Nancy Arzate Serves 7Cs as the Inaugural Psychologist at Project Sister

Nancy
Arzate is the clinical psychologist at the inaugural Claremont Colleges branch
of Project Sister Family Services. Arzate has been working for a year at the
main office of Project Sister, an organization in the city of Pomona, Calif., dedicated
to “providing services to the women, children, and men survivors of sexual
assault and abuse and their families,” according to its website.

The
Claremont branch opened its door Sept. 16 on Scripps College’s campus as a
resource for all 7C students. Arzate will be in the office every Tuesday to
provide clinical service for victims of sexual assault.

Arzate
received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International
University in San Diego this past spring, after studying previously at the
University of La Verne. A Pomona native, Arzate said that she is excited to be
working at the colleges.

“When I
was an intern at San Diego State University, I really loved working with the
students,” Arzate said. “It was my favorite thing to do.”

Julie
Boynton, the executive director of Project Sister, chose Arzate for the
position at the Claremont Colleges.

“She’s
very open; she’s very personable, easy to talk to and she makes it easy to
talk to her,” Boynton said. “She’s just
got this style about her that’s very open and inviting, and she really knows
her stuff.”

Arzate
is one of three full-time therapists who work at Project Sister, Boynton said. 

“She’s
really good at helping people get where they want to go,” Boynton said. “Not
where she thinks they need to go, but where they want to go.”

Charlotte
Johnson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Scripps,
was part of the collaboration among administrations to bring Project Sister and
Arzate to campus.

“I like
her a lot,” Johnson said. “She’s very professional; the
students seem to like her, so it’s going well.”

Arzate said
that she is experienced with helping a diverse group of people. She has worked
with children with autism; people struggling with drug, alcohol and mental
health problems; and individuals struggling with thoughts of suicide. Arzate has
also worked in the counseling center at San Diego State University, teaching a
retention course and running “healthy emotional living” and “anger management” groups.

Although
she had experience working with survivors of sexual assault even before joining
Project Sister, Arzate said that Project Sister has been “a great learning
opportunity.”

“There
are not many places where you can get training to work with survivors of sexual
assault,” Arzate added.

Part of
Arzate’s reason for joining Project Sister was to earn postdoctoral experience necessary to become a licensed physician. But she plans to stay on with Project
Sister even after she achieves that goal, she said.

Arzate
said that while her job, both at Project Sister and on the colleges, is very tough,
she enjoys it very much. She added that she feels very welcomed in her new
position at the colleges.

“I
really love it,” Arzate said. “Everybody I come into contact with is great—they’re so nice. They’re so welcoming.”

Arzate is
available by appointment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during walk-in hours
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in her office on 1030 Dartmouth Avenue, behind Scripps’ Garrison Theater. 

The first 10 sessions for any individual are free. Students can call (909) 607-0690
for more information about Project Sister at the Claremont Colleges or to
schedule appointments.

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