LGBTQ+ Counseling Services

While all CAPS counselors have training and experience working with LGBTQ+ students, sometimes it’s important to know your counselor is queer identified. 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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Lain Lease, L.M.F.T.

  • Case Management Services
  • Transgender Care Coordination
  • Medi-Cal and Other Health Insurance Navigation
  • Gender and Sexuality Identity Development
  • Social Justice and Multicultural Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Anxiety and Panic
  • Neurodiversity

Amy Mandell, L.M.F.T.

  • 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


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

To get a confidential, anonymous, brief consultation with a queer-identified counselor, just drop in to Let's Talk. No appointment needed.

Let’s Talk is not offered during holidays/breaks, over summer, and during finals week.


Note that not all groups are offered each quarter. These groups are open to new members throughout the academic year. Just drop in: No appointment or sign-up needed. Groups offered and days/times/locations are updated at the beginning of each quarter on the CAPS Groups page.

  • Queer & Questioning Men's Discussion & Support Group
  • Trans, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, & Gender Questioning Discussion & Support Group
  • Queer & Questioning Women’s Discussion & Support Group

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

Healthcare Equality Index: LGBTQ Healthcare Quality Leader. Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2020.