Counseling & Psychological Services
We care about your well-being and are here to support you on your journey at UCSF. Counseling and Psychological Services provides a safe and confidential place to discuss concerns related to your personal life, academic experience and professional development. Our staff is experienced in addressing the particular needs of students from diverse backgrounds who are pursing graduate-level training.
Students utilize SHCS Counseling and Psychological Services for a variety of concerns. Examples of student concerns include (but are not limited to):
- Managing the stress of being a graduate/professional student
- Taking on a new professional identity
- Coping with depression and/or anxiety
- Dealing with grief and loss
- Struggling in relationships with peers, faculty, roommates, family or romantic partners
- Use of drugs and alcohol
- Relationship with food, eating and exercise
- Issues related to cultural, gender and/or sexual identities
To support students in their growth and development during their time here at UCSF, we offer a variety of counseling and psychological services at no charge. For more information, please see Services.
If you're interested in information about your insurance benefits for mental health services outside of SHCS, please see Mental Health Coverage.
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of counseling and psychological services. You have a right to privacy and your written permission must be obtained before we will release information to anyone outside of our clinic, with only limited legal and ethical exceptions. We want you to be aware that counseling records are maintained separately from any other records of the University – including academic, educational and job placement records. If you have questions or concerns about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with our staff.