Whether you are an incoming freshman or a returning student, you may find some of the services that we offer helpful to you during your time at UCSB. There are many opportunities for emotional growth at a university, but not everyone makes it through college without experiencing some challenges along the way. It is recommended that students seek help if these difficulties are interfering with their academic or personal well-being. Our mental health team works together with other providers to assist students in getting their emotional needs met by assessment, treatment, and linking to other campus and community providers/services.
Student Health has psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists who are available by referral from either Counseling and Psychological Services or primary care clinicians within Student Health. Our psychiatrists provide evaluations and, if indicated, medication and short-term supportive psychotherapy. Students with UC SHIP insurance receive no charge for these visits; students covered by other insurance will be billed through BARC. Social work services are provided without charge. Students needing long-term ongoing therapy will be referred to community providers. The number to make appointments for these clinicians is (805) 893-3087. Urgent Care is always available for drop-in visits without an appointment whenever Student Health is open.
Alcohol and other drug related problems can receive initial treatment and counseling from licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT's) at Student Health without charge. Individual appointments can be made by calling (805) 893-3371, at the Student Health lobby appointment desk, or online through the "Gateway" link on the home page. For further details about the full Alcohol and Drug Program at UCSB, visit their website.
Alternate therapies such as massage and meditation are also available at Student Health, and many other aspects of mental health are promoted through UCSB's Health and Wellness program.
Counseling AND PSYCHOLOGICAL Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at UCSB are separate from Student Health, with their main office near Storke Tower. Further information can be found on their website. Services are provided to all registered students by licensed psychologists and advanced doctoral students preparing for careers in counseling and clinical psychology. Individual and group counseling is available, along with a stress management program, whose resources include the Egg and Massage chairs. Short term counseling services are offered to all registered UCSB students at no charge, and are completely confidential within the limits of the law. Students needing long-term ongoing therapy will be referred to community providers.
Appointments can be made with Counseling and Psychological Services at their lobby desk, or by calling (805) 893-4411. This number is also answered after hours for urgent needs, and can provide information on local resources as well as phone consultation for mental health concerns. Counseling and Psychological Services also has a Stress Management Program. To meet with fellow students trained as Stress Peers, no appointment is necessary, but please be sure to check in with them to access the Egg and Massage chairs.
The guide "Responding to Distressed Students" is an online excellent resource for providing information that may help in recognizing and responding to students in distress and making appropriate referrals.