be able to change aspects of themselves or their relationships that are holding them back from having a self-fulfilling life.  In my work, I incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy, (CBT) dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy techniques (ACT).

Areas of clinical interest/expertise
I specialize in treatment of eating disorders and I also work with a wide range of issues affecting students life’s such as relationship problems, stress management issues, life transitions, adjustment disorders, acculturation issues, depression and anxiety disorders.

I run the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy informed group every semester.

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Monday 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 617.287.5690
Location: Quinn Administration Building, 2nd Floor