Personal Growth and Counseling Center


Telemental health appointments

Enrolled students can set up an appointment by calling our office, 831-582-3969. 

Eligible students will meet with a counselor by Zoom to create a plan. Plans are unique for each student. The counselor may recommend group counseling, individual counseling, or both. In some cases, students may benefit from a referral to a mental health professional or service outside of CSUMB.

If meeting by Zoom isn't appropriate, counselors will help students find additional resources.

Crisis appointments

Students in crisis are seen as soon as possible.

Reasons for counseling

Counseling can be helpful to address many concerns. A student may choose to contact our office for help with:

  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Body image
  • Cultural issues
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Family conflict
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships
  • Roommates
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual identity
  • Stress
  • Test anxiety
  • Traumatic events
  • Veterans' Issues
  • Violence

Counseling can help

PGCC services are designed to help students:

  • Learn skills to optimize decision-making, problem-solving, and communication
  • Deal with problems stemming from personal life experiences, trauma, and situational stress
  • Resolve life crises that threaten persistence in college
  • Adjust to and cope with college life and pressures
  • Enhance individual potential
  • Develop healthy relationships

Expectations of the student

A personal commitment to counseling is crucial for success. We encourage students to keep all scheduled appointments. If a student has an illness or emergency, please call to cancel as far in advance as possible.

Additionally, students are expected to:

  • Be open and honest
  • Be on time
  • Work in collaboration with their counselor

Issues requiring more care

Occasionally a student may need additional resources. The counseling center will appropriately refer students to outside services such as a private practitioner, medical professional (e.g. psychiatrist, nutritionist), community support group, or facility that specializes in the student's problem.

Due to high demands for our services, there are limits to individual counseling appointments. However, PGCC Groups and Workshops have no limit and are highly encouraged in combination with individual sessions to achieve maximum progress towards longer-term goals.


Students must complete registration and screening forms prior to their first appointment each academic year. Our office will email forms prior to the first appointment.   

Confidentiality and privacy

While there are limits to confidentiality, the fact that you are seeing a counselor does not appear on any academic records. Your right to confidentiality is protected by law. As helping professionals, we are legally and ethically bound to report cases of child abuse, elder abuse, suicide, homicide, and if individuals are gravely disabled and unable to care for themselves.

In such cases, the counselor is legally required to make outside reports (where appropriate) of information obtained during counseling sessions. The counselor will inform the student that confidentiality will be broken and the reason(s) for doing so.

Our privacy policy explains detailed use and description of protected health information and can be made available upon request.