Counseling Center

Consistent with the University of San Diego's philosophy of developing the whole person, the Counseling Center's core purpose is to enhance the emotional, relational, and psychological well-being of students. We strive to facilitate students' personal growth and enhance their academic success through accessible, culturally congruent clinical and outreach services. We work in collaboration with other Wellness and university departments and community partners.


The USD Counseling Center continues to be committed to being responsive to our students and campus partners, particularly in light of the recent tragedy in Orlando.  This shooting took place at Pulse, a venue that hosts educational and social events and serves the LGBTQ community in Orlando.  Because the ethnic identity of the shooter has been released, there is also negative and hurtful stereotyping that is emerging in the careless speculations about this incident.  We recognize that many in our USD community who represent a number of different communities are being impacted and may be needing additional support.  Part of USD’s core value is to promote and create a sense of inclusivity and honoring of diversity.  During this time, it is particularly important for us at the USDCC to express our value in honoring diversity and being available to those feeling impacted.  At the USDCC, we invite those that would like a safe space to process any reactions or impact from recent events.  

If you need to speak with someone immediately outside of normal business hours, please contact Public Safety at 619-260-2222 and ask to speak to the on-call counselor.   During regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 8-5), please call 619-260-4655, set up an initial appointment online or come to our office at Serra Hall 300.

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‘You are USD’ is a caring and inclusive space for students, faculty, staff, and families committed to the health and wellness of the USD community to find information and resources about life skills, mental health and suicide prevention.

How to Access Services

The easiest way to secure services is by visiting the online USD MyWellness Portal at and using your USD MySanDiego username and password to logon to the portal.  This portal can be accessed via any computer or smart phone that offers access to the internet.

  • If this is your first time securing Student Wellness services for the academic year you should begin by clicking the “Forms” tab and completing your Consent to Receive Services and Health History forms.
  • Next click on profile, update your contact information and select your mobile carrier to receive a text reminder. Please note that a text message reminder will be automatically sent to the phone number listed on your mywellness portal 2 hours prior to your initial appointment.
  • Then you can click on the Appointments tab and follow the instructions to arrange for an initial appointment at the Counseling Center.
  • After you schedule your appointment you will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire. Once that questionnaire is complete you’re all set!
  • If you have any problems identifying a same- or next-day appointment at the Counseling Center that will work for you, please call the Counseling Center (619-260-4655) or come by Serra Hall 300 during regular office hours and ask for help.
  • Please arrive early for your initial appointment so that you will have time to complete two additional, brief assessment questionnaires before your actual appointment.
  • Once your appointment starts a counselor will assess your concerns and help you decide next steps.  For example, the counselor may identify a support group that would work for you, or may arrange for you to begin counseling at the Counseling Center or in the community, or may arrange for a psychiatric evaluation, all depending on what makes the most sense given your concerns.

Emergency Services

  • A counselor-on call is available to consult about after-hours psychological emergencies at all times.  The counselor-on call can be reached by calling Public Safety (x2222 on any campus telephone, otherwise call 619-260-2222).
  • The 24-hour San Diego Access and Crisis Line (1-888-724-7240) also offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals.

Please take a moment to become familiar with our services by exploring our website.

*Office hours are extended to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters.

Contact Information

Counseling Center
Serra Hall 300
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4655
Fax: (619) 260-4699

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

*extended to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays during fall and spring semesters