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Mental Health

Mental Health

Community Resources

Crisis Lines

A crisis hotline is a phone number people can call to get immediate emergency telephone counseling, usually by trained volunteers. If you or anyone you know needs help, we strongly encourage you to reach out.

Mental Health Peers

The Mental Health Peer Program at Counseling and Psychological Services is designed to serve as resource for students, who hope to learn new coping strategies to more effectively deal with the stresses of daily life.

Pacific Pride Foundation

Pacific Pride Foundation is an advocacy and education organization for HIV/AIDS and queer communities in Santa Barbara County.

Services: LGBTQ+ programs for youth and elders, pride center: counseling, clinical therapy groups, community groups, Health & prevention, free testing, and more.

Contact: (805) 963-3636


608 Anacapa Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Acacia Counseling & Wellness

Provide college students a safe, supportive space in which they receive quality and consistent mental health care that is highly accessible, affordable, specialized, and culturally sensitive.

Services: Individual therapy, video therapy, psychiatry, couples therapy, group therapy. wellness activities, workshops, therapy animals, and more.

Contact: (805) 699-6668


948 Embarcadero Del Norte, Suite 102, Isla Vista, CA 93117


Support Groups


This is a weekly group for trans and non-binary-identifying students to address issues related to transitioning, misgendering, bodies, relationships, medical care, transphobia, and general life topics. This group provides an opportunity for members to share their experiences with others in a “brave” space.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30pm 

Location: SRB - Women's Center Conference Room

Leader: Emily Maynard, Ph.D.

True Selves Process Group

This is a weekly group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender and questioning individuals to address issues related to coming out, relationships, gender identity, finding support on campus, and general life topics.

Date/Time: Thursdays, 2:00-3:15pm 

Location: Main CAPS Office

Leader: Janet Osimo, Psy.D.

CAPS Staff

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to providing timely, culturally appropriate, and effective mental health services to our diverse UCSB student body, as well as professional consultation to faculty, staff, and families. 

All registered students are eligible for services at CAPS. When help is needed in sorting out a personal concern, CAPS is a resource for learning new skills in building self-confidence, relating to others, reducing stress, solving problems, and identifying options. 


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Interpersonal relationship issues; Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)/emotion regulation; couple's counseling; infidelity; group psychotherapy; identity exploration and development; conflicts with family of origin; depression and suicidal thoughts; diversity and multi-cultural counseling; self-esteem and insecurity; sexuality or sexual concerns.

Office location: SRB Educational Opportunity Program

Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Depression; anxiety; adjustment/developmental issues; body image and self-esteem issues; eating disorders; LGBTQ issues; trauma; loss; interpersonal concerns; multicultural issues; religious concerns.

Office location: Santa Catalina, Espacio 12


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Graduate students; relationships; identity issues; trauma; LGBTQ, sexuality, and gender identity issues; cultural and social justice concerns; first-generation college students; eating-related concerns.

Office location: San Clemente - Arrowhead Village


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Dissociation and trauma; pediatric psychology; multicultural psychology; the psychology of gender.

Office location: Isla Vista Gaucho Support Center


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Cross-cultural adjustment and transitions; international and Asian/Asian-American students; relational and attachment concerns; disordered eating/body image; obsessive thoughts and behaviors (OCD); trauma; LGBTQ; grief and loss; mindfulness; strength-based interventions; mood and anxiety disorders.

Office location: Main CAPS Building


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Anxiety, trauma, & recovery; ADHD & learning differences; psychological assessment; social skills; relationship & family of origin issues; identity development; LGBTQ issues; strength-based interventions.

Office location: Main CAPS Building


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Latina/o/x students; international & cross-cultural experiences; immigration and acculturation; LGBTQ+ students and gender/sexuality issues; trauma; mood disorders & mood dysregulation; managing chronic medical conditions; substance use.

Office location: Hosford Clinic


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Multicultural and intersecting identities (LGBTQ+, First Gen, family/culture of origin); Asian American/Pacific Islander communities; International/Immigrant students; Couples and Relationships; sexuality concerns; prevention & outreach to improve mental health of underrepresented campus communities; Benefits of Play.  

Office location: Main CAPS Building


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Mindfulness-based intervention; empowerment & strength building; social justice & multiculturalism; international & cross-cultural experiences; immigration (acculturation & enculturation); body image; trauma & resilience; and LGBTQ+ issues.

Office location: CAPS Main Building


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Multicultural and diversity issues and counseling; Intersecting identities (including women, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, and first-generation college students); College transitions and adjustment; Substance use issues; Mindfulness and self-compassion; Mood and anxiety issues

Office location: CAPS Main Building


Areas of Interest & Specialty: Suicide prevention; non-traditional students; the impact of interventions on brain change; LGBTQ community.

Groups: True Selves Process Group

Office location: Main CAPS Building