Every effort has been made to ensure that your involvement with psychological services at the Eric Cohen Student Health Center is a valuable experience. We recognize that it is sometimes difficult to acknowledge a need for help and we support your doing so by trying to make accessing the services available to you as easy and stress-free as possible. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our program.
The Eric Cohen Student Health Center offers counseling services to all registered USC students on the HSC campus free of charge. Counseling services are provided by four psychologists and a licensed clinical social worker available during all business hours. You can make an appointment for services by phone or in person. Unfortunately, counseling appointments cannot be made online.
When you call to make your initial appointment, you will be scheduled for an intake appointment for an hour and a half. You will need to fill out the counseling intake forms and bring them to your appointment. Your counselor will be notified that you’ve checked in and then you will be asked to fill out two surveys on your MySHR. You can fill these surveys out on iPads that we provide or you can fill them out using your laptop or smart phone. Once those are completed, the counselor will call you back for your appointment. Any future appointments can be scheduled by phone or in person and will last about an hour.
Students may see the counselors at the Eric Cohen Student Health Center free of charge for up 12 sessions per calendar year. Exceptions may be made with circumstances taken into consideration.
If you need to see an outside psychologist, you can receive a referral by making an appointment with one of our counselors. Students who are covered by the USC Student Health Insurance Plan may receive up to 25 counseling sessions per academic school year with an outside provider. Under this plan, students are required to pay a 10% co-pay up to $30.00 for each session if seeing an in-network provider. If you have a different insurance plan, please determine your benefits for “outpatient psychotherapy” with your insurance carrier benefit representative.