Student Resources

Wellness Center

Our Mission

The mission of the Wellness Center is to provide services that improve the emotional health and overall well-being of the University’s students. A holistic, culturally-sensitive approach is taken, emphasizing physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Services Provided

  • Individual Counseling
  • Consultation
  • Support Groups
  • Outreach Programs

Counseling Services

Counseling is available at no additional cost to students who are currently enrolled at UWest.

During a time of need, talking to someone who is objective can be extremely helpful. UWest’s counseling services are safe, nonjudgmental and private.

During your first visit, a state-trained & registered mental health professional will listen to your concerns and help you explore your options. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain personal well-being so that you can continue to focus on your academic journey.

How to Schedule Appointments

To schedule an appointment, contact our staff below:

April Afoa, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist #45284
Email: aprila@uwest.edu or wellness@uwest.edu

Location: Remote/Virtual

Fall 2021 Hours:
Varies, typically available Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Emergencies

If you are a student or in contact with a student that may be in psychiatric crisis and may need immediate attention here are resources to contact:

  1. 911 – for immediate life-threatening medical/psychiatric emergencies
  2. Los Angeles County Mental Health/Crisis Line – (800) 854-7771
  3. BHC Alhambra Hospital – (626) 470-9583 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week confidential assessments with a counselor by telephone are available at no cost).
  4. Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  5. National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

Referrals

The Wellness Center keeps a list of referrals for people who are not eligible for counseling services at the Wellness Center (such as alumni or employees), or for eligible students who would either prefer to engage services off-campus or would be best served by a more comprehensive service that isn’t provided for at the university. Contact us for referrals specific to your needs & to be assisted until you connect with the service you need. Or, you may look at the following mental health directories Psychology Today (insurance & cash-pay providers) and Open Path Collective (reduced cash-pay providers, $30-$60). Both directories give you a detailed profile for each provider with the ability to search by filters such as distance from your location, what insurance they accept, what languages they speak, what populations they treat, what problems they treat, type of therapy, and identifiers about the provider such as gender.