Getting Started

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News for 2015-2016: The Westmont Counseling Center welcomes a new Director, Dr. Eric Nelson.


We are glad you are here and we hope this information helps you find out more about the Counseling Center and how to make your first appointment.

Hours and Location

The Counseling Center offers on-site short term counseling for enrolled Westmont College students, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are four licensed therapists, one postdoctoral psychology fellow, and two clinical trainees.

The Counseling Center is located on the lower part of campus next to Armington Hall, in the same building as the Health Center.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Step One: Go to the Counseling Center Forms link and complete the Request a Counseling Appointment forms. You MUST be on Westmont encrypted Wifi to access the forms.

Step Two: Claire Cetti, our office manager, will receive your Request and be in contact with you within 2 working days to schedule an appointment.

About Electronic Forms: To ensure confidentiality and to avoid timing out and losing information, you will need to complete your forms in one sitting. Anticipate that this process may take 30-40 minutes. Forms maybe filled out on your personal computer on campus or at Ocean View, or on an iPad available in the Counseling Center.

Please contact us if you need any assistance. Come in, call, or email Claire @565-6003 or

If your need for counseling is urgent, please notify our office manager immediately. Arrangements for an appointment will be made as soon as possible.
What to do between now and your appointment?

Check out our Waiting? Self-Care Ideas for tips on how to manage the distress you may be currently experiencing.

What does Short Term Counseling Mean?

Short term counseling means that the number of sessions are limited. After receiving therapy at the Counseling Center, some students may be interested in further support. We work with students to facilitate access to resources in the community.

Our goal is to provide an appropriate, focused course of therapy within the given period of time. Referrals and resources will be provided for those students whose needs extend beyond that given time. Detailed information is described in Counseling Center Policies and Consent for Counseling, which is the last form included in your Intake Information.

To learn more about the Counseling process we recommend the link Frequently Asked Questions.

Cancelling an Appointment

PLEASE PROVIDE 24-HOUR NOTICE FOR CANCELLED APPOINTMENTS, so the office manager may reschedule the time for another student.


Except for outside referrals, Counseling Services are covered by Westmont Student Fees.


The Counseling Center is closed for all student holidays and breaks.