Welcome to the Personal Growth and Counseling Center!

Our mission is to promote the mental health of CSUMB students in order to improve the quality of their lives and aid them in achieving academic success. We are committed to the development of the whole person: academically, personally, socially, spiritually, and physically.

Services for Students

Students at the LibraryThe Personal Growth & Counseling Center offers a variety of services for students:

  • Individual Counseling is offered in individual one-on-one sessions with trained mental health clinicians.
  • Groups, Workshops, & Classes assist students to work through anxiety, depression, grief and loss in a group setting. Workshops assist students to develop coping skills for changes in life (such as graduating) or self-soothing techniques (as learned in Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation)
  • Campus Chaplaincy & Spiritual Support is offered to serve all students, faculty and staff regardless of religious tradition or denomination.
  • Mental Health Screenings are available online for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and alcohol use disorders. These screenings are also conducted in classrooms, residence halls, the counseling center, and as special events. Based on screening results, students may be referred (or self-refer) to the PGCC for follow-up services.
  • Students should also be aware of their right to confidentiality, as well as limits in the event that a clinician has to break confidentiality for legal and ethical reasons.

Hours and Contact Information

The Personal Growth and Counseling Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

You can connect with us in a variety of ways:

  • Phone: (831) 582-3969
  • Mail: California State University Monterey Bay, Health & Wellness Services, 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA, 93955-8001
  • e-mail: counseling_center@csumb.edu.
  • Physical Location: The PGCC is located in the Health and Wellness Services Building on the corner of General Jim Moore Boulevard and Inter-Garrison Road. A map of CSUMB can be found here.

Cost of Services Are Free

There is no charge for registered/currently-enrolled students.

How Do I Get Help For Myself?

  • Currently-enrolled students can call the Counseling Center during business hours to request information on individual and group counseling: (831) 582-3969
  • If you are having a psychiatric emergency or are feeling suicidal, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital.

How Do I Get Help For Someone Else?

  • If a student is in danger of hurting themselves or others, call 9-1-1. If you are on a campus phone, dial 9 first, then 9-1-1. 
  • If you are on campus and are concerned about an individual that is your friend, student, mentee, or advisee, encourage the student to consider talking to someone. You can offer to accompany the student and we ask that you please contact prior to walking the student to the Counseling Center: (831) 582-3969.
  • If you are off-campus and concerned about a student, express concern to the student, encourage the student to come to the counseling center, and ask that he or she make contact: (831) 582-3969.

Serving the Campus Community

The Personal Growth and Counseling Center has information for parents of students and faculty/staff.

For Parents of Students

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This page is designed to assist parents with the many different changes that come with their child heading into college. There are links to resources, as well as advice provided to assist parents cope with adjustments and their child's mental health.

Faculty and Staff Support

Faculty and Staff Support

For campus community members that have ongoing and meaningful interaction with students. Videos introduce you to the Personal Growth and Counseling Center, provide overview of how to intervene with suicidal and potentially dangerous students, and teach you how to refer your students to the counseling center.

The Personal Growth and Counseling Center is a part of Health and Wellness Services

A group photograph of the health and wellness services staff