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Counseling & Health Center

University Counseling Services is a program designed to provide counseling services at no fee to the entire Dominican community.The Student Health Center at Dominican University is committed to quality care and the promotion of optimal health. Prevention of disease and health awareness is encouraged in our student clients. The Health Center is staffed by a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Physician/Medical Director and an Emergency Medical Technician/Health Educator.

Counseling Services

Free and Confidential Services
For Appointments: 415.485.3258

Clients have been helped greatly by the service the counselors have provided.  The counselors have diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of information and skill to their interaction with students, staff, and faculty.  I am confident your experiences will Dominican's Counseling Services will be beneficial.

— Paul Raccanello,  Dean of Students

Counseling sessions are personal and private. Our program provides a supportive environment where people can explore, change and grow at their own pace, based on their own needs and desires. Sessions are usually fifty minutes long, once a week. 

Who can use Counseling Services?

The students, faculty and staff of Dominican are eligible to use Counseling Services.

Why should I go to Counseling Services?

We all have a variety of concerns that can affect how we deal with the day-to-day world.  Having someone to talk to can often help us put things into perspective and make decisions that will enhance our lives and relationships.

Counseling can deal with issues such as relationships, school, test anxiety, study problems, suicidal thoughts, "fitting in", family difficulties, alcohol and drug abuse, stress, and general feelings of being "stuck." Sometimes you may not have a specific concern, but just need to talk to someone.

Who are the counselors?

The counselors are trainees and advanced students in the Master's in Counseling Psychology program at Dominican under the supervision of Charles R. Billings, Ph.D., FAClinP., FAFamP., licensed clinical psychologist (Psy #4446), and a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical and Family Psychology.

How do I make an appointment?

Counseling appointments can be made by calling 415-485-3258 or by dropping by the Student Health Center (room 100, Bertrand Hall).  Appointments are available mornings and afternoons, Monday through Friday. You need only give your first name and phone number; a counselor will call you to confirm the appointment.


All sessions are confidential. Only in the event of a threat of  harm to oneself or another is the counselor legally and ethically bound to step beyond confidentiality to safeguard the well-being of those involved.


Director of University Counseling Services
50 Acacia Avenue
Bertrand Hall, Room 100
San Rafael, CA 94901-2298

Health Center

Visits to the Student Health Center are confidential. Medical records will not be released to anyone without prior written consent of the student.

California state law requires that students under the age of 18  need the informed consent of a parent or a legal guardian before care or treatment can be given at the Student Health Center. However, if the care involves reproductive health issues (i.e., pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases) no parental consent can be sought, by law.  Go to Health Forms for form.

Health Center Hours

The Student Health Center is located in Bertrand Hall, Room 100 and is open five days a week during fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. Daily hours are posted on the office door and on the voice mail message.

For information and appointments, call 415.485.3208.

See and fill out our health forms.

Off-Campus Non-Emergency Care

If the Health Center is closed and you need non-emergency care, you may call the following:

Kaiser Members only
  Terra Linda Urgent Care
Kaiser Urgent Care Appointments   Sutter Terra Linda Health Plaza
  4000 Civic Center Drive  

  San Rafael, CA 94903         


Off-Campus Emergency Care

If you are in a life-threatening medical situation call 911 for immediate assistance. Students requiring emergency care should go to the nearest emergency room. The emergency facilities closest to the Dominican campus are:

Marin General Hospital 
  Novato Community Hospital
250 Bon Air Road   15 Rowland Way
Greenbrae, CA   
  Novato, CA

Kaiser Emergency Dept/Hospital - Kaiser members only
99 Montecillo Road
 San Rafael

Students or their insurance carriers will be responsible for billing at off-campus care facilities.

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