Meet the Staff
Dr. Ginny Maril is a California licensed psychologist (PSY25977) and serves as the Director of Student Counseling Services. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Psychology at the University of Dallas. She attended Texas Woman's University where she earned her Doctor of Philosophy from the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Texas Woman's University Counseling Center and her post-doctoral residency at California Lutheran University's Student Counseling Services. Dr. Maril’s professional and research interests include living with chronic illness, caregiver stress, trauma recovery, existential theory, and social justice.
Dr. Beth Turner is a California licensed psychologist (PSY28721), and is excited to continue working at Cal Lutheran following her year as the 2015-2016 post-doctoral resident at SCS. Dr. Turner received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sexuality Studies from Western Kentucky University. She received her Doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology from the APA-accredited program at University of La Verne. Dr. Turner completed an APPIC-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. She also received training and passed the certification test as Domestic Violence Counselor, with an emphasis on same-gender/non-binary relationships. Dr. Turner's previous clinical training experiences have included college counseling centers, a community mental health center, and a psychiatric inpatient hospital. Her clinical and research interests include working with the LGBTQIA community, coping with discrimination and oppression, stress management, and anxiety. Her therapeutic approach is grounded in multicultural feminism, while incorporating evidence-based practices.
Dr. Miriam Barillas is a California licensed psychologist (PSY26931), serving as a part-time bilingual staff psychologist at Student Counseling Services. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from UCLA. She received her Doctorate in Clinical-Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited program at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. Dr. Barillas completed a CAPIC-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Pasadena City College Counseling Center. Previous clinical training experiences include university research programs, community mental health agencies, private practice, and a dual diagnosis program. Dr. Barillas also serves as a staff psychologist for a behavioral health agency, providing psychological services to residents of long term care and rehabilitation facilities. Her professional and research interests include working with the Latino/a community, multiculturalism, anxiety, mood disorders, coping with a disability, cognitive rehabilitation, and increasing the collaboration between law enforcement agencies and the mental health system.
Dr. Justin Underwood is the 2016-2017 post-doctoral resident at SCS. He completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Counseling Psychology at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the APA-accredited program at Pepperdine University. He completed his APA-accredited internship at the Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services in Los Angeles before joining the staff at SCS. Previous trainings include college counseling centers, community mental health agencies, and significant experience with complex and debilitating mental health concerns on Skid Row and in inpatient and outpatient medical centers. Justin’s clinical and research interests include well-being, multiculturalism, interconnectedness, identity formation, religion and spirituality, and humanistic-existential theory and integration.
Jill Logan currently serves as a 2016-2017 pre-doctoral clinician in our office. Jill received her Bachelors of Science degree in Family Environmental Studies with an emphasis on working with hospitalized children and their siblings. She received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at California Lutheran University. In completing her internship hours, Jill worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, school based counseling, as well as in private practice. She is currently a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University's APA-accredited Psy.D. program. Her clinical and research interests in the program have included working with victims and survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and the effects of mediated communication within romantic relationships.
Taylor Sorenson received her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Physical Education and Coaching from Chapman University. She then received her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology at California Lutheran University as part of her current pursuit towards her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in Cal Lutheran’s APA-accredited Psy. D. program. Her clinical experience has included work in community mental health, as well as with students and athletes in the primary and secondary school systems. Taylor’s research experience has included working with Ventura County Behavioral Health to examine incarceration/hospitalization rates and treatment types for adults with mental health diagnoses in the Ventura County Area, as well as investigating the link between motivation and leadership styles in team athletics.
Gregory Daven runs the administrative activities at Student Counseling Services. A graduate of the Cal Lutheran Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program, Greg coordinates the administrative aspects of service provision in our office. A skilled therapist in his own right, we feel so fortunate to have his knowledge and wisdom regarding a wide variety of issues related to counseling service provision. SCS is very proud of Greg's recent accomplishment of becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Greg's warmth and generous spirit greets visitors even before he does. He is our daily flavored water chef, the meditation music dj, and the relaxation video director, all of which help to define the center as a place where comfort and humor lay a foundation for healing and learning.