For Life Threatening Emergencies:
Or go to your nearest Emergency Room
For other crisis needs 24/7:
- Call (949) 824-6457 and select Option # 2
♦ Or 1-866-817-9842
♦ Text “Home” to 741741
Counseling & Clinical Services
Counseling Center services are free of charge to currently enrolled students who have paid registration fees. Sometimes other people important in your life, such as spouses/partners, parents, children, or friends, may be involved in therapy sessions with you. The need to involve others will be determined by you and your therapist.
During the summer, students who are enrolled in the preceding spring quarter and are registered for the following fall quarter may receive services depending on service demands.
Students who are Minors (under 18 years of age)
Students who are not 18 years of age can be seen for therapy without parental consent if the student is 12 years or older and is mature enough to participate intelligently in the treatment. Although parental consent is not required for therapy under above circumstances, your therapist is required to involve your parent or legal guardian in the treatment unless their involvement would be inappropriate. Your therapist will speak with you first before making the decision to involve your parents. However, your parent or legal guardian does not automatically have access to your mental health records.
In keeping with ethical standards, as well as California and federal laws, all services provided by Counseling Center staff and the records of these services are confidential to the extent allowed by law.
There are exceptions which include, but are not limited to:
- If you provide written permission and request that we share information about the services you receive, the Counseling Center staff will share appropriate information with the designated people or agencies.
- We consult as needed within the staff of the Counseling Center about the best way to provide the assistance that you might need.
- Counseling Center staff members will share information about your services and/or your treatment records with your other mental health and/or health care providers when your Counseling Center provider believes that the information will benefit your care.
- The Counseling Center shares an electronic medical system with the UCI Student Health Center, UCI Campus Assault and Resource Education, UCI Campus Social Workers, and the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Wellness Health and Counseling. The following specific fields of your electronic record may be visible to all of the above offices: appointment dates, your medications, allergies, problem lists, laboratory tests ordered, laboratory results, referral forms, and some letters from your providers.
- Information from client records may be used for research purposes as allowed by state and federal law (e.g., client utilization data, clients’ top concerns).
- Some administrative functions (such as technical maintenance, quality assurance and performance improvement, clinic/center operations, and professional audits) require access to our client records by Counseling Center staff members and affiliated professionals. These professionals maintain confidentiality within their jobs.
- The Counseling Center professional staff have ethical and/or legal responsibilities to disclose client information without prior consent when:
- A client is likely to harm themselves or others unless protective measures are taken.
- When the client lacks the capacity to care for themselves.
- When there is a reasonable suspicion of abuse of children (including developing or accessing child pornography), dependent adults or the elderly.
- When there is a valid court order for the disclosure of client information and/or records.
- Note: Some court orders require that the Counseling Center abstain from notifying the client of the release of clinical information and/or records.
Board of Behavioral Sciences Notice to Consumers
Summer is a great time to reflect on all the things you have done and learned along the way, and to also consider what areas you would like to grow into as you transition into the next academic year.
Take time to reflect, and perhaps even journal out your thoughts:
Are you struggling with your relationship with food? In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week that occurs Feb. 21st- Feb. 27th here are 7 tips that will help you improve your relationship with food:
1. Be aware that there are NO “good” foods and “bad” foods. All foods provide nutrition and sustenance to the body and our bodies need protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and even sugar and fat to survive. All foods are good if you eat a variety of foods to get all of the nutrients that you need in moderation….
It is getting closer to the holiday break and the end is in sight! Soon we will be with family and friends and getting some much-needed relaxation after the start to the quarter! Phew!
While this time can be something to look forward to, it is important to still be aware of caring for your mental health. Here are some things to consider as we reach the end of the year!