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

Counselors Melissa Shepherd-Williams, MFT 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 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. While remote, students can access these sessions by calling 661-253-7874.

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.