Counseling Services help students to realize their academic and personal goals. Meeting with a counselor can help students clarify issues, explore options, and cope more effectively.
Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers both medical and mental health urgent care services on the first floor of the Student Health & Wellness Center during normal hours of operation.
Scheduling an Appointment
To provide you with the best possible care, please call the appointment desk before coming in. Counseling Services is currently in the process of hiring additional counselors. Availability of services may be impacted during this process.
For urgent needs you can call (530) 752-2349 or walk in to Urgent Care at the Student Health and Wellness Center to speak with an advice/triage nurse. The nurse will discuss your concerns and determine if urgent care is appropriate.
After Hours Mental Health Consultation: Mental health staff are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week by phone at (530) 752-2349. Follow the prompts to reach a mental health counselor.
Counseling Services help you with:
Individual Counseling is confidential short-term therapy available to all registered UC Davis students at no charge. The initial appointment will help clarify if short-term individual counseling is recommended, and an appointment will be made with a staff member as soon as possible. If longer term counseling services are needed, referral to a community professional will be made. Individual Counseling appointments are located at North Hall.
Counseling for Med Students:
Services are available at no charge to all registered School of Medicine students and provided at the Facilities Support Services Building (FSSB. Suite 1400) (This location is for pre-scheduled appointments only)
Be sure to tell us that you are a Med Student when scheduling an appointment. SHCS staff are from the main campus and are not affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry or any other UCDHS Department.
Counseling for Vet Med Students:
Services are available at no charge to all registered Veterinary Medicine students and provided at the Schalm Hall (This location is for pre-scheduled appointments only)
There are a variety of counseling groups to help students deal with stress, assertiveness, self-esteem, shyness, intimacy, loss, and eating concerns. Group services is a great way to meet with other students who can relate to one another. Students will find a forum of peer support, gaining strength as they share their feelings and experiences with other students who are facing the same obstacles as themselves. Groups typically consist of 4-10 students meeting weekly & are available to all registered UC Davis students.
The Community Advising Network (CAN) is comprised of a team of Community Counselors. The Community Advising Network assists all students, especially those from underserved populations, to achieve their goals and address factors that may be affecting their academic success.
CAN Community Counselors are a diverse group of professional staff who understand student issues and are here to help. CAN Counselors provide students with consultation and personal counseling in addition to programs, workshops and other campus community outreach activities. (CAN Counselors do not provide academic advising)
CAN works closely with many campus units:
African American and African Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Cross Cultural Center, Educational Opportunity Program, LGBTQIA Resource Center, Native American Studies, Student Recruitment and Retention Center, Transfer Reentry Veterans Center, Women's Resources and Research Center
SHCS provides career counseling to registered UC Davis students. Career counseling is offered in either individual or group formats. Individual career counseling sessions are fewer in number, but can help a student get started with the process. For students conflicted between several career options, uncertain about what they might be good at doing, feeling stuck when making a choice, or really just want to know more about career decision making; consider joining the Career Exploration Groups.
The Mind Spa is a resource for at no charge for all UC Davis Students and will be located at both North Hall and the Student Health and Wellness Center. The North Hall location will open later this year. The Mind Spa is a great place on campus to relax and utilize resources at no charge. With massaging recliners, biofeedback, and mindful relaxation resources it's a great place to de-stress before that big exam.
Mind Spa Resources
Biofeedback Program, Massaging Recliners, Conquering Insomnia Program, Mindful Relaxation
Other Services Provided
- Community Referrals
- Eating Disorder Services
- For information about Consultation, Outreach and Peer Educational Programs (COPE), please contact Tegan Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org
Services and Consultation for Faculty and Staff
There are many resources available to Staff and Faculty on our Faculty and Staff section of our website.
SHCS Counseling Services was formerly known as Counseling and Psychological Services or CAPS.