The Grand Canyon University (GCU) Office of Student Care offers short-term, solution-focused, psychoeducational programs, individual, group and crisis counseling to traditional full-time, on-campus students.1 Counseling is a professional relationship that helps you clarify issues, discover your true thoughts and feelings and deal effectively with problems. We offer support for students as they enhance their strengths, develop, grow and learn in their personal and academic lives.
The mission of the Office of Student Care is to provide quality professional care in an environment that recognizes the inherent value and dignity of each person.
- We demonstrate relational equity with our student population through embracing inclusivity.
- We demonstrate relational equity through investing in the community.
- We demonstrate relational equity through thinking holistically.
1 At this time, we are unable to provide counseling services for online and part-time students.
We do recognize that several of our students will need longer term or a more specialized type of care and we have a strong network of community providers to offer. See the list of referrals below.
Make an Appointment
The Office of Student Care is here to support traditional full-time, on-campus students as they make the most of their GCU experience. Students can follow these simple steps to schedule an appointment in our office. Please note that office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm and closed from noon – 1 pm daily.
Visit the Student Life Building 26 (south side of the second floor next to the elevators) to fill out paperwork.
After your paperwork has been completed, a consultation will be scheduled with one of our providers to assess and navigate which of our services best meets your needs.
For students under the age of 18, state law requires parental consent prior to treatment. Both parent signatures must be notarized and include the Notary Public’s Commission Number and Notary Public's Official Seal using the Minor Informed Consent Form.
The GCU Office of Student Care offers short-term, solution-focused counseling free of charge to traditional full-time, on-campus students.
Consultation appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A consultation visit is a 30-minute confidential conversation with a licensed professional counselor or qualified graduate intern. During the appointment, the therapist will come to a better understanding of the student’s concerns and how the GCU Office of Student Care may be of most help to them. At the end of this first appointment, a plan will be developed which best meets the student’s needs, and may include attending a wellness workshop, referrals to on-campus resources, individual counseling, group counseling or a referral to another professional in the Phoenix area.
A short-term counseling model has been incorporated in order to meet the needs of the student body on campus and is provided by licensed mental health counselors and supervised graduate student interns. As a rule of practice, the specific type and frequency of counseling services is determined by multiple factors, including the student’s needs, the scope of practice of the office and the overall demand for services by the GCU student body.
Mental Health Tips
Below are links to some mental health tips you can utilize to gain understanding or learn new skills. As always, you can make an appointment to learn more or find support from a licensed professional.
There may be times when a student needs immediate help. Suicidal thoughts and actions are common among young adults. While not all suicidal thoughts lead to action, these symptoms should be taken seriously and addressed quickly. If a student is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please use the following crisis resources:
- If a student is facing an immediate, life-threatening emergency, call 911 or Public Safety at 602-639-8100 or email [email protected] to initiate a wellness check (available 24/7).
- If a student is experiencing a crisis that is not immediately life-threatening, have them come to the Office of Student Care and request to see a crisis therapist.
- Crisis therapists are available Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.
- Outside of these hours, please call Public Safety at 602-639-8100 (available 24/7).
- Students can utilize the following community resources available 24/7:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 988
- EMPACT Suicide Prevention Line: 480-736-4950
- Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 74141
- Warm Line: 602-347-1100 (a non-emergency line with peer specialists available to talk 24/7)