PERSONAL COUNSELING-MERCED AND LOS BANOS CAMPUS

Personal Counseling will be provided  for the fall  and spring semesters. Students must be enrolled in the current  semester to receive services. Please contact Student Health Services via phone  to schedule a personal counseling appointment or to obtain information regarding resources available in the community.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES AND PERSONAL COUNSELING MAY BE CONTACTED VIA THE FOLLOWING METHODS:

Phone: (209) 384-6045

Live Chat Function (located on the bottom of the SHS webpages)

Email @ shs@mccd.edu

In an effort to maintain communication with our students at this time, we are using alternative methods of technology. We will do our best to maintain your confidentiality, but please do not communicate sensitive personal health information via email or chat function. We will follow-up with a phone call to get detailed information.

If you need immediate medical attention, please call your healthcare provider or emergency room for direction. If you have a medical or psychological EMERGENCY, dial 911.

Events in our community are changing at a rapid pace, and processes are subject to change and evolve as we move forward. We will do our best to keep you up to date regarding any changes in a timely manner-we appreciate your patience during this time. Be well!

If you have an urgent mental health matter, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text "courage" to 741741, or call 911.

 Wellness and community resources are available throughout the Student Health Services website. Please continue to check our website for updates.

You may call Student Health at (209)384-6045 or email us at: shs@mccd.edu-please leave your name, your phone number, an email address, and the general nature of your question. We will monitor  these means of communication during regular office hours. Do not use this number for emergencies.

In an effort to maintain communication with our students at this time, we are using alternative methods of technology. We will do our best to maintain your confidentiality, but it cannot be guaranteed at this time.

If you have an urgent mental health matter, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text "courage" to 741741, or call 911.

 

Immediate Assistance

  • Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services 24hr Crisis Line -(209) 381-6800
  • National Crisis Hotlines - 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255
  • 911

Youth Warm Line


 Mental Health Apps

About Personal Counseling Services

(SEE INFORMATION ABOVE WHILE CAMPUS IS WORKING REMOTELY DURING COVID 19)

Personal Counseling is designed to serve Merced College (MC) students who are experiencing stress or other emotional difficulties. Frequently, these difficulties affect a student’s academic performance or their ability to function effectively in social, academic, or work settings. To assist students in overcoming these challenges, we offer therapy free of charge to MC students that are enrolled in credit courses.

MC provides counseling to assist with such problems as panic or anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity struggles, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, eating disorders, or test anxiety.

Therapy is typically short-term. Often students come in for a single "Walk-In" session, but on-going therapy that usually lasts for up to six sessions is also available. MC Personal Counseling also offers referrals to on-going therapy in the community in cases where the student or therapist feels that the issues are more appropriate for longer term therapy.

If you are currently receiving services from another provider, additional individual therapy will not be provided by MC Personal Counseling.

Walk-In Services

If you feel you need to speak with a therapist before the next available appointment can be scheduled, there may be a "Walk-In" appointment available (call for "Walk-In" availability). Students are seen by a therapist on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not use "Walk-In" services if you are receiving treatment elsewhere-please contact your own provider if you need immediate care.

Confidentiality

Information shared with your therapist is kept confidential, including the fact that you received therapy. There are, however, important exceptions to therapist/client confidentiality:

  • When the client is a danger to themselves or others, the therapist is legally obligated to ensure the safety of the client and the safety of others.
  • The therapist has a legal obligation to report any suspected child, dependent person, or elder abuse.
  • When the client consents to release of information in a written waiver, after the client reads and signs the waiver.
  • Upon the receipt of a court order to release information. 

How do I Access Services?

Appointments may be made in person or by phone.

Merced Main Campus
Student Health Services, Student Union Building (see map)
Phone:  Call  (209) 384-6045 to schedule an appointment.

Los Banos Campus
Student Health Services, Building A Room 146 (see map)
Phone:  Call (209) 386-6716 to schedule an appointment.

Immediate Assistance

(If you are off-campus or it is after hours or immediate assistance is needed)

  • Merced County Mental Health 24hr Crisis Line -(209) 381-6800
  • National Crisis Hotlines - 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255
  • 911