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Making the most of mental health services at Berkeley: How University Health Services, Tang Center can support your student

By Tami Cate, Student Affairs

Outside of Anna Head counseling offices

Anna Head counseling offices opened in 2018

University Health Services at the Tang Center has a multitude of mental health services that help support success and self-development. UHS offers counseling and services for a wide range of academic, career, and personal concerns that all registered students can benefit from regardless of their insurance plan.

Here are a few ways your student can access care:

  • Talk one-on-one with a counselor: Students can schedule short-term counseling sessions 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, and coping with personal crises.  Many of UHS’s counseling staff are multi-lingual and requests for counselors with particular backgrounds can often be accommodated.
  • Participate in group counseling: Many students benefit from counseling in a group format where common concerns can be explored. There’s no charge for this type of counseling but it does require a referral from a clinician. Sample group topics include managing stress, anxiety, depression, surviving and thriving at Berkeley, and more.
  • Attend a drop-in crisis assessment for urgent concerns: If your student has an issue they need guidance on right away, they’re welcome to attend a drop-in session at UHS. The hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm (no appointment needed).
  • Explore the range of Social Services options: For individuals who require support with alcohol and other drugs, chronic medical conditions, eating disorders, nutrition education, pregnancy, relationship or other violence, sexual health, or transgender/gender identity counseling, UHS Social Services can provide topic-specific counseling.
  • Get counseling at convenient locations: To make it more convenient to access services beyond the Tang Center, counseling services are offered at 12 satellite locations around campus which seek to serve various student populations.

For more information on these services, please visit www.uhs.berkeley.edu/counseling or call (510) 642-9494.

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