Free and confidential Counseling and Mental Health Services are available to currently enrolled students during Health Services’ regular business hours. Sessions are 50 minutes, one time per week for up to six consecutive weeks. One-time drop-in crisis sessions of up to 50 minutes are also available. Some common reasons to seek mental health counseling are:
- Generally overwhelmed with life
- Difficulties at work or school
- Stress and anxiety
- Difficulty with sleep
- Relationship challenges
- Substance abuse
- Concerns about eating
- Gender identity
- Traumatic life experiences
- Pressure/trauma related to marginalization
The Mental Health Counseling Team is comprised of a diverse group of professionals and includes Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and pre-licensed associates and interns.
We have been trained to look at the world from a systemic, humanistic, social justice, and equity-minded perspective. We consider the whole person in our work with students. This includes focusing on past and current experiences, including the impact the larger system has on lived experiences. We therefore consider the impact of social injustices and systemic inequities on individuals, including acknowledging and examining systems, policies, and practices of oppression that students have experienced.
As clinicians, we are in solidarity for social justice and equity, both here at MiraCosta and in the larger community. We are here for all students and as an additional source of support for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ students in the MiraCosta community, both through individual counseling and through scheduled group sessions.