The Grand Canyon University Office of Student Care offers short-term, solution-focused individual, group and crisis counseling to full-time, on-campus students.* 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.
*At this time, we are unable to provide counseling services for online and part-time students.
Contact Student Care
Student Life | Building 26, 2nd Floor
Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm
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.
The Office of Student Care is here to support full-time, on-campus students as they make the most of their GCU experience. Follow these simple steps to schedule an appointment in our office.
If you are ready to make an appointment please stop by our office located in the Student Life Building 26 (southeast corner of the second floor) to fill out paperwork prior to making your first appointment.
The GCU Office of Student Care offers short-term, solution-focused counseling free of charge to full-time, on-campus students.
The first appointment will be a consultation and these appointments are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis. This 30-minute confidential conversation will be with a licensed professional counselor. During the appointment, the therapist will come to a better understanding of your concerns and how the GCU Office of Student Care may be of most help to you. At the end of this first appointment, a plan will be developed which best meets your needs, and may include individual counseling, group counseling or a referral to another professional in the Phoenix area.
After your consultation, potential future appointments may look like the following. Individual and group counseling session are detailed below.
Your individual counseling session is a one-on-one conversation between you and a licensed professional counselor that lasts 45 to 55 minutes. This conversation is confidential for the purpose of support, personal growth and skills to help you cope with life's difficulties.
Group counseling is a 45- to 55- minute meeting with peers to discuss common struggles. This group session is facilitated by a licensed professional counselor or qualified graduate intern to offer support and learn new ways of coping.
In certain situations, individuals may require services outside the scope of the Office of Student Care. In these cases, a list will be provided of professionals in the Phoenix area.
Individual and Group Counseling Scope of Practice
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 professionals and supervised graduate student trainees. As a general rule of practice, students will be seen on a bi-weekly or monthly basis - the specific frequency is determined by the provider of services. Services will begin with an initial consultation session with a primary emphasis on group or individual counseling as warranted by the needs of the student. Psychoeducation material will be provided for those students with milder stress management and resiliency needs.
There may be times when you need 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 you or a friend is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please use the following crisis resources:
- If you believe you are facing an immediate, life-threatening emergency, call 911 or Campus Safety at 602-639-8100 (available 24/7).
- If you are experiencing a crisis that is not immediately life-threatening, 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:
- Call Campus Safety at 602-639-8100
- Text TALK to 741741 or
- Call the Warm Line at 602-347-1100 (a non-emergency line, peer support specialist is available 24/7 to talk)
- If you would like to utilize community resources, call:
- EMPACT Student Line: 480-487-1500
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
- Campus Safety, community resources and the Warm Line are available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.