Our Mission: To support the academic mission of the University by providing comprehensive counseling services to assist students with a variety of concerns including academic success, life management, career and life planning, and personal growth and development.
Berkeley, CA 94720
|Individual counseling||Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers brief counseling to all registered UC Berkeley students irrespective of your insurance plan. The main office for CPS is located on the 3rd floor of the Tang Center with satellite offices throughout campus.
Professional counselors can meet with students to talk about personal, academic and career issues including: adjusting to school, deciding on a career or major, dealing with family or relationships, sexual orientation and identity, coping with personal crises. Groups and workshops are also available on a variety of topics.
Many students benefit from just one or a few sessions of counseling. Your maximum number of sessions will be determined by your counselor, based on your treatment plan and counseling needs (up to a maximum of 8 sessions per academic year if needed). If you need longer term counseling or specialized services, we can help connect you with community mental health providers ((such as a provider on your student insurance plan, Aetna, a provider on your private insurance plan or a low fee/sliding scale clinic.
To get started in counseling, students typically have a brief (15 minute) triage appointment with a CPS staff member to assess a student’s needs and to direct you to the most appropriate counselor There are two options for this triage appointment.
2) You can be seen for a brief in-person triage without an appointment Mon- Friday 10am – 4pm.
During the triage appointment, the counselor will assist you with determining appropriate next steps. This might include scheduling you for a full in-person counseling appointment (general available within 1 – 2 weeks), emergency counseling (available each day 10am-5pm for urgent concerns), group counseling, or a referral to other resources.
For questions or to set up a phone triage call 642-9494.
Although, CPS operates on an appointment basis, a student may face an urgent concern or crisis that feels too overwhelming to wait for a scheduled appointment.During Business Hours
Come to Counseling and Psychological Services on the 3rd floor of the Tang, for in-person crisis assessment and intervention Please inform a staff member at the reception desk that you have an urgent concern. Wait-times vary depending on the time of the day, but CPS counselors will see all students in crisis on the same day they come in.
When Tang is Closed
|See our Groups and Workshops.|
|Fees||See counseling fees chart.|
Drop-in Crisis Assesment and Intervention for Urgent Concerns Monday - Friday, 10am-5pm (Tang Center office, no appointment needed )
Urgent medical or mental health problems
|Eligibility||All registered UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for CPS services, regardless of their insurance coverage.|
|Confidentiality||See Understanding Counseling and Confidentiality.|
|Staff||CPS staff is a multicultural group of professional counselors, including psychologists, social workers, and advanced-level trainees. We try to accommodate students' preferences regarding counselor gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Meet the counseling staff here.|
|Satellite offices||See our CPS Satellite Offices.|
|Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)||See our FAQ page.|
|CPS Release of Records form||Find out more about transferring records, or requesting release of medical records here.|