Counseling and Mental Health

Counseling and Mental Health Services

Services (in USC Student Health)

Provided through the USC Student Health Fee.

Counseling and Mental Health programs include individual therapy, group therapy, crisis support, psychiatric services and specialties for gender-based harm. A specialized team in Relationship and Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Services works on relationship/sexual violence prevention education and client services.

Crisis support

Students are encouraged to walk-in for urgent matters at both Engemann and Eric Cohen Student Health Centers. If after closing hours, please call the 24/7 line, 213-740-9355 (WELL).

Ongoing Programs and Services

Drop-in (“Let’s Talk…On Zoom!) — an opportunity to talk one-on-one with a counselor. Each “Let’s Talk” is structured as a 30-minute drop-in for individual conversation. As an outreach activity, this is a good way to explore what talk therapy might be like. All USC students (currently enrolled or under the Student Health fee) are eligible to participate in this activity, regardless of geographic location.

Single-session workshops for help with anxiety, sleep, relationships, and other topics, sign up via mySHR.

Therapy Services

Individual appointments to talk to counselors “one-on-one”; available both through TeleHealth and when needed, in-person, please schedule in MySHR.

Group Counseling that provides spaces to make progress with people who share similar situations.

Meet the Counseling and Mental Health care providers.

Due to state licensing requirements, access to clinical care (medical, individual counseling or formal group therapy) is limited to patients currently in California. “Let’s Talk”  and Workshops are open to all USC students regardless of their current location.

Behavioral Health Services (Insurance-based)

Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services (PBHS, 5th floor) Practice

This clinical practice, located on the 5th floor of the Engemann Student Health Center Building, is staffed by culturally informed and diverse faculty, and offers greater access to intermediate and long-term, solution-focused, evidence-based care for more complex conditions. Whether the client’s need is for support with managing anxiety, depression or another diagnosis, this team of specialists from the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine of USC is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate psychiatric care, therapy and case management services. USC students are recommended to first meet with Counseling and Mental Health Services in USC Student Health to discuss their personalized treatment plan prior to making appointments with PBHS.

Web-based Long-term Counseling with Behavioral Health Services

USC students have the option of using telehealth for mental health services, via the contract that the USC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP, through  Aetna) has with Array Behavioral Health Services(formerly Inpathy.) This is a virtual service that allows you to video-chat with board-certified medical/mental health professionals about your health/mental heath needs and receive prescriptions.

  • Array services are covered by USC SHIP but is also available to students who have waived USC SHIP—check their current accepted plans information.

Connect with Counseling and Mental Health Services first—either walk-in for urgent counseling, or make an appointment via MySHR (Appointment > Counseling and Mental Health > Referral) or by calling 213-740-9355 (WELL)—to discuss your concerns and arrange for a referral.


Presentation and facilitation

For departments and student organizations that would like a counselor to facilitate discussion with students, please contact us by completing the information on this request form.


Service Navigation for Cultural Communities

For cultural communities at USC, liaisons provide ongoing support through SEIP programs, please visit our BIPOC Mental Health microsite for additional details.


Mindfulness Guide

Visit the Mindfulness Guide online, produced by clinicians Yong Park and Naomi Bock, for information of taking a break and cultivating breaks to support your mental health.


Mental Well-being Programs

Mental Well_Being, a program of USC Student Health

Look for this symbol for campus programs that are co-organized and co-presented by Counseling and Mental Health clinical providers, and are underwritten by the Student Health Fee (SHF).