Various resources are available outside of Occidental’s campus, such as extra tutoring and more assessment providers. Listed below is a compilation of these resources and how to access them on your own.
Mental Health Resources
Complete the Off-Campus Referral Request form to receive a reference for a therapist. The form includes a space to express payment ability and insurance information.
Further information is available on Emmons’ webpage.
The resources listed below have reached out to Occidental to offer psycho-educational assessment services (testing that provides a full understanding of cognitive ability). Please note that it is not the policy of Occidental College to officially endorse providers in the community.
Learning Dynamics, Inc
Nicole Brown, Psy. D.
Woodland Hills, CA
*As of September 2021, LDI takes Kaiser insurance.
Grey Matter Psychological Assessment
Testing Psychologist: Megan Johnson, PhD.
Stacy Amano, Ph.D.
Pasadena, CA 91101
*As of September 2021, does not accept insurance
Golden Hour Therapy (teletherapy)
Chandler Chang, Ph.D.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
*As of September 2021, out-of-network reimbursement only; do not accept insurance.
Barbara Hoskins, Ph.D.
Pasadena, CA 91101
*As of September 2021, does not accept insurance.
Aspire Therapy Center
Pasadena, CA 91030
*As of September 2021, accepting Aetna insurance.
University of Southern California
Psychology Services Center
Los Angeles, CA
Tips on finding a good assessment provider
- Some providers may not take your health insurance, so ask your provider if your insurance will cover the session. Then, find out how many sessions are covered by your insurance and if there are any extra costs that will not be covered.
- Some providers have different areas of expertise. Call the provider and ask if they have experience dealing with your concerns.
- Find out where the provider is located and which hours work with you. Ask the provider which issues will be addressed in the short term and which issues require long term treatment.
- Providers may charge you depending on how often you meet. Ask the provider their policy on cancellation, phone calls in between sessions, and alternative treatment for sick leave.
- No provider will be perfect for everyone. Find the provider that feels like a good fit and is comfortable for you.
Tell us about your experience
Though numerous assessment providers are listed and have expressed their availability to Occidental, there is always room for more options to ensure that every student receives testing that can lead to academic accommodations in a timely manner. For that reason, if you have visited a psycho-educational assessment provider that isn’t listed on Oxy’s webpage, you are encouraged to email the provider’s information to Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your response can then be looked over later, and the provider’s information made available to more students. In your email, please ensure that you include the name and contact information (phone number, email) of the provider. Then, consider answering questions such as:
- Would you recommend this provider to the rest of Occidental?
- Did they feel supportive/trustworthy/professional?
- What were their strengths and weaknesses?
- How did you hear about this provider?
- How quickly did the provider get back to you with results?
Coaches and Tutors
The resources listed below have reached out to Occidental to offer educational support to students. Please note that it is not the policy of Occidental College to officially endorse providers in the community.