Students grappling with challenges or questions make use of the counseling center every year. We promote and foster the emotional and psychological growth and well being of all students at Whittier College through psychiatric services, short-term individual and couples therapy, referrals, education outreach events, and other on-campus services. For help accessing our services, please reference this flowchart.
Our staff has extensive experience in college counseling and is committed to providing high-quality services in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Services are free of charge to currently enrolled undergraduate Whittier College students.
Short-term individual therapy provides a student the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a counselor to freely explore a variety of problems, difficulties, or concerns. Sessions average 45-50 minutes.
Couples therapy is highly effective for many student concerns. Counselors facilitate sessions so that individuals can hear other's perspectives, feel connection through shared experience, and practice new ways of interacting and coping. Sessions average 45-50 minutes. Note: one of the parties involved in couples therapy must be a Whittier student.
The Counseling Center has a psychiatric nurse practitioner available to students for medication evaluations, consultations, and medication management. A counseling center counselor will perform an intake where he or she will evaluate to see if a medication evaluation with the psychiatrist is warranted. Learn more.
Available to students, staff, and faculty members, grief counseling helps individuals cope with loss. Services are available by appointment or walk-in basis during regular business hours. After 5 p.m. you may call Campus Safety at 562.907.4211 and ask to speak with the counselor on call. Additionally, we have 24/7 access to professional counselors (through Black Swan/Empathia/United Educators) via telephone at 866.713.1978. Please mention that you are affiliated with Whittier College when you use this resource. This resource can also provide referral services in the local area. The Employee Assistance Program for staff and faculty is carried through Ceridian and can be reached 24/7 at 800.854.1446 or find more information on Life Balance's website. This resource provides referrals for local professionals for personal counseling. It does not provide telephone counseling. Download information on self-care in the midst of grief.
Counseling center staff can provide students with referrals for psychiatric evaluation, long-term therapy, and medication monitoring. We also provide consultation and crisis intervention support to faculty and staff.
Mental Health Workshops
Each semester, therapists host on-campus workshops and presentations for students on stress management, healthy relationships, and a variety of other mental health topics. Visit our Events page for upcoming workshops that may interest you.
Within the counseling center, we house a lending library of books, videotapes, audiotapes, and brochures about a variety of mental health and social issues for student use. Any member of the College community is welcome to borrow these materials. Visit us!