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Counseling Service Options

Individual Counseling

Students come in to speak with a professional counselor one-on-one about various issues. While college can be exciting and fun, it can also be stressful and challenging. Students find our services helpful when they have experienced loss of motivation, difficulty concentrating, sadness or other life challenges. Left unaddressed, these issues can result in marked changes in academic performance and life satisfaction.

Major life stressors can include any loss or disappointment, family problems, or relationship issues. Sometimes, major life events such as engagements, graduation, and otherwise positive life changes can create stress. If you notice in yourself or loved ones dramatic shifts in feelings or behaviors, we can help. If you are feeling overwhelmed or are experiencing sleep difficulties, anxiety, loneliness, or sadness, the services of a mental health professional can be helpful. We offer brief therapy to students enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona.

Call us during normal business hours to schedule an initial appointment.

Couples Counseling

We offer couples counseling to students and their significant others who are also students at Cal Poly Pomona. Your initial appointment provides an opportunity for you to discuss with the counselor goals for couples counseling.

Many couples come to Counseling Services to find better ways to resolve conflict, communicate, or manage stress from major life events. Call for an appointment during business hours.

Groups/Classes/ Workshops

As time and staffing permit, groups, classes and workshops are facilitated by trained mental health professionals to meet both the personal and academic needs of our students. Group therapy can provide student members with diverse views, responses and feedback. Classes are an opportunity for students to learn new skills and coping mechanisms for various challenges they may encounter while pursuing their academic and personal goals. Workshops can cover a variety of topics within the area of mental health. We offer workshops to Cal Poly Pomona faculty and staff as well as our students. Classes and workshop requests are handled through our Outreach Request Form.

Physician Treatment

Make an appointment with one of the physicians at Health Services in Bldg. 46, who can evaluate your difficulties and help develop a treatment plan that works for you. We provide limited outpatient mental health services during weekdays, when we are open. Because of the limited scope of treatment offered, at some point in your care, you may be referred into the community for ongoing care if your clinical needs exceed what we can safely and reasonably provide for you.

Basic intake evaluations and medication management are handled by our board-certified primary care physicians. Your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes, counseling, or other treatment recommendations that can be helpful. Depending on the severity of your condition and your response to treatment, your doctor may refer you to a psychiatrist for consultation or ongoing treatment.

Call Health Services at 909-869-4000, or come into the Student Health Center and let the receptionist know the reason for your visit. This will help ensure you are scheduled to see the right type of provider. All information you provide is kept strictly confidential. If you have been given a referral to see a provider from Counseling or the Disability Resource Center, please bring that with you when you make the appointment.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment to have enough time to complete screening paperwork. Initial mental health visits with a primary care physician are 40 minutes long. During your initial visit, you will be asked about any current problems, past treatment, and other relevant parts of your life history that will help your doctor learn more about your issues and what kinds of treatment will be most helpful. Any information you provide to your doctor is protected by state and federal confidentiality laws, to the extent allowed by law.

Recommended treatments can include medication, counseling, lifestyle changes, or referral to resources in the community. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t be afraid to ask!

After your visit, your doctor may want you to have lab tests done, to ensure physical health issues are not contributing to your mental health problems. You may also be asked to sign a release of information, so that your doctor can communicate with others involved in your life or directly in your care. You will most likely be scheduled for a follow-up visit within a few weeks. Follow-ups usually occur more frequently at the beginning of treatment, and decrease as your condition improves.

Psychiatric Treatment

Initial appointments to see a psychiatrist at Health Services are by referrals from our counselors or clinicians. Once a course of treatment has been determined by the psychiatrist, you may make follow-up appointments by phone. Please be mindful that if you cannot make your appointment for any reason, you are responsible for calling to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Your not showing is potentially depriving others of a chance to be seen.