Counseling Services

The CSUB student Counseling Center offers a variety of counseling services to all regularly enrolled CSUB students. The services are designed to help students in reaching their educational goals. The services are provided for by the student's registration fees and are confidential within state and federal laws and the CSU policies.

The CSUB Counseling Center provides:

Individual Counseling

This is an opportunity to meet one-to-one with a professional counselor to explore various needs and concerns. Using a short-term counseling model, counselors may help students with personal or academic concerns. Personal counseling includes dealing with adjustment to school, relationship concerns, emotional concerns (such as loneliness, self-confidence, anger, and depression) and abuse. Personal counseling may address any issue, which influences a person's sense of well being and progress in school. Educational counseling includes selecting an appropriate major, working on academic problems and educational planning. It also provides opportunities for identifying interests, goals and skills, including learning decision making, time-management and anxiety reduction skills.

Group Counseling

Group counseling sessions are offered through the Counseling Center and facilitated by a licensed clinician. Topics have covered depression, substance use, personal relationships, and trauma. Check the Groups link to the left of this website for current groups being offered at the Counseling Center.


Workshops are educationally based programs that invite the student in to explore and learn about specific areas of concern. Topics often cover managing stress/anxiety and reducing depression. Check with the Workshops link to the left of this website for current workshops being offered at the Counseling Center.

Psychiatry Services

Psychiatry services are offered for student's enrolled at CSUB. Available psychiatric services include diagnosis and treatment of a range of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, adjustment disorders, and some thought disorders. Students may be referred for a psychiatric evaluation through their primary counselor on a case-by-case basis. Participation is voluntary and will likely include concurrent talk therapy as recommended. Some conditions that exceed available resources, including ADD/ADHD, may require a referral to the community.

General Studies Courses

Each quarter the counselors teach a variety of psycho-educational courses under the General Studies (GST) courses. Groups typically available include such areas as stress management, anger management, personal relationships, assertiveness, test and math anxiety, parenting, managing psychological disabilities, and adult children from dysfunctional families.

Crisis Intervention

Counselors at the Counseling Center are available for crisis intervention during regular business hours.

After-hours, Emergency phone numbers:

The Counseling Center provides 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.

*See below for after hours emergency contact numbers within the community.

Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Crisis Hotline: (661) 868-8000
Crisis Hotline Toll Free: 1-800-991-5272
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Substance Use Division Access Line: 1-866-266-4898
Non-Crisis Adult Care Access and Assessment Center: (661) 868-8123

Mary K. Shell Mental Health Center - Psychiatric Evaluation Center
(661) 868-8080
2151 College Ave.

Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
5201 White Lane

CSUB Public Safety: (661) 654-2111

Emergency: 911