How To: Get Help in an Emergency
Counseling and Psychological Services has assembled several UCR and off-campus resources
to help you.
Share Your Concerns Safely and Confidently
Therapy groups allow students to work with others who share common concerns. Members talk about what is troubling them and give feedback and support in a safe, supportive environment. Interactions offer group members an opportunity to learn more about the way they interact with others and to try out new ways of behaving.
The first few sessions focus on the establishment of trust, allowing members to talk personally and honestly. Having each individual make a personal commitment to the group and its goals significantly fosters group trust.
Therapy groups usually have between 6 and 12 members and two clinicians. Groups meet weekly for 60 or 90 minutes and there is no session limit.
What's the Difference Between Therapy
and Skills Groups?
Counseling and Psychological Services offers therapy groups and skills groups. Skills groups are more structured than therapy groups, one hour long and have more of a workshop format than a counseling format.
Except for the skills groups, all prospective group members are required to attend a pre-group screening session. A pre-group screening and orientation session is a brief meeting with leader(s) before groups begin. The screening provides information about the group, and to determine if group therapy is best for each person. For more information, visit: (link to group brochure)
Group sessions are confidential. Group members are asked not to disclose the content of sessions or to reveal the identity of members to others outside of group.
It is expected that you will come to group every week. If there is an urgent matter that prevents you from attending, please notify the group leader(s). You can leave a message with Counseling and Psychological Services front desk staff. Please be punctual. If, after a short period of time, you find that the group is not a fit for you, please let the group leader(s) know.
There is no limit to the number of group of sessions you can attend. If, after several sessions, you decide that the group is no longer the most appropriate form of help, we ask that you come to the group to tell group members of your decision, providing closure.
Did You Know?
Counseling and Psychological Services does not provide academic advising. For academic
counseling, call 951-827-3411.
A Counselor On Duty is available at Counseling and Psychological Services weekdays,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All students who pay UCR registration fees are eligible for free Counseling and Psychological
Counseling and Psychological Services serves as a national test center for the LSAT
Group therapy allows you to connect to others with similar concerns and to listen
to shared issues.
Couples Counseling is available for students and their partners or spouses.
Counseling and Psychological Services has designed an online guide to help faculty
and staff respond to distressed students.
Counseling and Psychological Services staff includes licensed psychologists, marriage
and family counselors, and pre-doctoral interns.
Counselors are available by phone 24 hours daily by dialing 951-827-5531 or 951-UCR-
You can take an online assessment right now to see how you're doing emotionally.
Everything you discuss with a UCR counselor is confidential unless it falls under
the legal exceptions.
Counselors are available for workshops and presentations, including weekly meditation
Groups are offered depending on the needs and interests of students. If you are interested in participating in a group, please call Counseling and Psychological Services to obtain more information. Group times and dates will be determined by interest and will vary.
If you are a current Counseling and Psychological Services client, please talk with your counselor about being referred for a group. If you are not a client, please make an Intake appointment prior to signing up by calling or visiting Counseling and Psychological Services. Once referred, you will typically be scheduled for a brief screening appointment with the person who is leading or co-leading the group.
Skills groups are typically one hour long and involve anywhere from 3-10 session commitment. Skills groups are more structured than therapy groups and have more of a workshop format than a counseling format. In skills groups, one or more clinicians provide psychological information and provide opportunities for members to apply the concepts they are learning to their real, everyday lives.
Student interested in skills groups should call Counseling and Psychological Services to sign up. You will need to complete some brief paperwork prior to the first meeting.