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Student Handbook: University Section

Health and Counseling Services

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is located on the northwest corner of the Rho parking lot on Towers Road. The Student Health Center provides a wide variety of services similar to a family practice office, including care for respiratory problems, sports medicine, injuries, women's and men's health issues, dermatology, etc. The Health Center also administers the immunization and travel medicine programs. All information reported here is confidential and kept as part of your health record in the Student Health Center. The insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) protects disclosing your health information.

Student Counseling Center


The Counseling Center seeks to promote student mental health in the Pepperdine community. Academic success, social relationships, physical health, and spiritual well being are often affected by mental health issues, so students are encouraged to attend to this aspect of self- care as well.

All Pepperdine students are eligible to seek professional, confidential counseling services at the Counseling Center. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the center's services in addressing day-to-day stressors such as time management issues, relationship concerns, and sleep difficulties. The licensed mental health professionals on staff are also prepared to provide services to students with more serious mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. There are no charges for individual or group counseling sessions.

The center operates primarily from a brief therapy model. Although exceptions can be made, most issues are expected to be resolved in 10 sessions or fewer. If it is determined that more intensive services off-campus are needed, the center staff will assist students in finding providers, keeping in mind whatever special needs, transportation, or insurance issues should be considered.

Beyond counseling services, the center staff also offers consultation, assisting a concerned individual (e.g., parent, faculty member, roommate) with how to respond to a student with apparent mental health concerns, including, when appropriate, how to sensitively suggest the student seek professional services. The center staff is also actively involved in outreach and prevention activities on campus and welcomes invitations from student groups to provide presentations. The center employs a psychiatrist who provides mental health medication management for a minimal charge. Students should call 506-4210 to make an appointment for any of these services.

The center is located in Tyler Campus Center 270. For after-hours emergency mental health situations, call Public Safety at 506-4441.

Additional information, including self-help resources, is available on the center?s Web site: