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We Care. We Are Here to Help You!

There are many changes happening to everyone right now, which can often lead to feeling stressed. The more you need to adjust to these changes the more you may find yourself stressed out. So, more change often means more stress. We want you to know that we are here to help you.

The Counseling & Psychological Services offices (CPS) are open at Chalon and Doheny while your classes are primarily online/remote. Please call us at 310.954.4114 or 213.477.2668 during our business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. In order to keep everyone safe, we are practicing social distancing, and counseling sessions will be conducted through Zoom telehealth for your emotional and physical well-being. If you are feeling stressed or upset, and would like to schedule an appointment, please call us (leave a voicemail if there is no answer). You will need access to a computer, tablet, or smart phone in order to use our confidential Zoom counseling sessions. You should also arrange to be in a quiet, private space where you are comfortable talking with your therapist during your zoom sessions. Eligible students include full-time traditional undergraduates, ADN, ABSN, and DPT students.

NEW! If you are in psychological crisis and need to speak to someone immediately, please call our 24/7 MSMU Crisis line to speak to a counselor. That number is 310.954.4CPS or 310.954.4277. If you have a life-threatening condition or medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

Other Resources

  1. For hotlines and low cost referrals off-campus, see our Referrals page.
  2. If you are interested in longer-term counseling, you can find a local therapist by visiting Psychology Today.
  3. Please note: Due to psychology licensing board rules, we are unable to provide telehealth services to out-of-state students at this time. To find a therapist in your area, please visit Psychology Today.
  4. For resources to address the trauma to individuals and communities associated with racial trauma, see the message from the Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice.

About CPS

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is to enhance the emotional growth and academic success of students by promoting balanced lifestyles, positive self-regard, and essential life skills with an emphasis on the development of the whole person.

CPS is staffed by licensed psychologists and postdoctoral fellows.

View our counseling staff below!

CPS Diversity Statement

MSMU Counseling and Psychological Services is committed to promoting inclusion and the affirmation of diverse identities. We place a high value on the dignity and worth of all people. Given the diversity of our student population, students come to CPS with varied experiences specific to their race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, religious affiliation, nationality, age, and/or disability status. We also recognize the immense impact that systemic racism, oppression, and immigration policy have on our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students’ mental health and wellbeing. In this spirit, CPS staff strive to foster cultural humility through ongoing training and professional development. We strive to offer services and programs that are inclusive, intersectional, and give voice to these varied experiences by providing a safe place to be understood, appreciated, and accepted.

(Adapted from UMD and Temple University)

Services and Programs

At CPS we provide psychological counseling services and psychoeducational programs for students, as well as responsive consultation to the university community. Referrals and emergency services are also provided by the office.

In counseling, students can discuss issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and other personal concerns. Traditional full-time undergraduates, ADN, ABSN and DPT students may receive up to ten counseling sessions per academic year and can call the office or walk in to make an appointment.

All sessions are confidential in keeping with professional ethics and state laws. Information about students is not shared with their families, the faculty, university administrators, or anyone else without the student's written permission.

To contact CPS, please call 310.954.4114.

Counseling Staff

 CPS Faculty 2022


  • Susan K. Salem, PhD, Director
  • Kendra Nickerson, PhD, Associate Director/Training Director


  • Jazmine Miyake, PsyD, Psychotherapist
  • Ivan Cabrera, PhD, Psychotherapist

Office Staff:

  • Jayleen Ramos, BS, Office Manager for CPS

Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Julie Diller, PsyD, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Paloma Franco, PsyD, Postdoctoral Fellow