LGBTQ+ Counseling Services

Our LGBTQ+ counselors are knowledgeable about intersecting and non-binary identities, polyamory, the coming out process, experiences of homophobia and transphobia, adjustment to college, family concerns, trauma, self-esteem and much more  

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Brent Alsaker, LCSW
He/Him/His

• Sexual and Gender Identity Development
• LGBTIQ+ Relationship concerns
• Social Justice and Multicultural Issues
• Gender non-binary Ally
• Depression
• Anxiety

 

 

Polina Apilado, PsyD
She/Her/Hers

 • Sexual and Gender Identity Development
• Social Justice and Multicultural Issues
• Intersectionality of identity
• Immigration issues/identity (particularly 1, 1.5, and 2nd gen)
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Self-harm

Amy Mandell, LMFT
She/Her/Hers

• Sexual and Gender Identity Development
• First Generation College Students
• Social Justice and Multicultural Issues
• Undocumented Student Ally
• Family and Relationship Development
• Anxiety
• Trauma
• Eating Disorder Concerns

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING
To make an appointment with one of these counselors, call the main CAPS office at 831-459-2628
To learn more about all the CAPS counselors, go to our Meet the Staff page


LET’S TALK DROP-IN
Confidential, anonymous, brief consultation with a queer-identified counselor.  No appointment needed, just drop-in
Brent Alsaker, Cantu Queer Center, Mons 1-3 pm
Amy Mandell, Graduate Commons, Thurs 1-3 pm
Let’s Talk is not offered during breaks, over summer, the first week of each quarter, and during finals week


CAPS GROUPS
Queer & Questioning Women’s Discussion and Support Group
Queer & Questioning Men’s Discussion and Support Group
Both groups are open to new members throughout the academic year. Group days/times are updated at the beginning of each quarter on the CAPS Groups page.


CAPS CRISIS SERVICES
To learn more about CAPS day and night crisis services, go to our Crisis Assistance page.