Meet Our Staff
Patricia Meza Parada, B.A.
Ms. Meza earned a bachelor's degree in secretarial administration at Laica Vicente Rocafuerte University in Guayaquil, Republic of Ecuador. She joined the Foothill College Psychological Services team in 2008, and provides administrative support for the college's Psychological Services and Health Services departments. She also provides a welcoming reception for students who want to make an appointment for psychological services.
A valued member of our team, she assists staff with outreach event planning, coordination and registration. In addition to office operations, she utilizes her fluency in Spanish to enhance communication with Spanish-speaking students and members of the broader community. Committed to her professional development, she has completed training in Emergency Mental Health, CPR Adult and is a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer.
She is also a recipient of Foothill College Classified Employee of the Quarter Award in Fall 2010. A caring, enthusiastic professional, she demonstrates a strong commitment to supporting students during their Foothill College experience.
Alexis Donato, LMFT
A licensed marriage and family therapist, Alexis Donato understands the courage and strength it takes to recognize the need to get extra help in counseling. She is genuinely interested in you and everything your school/life experience entails. With so many changing aspects of your life to juggle, she can help you identify what's really important and help you develop effective strategies to achieve balance and take care of yourself. Whether you need a compassionate ally, a sounding board for tough relationships, or ideas about how you can have a healthier approach to school/life balance, she supports you and your journey through an engaging, collaborative dialogue. Students who have worked with Alexis say that she is warm, friendly, caring, and honors each student's unique story.
"It is always so meaningful for me to witness students' growth as they overcome obstacles, process difficult experiences and feel empowered to make changes that improve their lives."
Her counseling approach utilizes mindfulness based and cognitive therapies, positive psychology and self-compassion. She believes that even though counseling can be serious, it can also be fun and lighthearted. She hopes to remove stigma because anyone can benefit from counseling and personal growth.
A member of the Foothill College faculty since 2015, she provides confidential personal counseling to Foothill students in the on-campus Psychological Services & Personal Counseling Office (Room 2120), and also teaches CNSL 72: Stress, Wellness & Coping.
Fluent in American Sign Language and a professional in the mental health and wellness field since 2001, Alexis holds a bachelor's degree in deaf studies from CSU Northridge and a master's degree in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University. Before coming to Foothill College, Alexis has worked for five years in community mental health and an educational setting for 13 years as a counselor at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont where she provided school-based counseling for students, ages 5 through 22, and their families.
In addition to her work at Foothill College, she maintains a small private practice where she sees adults in Campbell, California. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, the beach, knitting, and spending with her husband and children.
Lisa Slede, LMFT
A licensed marriage and family therapist, Lisa Slede is committed to helping facilitate growth in every student she meets. Her counseling approach features a mix of empathy, mindfulness confidentiality and stress-reduction practices, as well as effective cognitive techniques and narrative therapy. Her mission is to meet you wherever you are emotionally, academically and socially, and accompany you throughout your college journey. She loves working with college students, helping them identify and adapt to change, and assisting each student to grow in positive, healthy ways.
"I strongly believe that long-term change starts with self-acceptance. The progress of setting and achieving your goals, and overcoming obstacles that may get in your way comes by taking small but powerful steps. These powerful steps then result in new mindsets and new skills."With 17 years of experience as a counseling professional, she also has a background in corporate training, including team-building, personal development and cross-cultural communication.
In addition to speaking English, Spanish and French, she has lived in numerous global locales, including Panama, Mexico and France, as well as many areas of the U.S.A member of the Foothill College faculty since 2016, she provides confidential personal counseling to Foothill students through the on-campus Psychological Services & Personal Counseling Office (Room 2120), and teaches the college's CNSL 72: Stress, Wellness & Coping course.
She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in business administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. Licensed since 2005, she began her counseling career in several school-based settings. She has worked for the San Mateo County Human Services Agency for four years where she was responsible for providing mental health services to clients of all ages who resided in the rural Pescadero coastal community. She also provided mental health services and case management to high-risk adolescents for eight years through the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services agency.
Clifton Der Bing, PsyD
As a Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Clifton Der Bing understands that college years can be a very challenging time when various stressors affect the wellbeing of students. With this in mind, Dr. Der Bing offers Foothill students a supportive, nonjudgmental space to talk in private about how major stressors affect academic, social, and even personal goals.
Using an integrated therapeutic approach that is tailored to each student's cultural sensitivities, Dr. Der Bing enjoys working as an ally who empowers students to overcome life difficulties through the development of healthy techniques that enhance mindful wellness. His goal is to support Foothill students toward learning how to glide smoothly through a world saturated with stress.
Dr. Der Bing has an extensive history providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling to diverse populations. He also takes pleasure in conducting wellness workshops and providing outreach to students on the importance of maintaining mindful self-care practices.
A member of the Foothill College faculty since 2016, Dr. Der Bing provides confidential personal counseling to Foothill students in the on-campus Psychological Services & Personal Counseling Office (Room 2120), and he also teaches the college's CNSL 72: Stress, Wellness & Coping course.
In addition to being a Psychological Counselor/Instructor at Foothill College, Dr. Der Bing is yoga instructor who enjoys practicing the art of mind and body development. Dr. Der Bing also maintains a wellness center and private practice in San Jose, CA.
Frances Respicio, LCSW
Part-Time Licensed Clinician
Ms. Respicio holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from San Jose State University (1984) and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology (1981). She is a bilingual (Spanish) bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Trained in End-of Life care, Family Wellness Psychoeducational Parenting Classes, Domestic Violence, and Mindfulness.
Ms. Respicio has been a mental health provider for the past thirty years. She has worked in residential and day treatment center for severely emotionally disturbed youth, in-patient medical adult/child intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, trauma center, and emergency hospital experience. She served as an adjunct professor and faculty field liaison for the San Jose State University Graduate School of Social Work.
For the past 20 plus years, she has been and continues to be part of the San Jose - O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program. She is one of the Behavioral Science Faculty, co-coordinates the behavioral science curriculum, provides direct integrative behavioral health services, and her major interest is in domestic violence and end-of-life issues. She has also conducted workshops for healthcare professionals in the field of health effects of violence and abuse. For the past five years she has had a private practice in Los Gatos, CA.
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