Scheduling An Appointment

MAKING THE APPOINTMENT

Making your first appointment is easy. If you are currently enrolled at CSUDH, you are eligible for counseling services at no additional cost. To make an appointment, call our number 310.243.3818 during business hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m - 5 p.m.) and our administrative support coordinators will assist you in scheduling your initial appointment to meet with one of our psychological counselors.

Please be aware that as we grow busier, our availability for initial appointments can become limited. We understand that this may be frustrating, but know that we do our best to accommodate the needs of students and we will not turn students away from meeting with us for this initial appointment. While you are waiting for your appointment, please feel free to review and utilize the many resources available on our website.

Most of our services are offered on an appointment basis; however, there may be circumstances that require immediate or same-day services. For additional crisis resources, go to our Emergency & After Hours Crisis page. 

PAPERWORK FOR FIRST APPOINTMENT

Prior to your first appointment, we ask that you complete some paperwork that will assist in your connection to care. These forms will provide basic demographic information, as well as an understanding of your current concerns. In addition to the initial paperwork, it is required that you review and sign the consent forms for treatment before we can schedule your appointment.

In order to access the required forms, please click the Forms tab on our website to download the documents. Once completed, please follow instructions from our administrative support coordinators regarding uploading procedures. If you need assistance completing the forms, call us at 310.243.3818. 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT

During your first appointment, your counselor will work to understand your concerns, while also getting to know you and your history. At the end of this appointment, you and your counselor will decide on an individualized treatment plan to help you reach your specific goals for counseling within our short-term therapy framework. Because everyone's needs are different, we do not have a specific session limit. Part of the collaborative treatment planning process with your counselor will include determining how many sessions constitutes short-term as well as how frequently to meet (e.g. weekly, every other week, monthly).

The plan for treatment may include a variety of options including individual, group counseling, workshops, or an off-campus referral. During your initial appointment, your therapist will likely discuss the benefits of participating in a 3-week workshop called RIO (Recognition, Insight, and Openness). The main goals of RIO are to learn useful tools to recognize your concerns and to develop a clearer idea of what you want to change in your life. Many students find that RIO is a highly effective program that has helped them reach their counseling goals.  

If it is determined that your needs are better met through long-term therapy, your counselor will discuss this with you and may refer you to a counselor in the community that can provide a higher level of care.   

Reasons for Why Students Make Appointments
  • When feelings of sadness becoming overwhelming
  • When anxiety gets in the way academic or personal life
  • When relationships have more conflict than peace
  • When needing to talk about the experience of discrimination
  • When reality and fantasy become confused
  • When alcohol or drug use becomes problematic
  • When experiencing suicidal thoughts or thoughts to harm somebody else
  • When feeling uncertain about what academic path to pursue
  • When needing to heal from trauma 
  • When wanting to learn how to speak up for themselves

These are just a few of the reasons students have called SPS to request counseling services. Counseling can provide a space for healing in your journey to becoming the healthiest version of yourself.  


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