At University Counseling Services (UCS), we offer many types of services for currently enrolled students. The following list describes the types of counseling and consultation we provide so that you can find what will best suit you.
Individual counseling is provided by our diverse team of professionals who offer assistance to students experiencing emotional problems that interfere with their academic work and/or personal lives.
Our approach to counseling emphasizes setting goals and working to achieve those specific goals in a brief time period with the assistance and support of a caring professional. The goals of short-term treatment may be to prevent small problems from becoming big ones, to intervene quickly in a crisis or to help students to return to their usual level of functioning as soon as possible.
Most people who seek help say they benefit from the treatment. The short-term treatment approach at CSUN means that students can be seen for up to eight individual sessions per academic year.
Couples counseling opportunities are available for CSUN students and their significant others, provided that both members of the couple have time availability that matches our staff. Only one member of the couple needs to be a CSUN student to participate in couples counseling. Please inform the receptionist when making your initial appointment that you are interested in couples counseling. Keep in mind that both members of the couple will need to complete the UCS counseling forms even if the partner is not a student. There is no fee for this service.
UCS provides many different types of counseling groups designed to improve your personal growth. A trained counselor conducts each group session. Some groups focus on special themes like anxiety management, relaxation, overcoming shyness, overcoming procrastination or academic success. Other counseling groups are more general and assist participants in resolving a broad range of personal issues, including low self-esteem and relationship issues.
Refer to the groups and workshops page for more information about which groups are available for the current semester.
Psychiatric services are available to students interested in medication evaluations, medication follow-up and consultations. Students must complete an initial intake appointment with a UCS counselor to discuss their concerns and needs before they can be scheduled to see one of our psychiatrists or psychiatric residents.
Urgent care assistance
Our licensed counselors are available to provide assistance in coping with a crisis or recent trauma. Please see our Emergency and Urgent Care Assistance page for more information.
Confidentiality is very important to us. All client information is kept strictly confidential. There are a few exceptions involving legal matters or serious risks to safety. You will have an opportunity to speak with your counselor about any questions you have concerning confidentiality.
Keep in mind that we will not release information to parents, professors or any other outside parties unless the client asks us to communicate that information and provides prior written consent.
Neither the fact that a student seeks counseling nor any information about the sessions will appear on their student academic record.