Director's Corner: Jeanne Manese, Ph.D., Director

Jeanne Manese, Ph.D., Director

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“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.”  Buddha

A Message for the UCI Community

The Counseling Center stands in solidarity with those facing oppression and violence.

In light of continued news of oppression and violence both domestically and abroad, we would like to reaffirm our role as being a supportive resource to the UCI community. You do not need to identify as a survivor or know a victim of violence to experience the emotional and physical effects of violent action. For some, talking about the event, acknowledging the resulting feelings, and focusing on helping others can assist with reducing the negative emotional impact of violence.  We recognize that members of our UCI community may be affected by these events. You may find that during this challenging time you are having difficulty coping with your reactions, thoughts, or feelings. If you find that you are impacted by the events and need support, the Counseling Center has Urgent Care walk-in available for UCI students from 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Routine appointments are also available by calling or stopping in the Counseling Center to schedule. Alternatively, you can call to speak with a counselor by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (949) 824-6457. After Counseling Center business hours, you select option 2 to connect to our after-hours telephone counseling service.

Please see this resource for information on managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting (link to APA article).

See also: Steps to Self-Care After Emotional & Psychological Trauma 

The Counseling Center is expanding!

To serve you better, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the Counseling Center to our new annex location, on the 4th floor of the Student Center. The annex location will be open starting Tuesday April 19th. All clinical services will continue to be available at the Counseling Center main office at 203 Students Services I. The annex location will provide additional space for counseling appointments to meet the growing needs of UCI students. Front desk operation for the Counseling Center main office and annex is Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Urgent care at the main Counseling Center is available Mon- Fri 8am-4:30pm.

National Depression Screening Day

October 6th 10am - 2pm

Student Center Terrace

Many college students may experience depression and other mental health concerns that impact their academic, social, and psychological well-being. Stop by our table for a free brief screening and learn more about mental health issues and resources. You will have a chance to discuss your results with a Counseling Center professional who may make referrals if appropriate. There will be a coloring activity table and free giveaways for participants!

If you are unable to make it to the screening times but would like to speak with a mental health professional please contact the Counseling Center to schedule an appointment at 949-824-6457.