Graduate Student Wellness Guide

As a grad student, where do I go for mental health and counseling services?

As a registered student at UC Berkeley, all undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for Mental health and counseling and psychological services regardless of insurance coverage. Areas of focus are academic success, life management (relationships, coping w/ personal crisis, etc), career & life planning, personal growth & development. For non emergencies, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) at:

2222 Bancroft Way #4300
Berkeley, CA 94720
Third floor of the Tang Center
Tel: (510) 642-9494
Fax:(510)642-2368

CPS Satellite offices are located at the following locations:

  • Boalt Law School – 362 Boalt Hall
  • Bowditch Annex– 2311 Bowditch St, 2nd Floor
  • Cesar E. Chavez Student Center – 150 Cesar E. Chavez Student Center
  • Disabled Students Program (DSP) – 260k Cesar E. Chavez Student Center
  • Graduate Division – 487 Evans Hall
  • International House – 2299 Piedmont Ave
  • Incentive Awards Program – 2400 Bancroft Way
  • Residential Life – RSSP Building, 2610 Channing Way

Free to all registered Grad students, must sign up in advance. Must cancel w/in 24 hr. period or $20.00 “no show” fee will be applied. View Calendar of group counseling and workshops.

Free to all registered Grad students, must sign up in advance. Must cancel w/in 24 hr. period or $20.00 “no show” fee will be applied. View Calendar of group counseling and workshops. Free to all registered Grad students, must sign up in advance. Must cancel w/in 24 hr. period or $20.00 “no show” fee will be applied. View Calendar of group counseling and workshops. Free to all registered Grad students, must sign up in advance. Must cancel w/in 24 hr. period or $20.00 “no show” fee will be applied. View Calendar of group counseling and workshops.

Free to all registered Grad students, must sign up in advance. Must cancel w/in 24 hr. period or $20.00 “no show” fee will be applshow” fee will be applied. View Calendar of group counseling and workshops.

Free to all registered Grad students, must sign up in advance. Must cancel w/ind Grad students, must sign up in advance. Must cancel w/in 24 hr. period or $20.00 “no show” fee will be applied. View Calendar of group counseling and w of group counseling and workshops.

What services are out there specifically for graduate students?

The Career Center sponsors workshops specifically for graduate students and offers Ph.D. career counseling services by appointment. University and Health services offers a support groups for graduate men and graduate women. All of this information can be found on this flyer.

Managing Stress, Anxiety, & Depression

Fridays 1:15 – 2:45 pm
These 8-week groups are for students experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression or stress. Participants will learn cognitive & behavioral coping strategies and have an opportunity to engage in discussion and give & receive support. Some topics include: self-care, relaxation, developing healthier thinking habits, combatting self-criticism, time management, worry management, procrastination prevention, increasing happiness, decreasing anxiety, developing assertiveness, & building social support.

Graduate Women’s Support – Grad Only / Pre-group meeting required

Mondays 5:00 – 6:30 pm
This support group is offered for female graduate students who wish to come together to share the challenges and struggles of being a grad student, discuss ways to balance school & personal life, discuss relationships with advisors and peers, increase self-confidence, and develop relationships with other women in grad school.

Graduate Men’s Support – Grad Only / Pre-group meeting required

Wednesdays 4:15 – 5:45 pm
Thursdays 2:10 – 3:40 pm
This support group is offered for male graduate students who wish to come together to share the challenges and struggles of being a student, discuss ways to deal with the hurdles and hassles of school, find ways to connect with others, discuss relationship issues, and consider ways to manage stress and live a balanced, satisfying and happy life as a Berkeley grad student.

Understanding Self and Others – Pre-group Screening required

Thursdays 5:00 – 6:30 pm
This weekly therapy group is designed to foster greater self-awareness and more satisfying relationships by exploring how your background and upbringing affect your relationships, becoming more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and exploring your “here-and-now” feelings with other group members.

For more information contact the counseling and Psychological Services here

Family friendly benefits

For family friendly benefits including need-based award that can be used for housing, health insurance, childcare, and/or fee and tuition costs, please visit this link

As a GSI where do I go in order to refer one of my students to mental health services?

Connecting a student to counseling:

The first step is to look for signs!
If signs exist, encourage the student to call CPS at (510)642-9494 or visit the third floor of the Tang Center to begin counseling. Counseling is available for all registered students. If the student is not open to counseling, call CPS to consult with a counselor.

It is helpful to
  • Let them discuss their feelings and thoughts. Often this alone relieves some of the pressure.
  • Provide reassurance.
  • Talk slowly and remain calm.
  • Be clear and directive.
  • Provide a safe and quiet environment until the symptoms subside.
It is not helpful to
  • Minimize the perceived threat to which the student is reacting.
  • Take responsibility for their emotional state.
  • Overwhelm them with information or ideas to “fix” their condition.
  • Become anxious or overwhelmed