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Behavioral Health


  • Whether you are new to UCSB 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.



New and follow-up appointments:  Join a Qless line to speak to us via phone

Cancellations: Join a Qless line to speak to us via phone regarding appointment cancellations. Late cancellation and no-show fees may be applied.

After-hours: Crisis services are available by calling 805-893-4411 and selecting option “2.”

Psychiatric Services

Student Health has psychiatrists and social workers 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 Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) are not charged for these visits; students covered by other insurance will be billed through BARC.

Alcohol and Drug Program

Alcohol and other drug related problems can receive initial treatment and counseling from licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) at Student Health without charge. Individual appointments can be made by calling (805) 893-5013, 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.


Social Work Services

These services are provided to students without charge. To make an appointment call: (805) 893-3087.

Information on ADD/ADHD support, click here.

Urgent Care is available for drop-in visits without an appointment whenever Student Health is open.

Eating Disorder Support

Eating disorders are complex and require several treatment modalities. UCSB Student Health has support to help students well enough to be in school, including:

  • medical monitoring
  • psychiatric evaluation
  • nutrition support

Teletherapy Care

UC SHIP students can connect with in-network licensed Psychologists, Therapists and board certified Psychiatrists via a mobile app, web, or phone using the LiveHealth Online service; there is no co-pay and no referral is needed. For more information on what is covered click here LiveHealth Benefits.

Therapist video appointments are available from 7am to 9pm, seven days a week, and can be scheduled with the same clinician for recurring appointments. For easy step by step instructions for using LiveHealth Online for Behavioral Health appointments click here.


Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS is separate from Student Health, with their main office near Storke Tower. Further information can be found on their website.

Appointments can be made 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. 

Distressed Students

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.

Complementary therapies...

such as meditation are available at Student Health, and many other aspects of mental health are promoted through UCSB's Health and Wellness program.