Mental Health Services

GETTING STARTED:

Call our office at (562) 860-2451 Ext. 2321 (Press option 3) to schedule an appointment or to learn more about Mental Health Services.

CRISIS WALK-IN HOURS:

MON - FRI: 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Mental Health Crisis Support

 

Therapy is a confidential relationship with a therapist who works together with you to better understand your situation and helps you set and reach goals to improve your situation or resolve problems.

During therapy sessions, you will be encouraged to share your thoughts and feelings. Your therapist will offer you nonjudgmental listening and support as you clarify your thoughts, explore new perspectives, weigh out options, and create solutions that help you progress in your goals. Your therapist won't tell you what to do but they are a supportive guide and resource. Our therapists are inclusive and welcoming to all students and any problems or issues that cause emotional distress or interfere with your well-being can be safely discussed.

Student Health offers 6 free and confidential mental health therapy sessions per academic year to currently enrolled Cerritos College students. Short-term therapy is solution-focused and present oriented.  We strive to support student learning and development by building upon the inner strength and resources students possess. Students can address their emotional distress in a safe environment where they can explore possible solutions to their presenting concerns. Crisis appointments are also offered to students in situations that require more immediate attention.

In addition to short-term therapy, Student Health offers outreach to promote mental health awareness and primary prevention.

  • Please arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to your scheduled initial appointment to review and complete paperwork.
  • The initial appointment session lasts approximately 90 minutes, which includes the 30 minutes of incoming documentation prior to your appointment time.
  • During your initial visit, the therapist will listen to your concerns and help you identify an appropriate treatment plan. This treatment plan may include brief therapy at Student Health or external referrals to mental health providers.
  • Arriving more than 15 minutes late may result in a briefer initial appointment or the need to reschedule your appointment. If possible, please call Student Health within 24 hours if you do need to reschedule your initial appointment.
Please call Student Health at (562) 860-2451 Ext. 2321 (press option 3) if you have any questions or concerns about the initial appointment.
  • Currently enrolled Cerritos College students are welcome to visit or call Student Health to schedule an initial appointment at (562) 860-2451 Ext. 2321 (press option 3).
  • An initial appointment is an information gathering session where the therapist and you can make a determination as to how to assist you in your brief therapy goals.
  • Two cancellations will be allowed per semester and failure to keep an appointment without 24-hour notice will count toward your therapy session count. Failure to keep two appointments will result in suspension of privilege to use services.
  • If your situation requires immediate attention, Student Health offers same-day care appointments.
  • If you would like to schedule sessions with the therapist located at the Equity Center, please inform Student Health when you call to schedule your appointment.

Student Health is located off of Parking Lot 1, between the pool and the Kinesiology building.

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: 8 am to 4:30 pm (Telehealth until 6:00 p.m.; prior appointment necessary).
Friday: 8 am to 4 pm
**Closed 12 pm to 1 pm daily**

Our mental health services staff consists of two Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) Student Interns. MSW Interns are earning their masters degree and work under the clinical supervision of an LCSW, and a Clinical Case Manager. Additionally, an MFT Trainee is available at the Equity Center. MFT Trainees are students earning their masters degree and work under the clinical supervision of licensed therapist.

Therapists
Angela Williams LCSW

Angela Williams, LCSW & Manager of Mental Health Services (she/her/hers)

Angela has over 20 years of experience as a social worker and her career spans work in private psychotherapy practice, healthcare, nonprofits, and employee assistance programs including director of clinical operations for a behavioral health insurance company.

Angela earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Master of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. She has served on task forces in Orange and Los Angeles Counties related to interpersonal violence and child abuse prevention as well as behavioral health services task forces for multicultural and diversity issues. She is committed to social justice causes such as assisting the unhoused at a local shower program, supporting Ugandan LGBTQIA+ refugees in settling in the US, and protecting and standing with undocumented folks facing deportation.

She has expertise in counseling college students with stress, anxiety, depression and trauma as well as chronic illness and relationship issues. She is LGBTQIA+ affirming and has experience working with those from diverse cultural backgrounds including folks who are from under-resourced backgrounds. Angela’s lived experiences of navigating obtaining transgender affirmative care, neurodivergent affirming support and chronic pain care for a family member bolster her commitment to making her clinical practice and the Mental Health Services program inclusive and accessible.

Angela partners with each individual to leverage their strengths, build new skills and bring day to day living in alignment with their values. While she draws on many theoretical orientations utilizing techniques determined by each client's needs, mindfulness-based approaches and the latest neuroscientific evidence support clients in their journey to well-being. Angela's clients appreciate her acceptance, compassion and wholehearted attention.

She enjoys supervising MSW Practicum Interns in their journey to honing a trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and culturally competent approach in their clinical practice.

Bernadette Ferrel LCSW

Bernadette Ferrel, LCSW (she/her/ella)

Bernadette is a licensed therapist with over 10 years of experience in nonprofit and private practice settings. Bernadette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, with minors in both Child Development and Gerontology, from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA and earned her Master of Social Work from Columbia University In New York., NY.

Bernadette has spent much of her career working with people seeking therapy for the first time and provides a collaborative, gentle approach to treatment. She has experience working with diverse cultural backgrounds and enjoys teaching others coping skills to improve their overall wellbeing. Bernadette is trained in several evidence-based practices and pulls from those to create individualized plans for clients. She enjoys providing services to the students at Cerritos College and along with the mental health team, creating opportunities for students to learn to care for their mental health.

Clinical Case Manager

Nicole Noggle, MSW Intern and Clinical Case Manager

Nicole Noggle, MSW Practicum Intern/Clinical Case Manager (she/her/hers)

Nicole Noggle has over 2 years of experience providing social work services. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Cal Poly Humboldt and is earning her master's degree at Cal State Long Beach through the advanced standing program. She was the first in her family to obtain her Bachelor’s degree. Nicole has a background in educational settings, crisis services, case management, group therapy, working with survivors of sexual assault, and working with youth. She is a certified sexual assault counselor.

Nicole is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and affirming environment for all individuals. She is LGBTQIA+ affirming and warmly welcomes clients from diverse backgrounds, inclusive of all gender identity, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Her commitment is to foster an open, non-judgmental space to ensure that every individual feels safe and respected as they embark on their personal journey of healing and growth.

Nicole’s approach is rooted in evidence-based practices based on growth mindset, solution-focused and centered around the client. She believes in the importance of empowering individuals to develop the skills and strategies needed to overcome life's challenges. With a strong commitment to professional growth and an empathetic, non-discriminatory approach.

USC Telehealth SAFE-T (Supporting, Assessing, and Facilitating Engagement through Telehealth) Program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Telehealth Clinic

  • Contact at (213)821-5930 or usc.telehealth@usc.edu
  • Free, confidential online counseling
  • Weekly individual sessions with MSW Intern (up to 8 sessions)
  • Available in English and Spanish
  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm

Southern CA Counseling Center 
https://sccc-la.org/ 
Partnering with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)

  • (323)937-1344; go to website to Request an Intake
  • Affordable counseling to families and individuals in South LA: Counseling services are provided on a sliding scale basis, which means that you will be asked about your household income and financial resources or that of your family and establish a fee according to a set schedule of fees that seeks to make counseling affordable for most people.
  • Intake hours are Monday – Thursday, 6pm – 8pm, and Saturday, 12noon – 2pm; a $20 intake fee will be charged for intake
  • The ongoing session fee will be set during the intake
  • If counseling is for couples, families and/or children, walk-in hours are Sunday – Monday, 1pm – 3pm, and Friday, 6pm – 8pm.  All participants must be present at the initial interview. The interview is free; the ongoing session fee will be set during the interview.

AMR Therapy 
https://www.amrtherapy.com/

  • 530-637-8678
  • Teletherapy only
  • Income-based rates (sliding fee)
  • Diverse Therapists who are inclusive, effective, flexible

Aragon & Associates 
https://aragonandhernandez.org/

  • 12440 Firestone Blvd., Ste. 3001, Norwalk, CA 90650
  • (562)450-0620
  • Low-cost, community mental health/counseling services, in Southern CA
  • Serves children, adults, couples, and families on a sliding scale; Couples Fee Range ($60-80) and Individual Fee Range ($50-70) 

JWCH Institute/Wesley Health Centers
http://jwchinstitute.org/

  • (562)867-7999
  • Some locations are listed below but access the website for additional locations across Los Angeles County.
    • Norwalk Regional Health Center, S. Mark Taper Foundation Building 
      12360 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650
    • Bellflower 
      14371 Clark Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706-2901
    • Bell Gardens Community Health Center 
      6912 Ajax Avenue, Bell Gardens, CA 90201
    • Downey 
      8530 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241
  • Community Mental Health Centers operate through federal and state funds made possible by the Community Mental Health Act. The purpose of these funds to make diagnosis and treatment available to low-income and indigent individuals. The services are either free or under a sliding-scale. These services are available to people of all ages who do not have health insurance.

American Indian Counseling Center

  • 17707 Studebaker Rd., Ste. 208 Cerritos, CA 90703
  • (562)867-7999
  • Hours of Operation Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • To schedule an initial appointment, call 562.402.0677 and request to speak with the “On Duty Worker.”
  • Sliding-scale offered for those who do not have Medi-Cal coverage.
  • Serves all populations

Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers 
https://www.apctc.org/

  • 11050 E. Artesia Blvd, Suite F, Cerritos, CA 90703
  • (562)860-8838
  • You may be able to obtain services without medical insurance if you meet eligibility criteria for some programs offered at APCTC.
  • Serves all populations

Jewish Family Service LA 
https://www.jfsla.org/program/individual-and-group-counseling/

  • (818)432-5025 or  services@jfsla.org
  • Telehealth services available
  • MediCal, Medicare/MediCal, low income with other insurance or no insurance are eligible. 

Foothill Family Service 
https://www.foothillfamily.org  

  • Multiple locations: Pasadena, El Monte, W. Covina, Duarte
  • 626-993-3000
  • M-F: Hours vary by location
  • To begin counseling services, all clients must first schedule an intake appointment for an initial assessment. ($30)
  • Medi-cal accepted for all clients up to age 21.5.
  • Offers services on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay. 
    • Income level: $0- $1500
      • Associate Therapist $40, Licensed Therapist $80
    • Income level: $1501- $2000
      • Associate Therapist $45, Licensed Therapist $90 

Los Angeles LGBT Center 
https://lalgbtcenter.org/

  • (323)993-7500
  • Counselors include masters and doctoral-level staff (both licensed and license-eligible) and pre- and post-graduate masters and doctoral-level trainees, interns, and practicum students. Psychiatric consultations are available, based on a referral by one of our staff counselors.
  • Most therapy is short term, usually 16 sessions. Group therapy may go on for longer periods of time.
  • Offers services on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay.

The Center Long Beach 
https://www.centerlb.org/mental-health-counseling

  • 2017 East 4th Street, Long Beach, California 90814
  • (562)434-4455
  • Appointments available Monday through Friday 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm, depending on availability
  • To begin counseling services at The Center, all clients must first schedule an intake appointment for an initial assessment.
  • Mental Health therapists are Marriage and Family trainees and Clinical Social Work interns supervised by experienced licensed therapists.
  • Offers services on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay. 

Airport Marina Counseling Service 
https://www.amcshelps.com/  

  • La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles, 90045  
  • 310-670-1410
  • Appointments available Monday through Thursday 9:00am to 9:00pm, and Friday through Sundays from 9:00am to 3:00pm, depending on availability  
    • Monday through Wednesday – 9am-9pm (in-person and telehealth)
    • Thursday – 9am-5pm (in -person and telehealth) | 6-9pm (telehealth only)
    • Friday – 9am-3pm (telehealth only) 
      Saturday and Sunday – 9am-3pm (in-person and telehealth)
  • Offers services on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay. From $20-$130 per session.

The Center for Individual & Family Counseling 
https://www.thecenterpro.org/services

  • 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, 91607
  • 818-761-2227 x707
  • Appointments available Monday through Friday 8:00am to 9:00pm, Saturdays 8:00am-6:00pm and Sundays from 8:00am to 4:00pm, depending on availability  
  • To begin counseling services at The Center, all clients must first schedule an intake appointment for an initial assessment. ($40)
  • Long-term therapy for 1 year and a half with session available in person and online.
  • Offers services on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay. $45-125 per session. 

Suicide Prevention

Depression

  • To Write Love On Her Arms: Self-injury and Depression Support
  • National Alliance for Mental Health: This website has information and resources for a wide variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.
  • Half of Us: College-oriented mental health site with information, assessment, referral, and advocacy for depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, eating disorders, anxiety, stress, cutting, etc.

Stress & Anxiety

  • Test Anxiety: This page from Princeton Review contains information on test anxiety and how to overcome it. There is also a section on study skills.
  • Stress Management: Information on stress, its effects, and ways to get relief from the Mayo Clinic.
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America: This website offers information, resources, and support for those experiencing anxiety and/or anxiety disorders. Under “Living with Anxiety” is a section devoted to particular needs of college and university students.

Eating Disorders

Neurodivergence

Educational/Information

Advocacy & Support

The Calm App

The Calm app features guided meditations, strategies to overcome anxiety, and other strategies for improved sleep and relaxation. 

Cost: Free to download. Annual subscription to unlock all features.

Google Play and App Store

Headspace app

Headspace provides guided meditation and mindfulness practice techniques. The app also provides "SOS" sessions to cope with panic and anxiety. 

Cost: Free to download. Annual subscription to unlock all features.

Student Plans available

Google Play and App Store

eMoods

eMoods helps you easily chart depressed or elevated mood, sleep patterns, medications, and other symptoms related to mood disorders.

Cost: Free to download. In-app purchases.

Google Play and App Store

happify

Happify helps you manage negative thoughts to improve your mood from a variety of evidence-based techniques and helps you track your progress over time.

Cost: Free to download. In-app purchases.

Google Play and App Store

MoodTools

MoodTools offers tools to track your negative thoughts in reaction to difficult situations. Helpful videos and resources help you develop newer thinking patterns, which can improve your mood. 

Cost: Free to download. In-app purchases. 

Google Play and App Store

HabitBull

HabitBull helps you keep track of your habits and routines so that you can better organize your life and accomplish your goals. It also includes motivational photos and discussion forums. 

Cost: Free to download. In-app purchases. 

Google Play and App Store

Habitica

Habitica keeps you motivated by treating your life like a video game. "Level up" as you make progress toward your life goals!

Cost: Free to download. In-app purchases.

Google Play and App Store

PTSD Coach

PTSD Coach provides information on PTSD, provides coping strategies to help manage symptoms, and provides crisis resources.

Cost: Free

Google Play and App Store

PTSD Family Coach

PTSD Family Coach provides helpful information and support for family members of those living with PTSD. Resources include information on self-care, managing a relationship with someone who has PTSD, and finding treatment options. 

Cost: Free

Google Play and App Store

CalmHarm

Calm Harm helps reduce the urge to self-harm by offering several strategies such as distraction, deep breathing, comforting activities. The app includes password protection for added privacy.

Cost: Free

Google Play and App Store

CBT-I Coach

CBT-I Coach includes a sleep diary to track sleep patterns and provides information on how to improve your sleep routine. 

Cost: Free

Google Play and App Store

BetterSleep

BetterSleep: Sleep Tracker allows you to create your own mix of relaxation sounds to help you improve your quality of sleep. Sounds include white noise, nature sounds, and meditation music. 

Cost: Free to download. In-app purchases.

Google Play and App Store

FindTreatment.gov, the confidential and anonymous resource for persons seeking treatment for mental and substance use disorders in the United States and its territories. 


Find an accredited treatment rehab in Los Angeles at https://rehabs.org/centers/california/los-angeles/.

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