The mission of Counseling & Psychological Services 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 explore personal problems or concerns in a brief treatment model. Students come to CPS 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 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.
For parents and/or family members of incoming students, please click here to read a letter with tips and recommendations from our Director.
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 211, or call them at (415) 338-2103. For graduate students, please contact the Graduate Studies department.
Fall 2017 Groups
The following is a list of Fall 2017 groups. Please click here for more information on the following groups.
- Body Positive Group
- Coping with Depression
- Effective Conflict Resolution Group
- Feel Better Fast Group
- Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management Group
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.
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.
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 wants to be sensitive to those who report MCM/EI and suggests voluntarily maintaining environments free of chemical-based scented products.