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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
Ritu Agarwal, M.A.
She/Her/Hers
  • Complex/Developmental Trauma
  • Sexual and Gender Identity Development
  • Social Justice and Multicultural Issues
  • Intersectionality of Identity
  • Immigration Issues/Identity

 

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Richard H. Enriquez, Ph.D.
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  • Sexual and Gender Identity Development
  • Social Justice and Multicultural Issues
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Substance Use Concerns
  • Depression and Other Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Religion and Spirituality

 

Michael Richards, Ph.D.

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  • Sexual and Gender Identity Development
  • Trans* and Non-Binary Identities Ally
  • Social Justice and Multicultural Issues
  • Greek Life
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Substance Use 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 of the CAPS counselors, go to our Meet Our Staff page.


LET’S TALK DROP-IN SERVICE
To get a confidential, anonymous, brief consultation with a queer-identified counselor, just drop in to Let's Talk. No appointment needed.

  • Michael Richards, Cantu Queer Center, Mondays, 1 to 3 pm
  • Amy Mandell, Graduate Commons, Thursdays, 1 to 3 pm


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


CAPS GROUPS

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


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