For Life Threatening Emergencies or for Crisis Care needs 24/7:
Call (949) 824-6457 and select Option # 2.
Crisis Text Line
Text “Home” to 741741
Call or text 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at
Call UCI Campus Police at
Go to your nearest Emergency Room
LGBTQ Mentoring Program Coordinators
Meladee Garst, Ph.D.
LGBTQ Mentoring Program Coordinator
Welcome to the UCI Counseling Center! Working with the college student population has been my passion since graduate school. I have had the pleasure of working at several college counseling centers all over the United States, recently coming from Kansas! I am proud and excited to be in Califorinia and join the UCI Anteater family. My goal as a psychologist is to help clients reach their academic, social, and emotional goals by providing support, advocacy, coaching, and therapy. I find it very important to have a strong therapeutic alliance in working with clients and provide a space where they can feel safe and comfortable in exploring their presenting concerns. I enjoy working with a variety of presenting concerns but have areas of emphasis in working with LGBTQ identifed students, first-generation college students, students from diverse or marginalized backgrounds, identity development concerns, and relationship issues. I also have a special area of interest in providing outreach and educational programming to the campus community. I find it important to provide educational programming and outreach to our campus as a ways of prevention, but also in reaching students who are in need of counseling services. I look forward to working with you as a potential Counseling Center client or seeing you around campus at an outreach event! In my free time I love to craft by brining new life to old things, cook, hiking and biking, and playing with my nieces and nephews.
Stella Ko, M.Ed.
Hello Anteaters! I am excited and honored about serving the UCI Community and facilitating some of your healing journeys! As a first-generation, Asian international student myself, I am passionate about helping students with cross-cultural adjustment, college stress management, career decision-making process, and identity exploration using a strength-based approach. I view humans as resilient learners who are capable of developing healthy coping skills through empowerment and guidance. As your therapist, I will invite you to set goals for therapy and I foster progress towards your goals while exploring the connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I consider a collaborative, trustful relationship as the key to effective psychotherapy, and I strive to understand my clients in a multicultural lens to establish a nonjudgmental space. Being a proud Taiwanese, I am fluent in providing counseling in both Mandarin Chinese and English. Aside from clinical work, I love doing arts, baking, eating, hiking, and hanging out with cats. I look forward to hearing your story and bringing your strengths to action!