Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) provides brief counseling to students with personal, academic and career concerns. Professional counselors can meet with students to talk about a number of concerns such as: adjusting to school, deciding on a career or major, dealing with family or relationship issues, coping with personal crises.
Assistant Director Susan Bell, PhD
Susan Bell is the CPS manager of campus outreach and the program director for the SAMHSA grant. Susan is a licensed psychologist who grew up on the East Coast but landed in California as a student intern over 17 years ago. She is committed to student issues and to finding ways to support students who might be wary of counseling or not able to access services in traditional ways.
"As an undergraduate, I found it impossible to ask for help and didn’t even know that there was a counseling center on my campus. So much of the work I do now is to help students talk about stress, to destigmatize mental health and to address the barriers to seeking help." When away from work, Susan enjoys eating, gardening, spending time with family, and training her out of control cat.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Paige A. Lee, PhD
I love Berkeley! I've been on campus since I was 15 years old, taking courses as a Professional Development Program student and then as an undergraduate majoring in Psychology. After being a student at Cal and working as a staff member for the last 23 years in my various roles as a College Adviser in the College of Letters and Science and as a psychologist in Counseling and Psychological Services, I understand the unique pressures that API students endure while trying to attain a first rate education at a large, public institution.
I remember my own experiences as a student when I felt the pressure to study in the sciences and to become a doctor. After many lackluster grades in the pre-med requirements, I finally hit a brick wall and had to face the disappointment, shame and embarrassment of telling my family and friends that I was giving up the sciences. It was a difficult time for me because I had lost my self-confidence and wondered if I was Berkeley’s one mistake. Luckily while exploring the humanities and social sciences, I discovered Psychology. I had finally found my own strengths and niche at Cal and felt like I truly deserved to be here.
Although there were many struggles and challenges along the way, I felt I had grown as a person and had become much stronger. Coming to Berkeley marked a turning point in my life and Cal has become a huge part of my identity which is probably why I never left. My hope for other API students is that their time at Cal is just as memorable and life transforming as it has been for me!
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Yu Bi, PhD
I grew up in China and has lived in the US for nine years.The experiences of living and studying in both countries have helped me understand about cultural identity, cultural basis, internalized expectation and stereotype. I love Berkeley and has been working as a psychologist at Cal for four years. Through this experience, I have gained much understanding about the unique challenges faced by API students and their strength. I am always passionate about working Cal students about depression, anxiety, academic adjustment and cultural identity exploration."
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Christine Chih-Ting Chang, PhD
Before coming to Cal, I completed my predoctoral training at Stanford University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, received my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and my master’s degree from Harvard University. My professional interests include short-term psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and issues related to grief, loss, and trauma. I particularly enjoy working with immigrants, refugees, and international students. As an immigrant myself, I am always fascinated by the identity formation process. It humbles me to witness the challenge and foster the resilience of the API community.
Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow Yi Du, PhD