Whether you’re experiencing a situational problem, an immediate crisis, or other mental health concerns, CSU Health Network Counseling Services is here to help. Our professional staff includes licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors, as well as new professionals working toward licensure and graduate student staff completing their degrees in a mental health field.

Students at CSU benefit from a wide range of mental health support resources to support your health and well-being.  In addition to these resources, CSU Health Network also has specialty teams that provide services to students experiencing more intense mental health concerns that arise related to hospitalization, substance use, interpersonal violence, and/or trauma, such as war, physical violence, or that experienced by students with marginalized identities

For students interested in accessing Counseling Services, please come see us and we will work together to identify which services are best for you. A small portion of your student fees helps pay for mental health support resources at CSU Health Network. Visit the Mental Health and Well-Being Resources page to learn more about all of the mental health support resources available to CSU students.

Services provided by CSU Health Network Counseling Services

CSU Health Network provides a wide range of mental health support resources for CSU students. For students interested in accessing CSU Health Network Counseling Services, the first step is to visit us on the 3rd floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center where you will meet with an on-call mental health professional to co-create a wellness plan with services that are best for you based on your unique circumstances and identities. The care that students may need can vary based on concerns or characteristics and the following is intended only as a guide.

Groups and Workshops

Groups and workshops are powerful and effective tools for growth and change.  Whether you want to overcome challenges, improve relationships, connect with others, or learn how to manage stress, anxiety or depression, there is a place for you.  Whereas our individual counseling model is brief, students may participate in one or various groups throughout an academic year.  CSU Health Network has a large menu of groups designed for our students.  For a full list of groups and workshops offered by CSU Health Network, visit the Groups and Workshop page.

Brief Individual Counseling 

CSU Health Network Counseling Services operates under a brief therapy model where issues are addressed over a few sessions and focus on solutions rather than problems.  We utilize this model in order to maximize our resources in meeting student mental health needs. These brief, solution-focused sessions help you navigate:

  • Recent anxiety, stress, or depression
  • Interpersonal/Relationship/Family Concerns
  • Academic concerns
  • Self-esteem concerns
  • Eating concerns
  • Coping with a traumatic event
Multicultural Counseling Services

We at CSU Health Network Counseling Services are deeply committed to creating a welcoming, supportive space in which all students can be fully seen and valued entirely.  For those whose experiences of marginalization and oppression add extra layers to your distress – you and all of your identities are welcome here.  Multicultural Counseling Services is designed for students who have been historically underrepresented and aims to reduce barriers for you to access and navigate Counseling Services.  Visit the Multicultural Counseling webpage to learn more.

Services Outside our Scope of Care

We recognize some students are struggling with issues that can’t be addressed by the services we provide.  Students whose needs fall outside our scope of care or have a preference we are unable to meet are primarily referred to outside providers.  Some common reasons students are referred to services in the community include:

  • A need or desire to be seen more than every 2-3 weeks for individual therapy
  • A need or desire for uninterrupted services from semester to semester
  • A need or desire for a specialty or treatment modality we do not provide
  • A need or desire for intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, or inpatient care
  • Comprehensive psychological assessment to identify concerns such as ADHD, Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum disorders, etc.
  • A need for court mandated assessment.
  • Students who are currently receiving or intend to receive ongoing individual therapy from an outside mental health provider.This does not apply to students interested in transferring their care to counseling services or for students interested in accessing groups, workshops, or online 24/7 tools.
  • Students needing medical detoxification and/or medical stabilization
  • Students needing or wanting documentation for Emotional Support/Service Animals (ESAs)

Students identified as needing care beyond our scope will be assisted by our care team. CSU Health Network will be able to help with referrals for care in the community.  Please come see us and we will work with you to help transfer your care.

Our Commitment to You:

We at CSU Health Network Counseling Services are deeply committed to creating a welcoming, supportive space in which you can truly be seen and valued in your entirety.  For those whose experiences of marginalization and oppression add extra layers to your distress – you and all of your identities are welcome here.

We recognize that prejudice, discrimination, and privilege continue to marginalize people in our country and all around the world. We own that the members of our staff, as imperfect human beings, are not immune and that we also struggle with our own biases, privilege, and identities. We will make mistakes –  and we also firmly commit to transparency.  Nothing will stop us from the vital work of continuously examining our biases and striving to do better.

We are dedicated to affirming respect, compassion, and acceptance for all, and we celebrate diversity with regard to all backgrounds and identities, including but not limited to: ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds; languages; mental health; sexual, gender, and affectional identities; physical, sensory, and cognitive/learning abilities; body sizes and shapes; ages; relationship and reproductive statuses; military service; religious, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs; socioeconomic statuses; substance use and those in recovery; and others for whom there is not yet commonly shared language to discuss your identities.

You are welcome here.

Demand, Availability and Wait Times

The demand for counseling on campus has increased each year.  Although we are fortunate to have a large staff of counselors, we are typically unable to offer weekly individual appointments except in emergency situations.  Most students see their counselor every two to three weeks for individual appointments.  In addition, many students participate in weekly group treatment or, in urgent situations, use our On-call or Behavioral Health counseling services that don’t require an appointment.  Due to the extensive time required for comprehensive psychological evaluations, we do not provide this service.  And although many areas of expertise exist among our staff, we are unable to guarantee the availability of specific treatment approaches at any given time.  If you are looking for a specific approach, please inquire about its availability.  Our staff will be glad to work with you to find an appropriate referral in the community if we can’t meet your needs.

Privacy and Confidentiality

All counseling is confidential.  No information is released without your written consent except when the law requires.  These exceptions include the following: immediate danger to you or someone else, suspicions of child or elder abuse, grave disability, subpoenaed records, or a threat to national security. CSU Health Network has a shared electronic health record that allows all medical and mental health staff to share information and coordinate your care.  To protect your privacy within the agency, we follow a “need to know” guideline.  This means that your providers may review your records if they are treating you for concerns that may be related to other care you have received at the Health Network.

If you have any additional questions or if you would like to speak with a counselor, please stop by our office on the 3rd Floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center, 151 W. Lake Street, or call us at (970) 491-6053.  We look forward to seeing you.

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Support for students impacted by the Ukraine invasion

CSU Health Network Counseling Services is committed to welcoming and supporting the dignity, humanity, and well-being of all people. We acknowledge the impact and harm of the recent military invasion of Ukraine. From a psychological and well-being perspective, we also understand the significant trauma inherent for all people who are affected, directly and indirectly, by such military invasions.

We are here for any students who are impacted by the recent events in Ukraine. Students can connect with a counselor through our drop-in services, which are available without an appointment every weekday from 9am-3:30pm (starting at 10am on Tuesdays). If you are experiencing a mental health crisis during evenings, overnights, or weekends you have immediate access as a CSU student to speak with a crisis counselor by calling 970-491-6053.

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