Counseling & Psychological Services Center

The mission of Counseling & Psychological Services Center is to enhance the psychological well being of the entire campus community and thereby facilitate the retention and successful educational experience of students, faculty, and staff. Click mission statement for full description.

Counseling provides an opportunity for students to freely explore personal problems or concerns. Students come to the center for reasons as varied as the people themselves; personal problems involving relations with parents or peers, emotional or social difficulties, relationship conflicts, anxiety or depression, sexuality and orientation, concerns about academic progress or direction, and other issues.

The professionally licensed counselor/faculty of the Counseling & Psychological Services Center include licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists and clinical social workers, trained to work with San Francisco State's multicultural student body. Several of our counselors are bilingual.

New Groups Offered!

Anger Management Group (Starting Monday, September 28, 2015)

When anger or violence is the only option that makes sense in a situation time and time again, it is hard to see where the anger is coming from or that it is even anger. In this group we work to move beyond reactions and blaming to the source of what creates anger in your life. If you are ready to end this cycle of suffering, this group can be part of that solution.

Facilitator: Lightfoot Wilhite, LCSW

Dates/Times: Mondays from 2:00-3:00pm for 8 weeks

Location: Student Services Building, Room 208

Starting: September 28, 2015

For more information, please call: (415) 338-2208


International Students Support Group (Starting Wednesday, October 7, 2015)

Discuss a variety of topics including difficulty adjusting to the US, missing friends and family, academic challenges, worries about English language, talking with professors, family pressure, loneliness, making friends, and other issues that may cause stress to International students. Learn healthy coping strategies to improve health and to increase success at SF State. Some sessions may be devoted to "Campus Walks" to discover and explore new parts of SF State with opportunities to meet other international students.

Students may join at any time during the semester. American Language Institute (ALI), undergraduate and graduate students welcome.

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Facilitator: Susan Chen, MFT

Dates/Time : Wednesdays from 4:10 - 5:00pm

Starting : October 7, 2015

Location: Student Services Building, Room 104

For more information, please call: (415) 338-2208


Understanding Self and Others

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This group will provide unique and rich opportunities for individuals who would like to develop insight into who they are, what they are like in relationships, and how they are perceived by others. A small group of people (usually 5-8 people) will meet weekly and learn from their interactions with each other. In this caring and supportive environment, group members will be able to experience (as well as understand) their relational patterns, explore their thoughts and feelings, and try different behaviors. A pre-group meeting with the facilitator is required to join this group.

Facilitator: Seunghee Kwon, Ph.D.

Dates/Times: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00pm 

Location: Student Services Building, Room 208

For more information or to join, please call: (415) 338-2208

Fall 2015 Groups

The following is a list of Fall 2015 groups. Please click on the group name below for futher information (Please note: updates coming soon)

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How to Make an Appointment

Spring and Fall semester office hours are 8AM to 7PM Monday through Thursday and until 5PM on Friday. Appointments may be made and cancelled by phone (415) 338-2208 or in person at Student Services Building Room 208. Counselors are available during the summer - please call for more information.

Note: We do not provide academic counseling (i.e. advice on what classes to take, majors and/or minors, etc.). You may inquire about academic counseling from the Undergraduate Advising Center located in the Administration Building Room 212, or call them at (415) 338-2103. For graduate students, please contact the Graduate Studies department.

Cancellation Policy

We require 24-hour notice for cancellation of appointments. Failure to do so will result in a $20 charge. Please call (415) 338-2208 to cancel your appointment. Emails are not accepted.

Limitation of Services

We offer brief treatment and we encourage students to access mental health services if they are covered by insurance for longer term counseling. We have provided guidelines on accessing insurance or you can make an appointment to meet with a counselor to help you with the process.

How to Take Care of Yourself During Stressful Times

It is normal to be worried and feel stress during your time at college. To learn more about how you can reduce stress and regain your equilibrium explore the Wellness Tips. To reduce economic stress, check out SF. Fun Cheap.Com for free and low-cost activities or visit our events calendar for upcoming programs on campus.

Faculty and Staff Guide: Toward Enhancing Communication with Students & Helping the Emotionally Distressed Student

This is a helpful resource for faculty and staff with important tips on how to assist students as well as respond to mental health emergencies. Download the Faculty and Staff guide.

The Red Folder program is designed to help faculty and staff identify, respond to, and refer students in distress.  This reference guide contains safety tips and contact information for a wide variety of emergency campus resources to immediately help any student in distress.  Also, it provides guidance on responding to incidents in which a student might be a danger to self or threat to others.  Access the Red Folder document here.