Need Counseling?

Am I Eligible?

Students must be enrolled in the current  semester to receive services.

How do I Schedule?

Personal Counseling appointments and general information may be obtained by calling (209) 384-6045.

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.

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

Immediate Assistance

Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services 24hr Crisis Line -(209) 381-6800
National Crisis Hotlines – Dial 988

About Personal Counseling Services

Personal Counseling is designed to serve currently enrolled 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 to MC students that are currently enrolled in credit courses.

Personal Counseling is provided to assist with such problems as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity struggles, relationship difficulties,  or test anxiety.

Therapy is typically short-term during the fall, spring and (limited summer) semesters. Often students come in for a single “Walk-In” session, but on-going therapy that may last 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.


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.

Mental Health Apps


  • MY3 –  Define your support network, createa  safety plan, store info, and find support.

Stress & Anxiety

  • Calm – Meditation and sleep stories.
  • Headspace – Guided meditation and mindfulness
  • What’s Up – Addresses negative thinking patterns and feelings, habit tracker, breathing techniques, and forums.
  • Mind Shift – Learn more helpful ways of thinking, active steps to deal with anxiety.
  • Breathe2Relax – Guided breathing exercises, and stress management.
  • Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) – methods to help manage anxiety.
  • Sanvello – Mindfulness skills and provide mood and health tracking skills.
    *Premium access is free during COVID crisis*


  • Happify – Games/techniques to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts.
  • MoodTools – Thought diary, activities, and tracking to help combat depression.

Self Harm

  • Calm Harm/Self-Harm – Helps you resist the urge to self harm with activities designed to distract, comfort, release, express, etc.