Welcome to Counseling 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 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 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 in Counseling Services, in person and on the web. If you are experiencing an immediate emergency, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
The primary focus of Counseling Services at NDNU is to promote and enhance the psychological health, personal growth, and success of students. Counseling provides an opportunity to discuss with a trained professional a problem or decision a student is facing. Through the counseling process it is possible to explore ways of becoming more effective in personal relationships, to increase self-understanding and acceptance, to gain support during emotional crises and clarify short- and long-range personal goals.
The Counseling Center is located in New Hall E18.
Hours / Appointments
Monday thru Friday, 10 am - 4pm
There are drop-in times available as well as scheduled counseling sessions.
To schedule appointments or leave messages call (650) 508-3578.
Dennis Dow, Ph.D., Director, is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist.
Karin Sponholz, MSW, Ph.D., Psychologist and Director of Training.
Staff also includes Doctoral Practicum Trainees in Clinical Psychology.
Counseling is available to all students and can be of help in dealing with personal problems:
Counseling is offered in an atmosphere of support and understanding. The counselors will listen, help clarify personal concerns, identify goals and strategies for changes and provide support throughout the process.
Counseling sessions are confidential to ensure that students fell free to talk about anything that is of concern. No information is released without the student's consent or request.
Online and Other Resources
For further information on many topics of mental health, check these other college-oriented Web sites:
- Counseling Center Village: a series of virtual pamphlets addressing psychological issues.
- Ulifeline: developed by college students for college students
- Go Ask Alice: an in-depth Q&A site
Online Mental Health Self-Assessment Screening (Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers only)
This is a self-assessment for Depression and Anxiety.
- How To Deal With Stress
- Managing Traumatic Stress; Loss and The Effects of Traumatic Stress
- How To Help A Grieving Friend; Composing Letters and Notes of Condolence
- How You Can Reduce Test Anxiety
- Test Stress
Resources for Parents
Click here for a variety of articles.
Resources for Faculty and Staff
Click here for a variety of mental health resources.
In the Event of an Emergency
In the event of an emergency and no one is available in Counseling Services, call Charlie Arolla, Chief of Public Safety, at ext. 3502, or call 911. Listed below are other emergency numbers:
Parent Support Line
Rape Trauma Services
Alcohol and Drug Helpline
Center for Domestic Violence Prevention
New Hall E18