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Counseling and Health Services

Whether you're a new arrival to NDNU or returning, we'd like to extend a warm welcome to you. Our campus community is diverse in every way imaginable, and engaging with students with different gifts, backgrounds and sensibilities is one of the most exhilarating aspects of life at NDNU. Our diverse counseling and health staff are knowledgeable in a variety of areas, but we share one core passion: helping students to flourish while pursuing their personal and educational goals. We look forward to sharing our skills and expertise with you.

While the transition to, and life at NDNU can be an exciting challenge, we know that some of our students may be coping with personal, financial, health and other stressors. Counseling and Health Services is here to support your growth and development, and to help you to restore balance, build strength, gain emotional resiliency and increase your personal well-being.

We invite you to explore the services available to you here on our webpage or in person. If you are experiencing an immediate emergency, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

Mission Statement

The overall mission is to promote and enhance the psychological and physical health of students so that they may reach their potential for personal growth and academic success. We believe that the psychological, physical, spiritual and social realms are interconnected and influence a student's ability to thrive, learn, grow, and maintain healthy living in a collegiate environment. Counseling and Health Services provides opportunities to discuss with trained professionals a struggle or problem a student is facing, gain better coping skills to face life's challenges, and to learn ways to find balance in order to live a healthy lifestyle.

Services and Information

Dietary Exemptions

Any student requesting special dietary accommodations and services must provide appropriate documentation, complete an exemption form (available from University Housing), and make arrangements with cafeteria services.


For after-hours crisis or medical emergencies, contact:

  • Public Safety: cell: 650-504-0656 or 650-740-1483
  • Housing/Residence Life on-duty cell: 650-703-2051, 650-703-2052, 650-703-2053
  • Campus Switchboard: 650-508-3500 (Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)

For matters of life and death call 911.

Emergency Numbers

  • Suicide Prevention: 650-579-0350
  • Parent Support Line: 1-888-220-7575
  • Rape Trauma Services: 650-692-7273
  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 650-573-3950
  • Center for Domestic Violence Prevention: 650-312-8515


Karin Sponholz, MSW, Ph.D., Director of Counseling and Health Services
David Muir, LVN, Health Services and Education Coordinator

Jennifer Rooney, Psy.D., Psychologist and Training Director
Yvette Tazeau, Ph.D., Case Manager
Laura McColl, M.S., Practicum Trainee
Mimi Goess-Saurau, M.S., Practicum Trainee

Counseling Services

New Hall E18
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Extended hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday

There are drop-in times available as well as scheduled counseling sessions.
To schedule appointments or leave messages call 650-508-3714.

Health Services

New Hall W1
Monday and Wednesday , 1 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

To make an appointment, visit the Health Services Office in New Hall W1, call 650-508-3756.