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Counseling Services

USC Counseling and Mental Health (CMH) provides a range of mental health support services for LGBTQ+ students, including LGBTQ+-identifying counselors located in the LGBTQ+ Student Center and support groups for various LGBTQ+ topics or identities. 

Schedule an Appointment

For students who desire to work with an Embedded Counselor, individual therapy appointments can be made through the mySHR portal.

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), La CASA, and the Veterans Resource Center (VRC). Students can also work with embedded therapists with the Office of International Services. 

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.

Please visit the CMH website for a full list of embedded counselors and liaisons supporting USC’s diverse student community and a full list of CMH counselors who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or share other lived experiences. 

To learn more about CMH’s services for cultural communities, please visit CMH’s Cultural Communities website.

For students who desire to work with an Embedded Counselor, individual therapy appointments can be made through the mySHR portal (

Meet our Embedded Counselors

Matthew Brinkley, PsyD, LMFT


At LGBTQ+SC every Wednesday & Friday (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.

Riley Davis, LMFT


At LGBTQ+SC every Tuesday (by MySHR appointment only)

Riley Davis, LMFT received their Master of Art in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley. Prior to joining USC Counseling & Mental Health they worked in the bay area with teens & caregivers impacted by systemic and intergenerational trauma. As a provider Riley shows up with openness, humor, creativity and heart. Their work is inspired by many approaches including Mindfulness & body-oriented practices.

They are excited to collaborate with students – tapping into and building upon the abundant wisdom and skills that all students possess in reaching their unique and self-defined goals.

Davis is queer, nonbinary and uses they/them/theirs pronouns.

Ekta Kumar


At HSC (by MySHR appointment only)

Dr. Ekta Kumar is our SEIP Embedded Counselor at the Health Sciences Campus (HSC) and works at the Eric Cohen Student Health Center or through virtual sessions. Her areas of specialty and passion are the following: multicultural psychology, trauma, identity issues, and working with South Asian, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ clients. Dr. Kumar helps connect our HSC students to the amazing work we do at the cultural centers and works to provide a multiculturally-affirming therapeutic space. You can book sessions with her through mySHR!

Support Groups

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.

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.

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.

Schedule an Appointment

For students who desire to work with an Embedded Counselor, individual therapy appointments can be made through the mySHR portal.

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