Counseling

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

Counselors Melissa Shepherd-Williams, MFT, Randé Dorn, LMFT and Lily Rodriguez, LMFT, have experience and skills ideally suited for CalArts students.

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, therapy 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 within 24 hours of submitting your form. If submitted on the weekend, you will hear back from them on the following Monday.

Student Appointment Form

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.