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Counseling Services

The Art of Wellness

Student Counseling Services supports the mission of Otis College of Art and Design by providing counseling services, training opportunities, mental health outreach, and co-curricular activities designed to enhance students' academic and artistic lives.


           Individual Counseling
           Relationship/Couples Counseling
           Pre-Marriage & Marriage Counseling
           Bereavement Support

Awareness Events
          National Depression Screening Day (October)
          National Eating Disorders Screening Program (February)
          National Alcohol Screening Day (April)

Group Counseling
           Support Groups

           Evaluations and Medication Referrals
           Referrals For Community Services & Support Groups

Screenings, Assessments, and Testing
          Beck Depression, Anxiety, Hopelessness, and Suicide Scales
          ADD/HD and Learning Disabilities Screenings
          Substance Use & Abuse Screenings & Referrals
          Testing for Academic & College Adjustment Issues
          Test Anxiety


Getting Started

Prior to your first counseling appointment, you will be asked to fill out a Intake Form (PDF). For your convenience, you may download it, print it out, and bring it to your first appointment.

If you wish to have your therapist speak to someone to coordinate treatment, you will need to complete a Request to Release Confidential Information (PDF).

We want to be sure you are getting the most out of your counseling experience, and would appreciate it if you would complete an Evaluation Form (PDF) and return it to our office (104A).




If you are in crisis, or are experiencing a psychological emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.


Student Counseling Services Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm (except academic holidays and breaks)


Goldsmith Campus Ahmanson Hall (first floor)


Fred L. Barnes, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Director of Student Counseling Services
(310) 665-6968

Farrah Mirzaee, M.A.

Administrative Assistant
(310) 846-2639

Jennifer Berg, M.A.

Doctoral Intern
(310) 846-2584

Ludmila Zeltzer, B.F.A

Doctoral Intern
(310) 846-2584