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Gender-Affirming Care

You have a right to healthcare and providers that understand, respect and affirm your gender identity. We recognize that locating gender-affirming health options can be confusing and frustrating, especially in a large health system like Stanford. At Vaden Health Center, we offer many services to support the needs of our gender diverse, trans and nonbinary students. This brief guide is intended to connect students with accessible and culturally responsive services.

Mental Health and Wellness

Who: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Where: 2nd Floor, Vaden Health Center/866 Campus Dr, Stanford, CA 94305
Therapy can offer an open, nonjudgmental space to ask questions, process, and/or come to a better understanding of yourself. For many of us, mental health concerns are very real and compounded by gender stigma, marginalization, and struggles around identity. These can lead to depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts.  Even for the most resilient students, therapy can be a place to breathe, talk about stress, or think through relationships.
CAPS is the university’s counseling center dedicated to student mental health and well- being. CAPS offers a variety of services including brief individual psychotherapy, group therapy, psychiatry services including medication management, and crisis intervention. If you are interested in meeting with a provider who has specialized training in providing trans- specific services and gender affirming
support, you can request this during your 15 minute initial phone appointment which is used to pair you with the best clinician and/or services to match your needs.
To make an appointment: Call 650.723.3785 or go online to VadenPatient portal
For urgent concerns, call CAPS 24/7 at 650.723.3785

Additional Support 

Brief Drop-In Services 

Who: Weiland Health Initiative Staff 
Where: Terra House/ 539 Cowell Ln, Stanford, CA 94305
Gender and Sexual Identities Drop-In Hours are a great resource if you would like to speak with a LGBTQIA+ affirming CAPS clinician about topics and concerns related to gender and sexual identities, resources on and off campus, and general questions about counseling in a confidential space. This resource is also available to faculty, staff, and student staff who wish to consult on how best to support a student around gender and sexuality topics. Each session is 30 minutes long and located in the Game Room at Terra House (look for signs posted on doors to Terra House).
To make an appointment: Go online to VadenPatient portal and select Terra Drop-in. Walk-ins are also accepted.

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Support

Who: Confidential Support Team (CST)
Where: Kingscote Gardens/419 Lagunita Dr., Stanford, CA 94305
The Confidential Support Team (CST) offers free and confidential support to Stanford students impacted by sexual assault and relationship violence, including domestic abuse, intimate partner abuse, stalking, and sexual or gender-based harassment and discrimination. CST services include brief emotional support and ongoing individual counseling. The CST also provides information about your rights and reporting options, as well as support throughout the reporting process if pursued. These appointments are intended to provide confidential support for students who have experienced sexual/relationship violence as well as for those who have questions about how to help a survivor of sexual/relationship violence. Initial visits typically last 30 -60 minutes, depending on your needs. Your CST counselor will provide confidential emotional support and discuss your rights, as well as options and resources related to reporting and further counseling. Most importantly, your CST counselor will support you in making decisions about what next steps are best for you. You can end an initial visit at any point you choose.
To make an appointment: Call 650-736-6933 or go online to VadenPatient portal
For urgent concerns, call the CST 24/7 Hotline at 650-725-9955
Contact: Helen Wilson (

Peer Counseling 

Who: The Bridge Peer Counseling Center
Where: Rogers House/581 Capistrano Way, Stanford, CA 94305
The student-run peer counseling center offers anonymous and confidential counseling from trained undergraduate and graduate students. Reachable 24/7 via phone and open for in-person drop in from 9AM to midnight.
To make an appointment: Call (650) 723-3392 during business hours (8:30am- 5:00pm) or drop in for services.