University Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides a supportive environment where students can explore, change and grow at their own pace. Counseling can help with issues ranging from test anxiety to family conflict, from alcohol and drug use to general feelings of being “stuck.”

The counselors have diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of information and skill to their interaction with students. I am confident your experiences with Dominican's Counseling Services will be beneficial."

— Paul Raccanello, Dean of Students

Every Dominican student is eligible to use Counseling Services, free of charge, during their time at Dominican.

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 put things into perspective and make decisions that will enhance our lives and relationships. Counseling can help with issues such as relationships, school, test anxiety, study problems, suicidal thoughts, family conflict, alcohol and drug use, stress and general feelings of being “stuck.” Sometimes you may not have a specific concern, but just need to talk to someone. 

Our counselors are Marriage and Family Therapist trainees or associates who are advanced students in, or graduates of the Master's in Counseling Psychology program at Dominican. They work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. 

Absolutely. Counseling sessions are kept strictly confidential, with the exception of information indicating a danger to yourself or someone else.

Students may call (415) 485-3258 or complete a request form in the Student Health Center. Appointments are available throughout the day, Monday through Friday, including some evenings. Appointments typically last 50 minutes. 

Meet the Director

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Diane Suffridge, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, University Counseling Services