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The Clinebell Institute at:
Claremont School of Theology

Butler Building 3rd Floor
1325 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711-3199
Fax: 909-447-6351
Email: TCI@cst.edu

Clinical Offices of
The Clinebell Institute at:
The Claremont United Methodist Church

211 West Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711


K. Samuel Lee  

Rev. K. Samuel Lee, Ph.D.
Executive Director/ CA# PSY 22920

B.A., Westmar College
M.Div., Yale University
Ph.D., Arizona State University

Dr. Lee’s scholarly interests include integrating spirituality in counseling, multicultural pastoral practice, spiritual care and counseling, and multiculturalism in theological education. Ordained by the United Methodist Church, Dr. Lee served as a local church pastor for more than ten years. A licensed psychologist in California, Dr. Lee brings empirical research expertise and psychotherapy competence. His clinical expertise includes marriage therapy, cognitive behavioral approaches to depression and anxiety, spiritual and religious issues, to name a few. In recent years, Dr. Lee contributed to development and adoption of multicultural competencies for the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and the American Association for Pastoral Counselors.

Duane Bidwell  

Rev. Duane Bidwell, Ph.D.
Clinical Supervisor / Senior Staff
Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors

B.A., Texas Christian University
M. Div., Brite Divinity School

Licentiate in Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Theology, Anglican School of
Theology at the University of Dallas

Ph.D., Brite Divinity School

Dr. Bidwell's scholary interests include the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy, the nature and nurture of hope, Buddhist-Christian studies, spiritual direction, and queer theology/theory. Ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Bidwell has served as local pastor, chaplain, pastoral counselor, and spiritual director. His clinical expertise includes narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and counseling with couples and families. He is author of Short-term Spiritual Guidance, The Formation of Pastoral Counselors: Challenges and Opportunities, and Empowering Couples: A Narrative Approach to Spiritual Care

Sheryn Scott   Dr. Sheryn T. Scott, Ph.D.
Clinical Supervisor
Cynthia Cecil  

Catherine Caporale, Ph.D.
Clinical Supervisor
Licensend Family Therapist #MFC31987

BA, Double Major: Psychology and Sociology, Pitzer College
MS, Clinical Psychology; Autism Studies
MA, Marriage Family and Child Therapy / MFT, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles (formerly CGI, Irvine, CA)


Rev. David Lutz  


Rev. David Lutz, D. Min.
Senior Staff Counselor
Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors

B.A., Whitworth College
M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
D. Min., San Francisco Theological Seminary

Dave is an orgained Presbyterian pastor who trained as a marriage and family therapist and as a pastoral counselor. He served as a clinician at the Presbyterian Counseling Service in Seattle for a number of years, and then for several more years in Pennsylvania, where he is licensed as a marriage and family therapist. At The Clinebell Institute, Dave has a varied caseload, but specializes in martial therapy.


Rev. Mary J. Kuhns, D. Min.
Senior Staff / Clinical Supervisor
Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

B.A., Muskingum College
M.Div., Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
D.Min., Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta

Mary Kuhns has spent more than 25 years as a pastoral counselor and couples and family therapist. She has been a supervisor of MAMFT students and adjunct faculty at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has been a pastor in four churches and served a denomoninational advocate for women. Her specialties in counseling have included working with adolescents, women in transition, those with gender identity issues, and couples. She tends to be cognitive and systems oriented, She has lived in Michigan, the Philippines, Atlanta, Louisville, Santa Fe, and now Claremont.

Lourdes Arguelles  

Lourdes Arguelles, Ph.D., LMFT (Lic. # 23571)
Senior Staff Counselor
Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

BA., University of Miami
MSc., Barry College
Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Arguelles has received extensive training in mindfullness and neuroscience-oriented therapies, clinical hypnosis, autogenic and other relaxation techniques, guided imagery, existential analysis, cross-cultural psychology, strategic psychotherapy, couples therapy, and energy psychology.

She has worked with survivors of domestic and political violence, cult abuse, and social discrimination as well as with those suffering from the intergenerational transmission of trauma, depression, anxiety, complicated grief, chronic pain, and caregiver burnout. She has also worked with people facing spiritual emergencies, exploring new paths of spiritual growth, and in the process of selecting and embarking in new careers.

Dr. Arguelles works closely with a licensed acupuncturist and other holistic health practitioners which often provide useful adjunct services to her clients

Dr. Arguelles is Professor Emerita of Education and Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University and a Lopon (Senior Dharma Teacher) in the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition. Her research has been published in books and articles in professional and popular journals around the world.

She is fluently bilingual (English/Spanish)


Karri Backer  

Karri Backer
MFT Intern, # 94027

B.A., Study of Religion, UCLA
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, LA
M.DIV., Claremont School of Theology and the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont
Ph.D., (in progress) Practical Theology/Spiritual Formation, Claremont School of Theology

Karri is a Marriage and Family therapist Intern and an Episcopal priest, as well as a Ph.D. student studying spiritual formation. She has a background working in social services and chaplaincy, specifically in jails and with children in group homes. Through this work and personal experiences, she finds herself drawn to working with people who have experienced trauma and secondary-trauma, specifically moving into spaces of integration with clinical psychology and spirituality which bring the hope of healing and transformation. She is a trained facilitator in The Compassion Practice, developed by the Center for Engaged Compassion at CST, and uses this as well as other client-centered and affirming approaches in her clinical work. Karri has also served in parish ministry since oridination in 2011, and teached Spiritual Care and Counseling at The Episcopal Theological School at Claremont.





Joseph Paxton
Second Year Ph.D. Resident

BA, Psychology; Sociology
MS, Clinical Psychology; Autism Studies
MDIV; Biblical Studies; Christian History and Theology 
Doctor of Philosophy - In Progress Practical Theology with an emphasis in spiritual care and counseling and concentration in spiritually-integrative psychotherapy.

Joe is a pastoral counseling inten who works to provide therapy and counseling in a way that integrates psychology and theology for a personalized context. He looks to use academic concepts and models of integration to uniquely fit the needs, location, and personality of each individual. He has clinical experience and an interest in addressing depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, shame, spiritual struggle, anger toward God, social skills training, job and work adjustment issues, and counseling with parents and families who have children with special needs and/or autism. As a Korean-adoptee, Joe also provides counseling and therapy for individuals who have been adopted and/or parents who have gone through the process of adopting. His primary approach to therapy is eclectic, integrating core values of existential, person-centered, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.



John Freese  

John Freese
First Year Ph.D. Resident

John trained as a Buddhist monk for 12 years. He has been practicing meditation for over 20 years and has been teaching meditation for over 10 years. He specializes in helping people use mindfulness practice to find inner stability, deal with strong emotions, and let go of negative thought patterns. For the past three years he has taught meditation in California state prisons, He is an adjunct professor at University of the West. His research interest is on the integration of Buddhism and body-centered trauma therapy.

Marlene Ferreras  

Jeongyun Hur
First Year Ph.D. Resident

M.Div., Yale Divinity School
Doctor of Philosophy, In Progress 

Jeongyun Hur, a Ph.D. student atClaremont School of Theology in Pastoral care and counseling / pastoral theology graduated from Yale Divinity School for her M. Div. Prior to her move to the United States, she studied history and Christian studies in Seoul Women's University.


Rev. Dorothy Saunders-Perez
First Year Ph.D. Resident

BA, Secondary Education, English, Arizona State University
M.Div., Claremont, School of Theology
Doctor of Philosophy, In Progress 

Angela Tankersley  

Rev. Angela Wendy Tankersley
Second Year M.A. Intern

BA, Jakarta Theological Seminary
MST, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis

Rev. Tankersley received her Master degree in Pastoral Theology and Counseling.  She is an ordained pastor in Protestant Church in the West of Indonesia and also serve as faculty member of Jakarta Theological Seminary.

For more than 10 years, she has focused on holistic integration in spiritual care and counseling working with individuals and families with multicultural and multi-faith issues. She has experienced work with adult and teenager with alcohol and drug abuse, using holistic approach and psychotherapy. She also trained in premarital and marital counseling, relationship issues, individual with depression and anxiety, loss and bereavement.

Rev. Tankersley has served as a clinical chaplain intern at the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, CA since January 2015. As chaplain intern, she provides interfaith clinical pastoral counseling for patients and families from a variety of diverse backgrounds.  She has also learned how to provide interfaith End of Life care for patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly and grief support for their families.

Rev. Tankersley is an enthusiast in deepening her knowledge and skill in the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy, narrative therapy, internal family system approach.


Yael Allen
First Year Intern

BA & BS, Virginia Commonwealth University
Rabbinics Education, Pardes Institute, Drisha Institute
Palliative Care Chaplaincy Certificate, California State University - San Marcos

Yael is an LGBTQQIA-affirming intern who serves people of all faiths and no faith in their search for meaning, purpose, wonder, awe, happiness, and the sacred. Using relational, strengths-based, and contemplative approaches to therapy. Yael assists clients in accessing their own inner wisdom and healing. Yael's prior clinical practice, teaching, and research focused on trauma, resiliency, grief and loss with the critically, chronically, and terminally ill and those that love them. Yael identifies as a Jewish contemplative within their interfaith family and community.



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