Mental Health

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Counseling and Psychological Services 

Your health and well-being has always impacted learning and academic success, and this reality is only heightened as we transition back to campus.  Symptoms such as anxiety, depression, loss of motivation, difficulty concentrating, strained relationships, and feelings of not belonging can occur. Emmons’ counseling staff is committed to supporting the mental health needs of Oxy students. Due to the nature of our work and the safety for all, Emmons counseling services will continue via teletherapy.  Counselors will be on campus in case of a crisis or an emergency.  Emmons’ staff is also available to support students in finding local therapy referrals. Our counseling services are free. 

Emmons provides ongoing individual therapy, walk-ins, support groups, drop-ins, crisis support, and consultations through a virtual platform. Our drop-ins and groups cover a variety of topics such as mindfulness and specific times for Black and other minoritized students, and athletes. 

Our dietitian is available to meet virtually with all students at no cost, and our psychiatrist will provide telemedical services to students based on their insurance coverage, and to pre-existing patients. For all other students Emmons counselors will assist in finding a local psychiatry referral. 

Emmons counselors will provide virtual workshops available to all students on a variety of topics, such as mindfulness, managing stress, and support for race-based trauma. We are also partnering with other offices such as ICC and SLICE to provide outreach and programming events specifically for minoritized students.

Helpline - Students have access to the 24/7 confidential hotline at 323-341-4141. 

To get connected to any of the free, confidential services at Emmons, you can call (323) 259-2657 or email us at emmons@oxy.edu

Drop-In Services

Drop-in chats are informal and confidential consultations with an Emmons counselor. If you desire or require care beyond a consultation, the Emmons counselor will refer you to on or off campus resources as appropriate. Please follow the links associated with the appropriate day/time, and meet with the Emmons counselor listed. Please note that if someone else is already being served, you will be placed in a virtual waiting room, and we will be with you shortly. 

Between the Lines

A free and confidential and virtual drop-in space for Oxy varsity student-athletes. Whatever you may be experiencing on or off the field, this is a safe space to take a time out and meet with a counselor to talk about it. Drop-ins will start Mondays, weekly, beginning on September 13th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm PST with Rich Estrada, LMFG

https://occidental.zoom.us/j/82157516276
Meeting ID: 821 5751 6276
Passcode: 785243
888 475 4499 US Toll-free

Black Voices: Drop-In Chat

Black Voices is currently on hiatus as Irma Breakfield works to restructure the Drop-Ins. We apologize deeply for any inconvenience this may cause. Please reach out to Irma Breakfield directly via email at ibreakfield@oxy.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

What’s the Word, Hummingbird?

A supportive and confidential space for students with marginalized identities to meet with a counselor without the need for an appointment.  POC, LGBTQ+, 1st Gen, and International Students are welcome to drop in for informal 1:1 conversations about any topic or concern.  Students may reflect on relationships, identity, family, housing, academics, or any other life issue.  Tuesdays from 1-3pm PST with Anna Rivera, Ph.D: 

https://occidental.zoom.us/j/95693322299
Meeting ID: 956 9332 2299
Passcode: h3LL0
888 475 4499 US Toll-free

Substance Use Support Space

A safe, welcoming, and open space for anyone who has questions about various substances, substance use, or their own relationship to substances in a confidential and non-judgmental space. This space is also welcoming to any individuals not having challenges with substances but who may know friends, family, or loved ones who are dealing with substance use challenges and are needing support for themselves. Wednesday weekly beginning on Sept 15th from 12pm-1pm (PST) with Rich Estrada LMFT.

https://occidental.zoom.us/u/k1kXvNF6g
Meeting ID: 827 0812 1713
Passcode: 264633
1 669 900 6833 US Toll-Free

Fall Groups

Men of Color Support Circle

A safe and confidential virtual drop-in group open weekly to self identified men of diverse cultural backgrounds that provides healing and support, encourages self exploration and fosters community. This group discusses issues surrounding masculinity, gender, racial and ethnic identity, leadership, love and intimacy, compassionate accountability, patriarchy, men’s mental health and anything else relevant to men of color. This group will meet regularly at a day/time TBD. There is no need to RSVP ahead of time and you can attend how often you would like to. Contact Rich Estrada LMFT with any interest or questions: restrada@oxy.edu

Disordered Eating Support Group

The disordered eating support group is designed for students who have experienced disordered eating and are committed and motivated for recovery. The focus is on developing coping skills, implementing strategies to continue forward in recovery, giving and receiving authentic and compassionate support, and expanding skills needed for recovery. The group will occur bi-weekly at a day/time TBD. Contact Rich Estrada LMFT if interested or if you have any questions: restrada@oxy.edu

Survivors Circle

Survivors Circle is a safe, confidential environment that can provide support and understanding for any Oxy student who has experienced sexual assault (either while at Oxy or previously). Survivors Circle offers a space to heal and recover from trauma, to reestablish safety, to connect with others, and to share experiences. The group focuses on processing how the assault has impacted their lives. The group meets virtually, and will meet bi-weekly at a day and time TBD.  This is not a drop in group, and students are asked to commit as best they can to attending most sessions.  If interested, please contact Anna directly at annarivera@oxy.edu.

1st Gen Connection 

An open, supportive space for 1st Gen students to share and connect about their experiences. The group will touch on topics specific to the first gen experience, including adjustment to college, self-care, resiliency, belonging, impostor syndrome, and intersecting identities. A space in which students can be themselves and share about issues that are often invisible or dismissed, and they may not be able to share elsewhere. The group is drop in and will meet biweekly at a date and time TBD. Questions? Email Anna Rivera at annarivera@oxy.edu.

Mindfulness Group 

A 4-week psycho-educational group that provides opportunities to learn about and engage in various mindfulness practices. Each week focuses on different information and practices, including mindful breathing, mindful eating, body scan, managing difficult emotions, and loving kindness. Practicing these skills help with anxiety, sadness, critical thoughts, improving focus, and feeling more present in everyday life; it is a way to practice being less reactionary and more thoughtful in our decisions. Participation in all 4 weeks is encouraged. Dates and times TBD. Questions? Email Anna Rivera at annarivera@oxy.edu