Counseling Services is still here for you
We remain committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of PSU students. Counseling Services staff are providing telemental health and telepsychiatry services through secure Zoom video conferencing. Call 503.725.2800 first to schedule your appointment.
SHAC Counseling Services Overview
Students interested in any of SHAC's counseling services are encouraged to call SHAC first (503-725-2800) to schedule a brief consultation appointment with a counselor. SHAC counselors will meet with students to determine appropriate next steps for care which may include: referral to another PSU support resource, referral to group counseling, a follow up appointment with SHAC Counseling Services, being placed on Counseling Services assignment list for individual counseling, and/or referral to off-campus resources.
Established clients: If you are an established client at SHAC, please check your secure messages in MyChart Patient Portal for specific instructions from your counselor or psychiatrist on scheduling return appointments.
How do I get started with counseling?
New to Counseling: If you are new to counseling at SHAC, call our office to schedule an initial brief consultation appointment at 503-725-2800. During your consultation appointment, a SHAC counselor will determine appropriate next steps for care which may include: referral to another PSU support resource, a follow up appointment with SHAC Counseling Services, being placed on Counseling Service's assignment list for individual counseling, and/or referral to a community resource.
What if I’m having an emergency?
If you are having an emergency and need to speak with someone immediately, call SHAC at ANY time during SHAC hours of operation (Monday-Thursday 9 AM-5 PM, Friday 9:30AM-5PM).
After Hours Crisis Support: For after hours crisis support, contact the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741). If you need in-person evaluation, Unity Center for Behavioral Health (1225 NE 2nd Ave) has a mental health emergency room. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.
We recognize that we are living in a very stressful and anxiety provoking time. Know that you are not alone. We are here to help. Please consider using the following resources to help you cope:
General COVID-19 Information:
- State by State: Mental Health Resources
- Ten Percent Coronavirus Sanity Kit
- COVID-19 Anxiety Toolkit
- How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing
- COVID 19 Workshop Part I: Managing Stress, CRC/SHAC Collaboration
- COVID 19 Workshop Part II: Physical and Mental Health Q&A, CRC/SHAC Collaboration
- SAMHSA Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress
- FACE COVID - How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis (e-book)
- Radical Healing in Times of Fear and Uncertainty Protip: click through all the links in the article.
- Anticipatory Grief
Available Counseling Services
At some time or other most students feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family or other relationships. They may also have other significant mental health issues.
Group counseling is an especially useful approach for addressing many common concerns, including interpersonal relationships, social anxiety, stress, and self esteem.
Psychiatric services are available to students in therapy with a SHAC counselor. A psychiatric consultation may be recommended to explore potential physical causes for psychological difficulties, offer clarification on diagnosis, and/or provide medication evaluation.
The Patient Portal is a secure portal allowing students to communicate with a provider (following an initial consultation).
If you would like assistance connecting to an off-campus provider for longer-term counseling, ongoing medication management, or a service/specialty not offered by Counseling Services, our staff can help with the process. Call or come in to SHAC to schedule an initial consultation.
Learning Disorder & ADHD Assessment
The mission of the LD/ADHD Testing at SHAC is to reduce barriers to learning for at-risk PSU students. We offer high quality, low-cost assessments so that students may be eligible to access other campus resources, such as learning accommodations through the Disability Resource Center.
How do I get started?
- Accommodations Request: If you have been tested in the past and want accommodations the first step is to contact the Disability Resource Center by email at email@example.com or 503.725.4150.
- Testing Request: If you would like more information on the LD/ADHD testing process, please call 503.725.2800 to schedule an initial LD/ADHD consultation. You may also email the Assessment Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
- Medication Request: If you want to transfer your existing ADHD medication management to SHAC, the first step is to contact SHAC's Assessment administrator by emailing email@example.com or calling 503.725.2533. You will be contacted within 48 hours.
Outreach, Campus Partnerships, and Consultation
SHAC Counseling offers a number of consultation training services that include: one-on-one small group consultations, guest lectures, program development, committee involvement, critical incident involvement, workshops, and on-going liaison relationships with PSU departments.
Psychology Doctoral Internship
We are happy that you have chosen to visit our website and may be considering applying to our Doctoral Internship Program. We are currently not accepting applications.
Portland State University (PSU) is a dynamic urban university in the vibrant city of Portland, Oregon. Similarly, the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) serves a large diverse student body. Training is one of our highest priorities, and we feel that our trainees are an integral part of our center. We invite you to further explore our website and the internship materials in order to gain additional information about what we have to offer.
Military Personnel & Veterans: Mental Health Resource Guide
SHAC has created a comprehensive mental health resource guide for military personnel and veterans. The guide covers patient rights and responsibilities, SHAC mental health resources, PSU resources, community providers and resources, helpful resources for veterans and FAQs.