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.

SF State Film Screening:

The Hunting Ground; Directed by Kirby Dick

A startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Where: Towers Conference Center

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7:00pm.

Panel discussion after the film:

  • Julietta Hua, Associate Professor - Women & Gender Studies
  • Dawn-Elissa Fischer, Associate Professor - Africana Studies, College of Ethnic Studies
  • Janelle White, Lecturer - Women & Gender Studies and Executive Director of SFWAR

Reviews:

"Triumphant ... A stirring call to action" - Indiwire

"As frightening as any film I have seen since The Shining ... Terrifyingly true" - Newsweek

This film screening and panel discussion welcomes persons with disabilites and will provide reasonable accomodations upon request. For any reasonable accomodation needs, please contact SF State's Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC), (415) 338-2472, 15 working days prior to the event.

Sponsors: Equity Programs & Compliance Office, Women & Gender Studies, Counseling & Psychological Services Center, The SAFE Place, Student Health Services, Student Residential Life Program

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.

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Spring 2015 Groups

The following is a list of Spring 2015 groups. Please click on the group names below for futher information.

Anger Management Group

Meditation for Health and Well-Being

International Students Support Group

Lead Your Life To Harmony

Anxiety and Stress Management

LGBTQ & Questioning Support Group

Mental Health Trainings

Suicide Prevention Trainings - The Counseling & Psychological Services Center, in conjunction with SF Suicide Prevention, will be offering a free 2-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop during Summer 2015 on June 4 and 5 for SF State faculty and staff. Snacks will be provided on both days. Participation in the full 2 days is required. Space is limited. More information will be released soon.

The goal of ASIST is to increase the knowledge of laypeople to the signs of possible suicide ideation and how to help the person through it - suicide first aid. The training is highly interactive and practice-oriented, with small group discussions, skills practice based on adult learning principles, and powerful videos on suicide intervention. If you are interested in attending this training, please email susachen@sfsu.edu at the Counseling & Psychological Services Center. Please include your name, Dept, phone number, as well as any requests for accommodations.

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.

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.

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.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

(MCS) often results from overexposure to chemicals over a long period of time. A person with MCS can become overly sensitive to chemicals found in everyday environments. Though the reactions vary from person to person, the common reactions are nausea, lightheadedness, and respiratory distress. The Counseling & Psychological Services Center wants to be sensitive to those who report MCM/EI and suggests voluntarily maintaining environments free of chemical-based scented products.