Student Ambassador Bios for the 2019-2020 Counseling Program Mentors

Kira BartholomewMy name is Kira Bartholomew and I am in the weekend program. I joined The Wright Institute because of its strengths-based and social justice frameworks. Prior to the program, I volunteered as a Crisis Counselor where I learned that I was passionate and ready to embark on this work.

This year I will be starting my practicum at Albany Elementary School Mental Health Program, specifically Marin school. There I’ll be working with children through a psychodynamic, play therapy framework.

I’m passionate about continuing to learn about psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, and trauma work. I look forward to working with you to support you through this program.

Email: kbartholomew@wi.edu
Pronouns: she/her

Heather BuchheimHey there! My name is Heather Buchheim and I am entering my second year in the weekend program at The Wright Institute. My practicum this year is at Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley, a clinic that fosters and enhances the well-being and self-respect of diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth, seniors, adults, and families through the delivery of LGBTQ-proficient mental health and wellness services. Though I'm brand new to this work on the clinical side and keeping options open, I'm drawn to trauma-informed cognitive and behavioral approaches as well as emotionally-focused and narrative therapy with adults, Transition-Aged Youth, and teens. I want my future practice to affirm sexual and gender diversity, serve communities of color, and I'm hoping to work with individuals in non-monogamous relationships.

I’m a career-transitioning student who is excited to fulfill a lifelong interest in psychology and counseling. Prior to joining The Wright Institute, I specialized in communications and fundraising for mission-driven nonprofits, and I'm thrilled to translate my commitment to macro-level social justice to my work on a more personalized scale with individuals, partners, and families. I chose The Wright Institute for its commitment to social justice and the work that's being done among faculty and students around diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me — I would love to share more about my journey and learn about yours.

Email: hbuchheim@wi.edu
Pronouns: she/her or they/them

Holly CooperHello, my name is Holly Cooper and I am a second year student in the daytime program at The Wright Institute. I chose The Wright Institute because of its focus on social justice, strengths-based lens, and collaborative cohort model. As someone with a physical disability, and with my background in Disability Studies, I am passionate about improving mental health services for people affected by disability.

I will be starting my practicum this fall at Emery Unified School District. I will be doing school-based counseling primarily with adolescents, and will gain experience working with a diverse group of students. I have worked with students in a variety of different settings in the past, and I am very excited to begin working with youth in a clinical setting.

My clinical interests include client-centered therapy, cognitive and behavioral approaches, as well as approaching therapy through a systemic lens. In the future, I am hoping to gain more experience working with couples, people affected by drug addiction, and grief counseling. My cohort has become my support system here and I truly appreciate the compassionate and diverse faculty at The Wright. I look forward to supporting you as you begin your journey here at The Wright, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program or would like to know more about my journey.

Email: hcooper@wi.edu
Pronouns: she/her

David de LancellottiHello! My name is David de Lancellotti and I am currently entering my second year in the daytime schedule here at The Wright Institute. I came to this program with a passion to work with the LGBTQ community, and more specifically around issues of internalized homophobia, shame, and cultivating self-love. As a clinician, I am interested in practicing from a collaborative, affirmative, person-centered approach. Other clinical interests include: mindfulness based practices, ecopsychology, and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.

My practicum this year will be at Rainbow Community Center in Concord. Rainbow’s focus is to build community and promote well-being among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) people and their allies. I will be working primarily one-on-one with individuals at Rainbow, and will be working one day a week with adolescents at a local high school.

For me, The Wright Institute has been a positive experience. The cohort model has provided me with a sense of camaraderie that has been an invaluable component to my success. I have also found the teaching staff to be supportive and insightful. Overall, the school has provided the opportunity to not only expand my knowledge base, but also explore and challenge myself to grow in ways otherwise not available outside skillful facilitation.

I look forward to sharing more about my experience and getting to know some of you as you embark on this new journey! Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Email: ddelancellotti@wi.edu
Pronouns: they/them or he/him

Adriana DelacruzHello, my name is Adriana Delacruz. I am a second-year student in the daytime program here at The Wright Institute. I chose The Wright Institute because their graduate program focuses on a strengths-based approach, social justice and cultural diversity.

This fall, I start my practicum with Seneca Center Family of Agencies, where I will be doing school-based counseling with children, adolescents, and families. I am excited to be part of their diverse clinical program, as they have a strong reputation in the community with working with children, adolescents and families. I'm also a recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) Fellowship, which will continue to further prepare and develop my therapeutic skills as a clinician working with a broad range of theories with transition age youth and their families in diverse communities.

My experience here at The Wright Institute has been beyond amazing. I’m learning, growing and developing the skills to be the best clinician that I can be. I am also honored to be part of The Wright Institute family. My cohort has become part of my family and a great support system; we all support and look out for each other. I look forward to being your mentor and supporting you as you begin your path to becoming a clinician. If you have any questions and/or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to me at any time.

Email: adelacruz@wi.edu
Pronouns: she/her

Jennifer KapczynskiMy name is Jennifer Kapczynski (cap-CHIN-ski, in case you would like assistance!), and I’m a second year student in the daytime program. Before coming to The Wright, I worked in academia, and although I did a fair amount of student advising, this program has given me my first true foray into counseling work. I chose the Institute based on its progressive focus and its excellent reputation in the area, and I have been so glad, not only because of the high quality of the training and support I feel like I have already received, but also because of the rich and rewarding relationships I have developed with my amazing fellow students. I’ll be completing my practicum at Albany High School this year, where I will be working one-on-one with teens. I can’t wait to begin the practical phase of my training and also support incoming students as they embark on this exciting and challenging educational journey. If I can be of any help, I hope you’ll reach out to me.

Email: jkapczynski@wi.edu
Pronouns: she/her

Ananya RajaramanHello! My name is Ananya Rajaraman and I am entering my second year in the Daytime program at The Wright Institute. Growing up in Kuwait and Singapore, and of Indian ethnicity, I am particularly motivated to improve access to mental health facilities for marginalised populations. As a future counselor, I hope to advocate for the development of normalcy among commonly stigmatised behaviours in the community.

I was especially attracted to The Wright Institute's mission to integrate issues of social justice into clinical settings. I am very grateful to have been elected as the representative of first year students on the new Counseling Psychology Program Diversity Committee. Working on the committee gave me the unique opportunity to help The Wright continuously cultivate a thoughtful approach toward inclusive education and community.

I will be beginning practicum this fall with Oakland International High School, where I will be doing school-based counseling with adolescents. I will have the pleasure of working with recently arrived immigrant students to help foster recovery and resilience. I believe in approaching my work using a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive lens.

At The Wright so far, my cohort has become my support system and family. In the future I hope to explore narrative therapy, cognitive and behavioural approaches, restorative justice, as well as work with transitional-age youth. I look forward to supporting you as you begin your first year at The Wright, and encourage you to reach out to me!

Email: arajaraman@wi.edu
Pronouns: she/her

Simone WeberAloha kākou! My name is Simone Weber and I am entering my second year in the Daytime Program at The Wright Institute. I am proud to be a part of this program because of The Wright’s commitment to and focus on social justice, cultural diversity, and a strengths-based approach. My experience of being born and raised in Hawai’i provided me with a unique socio-cultural landscape that ultimately lead me on a path of culturally responsive social justice work.

This fall, I will begin my practicum with Bay Area Community Resources where I will be doing school-based counseling with children, adolescents, and their families. Prior to beginning this program, I was a middle school teacher in a rural community on Hawai’i Island. I deeply believe in youth and am beyond thrilled to get back to my work with them. My upbringing and teaching experience has inspired a budding interest in narrative therapy, restorative-justice, and mindfulness-based practices. I am passionate about practicing from a collaborative, culturally-responsive, and trauma-informed lens.

My experience at The Wright has been profound. As a member of my cohort, I am part of a supportive and inspiring family that has expanded my education and life experience. I feel a sense of pride and belonging to an academic institution like never before. Overall, The Wright has fostered a healthy balance of challenge and care for myself and my future colleagues to bloom into the clinicians we will be.

I am happy to share more about my experience and sincerely look forward to getting to know you! I am here for you as you navigate this new and exciting part of your life, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Email: sweber@wi.edu
Pronouns: she/her