Counseling Services


The primary focus of Counseling Services at NDNU is to promote and enhance the psychological health, personal growth and success of students. We strive to provide services that reflect our strong commitment to diversity and to the individual needs of all students here at NDNU.

Our Services

NDNU Counseling Services is dedicated to providing a broad range of support to assist currently registered students.   Available services include:

  • Intake (Initial) Appointments
  • Brief Individual Therapy
  • Brief Couples Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psycho-educational Workshops
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Assistance with Referral to Community Resources
  • Consultations
  • Outreach and Community Programming
  • A Note About 'Brief Therapy'

      In order to maximize our resources and meet as many of our students’ mental health needs as we can, Counseling Services operates from a ‘Brief Treatment’ model. Brief treatment may look different for different people, with some students reaching their goals with a single session, some within a few (3 - 5) sessions, and some students engaging in slightly longer courses of therapy. If, at the initial appointment, or thereafter in therapy, your counselor determines that more open ended treatment would be the best fit for you, you may be provided with referrals to community providers who can better meet your needs. Assistance is provided, as requested or needed, to effectively connect with these referral resources.

    How to Schedule an Appointment

      To schedule an initial (intake) appointment with Counseling Services, you may:

    1. Call us at 650.508.3714 to speak with or leave a voicemail for one of our clinicians.

    NOTE: please listen carefully to menu options to ensure you reach the correct voicemail box

    2. Walk in between 8:30am and 5pm Monday - Friday to:

  • Speak with an available clinician; or
  • Use our drop-box to leave a note with your name and contact information if no clinician is available – someone will reach out to you by the end of the day
  • Confidentiality

      Counseling sessions are confidential to ensure that students feel free to talk about anything that is of concern. This means that no information about a client’s contact with Counseling Services is released without the knowledge and written consent of the client, except where required by law.

    Such exceptions include when:

  • We believe that there is a substantial likelihood that you will cause serious physical harm to yourself or another person unless protective measures are taken
  • We have reasonable cause to believe that a child is being abused or neglected or an elderly or incapacitated adult is being subject to abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • We receive a court order
  • Counseling records are also kept separate from school, disciplinary, and medical records to ensure your privacy and confidentiality.