About the Counseling Programs at Tang
Counseling Services at the Tang Center is comprised of several units staffed by a multidisciplinary, multicultural group of professional psychologists, clinical social workers and psychiatrists who provide confidential services. In addition, consultation and workshops are also provided to UC Berkeley's faculty, staff and student organizations.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) provides crisis intervention, brief individual and couples counseling, groups & workshops for students on a variety of personal, academic and career related issues.
- Psychiatry Services provides psychiatric evaluations for medication and ongoing medication monitoring for students.
- Social Services provides counseling to students on health-related issues such as medical problems, chronic illnesses, substance abuse, pregnancy, domestic violence.
- Career Counseling Library has an extensive collection of educational and career materials integral to academic and career counseling.
|What is counseling?||Simply stated, counseling is any relationship in which one person is helping another person to better understand and solve some problem. Friends and relatives provide a type of counseling, as do academic advisors, teachers, and many others. The staff at CPS differ from others who may offer counseling because of their extensive training in psychology and human behavior. They have a broad range of experience working with many different situations.|
|What can you expect from your counselor?||You can expect someone who is interested in listening to your concerns and in helping you to better understand and deal more easily and effectively with them. Your counselor will take you seriously and be willing to openly discuss anything you wish to discuss.
Because different counselors have varying beliefs about how people change, they differ on how much talking they do in sessions, whether they ask you to do "homework," and their focus of discussion. If you have any questions about what is going on, by all means ask.
Counselors have no "magical" skills or knowledge, and will be unable to solve your problems directly for you. Your counselor will want to work with you, but won't do for you what you are capable of doing for yourself. Your counselor will maintain strict confidentiality except under unusual circumstances. If you have questions about the limits of confidentiality, please bring them up with your counselor.
|What are your responsibilities in counseling?||Your main responsibilities in counseling are to attend your regularly scheduled sessions, talk about what is bothering you as openly and honestly as you can, and complete any tasks or "homework" assignments you may be asked to do. Please let your counselor know if you are unable to make it to a session. Most counseling will require you to try something new or a "different approach." Remember your counselor is most interested in your well being and in your benefiting from counseling. Please let your counselor know when your problems have been solved or if you don't feel like you're making any progress.
Tips on how to benefit from counseling
|Will the counseling be confidential?||CPS strictly protects the confidentiality of information shared during sessions. This section summarizes our practices regarding the legal and ethical aspects of confidentiality and the sharing of information. It is not intended as a summary of actual laws of the State of California.
Release of Information
Limits of Confidentiality
|CPS Release of Records form||Find out more about transferring records, or requesting release of medical records here.|