Counseling Services for Students at SAC, SFP and ONLINE

All currently enrolled SMU students are eligible for up to 10 counseling appointments per calendar year. Your first appointment will provide you with an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about your immediate concerns. By the end of the appointment, your counselor will be able to offer you some initial impressions of what resources or services would be most helpful for you.

Students at the OAKLAND campus can make initial intake appointments by contacting the Health & Counseling Center at (510) 879-9288. 

Students at the SACRAMENTO or SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA campuses, or students who are attending one of our ONLINE PROGRAMS can access mental health services either on the Oakland campus or through the Sutter Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which will connect you with a provider in the community. Through EAP students will also receive up to 10 sessions per calendar year, free of charge. Please contact (800) 477-2258 to learn more about Sutter EAP.


  • Individual Counseling
  • Couple's Counseling (*both individuals need to be SMU students)
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Mental Health Consultation
  • Outreach & Presentations
  • Health Screenings
  • Local 12-Step Groups
  • Off-Campus Referrals


  • Students: Short-term personal psychotherapy is available at no charge to currently enrolled students, up to 10 sessions per calendar year. Individual sessions are available focusing on such problems as interpersonal relationships, identity, sexuality, dependence/ interdependence, study worries, examination anxiety, and stress management, as well as other personal problems. Short-term work focuses on resolving specific problems. Referrals to community resources are made as appropriate.
  • Faculty & Staff: Counseling staff are available to provide facutly and staff with a variety of services including consultations about students you may be concerned about, classroom presentations and other mental health outreach needs.  Counseling staff are not able to see Staff and Faculty members for personal counseling services. Staff and Faculty can obtain personal counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as part of their employee benefits or directly through their private health insurance benefits.



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