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 three licensed therapists, and one half time Doctoral Clinical Trainee. Together we make up the equivalent of two and one half full time staff.

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 will need your Student ID Number every time you fill out 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.

Step Three: Go to the Counseling Center Forms link and complete the Client Intake Information forms. Forms need to be complete prior to your first appointment. If they are not complete, you will be asked to fill them out at that time and your appointment will be rescheduled for the following week.

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 sessions are limited to once a week for up to 8 sessions per semester, lasting 40-45 minutes per session. Sessions will be scheduled consecutively unless otherwise arranged with the therapist. A "no-show" or late cancellation will count as one of the eight sessions.

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.

May Term and Holidays

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

May Term: The Counseling Center is closed and counselors are not on campus. For enrolled May Term students, counseling appointments are possible but students must arrange them in advance. Contact the office manager by phone, email, or in person (during the May Term Health Center hours), to arrange an appointment.