Counseling Services

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Coping with Recent Violence

In response to events such as the recent mass shooting in Florida or other acts of violence on campus or elsewhere, it is normal to have a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions. If you would like support for your thoughts/feelings/reactions, remember that the USC Student Counseling Services are here to help. You can reach us at (213) 740-7711.

If you have experienced past traumas, including deaths, losses, violence or other assaults, you may be experiencing memories and feelings from those events and have increased distress now. For very public traumas, even those who have not directly experienced the crisis, may be affected. The following tips are intended to help you understand and cope with any reaction you may be having:

1. Know that everyone has a unique reaction.

For those students who are reacting to the recent events, please recognize that experiencing any of these can be normal reactions and that, with time, there is a natural healing process which occurs. Over the next few days or weeks you may experience periods of:

  • Denial, shock, numbness
  • Confusion
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Jumpiness, hyper-vigilance
  • Worry, panic, anxiety
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Sadness, depression
  • Fatigue
  • Disturbing images or memories
  • Nausea, headaches
  • Feeling vulnerable or unsafe
  • Social withdrawal
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anger and blame of others

2. Feelings and reactions may come at different times and perhaps in waves.

3. Give yourself time to adjust.

Suggestions for things to try:

  • Seek support from family and friends. Talking with others is healing. Take the time to be with others.
  • Allow yourself to have personal time, doing something that gives you meaning and is healthy for you.
  • Structure your time.
  • Be sure to eat well-balanced meals and stay hydrated.
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and excessive caffeine.
  • Sleep and get plenty of rest.
  • Give yourself permission to feel different.
  • Alternate exercise with relaxation to alleviate some of the stress.

Please see the American Psychological Association’s web page for information about resilience and coping in difficult situations.

If you would like support for your thoughts/feelings/reactions, remember that the USC Student Counseling Services are here to help. You can reach us at (213) 740-7711.

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.

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.

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