Counseling

CalArts has ended its partnership with TimelyMD, and will be launching Mantra Health within 2 weeks. Stay tuned for updates.

CalArts provides students with counseling services at no cost throughout the school year. 

Our counselors have experience and skills ideally suited for CalArts students. See counselors below: 

  • Melissa Shepherd-Williams, MFT
  • Susan B. Perry, MA, LMFT
  • Lily Rodriguez, LMFT, 

Registered students are allowed 12 individual counseling sessions per school year. The counseling staff can also provide workshops and information on a wide variety of issues, and are available to help coordinate student self-help groups. In addition, they can make referrals to outside professionals and agencies when appropriate, such as when longer-term therapy is indicated.

Due to safety concerns and protocols, all therapy sessions for Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 will be provided in a tele-health format. This can be through Zoom Health or by telephone.

To schedule an appointment, students will need to fill out this form. A therapist will get back to you as soon as possible to coordinate an appointment.

Student Appointment Form

There are two 30-minute drop in sessions available M-F between 12-1 pm. Due to safety concerns and protocols, students can access these sessions by calling 661-388-5306. These are one time sessions for evaluation purposes only, or emergency crisis intervention, and not to be utilized or repeated in place of regularly scheduled appointments.

CalArts also has a 24/7 crisis counseling line dedicated to CalArts students only. This is free and can be called from anywhere in the U.S. at 855-364-7981.