Let's Talk Counselors


    Brent Alsaker, L.C.S.W.

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    Brent is a native Californian—yes, they do exist—and has lived his entire life in Northern California. Brent is a queer man who also identifies with his Viking heritage, as both his parents are immigrants from Norway. He has spent many hours and days in the High Sierra skiing (as all good Vikings do) as well as lots of time at local beaches and hanging out in San Francisco and Berkeley.

    Brent studied political science as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley and has a graduate degree in clinical social work from CSU Sacramento. He also previously owned an art gallery in the Bay Area. Brent sees people as unique individuals, focuses on solutions to their problems, and believes in social justice. He loves living in Santa Cruz with his longtime partner, George, and their cute little dog, “Roxie,” a sweet, tiny 4-pound chihuahua. Brent also knows his way around a BBQ and enjoys sharing goodies from the grill with friends, as well as doing yoga, listening to music, and riding his bike around town.

    Brent will be providing Let's Talk on Mondays (starting 10/16/17) from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Cantu Queer Center and on one Wednesday, October 11th, from 1 to 3 p.m.


  • José Flores, Psy.D.

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    José is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS with a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University. He completed his doctoral internship at Suffolk University's Counseling Health and Wellness. José has experience working with students with a wide range of concerns, including adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and interpersonal relationships. His therapeutic approach is framed from the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective, which focuses on helping students identify and move toward their values.

    José 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.


  • Amy Mandell, L.M.F.T.

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    Amy attended college in Wisconsin, just a short drive from where she grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In an effort to escape the snowy Midwest, she packed up her car and road-tripped to California to attend graduate school, studying psychology with an emphasis in social justice.  She lived in the Bay Area for 8 years, working at several community mental health agencies, until she moved to Santa Cruz in 2008 and landed at UCSC.

    As a first-generation college student herself, she enjoys working with students who have difficulty adjusting to and navigating the college environment.  True story: Her first week on campus she got lost after deciding to use a tree as a landmark to find her way back from a walk.  In her free time, you’ll likely find her taking a walk on West Cliff Drive with her partner, loving on her dogs, or reading about her latest interest in health and nutrition. Her professional areas of interest include anxiety management, relationship issues, diversity and multiculturalism, GLBTQ issues, eating and body image concerns, and working with EOP students and AB540 students.

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