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.

How to Access Services

The easiest way to secure services is by visiting the online USD MyWellness Portal 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.

Urgent and Emergency Services

  • A counselor-on call is available to consult about after-hours urgent psychological concerns at all times.  The counselor-on call can be reached by calling 619-260-4655 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Please contact the Department of Public Safety to access emergency services  (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.