To promote the mental health of CSUMB students in order to improve the quality of their lives and aid them in achieving academic success. We are committed to the development of the whole person: academically, personally, socially, spiritually, and physically.


A student's right to confidentiality, as well as limits, should be understood in the event that the counseling center has to break confidentiality for legal and ethical reasons.

NEWS & Events

Mindful Madness

Mindful Madness Flyer

Join Health and Wellness Services on Wednesday, March 16th from 11am-3pm in the main quad.

This is a free event open to students, staff, and faculty. Please take a moment to balance and reflect during this busy time of year. For questions or disability accommodations, please contact Jessica Flores at jesflores@csumb.edu or 831-582-3969.

PGCC External Review 

The Personal Growth and Counseling Center was externally reviewed during the fall 2015 semester. On November 4, 2015, Jeffrey P. Prince, Ph.D. conducted an on-site visit to explore how the PGCC was meeting the needs of the campus. His review and recommendations can be found in this report:

External Review Document

c-Span's Cities Tour Features Caroline Haskell and Ann Jealous 

View the Haskell and Jealous interview on their book, Combined Destinies, on C-SPAN2 (Comcast channel 109) and on C-SPAN3 (Comcast channel 110) during C-SPAN’s special Monterey weekend December 5-6, 2015. For more information, visit the C-SPAN Cities Tour website and the C-SPAN Cities Tour Twitter page.

Disability Empowerment Panel

Disability Empowerment Panel Event Flyer

Join the Student Awareness Disability Empowerment (SADE) club for a Disability Empowerment Panel on Friday, December 4th from 6pm to 7:50pm in the Student Center West Lounge. If you need accommodations in order to attend this event please contact Justin Frago at jfrago@csumb.edu.

Interfaith Dialogue Friday, December 11th

Interfaith Dialogue Event Flyer

Campus Chaplain, Judy Blonski, invites you to join the Interfaith Dialogue on Friday, December 11, 2015 from 1:30pm to 2:50pm in the Student Center Conference Room 120.

Interfaith Dialogue is a special time for sharing personal belief systems and hearing the diverse experiences of others. It’s also a wonderful way to get your questions answered.

Contact Chaplain Judy Blonski for more information: Jblonski@csumb.edu 760-216-3129.

To request disability accommodations or sign-language interpreters, please contact the PGCC (831) 582-3969.

A Mindful path through Finals: Free Mini Retreat

Retreat Flyer

Monday, December 14, 2015
Personal Growth and Counseling Center (Building 80; Room 90)

Bring a sack lunch. Light snacks provided. It’s ok to arrive late and leave early.

Finals week is often a time of dread and high stress. But there is another way! In this mini-retreat, give yourself the gift of time and space. Learn to connect with your breath, slowdown, and let go. Use mindfulness practices to calm your nervous system, release tension, and connect to the present moment. Learn how to water your “good seeds” and open yourself to the joy that exists even in the busyness. No previous meditation experience is necessary.

  • 12:00-12:10: Welcome and intro to meditation
  • 12:10-12:25: Mindful eating
  • 12:25-12:35: Walking/sitting meditation
  • 12:35-1:00: “Water Your Good Seeds” Mindfulness Practice
  • 1:00-1:10: Sitting meditation
  • 1:10-1:25: Reflection/sharing
  • 1:25-1:45: Deep relaxation; guided meditation

Dr.Shannon Snapp is an assistant professor in Psychology, mindfulness coach, and reiki practitioner. She has taught mindfulness to youth and adults of all ages in the US and Asia since 2007. For more information or to request disability accommodations or sign-language interpreters, please contact Dr. Snapp at ssnapp@csumb.edu.

CSU Red Folder 

More information available on our website and through the CSU website.

Responding to trauma

The counseling center wishes to extend our support and condolences to the many people who have been affected by the attacks in France. Our thoughts are with you and your families. If you or someone you know needs support please come to the counseling center and/or utilize the resources below:

10 Tips for Coping with Tragedy

Coping with Natural DISASTERS 

Disaster Distress Helpline

After a Disaster: Self-Care Tips for Dealing with Stress


Register for Mental Health First Aid Register for QPR - Suicide Prevention

hours & contact information

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Connect with us by:

  • Phone: (831) 582-3969
  • Mail: California State University Monterey Bay, Health & Wellness Services, 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA, 93955-8001
  • E-mail: counseling_center@csumb.edu.
  • Physical Location: The PGCC is located in the Health and Wellness Services Building (80) on the corner of General Jim Moore Boulevard and Inter-Garrison Road. A map of CSUMB can be found here.

Services Are Free for registered and currently-enrolled students.

Getting Help

For Myself

  • If you are a student enrolled at CSUMB, you can call us to request services or ask any questions (831) 582-3969.
  • While individual counseling is provided at the PGCC, it is highly recommended that you consider attending group counseling as well to maximize your personal growth.
  • Although there are no assurances to benefits, counseling can often lead to better interpersonal relationships, improved academic performance, solutions to specific problems, and reductions in your feelings of distress.

For someone else

  • If a student is in danger of hurting themselves or others, call 9-1-1.
  • If you are on campus and concerned about a student, encourage them to talk to someone. You can offer to accompany the student to our office. We ask that you call us prior to coming over so we can be ready to meet them.
  • If you are off campus and concerned about a student, express concern to the student, encourage the student to come to the counseling center, and ask that he or she make contact.

Contact Personal Growth & Counseling

(831) 582-3969

Fax: (831) 582-4384


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