Services at Tang for LGBTQ Students: Counseling

While all UHS counselors have training and experience working with LGBTQ+ students, sometimes it’s important to know your counselor is queer-identified.

For all general counseling questions, contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (510) 642-9494.

Counselors:

Laura Alie

Laura Alie, PsyD

(510) 642-9494

she/they

Focuses: Transgender Care Team, LGBTQ+ identity development, gender and transgender identities, non-binary identities/exploration, first-generation students, and post-hospital care.

Elizabeth Aranda, PhD

Elizabeth Aranda, PhD

(510) 642-9494

she/her/hers

Q-Talk Drop-In: 150 Chavez, Thursdays 10:30am-12pm

Focuses: Transgender Care Team, multicultural psychology, feminist therapy, LGBTQ identity development, Latinx and communities of color, kink, and polyamorous relationships.

Jeanine

Jeanine Baillie, PsyD

(510) 642-9494

she/her/hers

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FocusesFirst-generation college students, international students, student-athletes, multicultural counseling, underserved and marginalized populations, trans and queer students, LGBTQ+ populations, intersecting identities, and students struggling with a variety of intersecting identity-related questions or concerns.

Sasha Blum

Sasha Blum, PsyD

(510) 642-9494

she/her/hers

Focuses: Low income and first-generation college students, underrepresented student populations, sexual trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, and career development.

Amber Boyd

Amber Boyd, MA, LMFT

(510) 642-9494

she/her/hers

FocusesUnderrepresented and under-resourced communities, African-American issues, and LGBTQ+ issues.

Don Capone, PsyD

(510) 642-4853

he/him/his/leaning

Q-Talk for graduate students (by appointment only).

Focuses: Transgender Care Team, couples counseling, conflict resolution, relationship challenges, cognitive-behavioral approaches to reducing anxiety, brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, LGBTQ+ stressors, strategies for managing ADHD, mental health law, coping with a loved one's mental illness, and self-esteem/body image.

Kin Ming Chan, PhD

Kin Ming Chan, PhD

(510) 642-9494

he/him/his

Focuses: Cross-cultural concerns, multicultural counseling, international student adjustment issues, Asian student identity development, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Additional Languages: Cantonese

Ann Marie Dobosz

Ann Marie Dobosz, LMFT

(510) 642-9494

she/her/hers

Focuses: Anxiety and perfectionism, depression, inner critic issues, religious faith and identity.  

Carrie Guthrie

Carrie Guthrie, LCSW

(510) 642-9494

she/her/hers

Focuses: Family and relationships, transfer students, transitions and adjustment, mental illness early intervention and recovery, the impact of mental illness on the family, family of origin issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and student parents.

Shanta Jambotkar, LCSW

Shanta Jambotkar, LCSW

(510) 642-6074

she/her/hers

Focuses: Intersectional cultures, trauma-impacted students, sexual violence and assault, health conditions, women and people of color, LGBTQIA, South Asia and diaspora, and immigrant/next generations. 

Gini Midili, PhD

(510) 642-9494

she/her/hers

Focuses: Sports psychology, student-athletes, transitions and adjustments, learning disabilities, students in crisis, LGBTQ+ identity development, cognitive and behavioral interventions, dissertation support, career counseling, and transfer students.

Tobirus Newby, LCSW

(510) 642-6074

he/him/his

Q-Talk Drop-In150 Chavez, Tuesdays 4-6pm

Focuses: Transgender Care Team, alcohol and other drugs counseling, spirituality and intersectionality, LGBTQ+ issues.

Diane Pena

Diana Peña, PhD

(510) 664-7483

she/her/hers 

Drop-In for undocumented students at 119 Chavez, Tuesdays 1-3pm

FocusLGBTQ affirmative therapy, immigrant and undocumented student mental health, queer students of color, spirituality, Latino/a family health, grief and loss, adjustment, career development, and sports psychology.

John Suave

John Sauvé, PsyD

(510) 642-9494

he/him/his

Focuses: Men's issues, graduate students, first-generation students, LGBTQ+ issues, coping with transitions, and managing depression.

Heath Schechinger, PhD

(510) 643-7110

he/him/his

Availability: Referral per Primary Care Physician Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

Focuses: Gender and sexual diversity, social justice and multicultural issues, polyamory, bisexuality/pansexuality, kink, trans, and gender non-conforming students.

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Canh Tran, MSW

(510) 664-7835

he/him/his

Focuses: Complex trauma, issues pertaining to race and oppression, grief and loss, LGBTQIA affirmative therapy, harm reduction and substance use, shame and guilt, self-compassion, personal growth/existential issues, faith and spirituality, somatic/mind-body connection, first-generation students, immigrant and refugee students.

Robin Walley

Robin Walley, LCSW

(510) 642-6074

she/her/hers

Focuses: Alcohol and other drugs counseling, harm reduction, LGBTQ+ issues, multicultural issues. 

M. Sara Yap, PsyD

Sara Yap, PsyD

(510) 664-9317

she/her/hers

Availability: Referral per Primary Care Physician Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

Focuses: Transgender care, first-generation college students, immigrants, anxiety, trauma, attachment, mindfulness, developmental issues, and sexuality issues.

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Services 

Transgender Care Team

Counselors and medical providers with expertise in trans and gender nonconforming student concerns who provide counseling, hormones, and help accessing surgery.

Q-Talk Drop-In

Confidential, individual consultation with a queer-identified counselor. No appointment, no paperwork, just drop in at Cesar E. Chavez.

Tuesdays, 4-6pm

Thursdays, 10:30am-12pm

Groups

Queer Womyn of Color Support
Fridays, 3:15–4:45pm
Contact: Elizabeth Aranda, (510) 642-9494

Queer Men Support 
Wednesdays, 4:15-5:30pm
Contact: Tobirus Newby, (510) 642-6074

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Contact CAPS

UHS Tang Center

2222 Bancroft Way #4300
Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: (510) 642-9494
Fax: (510) 642-2368

Please note special hours for summer break and holidays.

Academic year hours

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8am-5:30pm
  • Thursday: 9am-5:30pm
  • Friday: 8am-5pm
  • Crisis Drop-in: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm

Locations

  • Main office - 3rd Floor of the Tang Center
  • Anna Head Satellite2536 Channing Way (between Telegraph and Bowditch)
  • Career Counseling Library - small building on Bancroft Ave outside of the Tang Center.
  • Satellite Offices: hours and locations