Specialty Services


CAPS offers specialized services in the following areas:


The CAPS Eating Disorder Team is comprised of clinicians with experience and interest in the complexities of eating disorders. Our team is multidisciplinary to provide evidence-based care for our students. Since eating disorders have serious medical complications, we coordinate care closely with medical providers and dieticians at UCLA Ashe Center or with outside treatment providers. For students who require more intensive or long-term eating disorder treatment, we help students connect to treatment in Los Angeles or near their homes. We welcome parent and family involvement in treatment planning as appropriate. 

CAPS Eating Disorder Services:

  • Clinical assessment and treatment recommendations
  • Short term individual therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Group therapy
  • Case management/treatment planning to help students connect with outside services

Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center

  • Primary and specialty medical care
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy

UCLA Health Nourished for Life Outpatient Program 

  • Interdisciplinary assessment and treatment recommendations
  • Medical assessment and consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Nutritional counseling

UCLA Health Medical Stabilization Program for Disordered Eating, UCLA Santa Monica Hospital

Information on Eating Disorders
Eating disorders (EDs) are serious mental illnesses with significant, life-threatening physical and psychological complications. 

Common Types of Eating Disorders:

  • Anorexia Nervosa: characterized by food restriction, weight loss and intense fear of gaining weight and often a denial of the severity of weight loss or low weight. 
  • Bulimia Nervosa: characterized by a cycle of bingeing (a feeling of loss of control while eating large quantities of good) and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating. 
  • Binge eating disorder: characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort); a feeling of a loss of control during the binge; experiencing shame, distress or guilt afterwards. 
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED): a feeding or eating disorder characterized by some of the above symptoms, causes significant distress or impairment, but does not meet the criteria for another feeding or eating disorder.


Like the UCLA student body, CAPS staff members are highly diverse and open-minded, and also include several LGBTQ-identified therapists. All of our licensed therapists have completed specialized training in sexual orientation and gender identity concerns. We are committed to providing compassionate and high-quality LGBTQ-affirmative services.

CAPS therapists provide counseling at two locations on campus: CAPS and the LGBT Resource Center (located at SAC B36).

Services at CAPS:

  • Individual counseling and psychotherapy for students who are LGBTQ
  • Lesbian/Bi Women's Group (for undergraduate and graduate women)
  • Gay/Bi Men's Group (separate groups for undergraduate and graduates)
  • Gender Identity Spectrum Group

Services at the LGBT Resource Center:

  • CAPS counselor Drop-in hours (Wednesday-Friday)
  • Scheduled appointment with CAPS counselors
  • Weekly Queer Chats on Tuesdays from 12-1pm, covering various wellness topics including stress management, health and relationship safety
  • Students interested in learning more about CAPS services for LGBTQ students can call CAPS at (310) 825-0768, visit CAPS during Brief Screen hours (Monday-Friday 9am-4pm), or visit the LGBT Resource Center.

    For comprehensive information about UCLA LGBTQ campus resources, organizations, or the larger Los Angeles LGBTQ community, please visit the UCLA LGBT Resource Center.