Counseling and Mental Health (CMH) partners with the LGBTQ+ Student Center to provide embedded counselors and liaisons for LGBTQ+ students in need of mental health and wellness support. The LGBTQ+SC’s Embedded Counselors serve and support the the larger LGBTQ+ student community, and are located in the LGBTQ+ Student Center (Student Union 415).
In addition to the LGBTQ+SC, Embedded Counselors can be found in all Student Equity and Inclusion Programs centers, including: Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS), the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA), the First Gen+ Success Center (FG+SC), the Latinx/Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs (La CASA), and the Veterans Resource Center (VRC). Students can also work with embedded therapists with the Office of International Services. For students who desire to work with an Embedded Counselor, individual therapy appointments can be made through the mySHR portal (https://usc.edu/myshr).
After establishing care, your therapist will discuss your care and a treatment plan to meet your goals. The treatment plan might include additional sessions; referral to psychiatry and medication management; open-ended therapy with an insurance-based private practice (including the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services practice, located on the 5th floor of the Engemann Building); or recommendation for an appropriate therapy group in USC Student Health.
CMH also provides 30-minute Let’s Talk drop-in sessions, individual 1:1 appointments with a counselor, group counseling, and workshops.
For a full list of embedded counselors and liaisons supporting USC’s diverse student community, please visit the CMH website.
To learn more about CMH’s services for cultural communities, please visit CMH’s BIPOC and LGBTQ+ website.
Meet the LGBTQ+SC’s Embedded Counselors
Matthew Brinkley, PsyD, LMFT (he/him/his)
At LGBTQ+SC every Tuesday & Thursday (by MySHR appointment only)
Matthew Brinkley, PsyD, LMFT, earned his Doctorate of Psychology in Marital and Family Therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology with a focus on LGBT Human Services and Mental Health. He received his MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Syracuse University and BA in Political Science from Iowa State University (ISU). He competed on the men’s track and field team at both ISU and Syracuse.
Matthew has specialized training in trauma-informed care and transgender mental health, and has professional interests in the areas of: individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, gender expression, sex positivity, relationship satisfaction, social justice, Black mental health, LGBT mental health, LGBT athletes, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and solution-focused therapy.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys his guilty pleasure of watching reality competition tv, attending music events, exercising, fashion, playing video games and dancing.
Mary Weber, LMFT (she/her/hers)
At LGBTQ+SC every Wednesday & Friday (by MySHR appointment only)
Mary Weber, LMFT received her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She began her career working in a community mental health agency focused on providing individual, group, and intensive outpatient therapy for individuals with substance use issues and was a certified DUI Assessor for the State of Kentucky. Before coming to USC, Weber spent six years working for the Claremont Colleges as a staff therapist and served as the liaison for the Queer Resource Center. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Her professional interests include college mental health, mindfulness, LGBTQ-affirmative therapy, gender affirmative therapy, couples counseling, cultivating resilience, improving distress tolerance, anxiety, multicultural counseling, first-generation college students, collaborative therapy, substance use disorders, pastoral counseling, marriage and family therapy theories, life-span development and minority stress. She is a liaison for the LGBTQ+ Student Center. She would tell her college self to: “Learn mindfulness. You have the strength to get through all the bumps in the road of life.”
Students interested in joining a group should go to MySHR and create a new message, and submit a “Counseling Group Interest Form.” For more information about other counseling groups offered by Counseling and Mental Health, please visit the CMH website.
BlaQTea: For Black-Identified LGBTQ+ Students
Led by Matthew Brinkley, PsyD, LMFT
Black-Identified LGBTQ+ individuals are welcome to join and talk about the intersections of race, gender, sex, sexuality and various marginalized identities. This identity specific group will also process and discuss mental health struggles from the current political climate and other day-to-day stressors.
Led by Ekta Kumar, PsyD
This is a supportive environment to listen and talk with others about life and issues related to gender identity. You will find that others can relate and share their experiences. Topics discussed during this group can include exploring your identity, trust and relationships, coping with stresses of campus life or transitioning.
LGBTQIA+ Bloom: Growing in Relationships with Others
Led by Riley Davis, LMFT
Bloom is a facilitated group for LGBTQIA+ individuals who are looking to find more fulfilling ways of connecting with others. This group is helpful for students who feel generally disconnected from others or feel anxious and disappointed by how relationships feel. Individuals will be encouraged to explore and express their thoughts, feelings, and impulses with each other to connect with others.