Student Health & Counseling Services

Low Cost Counseling

East Bay
San Jose
San Francisco

East Bay

Berkeley Therapy Institute

1749 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA

(510) 841-8484

Sliding Scale $35 to $175

Argosy University Clinic

1005 Atlantic Ave., Alameda, CA

(415) 273-1121 (Clinic Director)

Sliding Scale $1 and up

UC Berkeley Clinic

2205 Tolman Hall, #1650 Berkeley, CA

(510) 642-2055

Sliding Scale $25 to $50

Psychotherapy Institute

2640 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA

(510) 548-2250

Sliding Scale $22 to $74

Women’s Therapy Center

501 Kearny, El Cerrito, CA

(510) 524-8288

Sliding Scale $25 to $80

Wright Institute

2728 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA

(510) 548-9716

Sliding Scale $15 and up

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San Jose

Low-Cost Clinics - General
Low-Cost Clinics within Graduate School Training Sites
Low-Cost Counseling for Children

Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis Hotline- 408-279-3312

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Adult Mental Health Services, (don’t have to be Catholic), 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA, 408-325-5181 for appointments, short wait list at times.

  • Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Limited sliding scale spots ($10- 85 with interns, $50-95 with licensed staff)
  • Combines mental health, case management, medication support, crisis intervention and recovery from mental disorders for adults
  • Accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Spanish and English

Family and Children Services, 950 West Julian St., San Jose, CA 95126, 408-292-9353, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Lot more info on their website:

  • Payment depends on income (varies and depends on program).
  • Sliding scale fees (could be free if 7-17 y.o.);
  • Also accept a variety of insurance plans, including TriWest, the health plan of active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, and their families. San Jose office accepts Medi-Cal. Students may qualify for a number of free sessions; please call for information.
  • Counseling sessions are available in our Palo Alto and San Jose offices, as well as on-site in a variety of community locations.
  • Anger management training and domestic violence prevention, parenting classes, mental health care for individuals and families, substance abuse treatment, support services for youth exiting foster care

YWCA Counseling Services, 375 South Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112, M-Th 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-3pm, 408-295-4011 ext 259; Ext. 290 for Spanish services,

  • Short- and long-term counseling and support services to clients of all ages; individuals, couples; married or not married; adult or child.
  • Income-based sliding-scale, available for as little as $10 per session
  • Accept Victim Witness Assistance

Bill Wilson Center, including Center for Living with Dying  , 1265 El Camino Real, Suite 208, Santa Clara, CA 95050, 408-243-0222, 8am-6pm M-Th, 8am-5pm Fri,

  • Sliding scale for youth, families, couples, individuals (for grief and individual general counseling), $5-50/session!
  • Some Spanish speaking (maybe other languages as well, inquire further)
  • 24-hr crisis #s: 408-850-6140 (mobile crisis unit), or for 24+  y.o., call 408-850-6125

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Low-Cost Clinics within Graduate School Training Sites

Gronoski Clinic at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 5150 El Camino Real, Suite 22, Bldg C, Los Altos, CA 94022, 650-961-9300;

  • Mental health clinic hours: Monday–Thursday, 12 noon–8 p.m.; Friday 10:00-3:00.  Services are provided by graduate psychology students supervised by licensed mental health professionals.
  • Evidence-based, clinical services to adults, older adults, adolescents, children, and families

Community Center for Health & Wellness at Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 744 San Antonio Road, In Palo Alto, CA 94303, 650-493-5006

  • Provide brief and in-depth psychotherapy, counseling, and consultation, as well as educational programs that focus on the integration of body, mind and spirit.

Sunnyvale Counseling Center at John F. Kennedy University, 572 Dunholn Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, 408-524-4900; Appointments are available weekdays or evenings. The centers are unable to accommodate walk-ins. They are wheelchair accessible.

SJSU Psychology Clinic (in Hugh Gillis Hall), Call Daan Giron at 408-924-5670 and leave a message.  He will return the call to schedule an appointment.

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Low-Cost Counseling for Children

Alum Rock Counseling, 1245 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95116, (408) 294-0500 office;   24 hour crisis line—(408) 294-0579

  • Counseling for 6-17 y.o. ONLY & counseling is FREE up to 24 sessions!
  • One-on-one counseling & anger management classes.  Also FREE parenting classes!
  • Spanish, Vietnamese, English speaking therapists.

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San Francisco

San Francisco Counseling Center

1801 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA

(415) 440-0500

Integral Counseling Center

2140 Pierce Street, San Francisco, CA

(415) 776-3109

Access Institute for Psychological Services

110 Gough Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA

(415) 861-5449

The Marina Counseling Center

2137 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA

(415) 563-2137

Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center

507 Polk Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA

(415) 561-0230

San Francisco Bay Area Crisis Hotline

24-Hour Crisis Line

(415) 781-0500

Free and confidential

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Last Updated: 01/13/11

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