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UCLA Counseling and Psychological Center

CAPS Drop-In Hours provide free, confidential, brief consultations for UCLA undergraduate and graduate students. These consultations do not constitute mental health treatment. During the visit, a specialized counselor can help you to explore resources, assess your mental health, and when needed, connect you to ongoing CAPS counseling, and other services.

If you are ready to start treatment or are interested in a mental health evaluation, call CAPS at 310-825-0768 for a same day triage assessment.

Drop-in Acknowledgement

Bruin Guardian Scholars

  • Clinical Coordinator Noemi Roman smiling at the camera wearing white button up shirt with a denim jacket with a body of water behind her TUESDAYS 1PM-3PM with Noemí Roman, LMFT

    Noemí is a bilingual, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who is passionate about working with underrepresented students in higher education struggling with identity, stress, adjustments and trauma so
    that they can better understand their place in the world. In particular,
    Noemí’s specialty areas include helping families navigating the foster care system, children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety and trauma.

    Weeks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10:
    Tuesdays 1PM - 3 PM - Drop-in hours (In person at CAPS or Virtual)

    Weeks 4, 7:
    Tuesdays 2PM - 3PM

    Workshops:
    Tuesdays 1PM - 2PM
    Week 4: Imposter Syndrome
    Week 7: Managing interpersonal relationships during the holidays


    *In-person or Virtual appointments*:
    - Appointments are for current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students only.
    - Appointments are bookable 14 days in advance and up to 3 hours before the appointment (if available). Only available times will be shown.
    - Please only book one appointment at a time.

Undocumented Students Program

  • Therapist Elizabeth Hernandez smiling at the camera wearing a black blazer and colorful necklace with a white background WEDNESDAYS 10 - 11:30AM Undocuscholars In Person Drop-in Group

    Dr. Ellie Hernandez (she/her) is a bilingual Latinx psychologist who is a first-generation UCLA alum. Using a strengths-based and community-centric approach, Ellie aims to build on existing resources, increase support, and optimize overall student wellness. Ellie leads groups such as UndocuScholars, Graduate Students of Color, and Immigration-Impacted Student support groups.

    - Group location: Collegiate Recovery Program's lounge, which is located in the SAC (BRC Suite B44)
    - No online scheduling required

  • THURSDAYS 2PM - 3PM with Karina Ramos, Ph.D.

    Dr. Karina Ramos (she/her) is a bilingual Latinx psychologist who is passionate about working with college students including: undocumented students, BIPOC students, transfer students, LGBTQ+ students, and first-generation college students. Her professional interests include grief/loss, adjustment concerns, identity development, relationship issues, anxiety, and depression. She has over ten years of experience working with undocumented students and people from mixed-status families. Dr. Ramos uses a strength-based humanistic approach, which aims to foster resiliency and increase support.

    *Drop-ins available during the summer.*

    *Virtual appointments*:
    - Appointments are for current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students only.
    - Appointments are bookable 14 days in advance and up to 3 hours before the appointment (if available). Only available times will be shown.
    - Please only book one appointment at a time.

  • Therapist Yadira Anguiano smiling at the camera wearing a white shirt in front of a white background THURSDAYS 3PM - 4PM with Yadira Anguiano, Psy.D.

    Dr. Yadira Anguiano (she/her/ella) is a bilingual psychologist (English & Spanish) who identifies as Chicana and a first-generation college student. Using a strength-based and decolonial framework, Yadira works with students to explore and strengthen their own inner wisdom and resources and create an inclusive space of healing and empowerment.

    *Drop-ins available during the summer.*

    *Virtual appointments*:
    - Appointments are for current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students only.
    - Appointments are bookable 14 days in advance and up to 3 hours before the appointment (if available). Only available times will be shown.
    - Please only book one appointment at a time.

SAC/Kerckhoff

SAC and Kerckhoff drop-ins are designed to support specific populations served by the following centers:
- UCLA Community Programs Office
- Bruin Resource Center
- Transfer Student Center
- LGBTQ Campus Resource Center
- UCLA Black Bruin Resource Center
- Graduate Student Resource Center

  • Therapist Juliana Carranza wearing a blue tank top smiling at the camera with green leaves hanging on the wall behind her MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS 1PM-3PM WITH JULIANA CARRANZA, LCSW

    Juliana is a bilingual, Chicana, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, passionate about helping students meet their mental health needs through providing validating, nonjudgmental, and empowering psychotherapy. As a UCLA alum, first generation immigrant, and college student, Juliana has a special interest in working with historically marginalized and non-traditional students populations. During her time at UCLA, Juliana was an active member of MEChA de UCLA and CPO.

    *Drop-ins available Weeks 3 - 10 of the Quarter*

  • Therapist Diane Gallo wearing a yellow shirt with blue flowers smiling at the camera in front of a brown background TUESDAYS 1PM-3PM WITH DIANE JUNG GALLO, PSY.D.

    Dr. Jung Gallo is an Asian American psychologist who is passionate about working with students of color, undocumented students, first generation college students, and international students. Her specialty areas include Asian/Asian American mental health, eating disorders, trauma, relationship issues, and identity development. She takes a multicultural, collaborative approach to therapy. She also leads the Compassion for your Inner Critic and Asian American Community Support Group at CAPS.

    *Drop-ins available Weeks 3 - 10 of the Quarter*

  • Therapist Diana Chappelear smiling at the camera wearing a black top with green foliage in the background TUESDAYS 1PM-3PM WITH DEE CHAPPELEAR, PH.D.

    Dr. Dee Chappelear is a CAPS staff psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ community. Dr. Dee has served as a drop in therapist at the LGBT Center for the past several years. She works with students who are managing a wide variety of issues and stressors.

    *Drop-ins available Weeks 3 - 10 of the Quarter*

    *Virtual appointments*:
    - Appointments are for current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students only.
    - Appointments are bookable 14 days in advance and up to 3 hours before the appointment (if available). Only available times will be shown.
    - Please only book one appointment at a time.

  • THURSDAYS 1PM-3PM WITH KRISTI GRAHAM, PH.D.

    Dr. Kristi Graham is a CAPS staff psychologist who emphasizes a collaborative, strengths-based perspective in her work with students. Her clinical interests include working with racial minorities, cultural competence, mood and anxiety disorders, stress management, codependency, and relationship skill building. She also co-leads the Black and Bruin group at CAPS.

    *Drop-ins available Weeks 3 - 10 of the Quarter*

  • Therapist Elizabeth Hernandez smiling at the camera wearing a black blazer and colorful necklace with a white background THURSDAYS 1PM - 3PM WITH ELLIE HERNANDEZ, Ph.D.

    Dr. Ellie Hernandez (she/her) is a bilingual Latinx psychologist who is a first-generation UCLA alum. Using a strengths-based and community-centric approach, Ellie aims to build on existing resources, increase support, and optimize overall student wellness. Ellie leads groups such as UndocuScholars, Graduate Students of Color, and Immigration-Impacted Student support groups.

    *Drop-ins available Weeks 3 – 10 of the Quarter.*

    *Virtual appointments*:
    - Appointments are for current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students only.
    - Appointments are bookable 14 days in advance and up to 3 hours before the appointment (if available). Only available times will be shown.
    - Please only book one appointment at a time.

Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars

  • Therapist Shannen Vong wearing a black shirt smiling at the camera with green foliage in the background WEDNESDAYS 1PM - 3PM with Shannen Vong, Ph.D.

    Shannen Vong, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who provides mental health services to International students, Asian American students, graduate students and professional students at the Behavioral Wellness Center satellite at the UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services. As a first-generation, Asian American therapist, Dr. Vong understands the unique pressures that Asian American and International students endure while trying to navigate a large, public institution. Dr. Vong's approach to counseling focuses on personal wellness and resiliency, with an emphasis on helping students identify and gain skills for coping more effectively with life's challenges. Dr. Vong co-leads one of the Affective Disorder Groups (Breaking Free from Anxiety) and the Asian American Community Support Group.

    *Drop-ins available Weeks 3 – 10 of the Quarter.*

    *Virtual appointments*:
    - Appointments are for current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students only.
    - Appointments are bookable 14 days in advance and up to 3 hours before the appointment (if available). Only available times will be shown.
    - Please only book one appointment at a time.