Danny Arias, MA
Danny is a counselor at the Center for Developing Minds who works with preteens, teens and young adults.
He uses many different approaches and adjusts counseling techniques based on the client’s needs. Danny prides
himself on creating relationships built on trust with his students and understands
that real progress can only be achieved when such a relationship exists. He has experience helping clients with anxiety,
depression, behavioral problems, self-regulating, attention, communication skills, stress, bullying, social media,
academic and college planning. Danny also moderates classes at the CDM, including “Sprint to the Finish: Academic
Coaching designed to help students get “back on track” and finish the school year strong.” and “Train Your Mind: Mental Skills for the young athlete.”
Prior to joining the CDM, Danny served for nearly ten years as a school counselor in the bay area at Archbishop Mitty and Archbishop Riordan High Schools, where he worked with a wide variety of students on various topics and skills. In addition, he partnered with SF Suicide prevention to create a mental health education program for high school teens. He also has experience working with younger students, having completed some of his internship at Loma Prieta Elementary and C.T. English Middle School.
Danny earned a B.A. from California State University, Chico, and his M.A. in counselor education at San Jose State University. Part of his masters program was completed in Lusaka, Zambia, where he worked with orphans dealing with drug addiction, serious health issues, developmental set-backs, educational and social skills deficiencies.
Along with his counseling work, Danny enjoys working with youth athletes to help them improve their mental abilities. He is passionate about sports and has coached basketball at the junior college, high school and club levels.
Tara Cerruti, LMFT
Tara is a therapist at the Center for Developing Minds providing remote online counseling for children and adolescents between the ages of 5 to 21 and their families. She uses a variety of approaches to work with children experiencing PTSD, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, themes of grief and loss, adjustment to parent divorce/separation and other parent-child relationship issues, identity formation, anger management, and behavioral challenges Her training is in trauma focused cognitive behavioral, attachment based, and play therapies.
Tara previously worked for the Sacramento Children’s Home Counseling Center providing therapy to children, adolescents and their families with intensive needs. Tara worked closely with parents and caregivers on how to advocate for their children’s mental health needs and rights within the educational systems.
Tara is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Sacramento State University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacific Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.
Molly Coppel, MA, EdS, LEP, ABSNP
Board Certified School Neuropsychologist
Molly is an educational psychologist at the Center for Developing Minds, who utilizes a strengths and weaknesses approach in all of her psychoeducational and school neuropsychological evaluations. Molly offers detailed assessments for individuals ranging from preschool-age to young adult, and has extensive experience conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and creating Behavior Intervention Plans.
In addition to her work at the Center for Developing Minds, Molly is a school psychologist at Fremont Union High School District serving high school to post-secondary students. Prior to this, Molly worked as a behavioral interventionist and a behavioral education assistant, teaching Applied Behavior Analysis techniques and interventions to children and parents. Earlier in her career, Molly provided individual and group counseling services that utilized cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused brief therapy techniques. She also co-taught in therapeutic special education classes and co-taught self-advocacy skills to incoming high school students.
Molly earned a B.A in Intensive Psychology from University of California at Santa Cruz, and a M.A. in Educational Psychology and Ed.S. in School Psychology at Chapman University in Orange. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and was recently was certified by the American Board of School Neuropsychology.
In her free time, Molly enjoys spending time with her husband and son, knitting, reading, and hiking.
Carolina Gavilanes, M.A.
Carolina is an Education Specialist at the Center for Developing Minds. Her knowledge in developmental, neurological and learning disabilities drives the design of individualized interventions that help students throughout their learning process. She specializes mainly in literacy development for elementary students and enjoys supporting students of all ages who are struggling with organizational skills. Her therapy sessions are designed to make students feel successful and understand their challenges and strengths. She provides case management and collaboration among teachers, parents and clinical professionals.
For more than 20 years, she has experienced the field of education from many lenses: from the classroom as a teacher in Early Childhood, to an education specialist in Special Education, as a university faculty member and a teacher trainer, to a co-founder of a Learning Support Service Center in Ecuador.
In addition to her work at the CDM, Carolina is an online faculty member for the Education Department at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in Ecuador, and designs online courses.
Carolina holds a M.Ed. in Special Education, with a specialization in Educational Diagnostician from the University of New Orleans, and a Master of Elementary Education degree from the University of Alabama. She earned her B.A. in Education with a concentration in Psychology from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
She is fluent in Spanish and in her free time, Carolina enjoys spending time with her husband and her toddler daughter.
Bryan Giese-Gardner, M.A., LMFT
Bryan is a therapist at the Center for Developing Minds providing counseling for families and children, adolescents, and young adults, between the ages of 3 to 99. He is trained in transpersonal psychology, which takes a more holistic approach to therapy, with the understanding that connection and belonging are key to wellness and relationships. Bryan is passionate about working with clients to help address trauma, sensory processing issues, and relational conflict. He has experience helping students handle oppositional behaviors, building executive functions, and managing issues related to autism spectrum disorders. He may utilize symbolic expression and expressive arts during therapy, and he takes care to approach all clients with sensitivity to their identity and abilities.
Bryan has always been interested in a good conversation. He was the young child introducing himself to all the other children on the playground, happy to listen and learn from people he’d just met. As an adult, he has been drawn to deepening relationships and building community. He has worked with families and children of all ages in many different settings, including serving as a camp counselor, tutor, childcare worker, preschool and elementary school teacher, school counselor, mindfulness coach, caregiver for the elderly, and now a therapist. His lifelong pursuits in art and music make him creative and flexible, always looking to bring meaning and ever tailoring his therapeutic approach to the families he works with. He believes in the capacity of people to heal, and works with this natural process to empower his clients.
Bryan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Bryan received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Sofia University.
Rachel Gilbert, MA
Rachel is an Education Specialist at the Center for Developing Minds. Rachel’s understanding of neurodevelopmental diversity and executive functioning drives her creation of engaging interventions and supports for children and their families. Rachel’s expertise is in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD to develop both the academic and social emotional skills needed for success at school, home and in the community. Rachel has a special interest in helping students develop reading comprehension skills and teaching personal organization and self-advocacy skills. Rachel works with children ages 4-14, providing creative therapy sessions that are fun, interactive and tailored to the individual needs of each child. She provides case management and collaboration among teachers, parents and clinical professionals.
Rachel brings many diverse experiences to the CDM, having worked in the fields of education and mental health for more than 20 years. She has been an educational advocate, learning specialist, special education coordinator, and most recently served as the director of school counseling at a school in Brooklyn, NY. Rachel has advanced training in using visual cues and supports to enhance the learning experiences of children with autism spectrum disorders. Rachel regularly provides training in these techniques to parents, mental health professionals, teachers and school administrators. Rachel enjoys organizing and facilitating social skills groups for children in elementary and middle school, and in addition to her work at the CDM, Rachel continues to co-lead online social skills groups with children in Brooklyn, NY.
Rachel holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from New York University. Rachel has received certification in TEACCH at the University of North Carolina and also holds certification in Restorative Practices from IIRP.
Rachel recently moved from New York City to Los Gatos, and is enjoying the nature and outdoor activities that California has to offer. In her free time, she can be found making ceramics and gardening.
Carlin Graveline, M.S., CCC-SLP
Carlin is a speech-language pathologist for the Center for Developing Minds assessing and treating children with a variety of communication difficulties, including developmental articulation and language impairments, hearing impairments, craniofacial anomalies and pragmatic language difficulties. She is a dyslexia specialist and has a special interest in literacy development. Carlin enjoys working with students to improve their phonological awareness and processing, reading comprehension, and oral and written expression.
In addition to her work at the CDM, Carlin is the Clinic Director for the Kay Armstead Center at San Jose State University, and greatly enjoys having an impact on the career paths of future speech-language pathologists. She previously worked with the Craniofacial Team and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment clinic at Kaiser Permanente, as well as in private practice and schools for the deaf. She has held numerous workshops for parents regarding typical and atypical communication development in young children, and encouraging language development for at-risk toddlers.
Carlin holds a M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, with a specialty in Auditory Oral Communication, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a B.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has also completed additional training from the Hanen Program and the PROMPT Institute. In her spare time, Carlin enjoys running, hiking, exploring and farming with her young children and loved ones, as well as developing an ethos of sustainability with her family.
Cassandra Harms, M.A., LMFT
Cassandra is a therapist at the Center for Developing Minds providing counseling for children and adolescents between the ages of 9 and 22 and their families. She uses a cognitive behavioral approach to working with youth struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral and social problems. Cassandra also moderates several classes and groups at the CDM, including the popular "Let's Get Organized" and "Meltdowns to Shutdowns," which are offered periodically throughout the year.
Cassandra previously worked as a therapist for Eastfield Ming Quong (EMQ) Addiction Prevention Services, conducting high school therapy groups that handle issues related to self esteem, stress management, anger management, drug use and abuse. She was also a clinician for the EMQ Child and Adolescent Crisis Program where she provided safety assessments for youth at-risk for harming themselves or others, consulted with families to create a safety plan and orchestrated appropriate psychiatric placements.
Prior to joining the CDM, Cassandra trained for several years at one of Seneca Center’s adolescent psychiatric residential programs and then she managed the at-risk adolescent unit and supervised and trained residential staff at the Santa Clara County Children’s Shelter. She also worked at Las Plumas Mental Health, where she provided a variety of school districts with at-risk assessments for students to ensure that their educational needs were met.
Cassandra is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a M.A. in Counseling and a B.A. in Psychology, both from St. Mary’s College of California. She is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Damon Korb, M.D.
Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrician, F.A.A.P.
Author, Raising an Organized Child
Damon Korb, M.D., a board-certified behavioral and developmental pediatrician, examines the neurodevelopmental brain functions that determine how a child learns, behaves and socializes. As the clinic director for the Center for Developing Minds, he guides a team of child development experts that care for children and young adults who are struggling. With the recent publication of his award-winning book, Raising an Organized Child, Dr. Korb aims to provide parents with an assortment of tools to help their children develop the skills they need to thrive.
Dr. Korb has more than 25 years of pediatric practice experience, including 20 years focusing on child behavior and development. He is the current Board Chairperson for Parents Helping Parents, a past President for the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and a member of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Korb is a frequent speaker, having lectured to parents and professionals on a wide range of neurodevelopmental topics, and has provided advice on NPR, the Today Show, and other morning news programs, including stations in the LA, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. areas. He has contributed to articles featured in Parents Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, OprahMag.com and Good Housekeeping.
Prior to creating the Center for Developing Minds, Dr. Korb established two other unique California clinics that continue to serve children with developmental variations. The many years of working closely with thousands of families -- and raising five children of his own -- has given him a unique perspective about what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to parenting.
Dr. Korb completed his behavioral and developmental fellowship training at Center for Development and Learning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Korb finished his pediatric internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and earned his medical degree in 1994 from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. Dr. Korb received a B.S. in psychobiology from the University of Southern California in 1990.
Joyia Moeller, MS, LEP
Joyia is an educational psychologist for the Center for Developing Minds, with more than a decade of experience assessing cognitive, processing, and academic strengths and weaknesses in individuals from preschool through adulthood. Joyia also facilitates IEP meetings and coordinates the implementation of support plans, consulting with parents, teachers and outside agencies.
In addition to her work at the Center for Developing Minds, Joyia is currently a school psychologist at Sequoia Union High School. Prior to this, she was a psychologist at a number of school districts in bay area, serving students in grades from elementary to high school.
Joyia earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and a M.A. in School Psychology from Tufts University, Boston. In her free time, Joyia enjoys being outdoors with her family, reading and running.
Jennifer Rich, L.M.F.T.
Jennifer is a therapist at the Center for Developing Minds providing relationship counseling for children and adolescents and their families. She has been in private practice for more than 13 years, specializing in treating individuals who have trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Her training is in brief therapy, cognitive behavioral, as well as family systems.
Jennifer previously worked for Alliance for Mential Health and the Adolescent Residential Center (ARC) as a trauma team leader. She also provided care in the Adolescent Day Treatment Center and the Outpatient Mental Health Center of the Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health, where she offered group therapy, as well as individual and family therapy.
Jennifer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a M.S in Marriage and Family, and Child Counseling and a B.S. in Psychology, both from San Jose State University. She is an active member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Shelley Sinclair, Ms.Ed, LEP, ABSNP
Shelley is an educational psychologist at the Center for Developing Minds, providing psycho-educational and school neuropsychological assessments for school-aged children and teens. She assesses neurocognitive processes, the underpinnings to learning and behavior, to ultimately guide the development of personalized and meaningful interventions for each student.
Prior to joining the Center for Developing Minds, she served as a school psychologist in East Newark, New Jersey, and at a variety of districts in the San Jose bay area, including the Los Altos Public Schools, where she still works. While in New Jersey, she developed an after school reading mentorship program, “The Ambassador Club,” which led tutors to gain an increased sense of purpose, while the tutee’s benefited from mentorship and improved reading levels. Shelley also has experience teaching about the importance of a “Growth Mindset” to community college students.
Shelley earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola University in Baltimore, a M.S. in School Psychology and a M.S. in Developmental Psychology, both from Fordham University in New York. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and recently became certified by the American Board of School Neuropsychology to provide neuropsychological evaluations.
In her free time, Shelley enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling “home” to the east coast and running for a good cause.
Kelli Taylor, Psy.D.
Kelli Taylor, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Center for Developing Minds, providing behavioral, cognitive/neuropsychological, psycho-educational, and social/emotional assessments for children and teens. Dr. Taylor utilizes assessment findings to identify clients’ strengths and weaknesses in order to accurately diagnose and plan personalized interventions for each client. As part of this process, she reviews the results with clients and their parents so that they will have a better understanding of the client’s abilities and mental health. Dr. Taylor’s recommendations help parents better support and advocate for their child, and schools better address the student’s educational needs.
Dr. Taylor specializes in assessing and treating ADHD, various emotional disorders, and learning disorders. Prior to the Center for Developing Minds, Dr. Taylor worked in various healthcare settings, providing children and adolescents with individual, family, and group counseling services. In these settings, she utilized cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and family therapy approaches.
In addition to working at the Center for Developing Minds, Dr. Taylor is currently an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University for the School of Counseling Psychology, where she teaches courses on Ethics, Interpersonal Communication, and Lifespan Development.
Dr. Taylor earned her B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University, and an M.A. and a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. In her free time, Dr. Taylor enjoys traveling with her husband and young daughter, and spending time with her dog, family, and friends.
Julie Tucker, LMFT
Julie is a therapist at the Center for Developing Minds providing counseling for families and children, adolescents, and young adults, between the ages of 5 to 26, and their caregivers. She is experienced in helping with anxiety, depression, parent-child relationship issues, social struggles and behavioral challenges. Her training is in cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment based and play therapies, and she takes a holistic approach to build skills, help people get unstuck, and strengthen resilience.
Passionate about experiential learning, Julie often incorporates movement, story, play, expressive arts, and mindfulness in the structure of her practical skill sessions. She is currently developing the CDM’s first horticultural therapy (gardening) group.
Previously, Julie worked for Bay Area Clinical Associates, working closely with psychiatrists and educators to provide therapy and support families and their children’s mental health needs. Prior to this, she worked for EMQ Families First (now Uplift) with struggling children and families in the foster care system. She also had her own private therapy practice.
Julie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her B.A. in Communications from Santa Clara University and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, San Jose. She is a certified EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association) mental health practitioner. She is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association of Play Therapists.
Makenzie Wesner, M.S., R.N., P.H.N., P.N.P.-P.C.
Makenzie Wesner, N.P., is a behavioral and developmental pediatric nurse practitioner at Center for Developing Minds and a leader in child development and behavior. Makenzie specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with a wide array of challenges such as autism, ADHD, motor-communication disorders, and executive dysfunctions, all among various intellectual and genetic backdrops. With training in sensory processing combined with a focus on self-regulation and social thinking development, Makenzie offers an expert and meticulous approach to understanding diverse and complex behaviors with each assessment. She is also passionate about serving those affected by depressive, anxiety, and stress-related difficulties. Makenzie partners with clients, families, educators, and fellow providers throughout the entire process of care.
In addition to her work at the CDM, Makenzie is managing editor for DBMH Resource, an online collection of resources for pediatric providers through the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). She was elected to the NAPNAP Developmental, Behavioral & Mental Health Special Interest Group Board in 2016 and currently serves as Chairperson.
Prior to joining the CDM team in 2018, Makenzie practiced at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in Behavioral Health & Psychiatry, where she helped improve services for children, teens and young adults with developmental disorders. During that time, Makenzie earned research reliability in autism diagnostics with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Service, Training, Advocacy & Research (STAR) Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Makenzie completed her M.S. in advanced practiced pediatric nursing to become a pediatric nurse practitioner at UCSF. She completed a series of specialty residencies throughout her training including Stanford Children’s High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic and Developmental & Behavioral Middle Childhood Clinic. Within the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center, she completed residencies at the Cognitive & Behavioral Pediatric Neurology Clinic, the Multi-disciplinary Assessment Center at San Francisco General Hospital, and the Autism Neuro-Genetic Clinic. She also holds a minor in genomics from UCSF.
Throughout her graduate studies, Makenzie practiced as a licensed behavioral therapist through Red House Behavior Resources in San Francisco. Before this, Makenzie worked as a teacher at Victory Academy in Oregon, a private non-profit school for children on the autism spectrum. She is a certified public health nurse with a B.S. in Community Health and a B.A. in Spanish, both from Oregon State University. Makenzie speaks Spanish fluently and in her free time, she enjoys open water swimming, trail running and the great outdoors.
Nurse Practitioners, or NPs, are registered nurses who have the advanced education and experience necessary to perform patient care duties comparable to those of a physician. For instance, NPs are able to provide diagnostic assessments and prescribe treatments including medication. NPs are generally trained in a specialized area and have master’s and/or doctoral degrees. Like physicians, NPs are licensed in the state(s) in which they practice and maintain clinical competency through ongoing education and professional development.
Savita is a patient care coordinator at the Center for Developing Minds who helps to greet patients and their families, answer phones, and schedule appointments. Prior to joining the clinic, Savita was a program coordinator for Ecuadent Foundation, an organization in Baltimore, Maryland, where she planned and coordinated volunteer mission trips to Ecuador that provided low-income children with free surgical and dental care.
Savita has a B.A. in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in media production.
Kevin has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California.
Susie serves as the administrative assistant for the CDM. Her responsibilities include managing contracts, client billing, and providing insurance support .
Susie holds a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA and a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. Susie is the mother of three amazing college kids and enjoys hiking, camping, cooking healthy food and sharing music with friends and family.
Liz provides administrative support to the clinical team and manages patient inquiries. She is the first point of contact for CDM clients, via phone or email.
Liz has a B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in Business. She enjoys dining out (pre-pandemic), lap swimming, and hiking with her family.