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Our Mental Health Therapists
If you or someone you know experiences mental health issues, it is important to seek help from a qualified professional. The IVC Health and Wellness Center has a team of licensed therapists who are available to support you with your mental health and wellness.
IVC's Health and Wellness Center is staffed with professional and caring mental health professionals who can assist students individually or in group sessions. Appointments are currently being conducted remotely via Zoom. To set up an appointment or to find out more about our group sessions and workshops, please call the “Ask-A-Nurse" hotline at 949-451-5687.
Notice to Students: California State Laws for licensed therapists require you to be present in California for any therapy appointment. We cannot provide any therapy sessions with anyone who is traveling or outside of California.
Stacy Lavino, MS, LMFT
Stacy Lavino is a licensed therapist who has been working in the community college setting for over 10 years and absolutely loves working with this population. She is the full-time Mental Health Therapist at IVC and is available Monday-Friday for counseling needs. Stacy specializes in helping students cope with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, adjustment issues, and grief & loss. She does individual short-term counseling focusing on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She also can assist in providing referrals for long-term counseling (insurance, free or low-cost) as well as referrals to doctors for those with medication needs. Stacy also works in an interdepartmental capacity and can help guide students to utilize resources from various student services departments at IVC.
Shawn Montoya, MA, LMFT
Shawn Montoya is a licensed therapist who has been working in mental health for 10 years in a variety of roles and programs. Her experiences range from working with diverse groups, including the LGBTQ+ community, homeless individuals, students, families, couples, and children. Shawn provides culturally sensitive counseling to address anxiety, depression, trauma, identity, and relationship issues. Along with therapy sessions, Shawn provides mental health education and workshops that range in topics that she is passionate about, such as empowering individuals and teaching them life-long skills of balance, healthy boundaries, self-compassion, and growth. She is available at IVC for additional customized workshops in an as needed basis for students as well as staff. Shawn is looking forward to helping guide and support students on their journey to discovering who they are and where they want to be.
Yuki Shida, MS, LMFT
Yuki has been working with students at IVC regarding academic stress, anxiety, depression, family issues, and trauma since 2018. Yuki is an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist with a multicultural background. She is excited to officially join the IVC Health & Wellness Center in providing care to students and staff to help them succeed in their life and wellness goals.