The UCSB Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) supports the health and well-being of faculty, staff, and family members. We assist with identifying, managing, and resolving work-related and personal concerns that may affect job performance and relationships. We offer confidential short-term therapy, consultation, wellness workshops, and assistance with threat management.
In crisis or feeling suicidal?
Help is available
Free 24/7 National Lifeline
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Free 24/7 Santa Barbara-area services
- CARES/ ACCESS
- SAFTY Mobile Crisis Team/ Hotline
- Campus Resources
- Covid-19 / Trauma-Related Resources
- Insurance and Mental Health
- Local Community Resources
- Nationwide Mental Health Resources
- Spanish Resources / Recursos en espanol
- Psychological Wellness Education
- Violence Prevention
- Inpatient Medical Detox, 805-569-8339
- Residential Center, 805-569-7422
- Outpatient Treatment, 805-569-7422
For life threatening emergencies during the day or after hours, academic personnel, faculty, and staff members should call 911 and/or have a family member or friend take the individual to a local emergency room.
Contact an ASAP clinician to assist in a crisis situation during business hours and we will make every effort to respond. However, we may not be immediately available so it is important to follow the recommendations above.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
UCSB is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our UCSB and Santa Barbara communities. We are taking informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our services. ASAP will remain operational with the following measures to protect the health of the community:
Appointments will remain and continue to be scheduled.
In-person appointments will be changed to either a remote session using Zoom or a secure phone session, starting on Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. A private zoom link will be included in your google calendar invite. If you are able to, please communicate with ASAP when you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment.
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Judy is an administrative assistant for the Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) and Human Resources. She received a Master’s Degree in French from Middlebury College and taught beginning French at UCSB and City College of San Francisco. After pursuing a career in banking and raising her family, Judy returned to UCSB to work in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She has been in her current role in Human Resources since 2018.
Dr. Pati Montojo is a licensed psychologist in California. As a bicultural and bilingual Spanish-speaking Latina, she is committed to providing culturally sensitive clinical and consultation services and interventions. Pati’s interests are driven by her personal experiences and professional training in her doctoral studies at UCSB.
Pati is originally from the Bay Area where she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She subsequently earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) at UCSB. She completed her pre-doctoral fellowship at the APA accredited Albany Psychology Internship Consortium consisting of the Albany Medical College/Albany Medical Center, the Capital District Psychiatric Center, and the Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center in New York. Pati completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California San Francisco and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Pati was an adjunct faculty member and clinical supervisor at Palo Alto University from 2015-2017. She returned to UCSB as a Licensed Psychologist in Human Resources in 2018 where she received training and experience in organizational management and development. She obtained her current role in December 2019. Pati looks forward to collaborating with individuals and departments across campus.
Dr. Melissa Cordero is a bilingual, Spanish-speaking psychologist and certified yoga teacher. As a bicultural Latina therapist, she is committed to providing culturally sensitive consultation, treatment, and workshops for faculty and staff.
Dr. Cordero is originally from Los Angeles and received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA, specializing in trauma and working with underserved populations. She was initially hired under the Department of Education grant to restore the campus climate after the Isla Vista tragedy. She initiated programs at UCSB CAPS focused on healing the body through non-verbal trauma therapies, such as Yoga as Healing, Healing with the Beat of a Different Drum, and Healing with Yoga and Sound.
Dr. Cordero specializes in working with underrepresented individuals impacted by racism, discrimination, interpersonal, complex, and collective trauma, as well as multicultural, spirituality, LGBTQ+, and other diversity issues that may present themselves in the workplace. Her current work focuses on applying alternative treatment approaches to various challenges that can impact staff and faculty. She looks forward to serving our campus community.
Veronica Franco is a third-year doctoral student at UCSB in the department of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology (CCSP) with a Counseling Psychology emphasis. She is originally from the Los Angeles area and received her B.A. in sociology and education from UC Irvine. After obtaining her B.A., she received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and has received training working at community clinics and college counseling centers. As a Mexican-American bilingual Latina, Veronica’s work is guided through a multicultural
and interpersonal lens that seeks to honor, understand, and validate individual’s intersectional identities and unique life stories. As a psychologist in training, cultural humility holds a salient role in her approach as a provider. She seeks to facilitate opportunities for individuals to openly express themselves and incorporate wellness in their personal, professional, and social life.
ASAP is located in the Human Resources office on the 3rd floor of the Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building (SAASB). We are in the same building as the campus Visitor's Center.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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At times you may receive the voicemail, we will return your call as soon as possible.
In emergency situations, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Services We Provide
Some concerns are hard to leave at home. Some concerns are hard to leave at work.
Therapy is available for academic personnel, faculty or staff members with a personal and/or work-related concern, and is provided on a short-term basis. An Intake session is approximately 50 minutes, and may include treatment recommendations, resources, and referrals. ASAP crisis intervention and counseling services are available for employees and their families affected by COVID-19. Please call (805) 893-3318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Common concerns we address in counseling are related to drugs and alcohol, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, couples/family problems, stress, anger management, thoughts of self harm/suicide/harm to others, and a wide variety of work-related difficulties.
Free individual therapy and referral assistance in areas including:
- Alcohol and/or Other Drug Misuse
- Anger in the Workplace
- Anger Management
- Anxiety and Stress Management
- Coping with Change and Loss
- Crisis Intervention
- Difficult Work Relationships
- Grief and Loss
- Marriage and Relationship Issues
- Personal Problems
- Substance Abuse in the Workplace
- Violence & Trauma in the Workplace
- Work Related Problems
Consultation is typically with a manager, supervisor, dean or faculty member about a work-related concern such as a specific employee or department-level matter. Consultations can be provided on the phone and/or in person.
Psychological Wellness Education
Psychological wellness education is designed to promote workplace well-being for work groups, teams, and departments. Workshops and ASAP facilitated meetings can include development of both skills and processes.
Violence prevention and mitigation services include coordinating resources and assisting individuals, supervisors, and administrators with responses that reduce risk, prevent violence, resolve conflict, and reduce the occurrence of disruptive conduct.
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