Concerns may include: not having as many friends as you would like, trouble making connections on campus, don't have a "group" that you relate with, spend a lot of time alone.
Looking for counseling services on your own can sometimes feel overwhelming as some insurance providers make it a bit more complicated than others. The following list will guide you through some different ways to explore options. If you are having any trouble locating providers in-network or if you do not have health insurance and are looking for counseling options, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Student Wellness department for support and assistance (email@example.com).
If you are working and your company offers an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) this can be a great place to start! If you call the EAP they will do all of the legwork of finding you a provider and the costs will be completely covered (as it will be through the EAP not your health insurance). These are short term therapy options but can get you support quickly as you work on connecting with a therapist with your health insurance.
First, you will want to go to your health insurance providers website and see if it allows you to search for mental health (or behavioral health) providers. If you aren't finding online options easily, there should be a phone number you can call on the back of your insurance card. You can then filter by any preferences you may have (gender, those accepting new patients, etc.). When reviewing the list that is then populated, you can do a few things as Student Wellness doesn’t recommend calling all of the numbers listed, you will end up leaving a lot of voicemails. Here is what you could do with the list:
1. Note any providers that have the same phone number and address listed, google the phone number, which will then sometimes pull up a mental health organization/group. You can then call that group, inquire about availability, and let them know your insurance information.
2. You can use Psychology Today to google the names of the providers on the list to see who has a profile listed on the website to learn more about them. If you are interested in exploring therapy with them, you can send them an email inquiry via the website.
The Center for Enriching Relationships (CER) provides a variety of therapuetic services to the community. The therapists, including students who are in training, are Christians but you do not need to be a Christian to participate in therapy services at the CER.
Center for Mindful Relationships (formerly First Avenue Counseling Centre) is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing low-fee counseling services to San Diego families.
VA coordinates health care for Veterans from community providers in the local San Diego area. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a community provider when the VA cannot provide the care they need, or the wait time for their care exceeds VA wait time standards. Community care is available to Veterans based on certain conditions and eligibility requirements.
Learn more about eligibility guidelineshere.
Community Psychiatry improves access to exceptional mental health care in the communities that we serve across California.
They specialize in connected care through in-person or telemedicine visits with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner. Their focus is on medication management while working closely with primary care physicians and psychotherapists to ensure that patients receive well-coordinated care.
Multiple locations throughout California. To find a provider closest to your location, click here.
Jewish Family Service is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego. JFS provides essential services to people regardless of religion, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ability, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation. They provide counseling and support groups, which are discussed below.
Monday-Thursday: 8:30pm - 5:00pm | Friday: 8:30pm - 4:00pm
Evening appointments available
McAlister Institute provides professional services that heal the lives of individuals and families, improving the quality of life in communities through the miracle of recovery.