Individuals and Couples Counseling
How To: Join a Therapy Group
Members are required to attend a pre-group screening session. Several groups are offered.
Trusted Professionals Who Will Listen
Professional licensed clinicians provide individuals and couples with short-term therapy to clarify concerns, work toward a resolution, and facilitate improved functioning within areas of identified concern. Sessions last 45 minutes and are scheduled with an assigned staff clinician. Counseling and psychotherapy are also provided by pre-licensed/postdoctoral psychologists and advanced, unlicensed psychological services interns, under close supervision by our licensed staff.
In addition to counseling and psychotherapy, a clinician may determine that medication is beneficial. If a counselor determines that more extensive treatment is required, a referral for additional services outside of the Counseling Center may be provided. Students are referred to appropriate providers based on need.
Short-Term Philosophy, Long-Term Solutions
Short-term Individual and couples therapy is provided, with up to eight sessions during an academic year. There is no limit to the amount of group therapy sessions you may receive during any academic year.
At the conclusion of your therapy sessions, you and your clinician may agree that continued, longer-term therapy or other assistance is beneficial. In these cases, the clinician will work with you to find appropriate referrals on campus or in the community.
Individual therapy begins with an initial intake appointment at the Counseling Center, when recommendations for treatment in the counseling center or referrals will be made. If it is determined that your needs are best served by individual treatment, you will be assigned to a clinician who may or may not be the same person you saw for your initial intake appointment.
In most instances, you and your clinician will meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Your clinician will work with you to resolve the issues that brought you to therapy. You will be given an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of yourself, your current life situation, and develop insights and skills to help you in the future.
Sometimes a UCR student has an issue that involves their relationship with a spouse or partner. In these situations, you and your partner will be seen in a joint therapy session. As with individual therapy, there is a limit of up to 8 sessions during the academic year. Your clinician will work with you to determine if the Counseling Center can meet your needs with couples therapy, or whether you would be better served by a referral to off-campus resources.
Did You Know?
The Counseling Center does not provide academic advising. For academic counseling,
A Counselor On Duty is available at the Counseling Center weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
All students who pay UCR registration fees are eligible for free Counseling Center
The Counseling Center serves as a national test center for the LSAT and PRAXIS.
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.
The Counseling Center has designed an online guide to help faculty and staff respond
to distressed students.
The Counseling Center 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