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Mental Health Counseling

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In Crisis?
Call or Text 988
Lifeline 
| Free 24/7, Confidential

Mental Health Counseling offers a wide range of services to enrolled students including:

  • Individual counseling
  • Couple counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Case management
  • Community referrals
  • Crisis intervention
  • Workshops
  • Trainings

Visits do not go on your academic record.

In-person and video teletherapy sessions are available to enrolled students (with in-person sessions based on district and public health protocols). To learn more, watch this short video!

If this is a mental health emergency, please call or text 988.

Request an appointment for spring here. The more availability you provide, the sooner you will be scheduled. Please fill the form completely and do not share any information that is considered confidential. This is not a confidential way to communicate.

Please note counselors are not available to respond nights, weekends, or during school closures. Instead call or text 988.

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Crisis Policy

An appointment may be shortened or rescheduled in the event of a presenting crisis or emergency. We appreciate your understanding.

Cancellation/No Show Policy

Please contact Mental Health Counseling at least 24 hours prior to your appointment if you need to cancel so that we may offer that time to another student in need 619-388-3055. Failure to attend two consecutively scheduled appointments may result in a referral to community resources. 

We've partnered with TimelyCare, a student-centered platform, to offer San Diego City College students FREE on-demand access to health and wellness (physical and mental health, basic needs) support 24/7!

While the Student Health Center is still your FIRST STOP for student health needs, this partnership offers support and resources 24/7; evenings, weekends, and even during semester breaks!

Register here (using your @student.sdccd.edu email address).

Need help? TimelyCare is available for support at jayson.hamilton@timelycare.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Mental Health Counseling is staffed by Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Associate Clinical Social Workers, Associate Marriage & Family Therapists, Associate Professional Clinical Counselors, Graduate Trainees and Interns from Alliant International University (AIU), California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), San Diego State University (SDSU), and University of San Diego (USD).

Leslie CS Easton, LCSW 23099
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mental Health Coordinator

Pronouns: she/ella
Languages: English, Spanish
Education: M.S., Social Work, San Diego State University

Nadia Sayeh, DSW, LMFT 100271
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Active Minds Faculty Advisor
Pronouns: she/ella
Languages: English, Spanish, Arabic
Education: D.S.W., Social Work, University of Southern California; M.A., Marriage & Family Therapy, California School of Professional Psychology

Diana Sabrina Hernandez, APCC 8471
Registered Associate Professisonal Clinical Counselor
First Gen Faculty Advisor
Pronouns: she/ella
Languages: English, Spanish
Education: M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of San Diego

Noel Antonio Puga, APCC 8486
Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Pronouns: he/él
Languages: English, Spanish
Education: M.S., Counseling, San Diego State University

Abigail (Abby) Nel Weisman, LCSW 106101
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Peer Educator Coordinator
Pronouns: she/her
Languages: English
Education: M.S., Social Work, University of Southern California

Alexandra (Alex) Marie Felty, LPCC 14532
Registered Professional Clinical Counselor
Pronouns: she/her
Languages: English
Education: M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of San Diego

Nicole (Nikki) Devona Gee, APCC 8785
Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Pronouns: she/her
Languages: English
Education: M.S., Counseling, San Diego State University

Tristan Sotomayor, APCC 10001
Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Pronouns: he/him
Languages: English
Education: M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of San Diego

Michael Dion Brown, ASW 116594
Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker
Pronouns: he/him
Languages: English

Education: M.S., Social Work, California State University San Marcos

Lissa Margott Garcia, APCC 11810
Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Pronouns: she/her/ella
Languages: English, Spanish
Education: M.S., Counseling, San Diego State University

Abraham Galvan, PCCI
Professional Clinical Counselor Intern
Pronouns: he/his
Languages: English, Spanish
Graduate Student: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of San Diego

Karli Cirovski, PCCI
Professional Clinical Counselor Intern
Pronouns: she/her
Language: English
Graduate Student: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of San Diego

Serene Shibly, PCCI
Professional Clinical Counselor Intern
Pronouns: she/her
Languages: English, Arabic
Graduate Student: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of San Diego

Carina Dimapilis, MFTT
Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee
Pronouns: she/her
Languages: English
Graduate Student: Marriage & Family Therapy, California School of Professional Psychology

Mia Jackson, MFTT
Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee
Pronouns: she/her
Languages: English
Graduate Student: Marriage & Family Therapy, California School of Professional Psychology

Josephine (Jodi) Schenck, MSWI
Clinical Social Work Intern
Pronouns: she/her
Languages: English
Graduate Student: Social Work, California State University, San Marcos

Jahaziel Aguilera Arredondo, B.S.
Program Support Technician
Pronouns: he/él
Languages: English, Spanish

*Registered Associates, Graduate Trainees and Interns are supervised by Leslie Easton, LCSW 23099 and Nadia Sayeh, LMFT 100271.

Mission

The Student Health Center's departmental mission is to foster the academic and personal success of students by supporting the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the college community.

Student Program Outcomes

The Student Health Center is proud to provide quality, evidenced-based care to students. Among Mental Health Counseling's successes documented:

  • Increased student access to community resources by bringing outside community partners to campus.
  • Provided campus-wide outreach education and stigma reduction efforts to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Demonstrated improvement in functioning as measured by positive changes in assessment scores.

Free and Confidential Screenings

We've partnered with Headspace to provide San Diego City College students and faculty/staff members FREE access to the entire Headspace Library!

Mindfulness has been shown to help people stress less, increase focus, and sleep more soundly, and Headspace is your personal guide. With hundreds of exercises for meditation, sleep, focus, and movement, they'll help you start and end your day feeling like your best self. 
Joining is easy. Just follow these steps to sign up and start your journey:

  1. Start here.
  2. Create a new Headspace account or login to an existing account.
  3. For students, verify your association with San Diego City College by typing in your @student.sdccd.edu email address. For faculty/staff, verify your association by typing in your @sdccd.edu email address. 
  4. Visit your SDCCD inbox to confirm your Headspace account.
  5. Download the Headspace app on your phone and login using your information from step 2. 
  6. Meditate!

Need help? Headspace is available for support at teamsupport@headspace.com 

April 2024 (complete list)

For detailed descriptions of each visit the City College Calendar of Events (or scroll down).

The Mindful City Newsletter (April) 

For detailed descriptions of each event visit the City College Calendar of Events (or scroll down).

Active Minds Chapter

Active Minds is the nation's leading nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students. Powered by a network of over 800 campus chapters, Active Minds is creating communities of support and saving lives! We proudly advise the student-led Active Minds at San Diego City College. This chapter is a team of students who serve as advocates, stigma fighters, and educators for mental health! They hold regular meetings, host campus-wide events, collaborate with on-campus departments or programs and other student-led groups, collaborate with off-campus Active Minds chapters or local agencies, and seek Active Minds mini grants or other funding and leadership opportunities. All enrolled students are welcome to join! There is NO membership fee. Spring Meeings: Mondays at 2:00 PM in A-180. To join or for more information, contact: Active Minds Faculty Advisor, Nadia at nsayeh@sdccd.edu.

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Peer Educators

As part of our suicide prevention efforts, we recruit students as Peer Educators. Peer Educators serve as a link between the student body and Student Health Center, promoting the personal and academic success of all students by supporting overall wellness. Peer Educators conduct presentations and host numerous de-stress events throughout the academic year, educating the campus community on health and wellness in effort to reduce stigma associated with diagnoses and increase help seeking behaviors. All enrolled students are welcome to apply! We offer course credit through Work Experience and work-study through the Veteran Affairs Office. Applications are accepted shortly before each semester. For more information, contact: Peer Educator Coordinator, Abby at aweisman@sdccd.edu.

Request a Classroom or Department Presentation

We offer a variety of presentations on available services and the warning signs of suicide as well as other mental health issues and challenges.

Spring 2024 Flex Trainings:

Suicide Prevention Training (English) Flex #21302
May 2 | 12:00-1:00 PM | MS-162
Join us to learn about warning signs, practical application, self-care, supports on and off campus. For students and faculty/staff. Participants will recieve certificates and be entered into an opportunity drawing for a self-care giveaway!

Suicide Prevention Training (Spanish) Flex #21303
May 2 | 1:00-2:00 PM | MS-162
Join us to learn about warning signs, practical application, self-care, supports on and off campus. For students and faculty/staff. Participants will receive certificates and be entered into an opportunity drawing for a self-care giveaway!

Faculty/staff consultations are also available.

The Board of Behavioral Sciences receives and responds to complaints regarding services provided within the scope of practice of clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional clinical counselors. You may contact the board online at www.bbs.ca.gov, or by calling 916-574-7830.

The Mental Health Counseling of the San Diego City College receives and responds to complaints regarding the practice of psychotherapy by any unlicensed or unregistered counselor providing services at San Diego City College. To file a complaint, contact 619-388-3055, leaston@sdccd.edu, www.sdcity.edu/mentalhealthcounseling, or Mental Health Counseling A-180, 1313 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101.

Crisis Policy

An appointment may be shortened or rescheduled in the event of a presenting crisis or emergency. We appreciate your understanding.

Cancellation/No Show Policy

Please contact Mental Health Counseling at least 24 hours prior to your appointment if you need to cancel so that we may offer that time to another student in need 619-388-3055. Failure to attend two consecutively scheduled appointments may result in a referral to community resources.