Director's Corner: Frances Diaz, Psy.D.

Frances Diaz, Psy.D.

Dear UCI Students,

Welcome Back Anteaters! We hope you had a great winter break and are ready for the 2019 academic year! The Counseling Center staff is excited to be back and provide well rounded services for our campus community including short-term individual, couples, and group therapy; crises services; outreach presentations; and online self-help mental health services. Our center strives to provides services that can meet a variety of needs and presenting concerns! 

We know the winter months can sometimes provide difficulties and leave you feeling the lag after the holiday season. We want to make students are aware of our services if the "winter blues" begin to get the best of you, along with providing a few helpful tips: 


  1. Keep Active! On cold, dark days, it can be hard to pull yourself out of bed. But getting out of bed and getting your body movement is just what you need! Remember taking the stairs, parking farther away from the grocery store, or taking the long way around campus can be great ways to get a few extra steps in. 
  2. Lighten Up! Winter has its share of dark, gloomy mornings, but turning on your lamps and overhead lights can help lift your mood. In between classes catching a few sun rays in Alrich Park or walking around Ring Road can be great ways to soak up that Vitamin D! 
  3. Focus on the Positive! At the end of each day take the time to be mindful of one positive thing that has occurred. Don't dwell on the negative because you will get stuff there. 
  4. Talk About It! Remember to reach out to friends and loved ones if you need to talk, and if that doesn't work know the Counseling Center is here to help you! 
  5. Treat Yourself! Remember to engage in self-care. Self-care looks different for everyone, and does't necessarily mean you have to spend money on yourself. Self-care can include, but not limited to: taking a bubble bath, going for a walk, visiting the Animal Shelter, cooking a nice meal, movie night with friends, or treating yourself to that special something you've been wanting. 

We hope these little tips will BRIGHTEN up your 2019 and keep you on track to having a great winter quarter. 

Dr. Diaz 

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