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Counseling Services

Counseling Services

Welcome to Counseling Services! As a CSUSM student you have access to mental health services because it is covered by your pre-paid mental health fee. 

If you are feeling like you are not safe, that you might harm yourself or others, call either 911 or the San Diego County Crisis Line (888) 724-7240  immediately.

Students come to counseling services for many reasons:

  • To resolve personal problems that interfere with academic performance, such as anxiety, depression, loss, financial problems, relationship and family conflict.
  • To build self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • To clarify personal and professional values and goals.
  • To develop more effective stress management, problem solving, decision-making, and communication skills.

Our goal is to provide a supportive, confidential setting in which these concerns can be addressed.

Request an Initial Counseling Consultation

STEP 1: To schedule an initial consult, please call 760-750-4915. (Please be advised that this is with a mental health professional and not an appointment for academic counseling.)

STEP 2: Complete Forms for an Initial Consult. After scheduling the appointment with SHCS, please log into Cougar Apps. (From an off-campus computer, this form must be accessed through CougarApps. Log in to CougarApps, open a browser, and browse back to this webpage.) Please ensure that you have the DUO Multi-Factor Authentication installed on your mobile device. 

Once logged in, and you're back on this page, click the "Counseling Forms" shortcut below to fill out forms.  If it’s your first time seeking services, complete Counseling Forms for an Initial Consultation. Other forms can be completed at the direction of your counselor.

STEP 3: Complete consent forms listed below before your appointment time. Please have these ready to share via zoom when you have the appointment with your counselor. 

Additional Services & Programs

In addition to counseling, we offer a variety of services and programs designed to enhance the college experience and promote health and well being. These include:

Consultation to administrative and academic departments, student services and organizations.

A wide range of outreach and education activities, including workshops, guest lectures, special events. Request a presentation or event collaboration.

The Internship in Health Service Psychology, a full time psychology internship program for students completing their graduate degrees in clinical or counseling psychology. We are a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and our Psychology Internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) as of October 2018. The next site visit is scheduled for 2028. *

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a counselor, please call (760) 750-4915 or stop by SHCS.

Important Resources and Links 


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CSUSM is a member of the CalMHSA

*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979


Contact Us

SHCS  and our Pharmacy is open,  
but by appointments only (NO WALK-IN). 

OPEN:  Monday-Friday 
@ 8:30 am -4:30 pm
Phone: (760) 750-4915
Fax: (760) 750-3181

Mailing Address

Student Health & Counseling Services
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001                 

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