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CSUB Counseling Center

Phone: (661) 654-3366
After-Hours Phone: (661) 654-3366 (Press 2 when voicemail answers)
National Support Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis counseling

 Counseling Center Staff  

To:  CSUB Students, Faculty, Staff and Administration. 

From: CSUB Counseling Center

Welcome back for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! As we enter the Fall 2021 semester, the CSUB Counseling Center will be offering both in-person and Zoom counseling appointments. To schedule an appointment, please call into the CSUB Counseling Center main office phone (661) 654-3366. If you are taken to voicemail, please leave a message. This is the only way we will know you need services and can return your call to schedule an appointment.

For in-person appointments, ONLY STUDENTS WITH APPOINTMENTS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE STUDENT HEALTH CENTER. We will require you to show your completed CSUB COVID-19 screening prior to entering the Student Health Center. You will also be required to wear a mask at all times. Please come to the main door of the Student Health Center and call the Counseling Center (661) 654-3366 to let them know you have arrived.

If your appointment will be over Zoom, you will receive an email prior to your appointment with the link to your appointment.

For ALL counseling sessions, you will receive a text message prior to your appointment with instructions for the appointment as well as instructions to fill out all necessary forms. We ask that you complete these forms prior to coming to your appointment. This allows the counselor to review your forms and see you as soon as possible on the day you come in.

**FOR CSUB AV CAMPUS - If you attend the CSUB Antelope Valley (AV) campus, you may call the CSUB-AV Counseling Center at (661) 952-5099. Please leave a message if you are taken to voicemail.

***AFTER HOURS CRISIS SERVICE - If needed, CSUB main campus and CSUB-AV campus students may call 654-3366 and press 2 anytime the counselors and administrative support staff are not in the Counseling Center (after 5pm, weekends, and during school breaks). The student will be connected to Protocall, CSUB's after-hours counseling service.


Welcome to the California State University, Bakersfield, Counseling Center. You can use this website to learn about the services we offer, how to use us, and where to find us. We have also collected a wide selection of Internet mental health links, community referral resources and relevant reading material to help you with day-to-day stresses and difficult periods in your life. Please note this information is not meant to replace a face-to-face consultation with a trained counselor, nor does this service provide "online" counseling.

The Counseling Center provides counseling and consultation services to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in the university. The Center offers short-term counseling to help students with personal, academic, and career concerns. The primary goal of counseling is to help students develop the personal awareness and skills necessary to overcome problems and to grow and develop in ways that will allow them to take advantage of the educational opportunities at the university.

Services Offered:

  • Brief Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy: Groups focus on various areas of concern including substance use, trauma, and personal relationships. Check the Groups Section to the left of this page for current dates and times of group therapy services.
  • Workshops: Workshops focus on reducing the symptoms of stress and anxiety, depression, and improving academic success. Check the Workshops Section to the left of this page for current dates and times of workshops.
  • Psychiatric Services: Psychiatric services are provided for a variety of conditions that may benefit from medication in addition to counseling. Referral to the CSUB Psychiatrist may be made via a counselor assigned to the student. Some conditions that exceed available resources, including ADD/ADHD, may require a referral to the community.
  • General Studies Courses (GST): 1-unit courses are periodically offered. Subjects taught include personal relationships, peer education and advising (Inspire), and effective parenting skills. Check your course catalog for GST courses offered.

If you need or are interested in longer-term therapy, the Counseling Center can make referrals to other professionals or agencies in the community.

If you are in doubt about where to turn for assistance, please feel free to call the Counseling Center at 661-654-3366

The Counseling Center allows students to access telephone crisis counseling during the times the Center is closed.  Students can speak to a crisis counselor by dialing the Counseling Center phone number (661-654-3366) and PRESS 2. The crisis counselors can provide referrals and information about campus and community resources, as well as provide immediate help with urgent personal, emotional, or mental health concerns.

Fall and Spring Semester Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Counseling Center is open during the fall and spring semesters, and is closed during winter break, spring semester break, and summer break.

Appointments may be scheduled through our Administrative Assistant between the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm. You may call to make an appointment or walk-in to schedule the appointment. During your first appointment, a counselor will meet with you to discuss your concerns and, at the end of the session, the most beneficial options will be reviewed with you. These could include follow-up individual counseling appointments with the Counseling Center, referral to one of the Counseling Center's therapy groups or workshops, and/or referrals to other resources on campus or in the community that can help you address your concerns.


(661) 654-3366


The Counseling Center is located in the Student Health Center Building. (North side of parking Lot E, just west of the Icardo Athletic Center, and across the lawn from Science III)

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