The Counseling Center offers a short-term therapy treatment modality which is focused on identifying and working on specific goals and is time-limited. We offer short-term therapy for individual, couples, and family therapy. We also offer group therapy; however, there is no limit on the amount of group therapy you may receive in any academic year. Learn more about the variety of services to fit your needs. 

Individual Therapy Services

  • One Session Counseling Appointment: These appointments are good for students, who feel like their concerns can be addressed in a single session. The session’s focus is on the concerns you bring. The therapist may help provide support and perspective about your situation or help you develop a plan to address your concerns after the session.

  • Referral and Resource Support Appointment: The next type of appointment is appropriate if you know you would like assistance that does not fall within the services that the Counseling Center offers. For example, you may want longer term, open-ended therapy with the potential to last multiple month or years or you may want a therapist who can meet with you on the weekends or in the evening. Or  you may want ot meet with a therapist who specializes with your concerns. One of the Counseling Center’s case managers would be happy to meet with you to help you connect to community providers who would be a good fit for your needs. Case Managers are also skilled in helping students obtain help for other resources like food, housing, or financial assistance, as well as helping students understand their insurance coverage. To schedule with a case manager, you would choose a Referral and Resource Appointment. To learn more about Referral and Resource Support appointments click here
  • Initial Assessment Appointment: This type of appointment is where you meet with a therapist who ask a series of questions aimed at gathering comprehensive background information to help understand your current concerns and develop a treatment plan and recommendations. The treatment recommendations may be for short term individual therapy at the Counseling Center, referral to a Counseling Center group, or referral off campus for more open ended therapy. Any student who is interested in our short term therapy services should start with an Initial Assessment to see if this is an appropriate option for them.
  • Individual Therapy Appointments: Once you have completed an Initial Assessment appoinment and the treatment recommedation is short term, time-limited invidiual therapy within the Counseling Center you will be assigned to a therapist in the Counseling Center. Your therapist for ongoing work may not be the same person whom you saw for your initial appointment. You and your therapist will find a time that is mutually available, and in most instances, you will meet on a bi-weekly basis. Appointments are available from 8 AM to 4 PM with each session typically lasting for 45 to 50 minutes. At the conclusion of your work or during the course of treatment with the therapist, you both may agree that continued, longer-term therapy or other assistance may be helpful to you. If this is the case, the therapist will work with you to find appropriate referral and resource support.
  • Urgent Care Appointments: Urgent Care services are for students who are in crisis and cannot wait until a scheduled appointment. Examples of crisis situations include: someone being in immediate risk of taking their own life or hurting someone else; having taken recent steps to end one's life; suicide or homicidal thoughts without intent to harm oneself or others; recent sexual assault or other trauma, death of a significant person or campanion in your life; and a personal crisis that needs rapid attention from a mental health profession. The Counseling Center offers urgent care visits twenty- four hours per day, seven days per week. To access urgent care during business hours, you can call our main number 949-824-6457 to request an urgent care appointment. Outside of the center’s business hours, students are encouraged to give us a call at 949-824-6457 and select option #2 to speak to a mental health professional over the phone.

Relationship Therapy

  • Relationship Appointments: In addition to scheduling an initial assessment for individual therapy, you can also schedule one if you’re interested in short term, time limited relationship counseling. A helpful aspect to point out is that only one partner in the relationship would need to be an enrolled UCI student to pursue relationship counseling appointments at the Counseling Center.  If interested in relationship therapy appointments you would call to schedule a couples initial assessment. Once you have completed a Couples Initial Assessment and the treatment recommendation is short term, time -limited relationship therapy within the Counseling Center you will be assigned a therapist in the Counseling Center.  The coupld and therapist will find a time that is mutually available, and in most instances, you will meet on a bi-weekly basis. Appointments are available from 8 AM to 4 PM with each session typically lasting for 45 to 50 minutes. At the conclusion of your work or during the course of treatment with the therapist, you both may agree that continued, longer-term therapy or other assistance may be helpful to you. If this is the case, the therapist will work with you to find appropriate referral and resource support.

Group Services

  • Group Therapy and Workshop Services: Research shows that group therapy is one of the most effective and efficient tools for addressing concerns common to people seeking counseling services. A significant benefit of group therapy includes not feeling as alone since others in the group will likely have experienced similar concerns. Most participants, though somewhat apprehensive at first, report that the group experience was helpful far beyond their expectations. A number of therapy, support, and drop-in groups and workshops are offered each quarter. Some groups focus on specific concerns such as stress management, relationships, and depression. Some groups are designed to provide support for students with shared identities. Groups meet once weekly for approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The therapy groups usually are limited to no more than eight members while the support groups vary in size. Individuals intersted in pursing Therapy Groups must complete an Initial Assessment appointment and then be referred to a group where they will meet with the prospecitve group leader (s) to complete a pre-group screening session (30-45 minute session). A pre-group screening and orientation session is a brief meeting with leader(s) before the group begins. The purposes are to provide information about the group, and to determine if group therapy is the best way to work on your concerns. If you are currently in  individual therapy and being referred to a therapy group you do not have to complete a new initial assessment.     

           For more information, and to browse a listing of this quarter's groups, visit our Group Services page.

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