Services Offered

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

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.

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

Groups & Workshops

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 or workshops, 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 and workshops 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 2020 Support Group & Workshop Schedule:

LETS TALK ABOUT IT 

This is a bimonthly virtual space of support that offers validation, affirmation, and empowerment while exploring and discussing the impact of current life events on your mental health and wellbeing.

Facilitated by Dr. Mekeisha Buffaloe. Meets on Mondays, beginning September 14, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 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 8, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 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 8 & 29, October 20, November 10, and December 1, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


T-TIME

A safe virtual space for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual students. T-time is a weekly safe space for LGBTQIA+ students to come together, share their stories, and support one another in a confidential virtual environment.

Facilitated by Dr. Sergio Mancilla. Meets on Wednesdays, beginning September 9, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


NOSOTRAS

A virtual support group to discuss issues related to the Latinx college experience. It’s easy to feel isolated right now. Join us to make connections & empower one another. Share your experiences and learn from others. Explore how Latinx culture impacts your education, relationships, identity, etc. All self-identified women students currently enrolled at CSUDH are welcome.

Facilitated by Dr. Monica Rosas-Baines. Meets on 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, beginning September 17, 2020 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.


MINDFULNESS FOR STRESS REDUCTION 

Practicing mindfulness can reduce symptoms of stress, improve sleep quality, alleviate anxiety, sharpen concentration, and even enhance your personal relationships. This weekly group is designed to help students learn ways to harness the powers of mindfulness practices to decrease stress and improve overall quality of life.

Facilitated by Dr. Bruce Wallace. Meets on Thursdays, beginning September 17, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


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 and Dr. Nathan Edwards. 

Offered on the following days:

Monday at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday at 10:00 a.m to 11 a.m.
Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday at 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

Presentations & Outreach

We offer a range of presentations, workshops, and interviews. We are also available to bring a resource to your events. If you would like to request an outreach or presentation please contact Josephine Lara, our Mental Health Education Assistant and she will contact you within 3 business days. We ask that outreach requests be made at least 2-weeks in advance. Please contact Josephine Lara, via email jlara@csudh.edu or phone 310.243.3621. For additional information see our Outreach & Campus Engagement page


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