Do you struggle with life and/or college stress? Do you feel like you are juggling too many things? You are not alone. College students often experience stressors while trying to balance the demands of their personal and academic lives. Without help, problems can intensify, impacting overall wellness and academic success.

At the Mental Health Counseling Center (MHCC) we provide short-term mental health services and referrals to currently enrolled students at no cost.

Our goal is to help students benefit fully from the college experience by supporting their personal, social, and emotional wellbeing. Our confidential and culturally sensitive services include counseling, crisis intervention, outreach and prevention. In addition, we provide consultation and referrals to students and faculty/staff.

Closure Notice

Mental Health Counseling will be closed for winter break and intersession, from 12/17/19 to 2/2/20, reopening on the first day of the spring semester, 2/3/20. In case of a mental health emergency, please call 888-724-7240 or text "COURAGE" to 741741.

Make an Appointment and Let's Talk

Your first appointment is a time to express what you would like to accomplish in counseling. You and your counselor work together to develop a plan that meets your needs.

The easiest way to make an appointment is to walk in to A-180 or call 619-388-3055.

Please call 619-388-3055 or walk-in for faster service. Keep in mind that email is not secure and may not to be used in case of emergency as no counselors are available to respond nights or weekends. Instead call 888-724-7240 for immediate help.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early, with your student ID card, to complete necessary paperwork. Your information and attendance will remain confidential.

Who We Are

Photo of Student Health CenterThe Mental Health Counseling Center is staffed by Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Associate Clinical Social Workers, Associate Marriage & Family Therapists, Associate Professional Clinical Counselors, as well as graduate level trainees and interns from the University of San Diego Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Alliant International University Marriage & Family Therapy Program, California State University San Marcos and San Diego State University Master of Social Work Programs.

Interactive Screening Program (ISP)

If you are unsure about an appointment, take a few minutes to complete a brief, anonymous questionnaire to find out if stress, anxiety or depression may be affecting you. Our counselors review received questionnaires and send a personal response and our recommendations over the secure website. You will then have an opportunity to exchange online messages with the counselor through the anonymous dialogue feature using only your User ID, or to set up a face-to-face meeting to talk to the counselor in more detail.

Click here to complete the Stress & Depression Questionnaire

Crisis Policy

Appointments may be shortened or rescheduled in the event of a presenting crisis or emergency. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Cancellation/No Show Policy

If you must reschedule or cancel an appointment, please call (619) 388-3055 to notify us at least 24 hours in advance to ensure this time slot may be available for someone in need. Students who fail to show up for two consecutively scheduled appointments may have to meet with a counselor on a drop-in basis.

Additional Resources

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Safe zone:

The Student Health Center strives to be a welcoming and inclusive space for LGBTQIAPK+ students, as well as helping to organize trainings for the entire campus.


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California community college staff/faculty and students can enroll for FREE in interactive, online trainings. Learn how to help a student in distress and specifics ways to help LGBTQIA students and veterans returning to campus. Student and staff versions available for all three.


Trans LifelineTrans Lifeline:

Trans Lifeline (877-565-8860is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of the community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Their vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid. 


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 Each mind matters:

Each Mind Matters is California's Mental Health Movement. Every day, millions of people face stigma related to mental health because they or their loved ones are facing a challenge.

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Up to Us:

The It's Up to Us campaign is designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help. Learn more about the County's efforts to help the 1 in 5 impacted by their mental health.



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