Off Campus Counseling Referrals

Counseling & Psychological Services can help connect you with an off campus provider, regardless of your insurance plan. 

Many students require ongoing support that is more specialized, intensive, or extensive than is available on campus. Ongoing long-term mental health care is not provided on campus but we can help you connect with a provider off campus. 


There are three recommended ways to connect with an off-campus counselor for those who need care in the community: 

  1. A CPS clinician can work with students to locate an off-campus provider that is maximally accessible, appropriate, and affordable with their health care plan. 
  2. Students may also locate in network providers of their choice by calling the customer service number on the back of their health insurance card; by checking if their health insurance carrier's website may have a provider search feature; or SHIP students can go to the Anthem Blue Cross Find a Doctor website (to find therapists or psychiatrists, students should to select "Behavioral health " in "I'm looking for a" drop down menu). 
  3. Psychology Today is another resource for locating behavioral health providers. 

Additional tips for connecting with off-campus mental health professionals: 

How to talk with an off-campus provider

View these Tang Tips (PDF) for talking with an off-campus provider: what to ask, what to look for and how to determine if a good fit. 

CPS Referral Form

Why does Berkeley use a brief counseling model?

Why Counseling and Psychological Services uses a brief counseling model

Outside referrals & SHIP 

Preparing for ADHD or LD assessment referrals

What to expect when being referred out for ADHD or LD assessment

Community (off-campus) referral process

Counseling Referral Process

Finding and Contacting An Off Campus Provider

Finding and Contacting Your Counseling Provider

Finding Out If a Provider is a Good Match

Figuring Out If a Provider is a Good Match

Advice for Calling an Off Campus Provider

Calling a Community Provider

How You Should Prepare for your First Off-Campus Appointment

How You Should Prepare for Your First Off-Campus Appointment