For Life Threatening Emergencies:
Or go to your nearest Emergency Room
For other crisis needs 24/7:
- Call UCI Counseling Center at (949) 824-6457
♦ Or 1-866-817-9842
♦ Text “Home” to 741741
- Call or text 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8
- Call UCI Campus Police at
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.
Hanna Tannenbaum, M.A.
Welcome to the UCI Counseling Center! I identify as a queer, white, cis-gendered female from the Bay Area, California. I am an intern at UCI Counseling Center and currently a doctoral student at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. I have previously worked at a psychodynamic preschool, YMCA Youth and Family Services, and the University of San Diego’s counseling center. I have experience working with individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, ages, religious and spiritual beliefs, and physical and psychological disabilities. I believe that it is imperative to work collaboratively with students to help them identify and move towards their mental health goals. I also firmly believe that each individual is the expert on their experience and actively work to empower students from a multicultural and social justice perspective. I am passionate about working with students and creating a safe, healing space where students can feel seen, heard, supported, and validated. I look forward to meeting and supporting you on your healing journey!