Let's Talk Counselors


    Erica Lopez, L.M.F.T.

  • Erica is a licensed marriage and family therapist with experience providing individual, couples,
    family, and group therapy. From the onset of her career, she has served diverse and
    underserved populations in different settings: home, academic, health, and in-custody. As a
    woman of color and first-generation college student growing up as part of a migrant family,
    she is passionate about working with individuals who face similar experiences. Erica takes an
    individualized approach to treatment, which may involve cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused,
    client-centered, and mindfulness practices. She has interest and experience in working with
    anxiety, depression, adjustment, relationship issues, stress management, and sexual trauma
    (survivors or perpetrators).

    Erica will be providing Let's Talk on Wednesdays at the Academic Resource Center, EOP Office, from 1 to 3 pm.


  • Audrey Kim, Ph.D.

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    Audrey was born in Korea and came to the U.S. at age 5.  She started kindergarten without knowing any English and didn’t really understand much of what was happening the first two years of school. Before discovering her passion for psychology, Audrey worked in the corporate world and in L.A.’s Skid Row through the domestic Peace Corps. 

    Audrey really enjoys helping students figure out who they are and what they want to do with their lives because she can relate to feeling confused about those things during college.  For example, her friends used to make fun of her because she had a “Career of the Week” throughout her senior year.

    In her free time, Audrey loves watching all kinds of movies, ranging from summer blockbusters to disturbing documentaries.  Over the years, Audrey has learned to cook because she really likes to eat and can’t afford to go out all the time.  She also enjoys sharing meals and conversations with friends and family.

    Audrey will be providing Let's Talk on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ethnic Resource Centers, 3rd floor, Bay Tree Building, Esselen Nation Room.


  • Amy Mandell, L.M.F.T.

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    Amy is a white, cisgender, lesbian-identified therapist, originally from Minnesota. In an effort to escape the snowy Midwest, she moved to San Francisco, where she completed her masters degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in social justice at New College of CA.  Before moving to Santa Cruz, she lived in the Bay Area for 8 years, working at an LGBTQ+ community therapy agency and then with foster children and families.  Her therapeutic approach is collaborative, with a focus on insight and skill-building and is informed by multiple clinical orientations, including Psychodynamic, Feminist, Cultural-Relational, Cognitive Behavioral, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. As a former first-generation college student herself, she enjoys working with EOP students, helping to navigating cultural and administrative barriers within the college environment. Her areas of expertise and interest include anxiety and trauma, family and relationship dynamics, social justice and multicultural concerns, sexuality and gender identity development, eating and body image concerns, and supporting undocumented students. 

    Amy will be providing Let's Talk on Thursdays at Graduate Commons, Quarry Plaza, both from 1 to 3 pm.


  • Michael Richards, Ph.D.

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    Michael is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University and did his doctoral internship at San Jose State University CAPS. Michael utilizes an integrative theoretical framework, emphasizing a multicultural approach to therapy while incorporating interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.  Michael also typically incorporates mindfulness techniques when helping clients develop coping strategies.  He enjoys exploring client’s multicultural identities and values and how these develop alongside clients’ identities as students and emerging adults.  Michael has previously worked with a range of economically and racially diverse populations in settings including a residential substance use treatment center and a job training program for teenagers and young adults.  Michael has a particular interest in working with clinical issues including anxiety, depression, substance use, and identity exploration.  He also has a particular focus on working with male clients exploring masculinity and related topics, as well as working with LGBTQ clients exploring sexual and gender identity.

    Michael will be providing Let's Talk on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Cantu Queer Center.