Counseling

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.