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Personal Counseling

Personal counseling offers brief confidential individual counseling, crisis intervention, mental health and substance abuse assessments, and community referrals.

The goal of counseling is to support students in identifying and managing personal concerns, learn more about themselves and make positive life changes. Talking about issues and concerns in a safe and confidential environment can enable students to become more successful in college and life. Benefits of counseling include relief from distressing symptoms; improved emotional health; the acquisition of new approaches to problem solving and decision making; more satisfying interpersonal relationships; and increased insight and understanding of thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

The Personal Counselors Office is staffed by licensed mental health professionals. We are open to all currently enrolled Skyline College students and is free of charge. Referral information for longer term counseling is also provided.

Our Hours

Mon: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tues: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wed: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Building 2, Rooms 2-206 & 2-237

Call: 650-738-4270


Make an Appointment

If you are having suicidal feelings or difficulty controlling the urge to hurt yourself or anyone else, CALL NOW.

For emergencies or urgent needs outside the Health Center's hours, call:

For life-threatening situations CALL 911

San Mateo County Psychiatric Emergency Services 650-573-2662
San Francisco County Psychiatric Emergency Services 415-206-8125
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255(TALK)
Crisis Text Line Text “courage” to 741-741

These agencies will connect you with someone who can evaluate your situation now and ensure that you are safe.

Kognito is a suite of six online and interactive training simulations to educate students about how to support:

  1. Students who struggle with depression or are suicidal
  2. LGBTQ students who are struggling due to harassment or exclusion
  3. Student veterans who are facing challenges in adjusting to college life

Each training takes 30-60 minutes to complete.


All information revealed in the course of your counseling, including the fact that you are seeking counseling, is confidential and will not be disclosed except upon your written request, or as provided by law. Exceptions to confidentiality include but are not limited to: 

  1. If the counselor is ordered by a judge to testify or release mental health records
  2. When there is reasonable suspicion to suggest that child, dependent adult or elder abuse or neglect has occurred.  This includes sexual exploitation as defined by AB1775.
  3. If you make a serious threat of violence towards a reasonably identifiable victim, your counselor is required to call the police, warn the potential victim and/or take other reasonable steps to prevent the harm. If you become a danger to yourself or to the person or property of another, we may take reasonable steps to prevent the harm. This includes the right to communicate and share information about you to the extent necessary to protect your safety and the welfare of the Skyline College community.


We host screenings and workshops each semester. Flyers with upcoming events are posted outside of room 2206.