Student Counseling Services Division of Student Affairs
Student Counseling Services is committed to helping USC students creatively handle the stresses and challenges in their academic and personal goals.
The professional staff is diverse in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual/affectional orientation. The staff includes psychologists, psychiatrists and advanced graduate students. The staff is highly trained and experienced in helping students successfully cope with issues and concerns that are common to the college experience.
To initiate counseling or to participate in groups, workshops or Mentoring Programs, call (213) 740-7711, or come to Student Counseling Services in the YWCA Building, for additional information.
Graduate Student Group
This group is for graduate students who would like a safe and supportive place to discuss issues or adjustment difficulties regarding returning to school. This group will explore a range of personal and interpersonal concerns including self-esteem, assertiveness, intimacy, and emotional expressiveness. The group is aimed at helping participants enhance their sense of personal competence. Leader: Edith Chung, Ph.D.
Men’s Therapy Group
The men’s group is designed specifically for male students. Members may explore their interpersonal interactions, in both school and private settings, toward enhancing relationships, communication and performance. The group provides an opportunity for members to learn new social skills and practice new behaviors while learning the impact they have on others. Leader: Mark Stevens, Ph.D.
Peace with Food and Body Esteem
For women who are concerned about repetitive dieting, bingeing, purging, or preoccupation with food and weight. This group will help you develop greater self-acceptance and effective strategies for dealing with these issues in a supportive and confidential setting. Leader: Rebekah Smart, Ph.D.
Relationship Issues Group (General Therapy Group)
These groups are designed for students who are interested in their own personal growth, who seek deeper understandings of themselves and their relationships with others. Group members can use the group to explore their conflicts, to learn new social skills, to get feedback on the impact they have on others, and to try out new behaviors.
Women’s Therapy Group
Provides a safe place to work on personal concerns with the benefit of women’s energy and ingenuity. Issues may include relationship concerns, difficult childhood experiences, juggling multiple roles, struggling with anxiety and/or depression, facing life transitions. Leader: Robin Ward, L.C.S.W.
Black Women’s Caucus
Support network provided for the African American women on USC’s campus. Members of the group will have the opportunity to explore issues concerning Black female relationships; being Black and female; myths about Black women; and building positive identity. Leader: Timmy Lee.
Gay and Bi Men’s Support Group
For gay and bi men who are accepting and integrating sexuality and lifestyle. Issues include coming out, intimacy, friendship, family relations, academic and career plans, community, and health. Leader: Stanley Harris, M.D.
Lesbian and Bi Women’s Support Group
This is a confidential, ongoing weekly group for lesbian and bi women. Members strive to be supportive of one another dealing with issues of coming out, balancing academic and social pressures, homophobia, negotiating and sustaining relationships, and surviving breakups. Leader: Mary Andres, Psy.D.
Solutions and Strategies Substance Abuse Support Group
For students who have a concern about their drinking and drug use. These group members offer confidential support and realistic planning strategies to each other for both abstinence and/or controlled use. Leader: Mary Andres, Psy.D., CADC.
Short-term Structured Groups
Academic-Related Anxiety Group
A group for students experiencing anxiety as it relates to their academic studies. Topics include: test anxiety, fear of speaking up in class, shyness, talking to TAs and professors and collaborating with fellow students. Leader: Pat Tobey, Ph.D.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Difficulty Support Group
Provides a supportive and educational approach to such topics as: learning skills, social skills, mood management, self-esteem, focusing on tasks, recognizing strengths and weaknesses, managing distractions, task-directed thinking, career planning and other successful strategies used by adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Difficulty. Leader: Pat Tobey, Ph.D.
Wellness and Stress Reduction Group
This group is for individuals who would like to learn a comprehensive approach to improve health, regulate and enhance energy, improve one’s concentration, relax better, and develop a greater sense of personal power, tranquility and well-being. Members will learn approaches to wellness through meditation. Yoga, BaGua Zhang, nutrition and ways to enhance positive thinking. Leader: Shing-Shiong Chang, Ph.D.
Groups are confidential. Most require a pre-group meeting with the leader(s). For information or to sign up for a group call (213) 740-7711. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Additional Programs Offered through Student Counseling Services
Asian Pacific American Peer Mentoring
Upper division students have been trained by USC’s Student Counseling Services and the Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) department to help “new” APA undergraduate students adjust to campus and community life. Specifically, they can address ways to get involved, ethnic identity, race relations and other personal issues related to being a USC student of Asian Pacific American heritage. For more information on how to get an APA Peer Mentor, please contact the APASS department at (213) 740-4999 or drop by Student Union 410.
Mentoring for Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgendered Students
The Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgendered Mentoring Program is designed to help students through the confusing, isolating and stressful process of coming out. It is also available for students who have come out, but struggle with feeling inferior or defective because they are lesbian,
gay or bi.
Mentors (who are gay, lesbian or bi themselves) provide an informal, caring, one-on-one relationship for mentees. Though mentors help mentees sort out difficult feelings, they do not push mentees to come out to others. Rather they try to help mentees figure out what they would like to do and how they would like to do it. They meet with mentees once a week or so answering questions and providing understanding, information and resource materials. Mentors help mentees find connections to positive community networks and resources; they often accompany mentees to “rap” groups; bookstores; coffee houses; lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender community centers; cultural events; potlucks, etc.
For more information, check out the Web site at: www.usc.edu/dept/GLBMentoring or contact Mary Andres, Ph.D. at (213) 740-7711.