Faculty & Staff Assistance Program

We are staffed by licensed psychologists and postdoctoral fellows. The biographies of our current FSAP counselors are listed below. 

What we do

We provide confidential, brief psychological counseling to individuals and a wide variety of consultation services to the organization.

Meet the FSAP team

Ana Dolatabadi, PsyD, MA, Clinical Director

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Ana Dolatabadi, PsyD, MA, is the director and a clinical psychologist with the UCSF Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and in private practice in San Francisco. Dr. Dolatabadi has a doctorate in clinical psychology and two master's degrees in sociology and transpersonal psychology. After taking her first psychology course nearly 25 years ago, she has dedicated her life to fostering the growth and evolution of individuals and groups.

Dr. Dolatabadi specializes in helping physicians, faculty, leaders, creatives, and other working professionals improve their quality of life, overcome personal and professional difficulties, enhance resilience, and manage stress in order to live a more meaningful life. She has a collaborative and pragmatic approach adapted to each individual's needs in order to foster insight and transformation. This is cultivated through a psychodynamic foundation with CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma, Solution-Focused interventions, and/or Mindfulness-Based approaches. She also develops psychoeducational group trainings and interventions on topics such as burnout, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, mindfulness in the workplace, and resiliency during times of transition. In addition to this role, she provides support to leaders in Silicon Valley's tech industry, the political sector, and medical institutions, recognizing the unique challenges and opportunities each domain presents. Dr. Dolatabadi welcomes you as you are.

Nicolas Bob, PsyD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Nicolas Bob

Nicolas Bob (he/him) is a postdoctoral fellow with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. He obtained his doctoral and master’s degrees (PsyD, MA) in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy School of Psychology at National University in Pleasant Hill, Calif., and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Bob completed his predoctoral internship at Heritage Clinic in Pasadena, Calif., where he worked primarily with older adults from diverse backgrounds. He has worked in several community mental health settings including Heritage Clinic, Alameda Family Services, and Contra Costa County Child and Adolescent Services, as well as a medical setting with John Muir’s Comprehensive Care practice where he collaborated with a small team of medical providers to support patients with chronic illnesses and cooccurring mental health challenges. He has experience working individually with adults and youth and collaboratively with families in supporting an array of presenting concerns such as trauma, grief, anxiety and depression, substance use, and interpersonal difficulties. Dr. Bob works from an attachment-based lens and often utilizes mindfulness, narrative therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. He believes in helping clients connect to their values and approaches therapy from a nonjudgmental, culturally humble stance. Additionally, Dr. Bob has a strong interest in supporting teams and individuals within an organizational setting, which sparked his interest in joining the FSAP team. Finally, Dr. Bob expresses gratitude for the lives he crosses paths with, and he hopes to remind the people he works with that they are not alone.

John Brown, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist and Threat Management Lead

John Brown

John Brown, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at UCSF. He previously worked as a clinical psychologist with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in a specialized crisis facility for patients facing acute psychological distress or severe decompensation of daily functioning. His predoctoral training took place at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael, where he worked primarily with individual adult patients and conducted therapy groups. He received his doctoral degree from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. Dr. Brown has extensive experience working with patients who are seeking to make a change, learn more about themselves, or recover from a traumatic event. Dr. Brown tailors the modality of treatment to the patient’s needs, often incorporating psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and solution-focused approaches in his work. He sees psychotherapy as an opportunity to identify and correct ineffective patterns of thinking and behavior in order to work towards gaining a deeper sense of personal identity and knowingness. 

Madrone Love, PsyD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Madrone Love

Dr. Madrone Love, PsyD, is a a post-doctoral fellow with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) and holds an adjunct faculty position at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Dr. Love utilizes mindfulness-based approaches when helping clients address their presenting concerns. Her clinical interests revolve around anxiety (generalized, social, and performance), perfectionism, attention issues, grief, insomnia, and identity-related matters. Dr. Love also enjoys employing solution-focused approaches to assist clients in defining and pursuing their wellness goals.

Dr. Love obtained her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MA from UC Berkeley in Afro-Diasporic Studies before earning a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Her predoctoral internship at University of Wisconsin-Madison's University Health Services focused on treating anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and providing support to LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC students. Dr. Love is the founder of the Graduate Student Association for Psychedelic Studies (GSAPS) and serves as a co-host for Multiracial Mental Health: The Podcast. 

Zachele Marie M. Briones, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Zachele Briones

Dr. Briones is a licensed psychologist in California. She has completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. She is also licensed as a psychologist in the Philippines.

Known to clients as Dr. Zsa Zsa, she began her career as a licensed psychologist in the Philippines, working with colleagues in a group private practice for 15 years. In addition to being a clinician, she took on roles as a leader, workshop facilitator and researcher in the clinic, school and hospital settings. Furthermore, Dr. Briones has conducted research and presented papers on trauma, developmental disorders and chronic illness. She also co-developed continuing education workshops for professionals and tailor-fit seminars for specific groups.

For two years, Dr. Briones served as the team lead during a postdoctoral fellowship at the Bay Area Psychological Services Center of the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University in Emeryville, California. She provided administrative support and vital intervention services to a diverse group of middle and high school students.

In therapy sessions, Dr. Briones utilizes a psychodynamic formulation to understand clients and combines cognitive-behavioral and strengths-based approaches to provide client-centered, solution-focused care. She sees clients who experience life transitions, relationship and adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She currently works with adults and has solid experience in working with children and adolescents.

Dr. Briones offers therapy in English and Filipino (Tagalog). She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Asian American Psychological Association, and the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

Sierra Garthwaite, PsyD, MA, Postdoctoral Fellow

Sierra Garthwaite

Sierra Garthwaite is a postdoctoral fellow with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. She obtained her doctoral and master’s degrees (PsyD, MA) in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley where she was a Dean’s Honors List student and NCAA Division 1 athlete. 

Having worked for many years in various mental health setting throughout the Bay Area and out of state, Dr. Garthwaite has extensive knowledge of resources in the community. She has facilitated a wide range of evidence-based coping skills groups at Kaiser Permanente including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression and CBT-I for Insomnia. She has also co-lead Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness coping skills groups. She enjoys utilizing these experiences to support individual client’s in managing various presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties. 

Dr. Garthwaite’s therapeutic style is warm and integrative, combining a holistic approach with evidence-based approaches that are tailored to each client’s presenting concerns, personal history and individual strengths. She is passionate about providing a safe space where individuals feel heard, seen, and empowered. Dr. Garthwaite highly values diversity and is an avid explorer. She studied abroad in Paris, France and lived at a Zen Buddhist Center in New Mexico. She has also spent significant time in New Zealand, Colorado, and Thailand. In her free time, she enjoys photography, attending dance classes, and hiking.

Jessica Allanson, PhD, MA, Clinical Psychologist and Fellowship Training Coordinator

Jessica Allanson

Jessica Allanson, PhD, MA, is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. She obtained her doctorate and master's degrees in clinical psychology from Sofia University in Palo Alto, Calif., and her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a concentration in industrial/organizational psychology. Dr. Allanson completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program here at UCSF; prior to her fellowship, she worked closely with the UCSF FSAP team for a number of years as the program director of Ohlhoff Outpatient Programs in San Francisco. Most recently, Dr. Allanson has been working as an independent clinical didactic trainer for clinicians and students in the healthcare fields, as well as working in a group private practice specializing in dialectical behavioral therapy.

From community mental health settings to professional wellness work, Dr. Allanson works from a humanistic-existential lens, focusing on the personal integration of adverse experiences with the grounded theory of behavioral change. She has chosen to specialize in addiction/recovery and workplace burnout, incorporating empirically validated behavioral interventions and industrial/organizational psychology strategies into her work. She also has worked extensively with grief and loss, early and complex trauma, depression, anxiety, early and long-term recovery of eating disorders, effective communication, and anger/emotion regulation. Dr. Allanson has a deep appreciation for the highly diverse community within UCSF, and has particular experience working with clients who identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as female-identified clients, to develop a sense of personal agency and effectiveness in their vocational and personal lives. Dr. Allanson has spent the majority of her training and professional years supporting clients and organizational teams as they find meaning, purpose, and direction for the next chapters of their lives. She looks forward to helping clients learn how to help themselves.

Brian Beasley, PsyD, JD, Clinical Psychologist

Brian Beasley

Brian Beasley, PsyD, JD, is a clinical psychologist with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. He earned his doctoral and master's degrees in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship here at FSAP. Before joining UCSF, Dr. Beasley’s work in psychology included assisting adult hospital patients and their families at the UC Davis Medical Center, supporting them with recovery from traumatic brain injury, managing chronic pain, and adjusting to new disabilities, including those from spinal injuries, burns, and amputations. Prior to his current career as a psychologist, Dr. Beasley worked as an attorney and member of the California State Bar, managing contracts and intellectual property rights for corporate clients. He decided to step back into psychology (his first bachelor’s degree) due to feeling a greater sense of fulfillment through authentic emotional connection with his clients.

Dr. Beasley believes in a client-centered and culturally-sensitive approach to counseling and consultation, meeting each unique person wherever they may be. His therapy style is based in psychodynamic understandings of family and relationships, while integrating techniques from cognitive-behavioral, self-compassion, and mindfulness-based practices. Other areas of clinical focus include suicide prevention, threat management, working through grief, processing trauma, supporting those of LGBTQIA+ identities, and providing therapy for depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues. Dr. Beasley enjoys helping clients rediscover and understand themselves in a new and more compassionate light.