If you’re worried about your mental health or emotional well-being, you don’t have to face it alone. When problems begin to interfere with your emotional or physical health, your relationships, your work — or life in general — you may need to talk with someone who can help. Call or email Student Services or Dr. Linda Zaruba/Dr. Christine Chang. We can work with you to address your concerns and arrange for help that will meet your needs and preserve your confidentiality.
Student Services is available to help you with personal and academic advising, counseling, and referrals. Our office is located at 280 Simon Hall and we invite you to contact us at 510.643.2744 or drop by for an appointment. You may also contact us directly:
- Dean of Students, Annik Hirshen, 510.643.3057
- Director of Student Services, Kyle Valenti, 510.642.3263
- Student Service Coordinator, Yongbin Chang, 510.643.2744
Boalt’s dedicated Psychologist, Dr. Linda Zaruba is also available to meet with you confidentially. You may contact her at 510.326.1267, 510.643.5447, or you can send a Secure Message through the etang.berkeley.edu portal. Dr. Christine Chang is available for appointments on Tuesdays. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling and Psychological Services at Tang
Counseling and Psychological Services has an office in 374A Boalt Hall where staff psychologist, Linda Zaruba is available to talk to you about your concerns. Additional satellite offices are available elsewhere on the campus if you prefer to meet with someone away from the law school. You may contact Dr. Zaruba at 510.643.5447 for more information or to request an appointment.
The main Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) office is on the third floor of the Tang Center at 2222 Bancroft Way. CPS provides crisis intervention, brief individual and couples counseling, groups, and workshops on a variety of personal and academic issues. The office also provides psychiatric services for medication evaluation and monitoring, and social services support for health-related issues like medical problems, chronic illness, substance abuse, pregnancy, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
Call 510.642.9494 to make an appointment or visit the office for drop-in counseling from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
What to Expect at Tang
To see a counselor for the first time, students should call 510.642.9494. Students will be scheduled to speak by telephone with a triage counselor, who will assist with appropriate next steps. This might include a full in-person appointment (generally available within 1 – 2 weeks), emergency counseling (available each day 10 am – 5:00 pm for urgent concerns), group counseling or a referral to other resources. See counseling appointments for more information.
Access to CPS counseling services is free to all registered UC Berkeley students. Students do not need to have purchased the Student Health Insurance Plan to see a counselor. Initial phone and in-person consultations, urgent visits, and short-term counseling visits are all free. Minimal fees apply to other services. See Tang’s counseling fee chart for more information.
After Hours Assistance
If you need help after hours, call Tang’s After Hours Assistance at 510.643.7197 and ask to speak with a counselor.
Psychology Clinic at UC Berkeley’s Dept. of Psychology
The Psychology Clinic at UC Berkeley’s Department of Psychology is at 2205 Tolman Hall. The clinic is open September through May, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7:00 pm (by appointment). The office is wheelchair accessible and has reserved parking available. You may call them at: 510.642.2055
The Psychology Clinic provides a variety of services on a sliding-fee scale, including therapy for adults, children, families, and couples, psychological assessment, community consultation and preventive interventions. The Psychology Clinic also provides referrals to appropriate agencies.
Contacting the Psychology Clinic for Services
To arrange an intake consultation, call 510.642.2055, Monday through Friday, 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. Appointments are scheduled from 9:00-5:00, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00-4:00 on Fridays, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7:00 pm.
To receive referrals to other agencies, telephone the Psychology Clinic at 510.642.2055, Monday through Friday, 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00.
The Tang Center provides online screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, eating concerns and problems with alcohol. These online screenings are free and confidential, and they can help you decide whether it’s time to talk to a professional.
If you would like to discuss your concerns with someone in person, please contact Student Services or Dr. Zaruba. If you need help immediately, you can also visit CPS on the third floor of the Tang Center where Emergency Counseling is available Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. If Tang is not open, call 510.643.7197 and ask to speak with a counselor. More information on urgent concerns can be found here.
Overcoming Common Barriers to getting help
Many people stop themselves from getting help for one, some, or all of the following reasons. If this sounds like you, click through and reconsider your reasons for not seeking help. Most people who do seek help for mental health issues are enormously relieved to find that help is available and they need not face their problems alone.
- Cultural or family stigma associated with mental health and seeking help;
- Belief that you can do this on your own or can “will” yourself to get better;
- Fear of letting others down and/or not wanting to worry them with your problems;
- Shame and embarrassment about not doing well and wanting to keep this “secret” to yourself;
- Concerns that getting help with a problem is a sign of weakness;
- Not feeling like you can afford the time to take care of yourself;
- Not knowing the process for seeking professional help or how to pay for it.
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The Boalt Disability Law Society has created a quick list of who to call when you’re having a bad day. Download it and share for easy reference.
If you need accommodations for a diagnosed psychological or learning disability, contact Kyle Valenti in Student Services and visit UC Berkeley’s Disabled Student’s Program (DSP) website for more information.
CPS also has a list of community support groups that meet on or near campus.
If you are experiencing grief or loss, whether through death of a friend or loved one, loss of a job, a relationship, or home, remember that grief has it’s own timeline and it’s different for everyone. Be kind to yourself and don’t hesitate to reach out to Student Services, Dr. Zaruba, or Tang CPS if you need additional support.
Lawlifeline has additional articles on mental and emotional health, including a short piece on getting the most out of counseling.
Mental Health America advocates on behalf of people affected by mental and substance use conditions. Their website contains information about the realities of mental health and mental illness and a guide to living well.
Psych Central and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) also have information on a variety of mental health issues. Additionally, Psych Central has blogs, articles on happiness, self-compassion, and well-being. Psych Central also has an extensive list of online resources.