Counseling Services

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Call Student Counseling Services at (213) 740-7711.

Our Mission

Student Counseling Services is dedicated to providing a broad range of quality programs to assist students at USC. All of our services reflect our strong commitment to diversity and to the individual needs of students on the University Park Campus. Through self-reflection, evaluation by national accrediting agencies, and your feedback, we continue to enhance our services.

We encourage you to utilize our services and view us as part of your support system. We hope we can be of assistance to you so that you may accomplish all you set out to do here at USC.

USC Student Counseling Services is staffed by ten psychologists, four psychiatrists, three social workers, one marriage and family therapist, and three administrative staff. We have a large training program that includes: four pre-doctoral interns, one sports post doctoral fellow, four practicum counselors and two social work interns. Read more about the Student Counseling Services Staff.

We provide mental health treatment for students, including short-term psychotherapy, group counseling and crisis intervention. We also provide extensive outreach to students. As related to student needs, we provide mental health consultation to faculty and staff. Our staff assists students with not only the normative developmental issues that one might anticipate in a college counseling setting (e.g., intimate relationships, individuation, cultural adjustment and identity development), but also with more serious or longstanding struggles (e.g., major depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and psychosis). Our clients are diverse in terms of their sexual/affectional orientations, ethnicities, ages, genders, religions, socio-economic statuses, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

Our Services

Individual Counseling

Please call the center to request a phone assessment. The counselor will listen to your concerns and assess the optimal service for you depending on the nature of your concerns.

Group Counseling

Please visit our group page to learn about our groups or talking to our group therapy coordinator to help you figure out which group best fits your needs.

Crisis Services

For students struggling with emotionally urgent concerns, please call or walk-in and request a same-day appointment. Some examples of a crisis include: a recent death; sexual assault; having thoughts of suicide or homicide; experiencing hallucinations (seeing or hearing things); being the victim of crime; or any other debilitating concerns.

Psychiatric Services

If you are only interested in psychiatric services such as medication management, please call and request to speak with the Referral Coordinator. If you are unsure if you are interested in psychiatric care and/or counseling, please call the center and request to schedule a phone assessment to discuss your needs with a counselor. Students must have a consultation with a counselor, a phone assessment, prior to making any appointments with psychiatry.

Outreach Programs

For requests on workshops, please complete the online request form. Questions may be directed to Dr. Kelly Greco, Outreach Coordinator. Popular educational topics include stress management; helping a friend; suicide awareness; dating concerns; eating disorders and body image; and substance use. Please provide at least 2 weeks notice.

Missed Appointments & Late Cancellation Policy

Effective February 1, 2016
In fairness to students wanting timely services, Student Counseling Services will charge $20.00 for any missed appointment with no notice or less than 24 hour cancellation. The fee will automatically be billed to your student bursar bill. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call (213) 740-7711 to cancel at least 24 hours in advance in order to avoid the $20 fee and allow the appointment time to be available to others.

Consultations for Faculty & Staff

We provide individual consultations for faculty, staff, RAs or GHAs regarding difficult mental health situations with students. For consultations about concerns you have about a student, call (213) 740-7711 and request to speak with a crisis counselor.


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