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Counseling Services

    Counseling and Psychological Services provides free and confidential counseling for Holy Names University students. To set up an appointment to see a counselor, students can:

By participating in Counseling Services activities, students can:

  • Develop capacity for self-awareness, both personally and as members of a vibrant and diverse community.
  • Explore thoughts and feelings about what is working and not working.
  • Learn to address a range of issues affecting health and well-being.
  • Practice new ways of understanding and being in the world.

Contact a Counselor

Judy Curtis, Psy.D.
Director of Counseling & Psychological Services

(510) 436-1530, ext. 1

Jason Carpenter, Psy.D.
Training Director

(510) 436-1530, ext. 2


Jeannette Bergfeld, M.A.
(510) 436-1057, ext. 1

Liza Gertler, M.A.
(510) 436-1057, ext. 2

Anna Lisa Johannsdottir, M.A.
(510) 436-1057, ext. 3

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All personal information is confidential. No information will be released unless you give us written authorization to do so. The only time this is not true is if someone is at risk of grave harm to themselves or others. In these cases the law requires counselors to break confidentiality.

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Services the Counseling Center Offers

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Consultation for Staff and Faculty
  • Workshops to the Campus Community
  • Referrals in the community

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In the Event of an Emergency

When the Counseling Center is closed, you may choose to call 911, go to your nearest hospital emergency room, or use the local 24-hour crisis support hotline by calling (800) 309-2131. In any of these situations you are encouraged to also call the Counseling Center at (510) 436-1530 as soon as possible to alert the staff that you are in need of help.

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Local Hotlines

Alameda County Crisis Support

(24 hours a day 7 days a week)
(800) 309-2131

Parental Stress Services

(24 hours a day 7 days a week)
(510) 893-5444

Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR)

(24 hours a day 7 days a week)
(510) 845-7273

Battered Woman's Alternative

(24 hours a day 7 days a week)
(888) 215-5555

East Bay Alcoholics Anonymous

(510) 839-8900
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org or www.e-aa.org

Marijuana Smokers Anonymous


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Online Resources

For further information on many topics of mental health, please browse through the virtual pamphlets of other colleges and universities:
The Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection

Online Mental Health Resource www.
Online Mental Health Resource www.ulifeline.org
Ask Anonymous Health Services Questions www.goaskalice.columbia.edu


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