Counseling Services

Mental health counseling services, including short-term and crisis counseling, are provided at no cost to currently enrolled Palo Alto College students. Students are encouraged to speak with a counselor to develop strategies that will promote academic and personal success.

If students need long-term help, they may be referred to the appropriate external resources.

Who may use counseling services?

Currently enrolled students may meet with a counselor for up to three (3) sessions per topic. There is no limit for group sessions or other events. Consultation services are also available to faculty and staff with student concerns.

How do I make an appointment?

Students may schedule an appointment by calling 210-486-3750 or visiting the office during business hours. 

How long do sessions last?

Each counseling appointment lasts about one (1) hour. Students may be asked to arrive early at the initial appointment to complete some background information.

What groups are offered?

Counseling Services offers groups and presentations on a variety of topics:

  • Relationships
  • Family dynamics
  • Finding your life work
  • Managing stress
  • Goal setting & time management
  • Returning adults
What concerns are addressed in counseling sessions?

Students may visit Counseling Services for all areas of focus, including:

  • Academic performance
  • Adjustment to college
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Cutting/self-injury
  • Dating/loss of relationship
  • Depression/mood swings
  • Career indecision/gaining selfknowledge
  • Time management and life planning