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(510) 339-8221

1955 Mountain Blvd. Ste. 115

Oakland, CA 94611

Executive Director


Ahmed Darwish, Psy.D., J.D.

Dr. Darwish is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. He has worked clinically in a variety of settings including: hospitals, jails, juvenile detention facilities, schools, community agencies and private practice. After completing his pre- and post-doctoral training, Dr. Darwish worked as a staff psychologist at the Berkeley Therapy Institute for over 6 years. In 2008, motivated by his desire to build a clinic in which diverse professionals with varied interests and expertise would come together and provide quality mental health care, Dr. Darwish co-founded Village Counseling and Assessment Center.

Currently, Dr. Darwish continues to work clinically with adolescents, adults, couples, and families with particular focus on issues of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and phase of life transition issues. He is extremely committed to using his training and experience to address societal issues pertaining to our youth and the furtherance of a society in which all people are given a fair and equal chance to contribute, prosper, and excel. This commitment has led to Dr. Darwish's involvement in co-creating the Compass Diversity Collaborative. Dr. Darwish is valued for his clinical skills, his emphasis on tailoring solutions to the needs of the client, and the overarching belief that everyone has something to contribute.

Clinical Director


Katherine Watson, Psy.D

Dr. Watson is a clinician with 18 years of experience working with children and families. She received her pre-doctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital where she focused on child psychopathology, trauma and issues of diversity. Dr. Watson completed her post-doctoral fellowship as part of the Violence Prevention Initiative at Children’s Hospital Oakland where she researched non-verbal signs of PTSD in preschool aged children and provided direct services to children with complex emotional and medical histories.

Prior to co-founding Village Counseling and Assessment Center, Dr. Watson spent 6 years as a staff psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Oakland. As a Kaiser staff psychologist she helped develop the Adolescent Depression Program and expand the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Screening Program. In addition to serving as Clinical Director for Village Counseling and Assessment Center,  Dr. Watson is the mental health consultant for the Mills College Children's School,  co-creator of the SHIFT- Pediatric Obesity Program, and COMPASS  Collaborative Diversity Consultation Group. Dr. Watson is a parent educator; regularly presenting to parent communities in multiple Bay Area independent schools.  She is currently developing group support programs for women and parents of children diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. Dr. Watson continues to work with children, adolescents and families in her clinical practice and is known and appreciated for her authentic, skillful and playful approach to serious issues.

Rosemary Durousseau, Psy.D.

Dr. Durousseau obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Dartmouth College. She went on to receive two post-graduate degrees; a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, CSPP.

Dr. Durousseau’s vast clinical experience includes her inpatient hospital work at Children’s Hospital Oakland, involving children with complex and chronic medical conditions, emergency room crisis assessment and treating children and families in community mental health settings. She is experienced in the treatment of anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors and trauma.

Dr. Durousseau’s approach to clinical work is informed by Narrative Therapy techniques, as well as, Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, behavior modification and Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT). She is passionate about her work with issues related to trauma, grief and recovery, as well as, providing emotionally focused couples counseling.

Janet Hazen, M.Ed., Psy.D.

Dr. Hazen is an educational therapist/coach and Clinical Psychologist, specialized in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Executive Function, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She works with children, adolescents and adults facing a wide variety of emotional, psychological and behavioral challenges and difficulties.

 Dr. Hazen uses an eclectic, culturally sensitive, psychodynamic approach, and creates a warm, open therapeutic atmosphere where clients can explore their issues and experiences. She often utilizes art therapy, role-play and sand-tray, and when appropriate, enjoys bringing humor and client spirituality into the session. Dr. Hazen is regarded as a genuine, verbally responsive and emotionally interactive therapist. She lives in East Oakland with her adorable dog, Max.

Tim Tisdell, Psy.D.

Dr. Tisdell is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. He completed his Master’s degree at San Francisco State University in 1994 and his Doctorate at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA in 2002. Dr. Tisdell specializes in child and adolescent treatment and parent consultation. He has considerable experience with the key emotional and behavioral issues facing today’s youth, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief, trauma, anger management, identity issues, and academic and social pressures.

Dr. Tisdell has expertise in working with both adoptive and nontraditional families. His growing area of clinical focus centers upon young adulthood and other adult life transitions as well as the unique issues facing LGBTQ youth and adults. Dr. Tisdell is an adjunct professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, where he provides clinical supervision to Doctoral level students and teaches coursework on child psychotherapeutic theory and technique. He also presents nationally on a variety of mental health topics.

Susan Fry-Van Rheenen, M.A.

Susan Fry-Van Rheenen received her doctoral training at John F. Kennedy University where her emphasis of study was multiculturalism and diversity. Susan provided clinical services in community agencies serving populations with diverse economic and cultural backgrounds, as well as, a range of mental health needs. While at Family Court Services, she provided mediation for parents dealing with custody issues.

Prior to becoming a provider at Village Counseling and Assessment Center in 2008, Susan provided clinical services at Berkeley Therapy Institute for six years. She enjoys working with young adults, adults and couples. Susan’s approach to her clinical work incorporates cognitive behavioral techniques and self psychology. Unique to her work, is Susan’s caring and nurturing use of humor with her clients.

Gerald Whitmore

Growing up in Oakland I’ve developed a deep appreciation of the multicultural community of the Bay Area. When I began to conceptualize my professional career, I had always wanted to contribute to the Bay Area community in a meaningful way. I have been blessed to achieve this goal working as a therapist for the last 25 years and a psychologist for the last 18 years.

For 25 years I have worked with children, teens, families and adults in a variety of settings throughout the Bay Area. For the last 18 years I have provided clinical services in the Child and Family Psychiatry Clinic of Oakland Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. These services have included individual, family, and group therapy to address a multitude of psychological issues. My interest in providing clinical care to children, teens, my clinical care to a private practice with the Village Counseling and Assessment Center in Oakland.

While located in Oakland, expanding my clinical service to the multicultural community of the Bay Area is akin to being drafted by the A’s or the Warriors for a baseball or basketball player. Since I can’t hit a curve ball or shoot three pointers, your referrals will be appreciated.