Services Offered

CONFIDENTIALITY 

You can be assured that everything you tell your therapist will be completely private and confidential, and will not be revealed or released to anyone outside of the counseling office (on-or-off-campus) without your written consent, unless it is necessary to prevent injury to yourself or others, or as otherwise required by law. We encourage you to discuss any concerns you have about confidentiality or privacy in your first visit with your therapist. All psychological counselors at CSUDH take their ethical and legal obligation to maintain confidentiality very seriously.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT US

  • Learn about our services
  • Schedule an assessment appointment
  • Get a treatment plan (individual counseling, group therapy, therapeutic workshops) 
  • Start your treatment plan

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT US TO DO

  • Respect your privacy 
  • Respect your unique identities and experiences. 
  • Invite you to co-create your treatment plan
  • Ask your feedback on your experience with your provider
Individual Counseling

Short-term individual counseling consists of meeting one-on-one with a counselor for a limited amount of sessions, with each session lasting approximately 45 minutes. During the counseling process, you and your therapist will work together to establish and work towards counseling goals.  

While there are no specific criteria for what or how to talk about your issues in session, most therapists would probably agree that the more you participate, the more you can expect to gain from the experience. All of the psychological staff at CSUDH believe that it is important for you to feel comfortable and safe in counseling, and want you to be the judge of how much you will share, about what, when, and with whom. 

If you are interested in counseling services, please call Student Psychological Services for more information, or visit our Scheduling An Appointment page. You will be directed to fill out the forms for Individual Therapy on our forms page here

Support Groups

Group counseling is a highly effective type of psychotherapy that involves meeting with a group of individuals who face similar concerns. Group sessions involve sharing your experiences and listening to others’ experiences in a supportive environment.

Some groups require a weekly commitment while other groups remain open for students to join as needed. Select groups have pre-screenings to ensure the group is a good fit for you and that you are a good fit for the group. 

If you are interested in participating in a group, please call Student Psychological Services at 310.243.3818 to get information about how to sign-up. You will be directed to fill out the Group Therapy Forms on our forms page here. Groups are limited in size, so reach out as soon as possible. Groups vary from semester to semester depending on the needs of the students.    

Below is the Fall 2022 Support Groups Schedule:

ECOTHERAPY 

This weekly group is designed to help students harness the power of nature to decrease stress, improve overall quality of life, and shift from a doing-mode to being-mode.   

Facilitated by Dr. Bruce Wallace. Meets on Tuesday, beginning September 20, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

DATING & RELATIONSHIPS

Dating can be a process of self-discovery. This group is designed to support students as they understand and experience romantic connections. Group members will learn communication strategies, differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and skills to manage break-ups and heartbreak. Students do not need to be in a current relationship to participate.

Facilitated by Dr. Bruce Wallace and Dr. Norma Quintero. Meets on Tuesdays, beginning September 20, 2022, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

HOME

The group is designed to offer support to students affected by immigration laws, processes, political climate, and/or status. The impact may be directly on you, your family members, and/or your friends. This will be a confidential and safe space to discuss your concerns, learn methods for self-care, and provide you with resources to create an empowered community of support.

Facilitated by Dr. Norma Quintero. Meets Tuesdays: September 13, October 4 & 25, November 15 and December 6, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Therapeutic Workshops

We offer three different therapeutic workshops: Anxiety Toolbox, RIO and Coping with Depression. Each workshop is a 3-week psychoeducational workshop series designed to help you learn useful tools for addressing common presenting concerns (e.g., anxiety, stress, depression). It is important that the the workshops are attended in order.

All workshop series come with a student workbook that will allow you to engage in the materials in the sessions and practice your new skills between sessions.

If you are interested in participating in a workshop, please call Student Psychological Services at 310.243.3818 to get information about how to sign-up. You will be directed to fill out the Group Therapy Forms on our torohealth.csudh.edu. Workshops are limited in size, so reach out as soon as possible. 

Below is the Fall 2022 Therapeutic Workshops Schedule:

ANXIETY TOOLBOX 

Anxiety Toolbox is a fast-paced three-session workshop intended to help you increase your understanding and knowledge about anxiety.  The goal is to provide you with some skills to recognize and manage anxiety symptoms you may be experiencing. Anxiety Toolbox is a curriculum-driven workshop series with structure and specific learning objectives, with each workshop building on material from the preceding one(s).

Facilitated by Dr. Michael Fenske or Dr. Mekeisha Buffaloe or Khiana Thomas. 

NOTE: To participate in Anxiety Toolbox, you must be referred by a Student Psychological Services counselor. 

RIO

RIO (Recognition, Insight, and Openness) is a 3-week workshop. 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. RIO is a great place to start your counseling journey and is typically recommended prior to beginning individual counseling.

Facilitated by Dr. Sergio Mancilla or Dr. Michael Fenske. 

NOTE: To participate in RIO, you must be referred by a Student Psychological Services counselor.

COPING WITH DEPRESSION

Coping with Depression is a three-week workshop that focuses on helping you understand and build skills to manage symptoms of depression. You will gain a better understanding of depression, explore how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and address how you can begin to make changes to cope with depression.

Facilitated by Dr. Norma Quintero and Dr. Michael Fenske. 

NOTE: To participate in Coping with Depression, you must be referred by a Student Psychological Services counselor.

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric services are available to eligible CSUDH students. Referrals to the staff psychiatrist are made by a Student Psychological Services counselor. For information about how to schedule a psychiatric appointment, please contact 310.243.3818.  

Faculty & Staff Consultations

Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact us for individual mental health consultations. Some reasons for consultations with SPS might include:

  • Discussing a student in distress
  • Discussing disruptive behavior in the classroom
  • Seeking support around improving mental health in the work environment
  • Obtaining general mental health information or supportive resources

For more information, please contact:

Tiffany Herbert, Ph.D.
Interim Director
Student Psychological Services
therbert@csudh.edu 
310.243.3818

Telehealth Services

Telehealth is the practice of using technology (telephone and/or video conferencing) to virtually deliver psychological counseling. At Student Psychological Services, we utilize a HIPAA-compliant Zoom which provides the highest level of security available to protect your confidential information.  

How to make the most of your Zoom sessions: 

  • Make sure the lighting in your environment is adequate for your therapist to see you
  • Be mindful of audio quality and possible noises in your environment that may impact your therapist’s ability to hear you 
  • Make sure you are in a comfortable, safe, and private space 
  • If the connection is poor, your therapist may have to call you instead

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