We offer goal-directed individual psychotherapy, which means that we work with students to identify goals and work together to achieve them. Unlike many institutions, we don't have session limits - but most of our clients are seen for an average of 8 sessions. Your clinician will work with you to create a treatment plan and track your progress. If you come in for individual therapy your initial appointment will be an intake session that will explore your bio-psycho-social history and focus on your current concerns. Our clinicians utilize a variety of interventions, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, short-term psychodynamic, motivational interviewing, mindfulness skill-training, and dialectical behavioral therapy strategies. If you are interested in open-ended or longer term therapy, or if your presenting concerns would benefit from more specialized care, we can help you connect with a provider near campus.
Outreach and Workshops
We offer a range of psychoeducational workshops on a variety of topics such as stress management, test anxiety, and improving sleep. See website to view our most recent list of workshops.
In addition to individual and group resources, we offer consultation to students, faculty, and staff on a range of issues. Our goal is to help community members have supportive conversations with peers and advisees, and assist with connection to skills and resources. If you are concerned about someone you know, we welcome the opportunity to consult about how to best help, as well as set boundaries around your helping role. Call (323) 563-4925 or email us to make contact.
What To Expect
When you call Counseling Services, you will be connected to one of our clinical staff, otherwise you may need to leave a message, in which case please leave a contact number and we will return your call as soon as possible.
If you visit our offices in person you will see posted instructions on what to do. Usually you will wait in the waiting area and a clinician will come out to meet with you soon.
If you are experiencing a crisis or feel the need to be seen on an urgent (same-day) basis, there will be clearly posted instructions for what steps to take to contact emergency services. If you are currently in crisis please follow the instructions carefully so that you can be connected to help as soon as possible.
Non-crisis initial appointments will be scheduled within 14 days with a clinician who has availability that matches yours. Our goal is to see each student seeking services promptly.
Please come in 15 minutes before your scheduled time so you can complete paperwork, which includes a consent form, privacy practices, and information that will help us address your concerns most effectively. Arriving early for your appointment will allow the initial appointment to start on time and will provide you with ample time for discussing concerns with your provider.
Your initial appointment will last 45-50 minutes. This visit is focused on gathering information about you and your current issues. The clinician will also ask you a series of questions that will help inform next steps. At the conclusion of your initial visit, you may be referred to one of our workshops, scheduled for a follow-up appointment, or referred a community provider or other resource that will be helpful to you.
Counseling Services offers a range of psychoeducational workshops that teach practical skills on a range of issues that impact CDU students. Your clinician may recommend that you attend one or more workshops after your initial appointment. Check the website for a list of our current workshops and topics.
If you are unable to attend your intake appointment, please call to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours before your scheduled time, to ensure we are able to accommodate another student.
If your clinician determines that individual therapy is appropriate, you will be scheduled for the next available intake appointment that matches with your schedule. This appointment will last 45-50 minutes, and is designed to help your clinician learn more about your personal and psychological history, the multiple dimensions of your identity, family and developmental factors, and the range of issues that contribute to your desire for counseling. It's important to talk openly with your clinician about your goals, needs, and all of the concerns you are hoping to address in therapy. At the conclusion of your intake appointment, your clinician will talk with you about developing a treatment plan to address your needs.
Brief Therapy and Community Referrals
Counseling Services works, in general, within a brief-therapy framework. The average number of sessions attended for Counseling Services clients is 8; some students feel their needs are addressed in 1 or 2 appointments, and others are seen for longer than the average. We don't have specific session limits, which allows us to be flexible and tailor our treatment plans to the needs of students. If a student needs or desires ongoing, open-ended, or specialized treatment, we typically refer students to trusted clinicians within the community who can offer these services. The decision to refer to a community provider is based on a number of factors and is considered very carefully. We ask that each student be open to the recommendations of their treating clinician and engage in frank discussion about what will best meet the student's therapeutic goals. While the convenience of on-campus Counseling Services is a consideration, the main factor in developing a treatment plan is identifying the most effective way to meet a student's needs.
A referral to a community provider is a collaborative process. If you have health insurance, Counseling Services may refer to one of many providers who is very familiar with CDU students, and will tailor the referral to your specific needs. Your clinician will work with you to ensure that a positive connection is made, and that you are satisfied with the referral. If you are a student with alternative insurance coverage, you'll be asked to identify local providers who are covered under your plan and your clinician will help you find a therapist who can meet your needs.
All of the clinicians at the counseling center are licensed professionals. We abide by California laws that protect client confidentiality, and we recognize that you need to feel confident that your information and treatment is treated with privacy and respect. You can find more information about this and answers to other common questions in the FAQs.
How To Make An Appointment
9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on University Holidays
Student Services Building
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on University Holidays
Your initial visit will be scheduled within 14 days; this meeting will be 45-50 minutes and will focus on gathering information about you and your current issues, and creating a plan together with your clinician to address your issues. See above to learn about what to expect at your first visit.
Please arrive a full 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete pre-visit paperwork. If you check in more than 15 minutes past your appointment time, you may be asked to reschedule. If you call to make an appointment, you may need to leave a message. If so, please leave your name and contact number to receive a call back as soon as a clinician is available. Calls are usually returned on the same day or on the next business day.