Mark Roland Arquero Castañeda (They/he/isu/ello)
Title: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Spoken: English/ Spanish/ Ilokano
Affiliations: Richmond Area Multi-Services Inc.
Born in Quezon City to Zenaida Arquero Castañeda of Sta. Teresita, Cagayan and Balbino Martinez Castañeda, Jr of Ilagan, Isabela. Raised in LA area. Graduated from UC Santa Cruz with BA in History (focus on East Asian Women's History). Lived in San Antonio, Texas. Completed MA in Transpersonal Psychology at JFK University, Pleasant Hill. Currently living in San Francisco and working at RAMS for CalWORKS and API Mental Health Collaborative. I work from a post-colonial, spiritual, "Brown Power," strength-based, collective, queer, and feminist perspective. I am assigned to FMHI as the mental health consultant from the RAMS API Mental Health Collaborative.
Focus: Individual therapy, trans personal, holistic therapy: CBT methods, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy Methods, and Narrative Therapy Methods all utilized
MICHELLE FORTUNADO-KEWIN (SHE/HER/SIYA)
Title: School Social Work for San Francisco Unified School District, Doctoral Student at University at Buffalo
Affiliations: San Francisco Unified School District; University at Buffalo
Languages Spoken: English, Basic Tagalog
Michelle Fortunado-Kewin (she/her/siya) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works full-time as Clinical Supervisor and Program Coordinator at San Francisco Unified School District’s School Health Programs Department. She is also part-time Field Faculty Advisor (FFA for Smith College School for Social Work. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in in social work (DSW) at the University of Buffalo with a research focus on suicidality with Filipinx-American youth.
I got connected with FMHI-SF through my work at SFUSD with other Filipinx social workers and our work around serving the mental health needs of our students and families. Collaborating with FMHI-SF is an important part of our role as school social workers because they are connected to the community. FMHI-SF supports the community, provides safe spaces (virtually and in-person pre-COVID) for Filipinx to gather, build connections and learn from each other.
Jeannie Celestial, Ph.D. (SHE/HER/hers)
Title: Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Trauma Therapist; Coach; Consultant
Languages Spoken: English; Tagalog & Cebuano (basic)
Affiliations: Filipino Mental Health Initiative-Solano County
Jeannie E. Celestial (she/her/hers) is the youngest of two anak/children of settlers from Cavite & Cebu, Philippines on Guam, Chamorro indigenous land. Her family migrated to Northern California (Ohlone Territory) where she was raised (Vallejo). Passionate about holistic health & well-being, Jeannie serves as a Clinical Psychologist, offering psychotherapy including EMDR, Attachment-Focused EMDR, and somatic embodiment for treating traumatic stress. Jeannie was one of the early core members of FMHI-SF and helped establish its sibling organization, Filipinx Mental Health Initiative-Solano (FMHI-Solano). Jeannie is a daughter, sister, wife, and mother on a journey of decolonization and liberation and is honored to support the others on this path.
Jeannie earned her Doctorate in Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University with an Emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology and an Emphasis in Meditation and Psychology. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1990s, where she was active in Pilipino American Alliance, Maganda Magazine, and Kapwa (which she co-founded). Celestial additionally holds a Master of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University.
Focus: EMDR, Attachment-Focused EMDR, Somatic Embodiment, CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Strength-Based, Culturally Responsive Care
Judith Lucia I. Albano, LMFT (she/her)
Title: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Psychotherapist
Languages Spoken: English, Tagalog (Understands Fluently)
Affiliations: Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco
My journey to licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist began with levels of challenges and healing, creating a passion to share what I have learned through the power of self-compassion and the will to grow. The experience of being raised by Filipino immigrant parents, and navigating through the developmental and cultural challenges within my traditional family context, have led me to develop a strong sense of curiosity toward self-realization. I had the openness and curiosity guiding my way through self-inquiry to reach a level of deeper self-awareness and a sense of purpose in my life. As a result, I have been able to build bridges between my two worlds while maintaining a strong connection to my inner voice.
With my particular upbringing, I came to appreciate there was no better time and opportunity to deepen my understanding of the human psyche, emotion, and body in the context of culture. The three are strongly woven when responding to pleasant or painful experiences. I attended the California Institute of Integral Studies and earned my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Community Mental Health. On my path to licensure, I have worked with children, adults, and families in community clinics and schools in the Bay Area. Currently, I maintain a private practice in San Mateo, and see individuals from very diverse ethnicities and backgrounds.
My approach in psychotherapy is collaborative and engaged with curiosity and compassion. I bring my curious self into every session with attention to the natural shifts in each individual’s process. I value each shift as a new piece of information to help find the individual’s experience and build on his/her/their strengths to create a more integrated and healthy perspective. I also provide supportive and practical feedback to assist them effectively. Using creativity, I incorporate different techniques that meet the unique needs of each individual. With compassion and non-judgment, this process allows for a greater level of safety and openness, which in turn leads to deeper insight and personal growth that the individuals are committed to obtaining. I use this technique in whatever path of treatment the individual is open to explore.
RANI LACSA MARCOS (THEY/SIYA)
Title: Mental Health Clinician; Consultant
Languages Spoken: English, Filipino
Affiliations: UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environment & Responses to Trauma in Schools)
Rani is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a consultant with UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environment and Responses to Trauma in Schools) for San Francisco Unified School District in Ramaytush Ohlone territory. They currently provide trauma-informed, healing-centered, and equity-promoting support and services to students, staff, and families of Bessie Carmichael Schools/Filipino Education Center. They received their Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy at California Institute of Integral Studies and they currently serve as a core member of Filipino Mental Health Initiative - San Francisco.
Focus: Psychotherapy, drama therapy, eclectic modality, multi-disciplinary
Robin Castel Navarro (She/her/SIYA)
Title: Associate Clinical Social Worker
Languages Spoken: English; Basic Tagalog and Bisaya
Affiliations: San Francisco Unified School District; PapaLoDown Agency
Robin Castel Navarro is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with a master’s degree from California State University East Bay. She is deeply connected in the liberation of oppressed people and works to dismantle barriers in providing mental health services. She understands that life can be complex and overwhelming, aiming to support people through some of the challenges they may be facing. She has over five years of experience working with children, youth, adults and families in the mental health field. She values individuals as experts of their own lives and guides them in identifying and coping with their feelings. While collaborating with the individual and applying evidence-based methods, she is able to assist them in reaching their goals.
Robin provides a safe healing space for individuals who may have experienced trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression and oppression. She utilizes a strength-based and culturally responsive approach in her practice, using both internal and external resources. Some tools she uses are Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness.
Focus: Strengths-based, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness
WENDY C. ONG, PH.D. (SHE/HER/HERS)
Title: Mental Health Counselor
Affiliations: Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. Child, Youth & Family Outpatient Clinic (RAMS CYF)
Languages Spoken: English, Native Tagalog, French, Basic Mandarin
Wendy Ong is a mental health counselor dedicated almost exclusively to providing psychological support (i.e., individual and family psychotherapy) to San Francisco County's Filipino and Tagalog-speaking youth and their families who have Medi-Cal coverage.
Historically, FMHI advocated for a Tagalog-speaking clinician to address the mental health needs of Filipino youth. The connection between RAMS and FMHI-SF is crucial to providing comprehensive support to the Filipino community at large. This work is important to me not only because of cultural affinity, but also because access to mental healthcare can still be overwhelming to some families in need.