Counseling Services

Scope of Services

Student Success and Wellness Counseling Services provides clinical and campus-based assistance to all undergraduate students registered for classes on the main campus.  We help students maintain and develop their emotional well-being as they achieve their educational and personal goals. We promote a healthy and inclusive community through relationship building, education, crisis intervention and support. Our individual services are based on a brief therapy model and are designed to help students manage immediate problems and provide short-term therapy for 6 to 8 sessions. These services are ideal for issues that have arisen recently or that are expected to resolve relatively quickly. If you are facing ongoing difficulties (6 months or longer) or if you have engaged in ongoing therapy in the past, it is likely that you will be provided with a recommendation for establishing a relationship with a provider in the community to ensure that you have access to mental health treatment that is not limited.

Decisions regarding treatment recommendations are made by counselors in consultation with the Student Success and Wellness Senior Clinician. When off-campus therapy is recommended or preferred by students, a counselor will support the student through the process of getting connected. We will help to identify several referral options, provide information on how to access health insurance benefits and transportation options. Local counseling options include some providers within walking distance to campus, counseling services at the Mission Valley campus, and some that provide low or sliding scale fee services.

Common concerns that may be addressed in short-term therapy may include:

  • Mild to moderate anxiety and depression
  • Adjustment and developmental concerns
  • Interpersonal concerns (friends, family, roommates, romantic partnerships)
  • Self-esteem
  • Concerns related to the transition to college
  • Identity development related to various dimensions of identity (sexual, racial/ethnic, religious, gender, etc.)
  • Academic performance concerns and motivation

Concerns that are commonly addressed through a referral to an off-campus provider may include:

  • Students whose needs warrant treatment over multiple semesters
  • Students needing more than once a week intervention on an ongoing basis
  • Long-standing and/or significant depression, mood disorder, or anxiety concerns
  • Active, significant eating disorders -- our registered dietitian will consult with you to assist with treatment options
  • Substance abuse
  • History of inpatient treatment for mental health purposes
  • Students whose needs are determined to be beyond the scope of the Counseling Services through assessment with a counselor and for whom short-term counseling would not be an effective form of treatment

Counseling Services does not conduct psychological evaluations for the purpose of determining disability status and also does not make accommodations recommendations for persons who have been diagnosed with a disability. Our counselors can assist students to access services provided by the PLNU Disability Resource Center (DRC) that include referrals to community practitioners for disability evaluation. For more information on disability support, call the DRC at (619) 849- 2533, or visit their office 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., in the Bond Academic Center.

For more information on counseling services or to schedule an appointment to discuss what treatment options are best for you, please call (619) 849-2574 or visit the Wellness Center located on the first floor of Nicholson. Wellness Center hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; closed 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and for University holidays. If you need emergency assistance please call 911 or the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240.

Community Professional Therapy Resources

If you are looking for a community therapist through your insurance, here is a list of websites to help narrow your search:

Christian Counselor Directory
Good Therapy 
Psychology Today
Therapy Tribe