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Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)

SHCS offers a variety of counseling services to help you realize your academic and personal goals. We are an experienced staff dedicated to assisting students, and enriching the university community by providing educational programs, psychological consultation, and other types of outreach activities. In addition to the services on the main campus, SHCS has an office staffed by two staff psychologists on the Sacramento Medical Campus, located in the Facilities Support Services Building (FSSB), room 1400.

What SHCS Counseling Services provides

School of Medicine Counseling Services:  At the medical campus office, SHCS Counseling Services provides free, confidential psychotherapy to School of Medicine students.  The initial appointment will help clarify your needs and determine appropriate services.  Topics that can be addressed include: stress management, personal development, performance anxiety, depression, work/life balance, academic problems, career planning, professional identity, interpersonal relationships and communication skills, sexual identity concerns, eating disorders, and difficulties with substance use.  Some evening appointments are available.

SHCS Urgent Care and Crisis Response: Drop-in urgent care services are available daily for urgent matters during normal hours of operation (see below) at the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) at 930 Orchard Road on the Davis campus (off La Rue Rd.)  Call ahead at (530) 752-2349 to help us best assist you.

SHWC Davis Campus Normal Hours of Operation:
M, T, Th, F from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
W from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

24/7 Phone Lines:  If you have an emergency after normal hours of operation (see above) you can call the SHCS Appointment Desk/Advice Nurse at (530) 752-2349 and follow the prompts to connect you to a mental health professional.  You can call anonymously or leave your name.  If you leave your name, Dr. Nilsson or Dr. Roe will contact you during the next business day.

Biofeedback:  SHCS Counseling Services also offers biofeedback training on the medical campus.  Biofeedback is a method of increasing physical and psychological awareness through real-time tracking of physiological functioning.  It can be used to manage how one’s body reacts to stress, improve performance, and enhance relaxation.  Students interested in learning this technique can contact Dr. Thomas Roe at

Eligibility: Counseling services are offered at no cost to registered students.  Partners of students are also seen for free when participating in couples therapy with a registered student. 

Medical Campus Contact Information: To make an appointment at the medical campus, please email If you need immediate assistance, please call (530) 752-2349.  Same-day appointments are sometimes available, but walk-in services are not currently available at the FSSB office.