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 and 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.
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.
Fall 2014 Groups
The following are a list of Fall 2014 groups. Please click on the group names below for futher information.
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 Fall semester (to be announced). Snacks will be provided on both days. Participation in the full 2 days is required. This training is open to faculty, staff. and students. Space is limited.
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 S. Chen (email@example.com) in Counseling & Psychological Services Center. Please include your name, Dept (or area of study) and phone number. More information will be provided when training dates have been determined.
Upcoming Training : Campus Mental Health and Well-Being
Faculty and staff may at times be unsure of what to do when someone is experiencing emotional distress. In order to promote a better understanding of mental health-related concerns on campus, the Counseling & Psychological Services Center has scheduled a three-hour training session on Friday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. This interactive course will include discussion and role-playing exercises that will focus on how to approach/intervene in a range of mental health situations, how to refer individuals to on- and off-campus resources, with a focus on cultural considerations and the well-being and self-care of the intervening person. Participants will also have an opportunity to bring up questions in a confidential setting. Open to all faculty and staff. No fee. For more detailed information or to register for this training, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Noon and 1PM 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.
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.
The mission of Counseling and 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.