Student Wellness Program

Personal Counseling Program

The College of Medicine recognizes that students will come into this program with various levels of academic ability and psychological robustness. Some students will most likely experience trying personal circumstances outside the curriculum that may impact their ability to perform at an optimum level of academic performance.

To assist students at times of need, the College of Medicine has two on-site licensed mental health providers. Neither provider teaches in classes or in any way has any evaluative academic role in the student’s curriculum.

The Counseling Office is located in Room 157, and the phone number for this office is (916) 686-8549. Appointments may be requested through e-mail or over the phone.

Counseling Office Hours are as follows:

Monday:   3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Amie) 
Tuesday: 11:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Katelyn)
Wednesday:  11:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Amie)
Thursday: 11:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Katelyn) 
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (every other Friday, Amie)

 

Meet Our Counselors

Amie Olah, MFT

Amie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley. Amie has experience working with individuals, children, and families of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Amie has pro-vided individual and group psychotherapy to address concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, suicidal ideation, and trauma, as well as psychotic disorders.

Contact Amie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 686-8549

Katelyn Shields, MFT

Katelyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from National Uni-versity and her B.S. in Political Science from CSU Sacramento. Additionally, Katelyn has completed a concentration in Inter-national Relations and African American Studies. Katelyn has worked with children, families, and adults from diverse back-grounds and cultures, as well as individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and those on the Autism Spectrum. She has pro-vided psychotherapy at Visions Unlimited, worked at the Gen-der Health Center, and worked in an acute psychiatric hospital, providing case management and referrals for patients.

Contact Katelyn: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 686-8549

 

Counseling FAQS

What are we able to talk to the counselors about? 
We are prepared to talk about any topics including, but not limited to: school stress, anxi-ety, time management, relational stress, depression, suicidal thoughts, trauma, creating positive coping strategies, life transition issues, substance use concerns, etc. If we are not the right place for a student’s concern then we can help them find the right person or re-source. Students should feel free to come in with any concerns. We can be a person to vent to, provide ongoing therapy, or just meet one time. Most importantly: no concern is too small or too big to talk about. 

Do I need to make an appointment, or can I just drop in? 
Either one is fine. If we are here and the door is open students can come on in. Making an appointment is a good way to ensure that you can talk to someone at a specific time and for a certain duration. 

How do I make an appointment? 
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 916-686-8549 

Can I make off-campus appointments? 
All appointments will be on-campus in Room 157 for the foreseeable future. 

When are counselors available?

Monday:   3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Amie) 
Tuesday: 11:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Katelyn)
Wednesday:  11:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Amie)
Thursday: 11:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Katelyn) 
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (every other Friday, Amie)

Can I schedule a couples or group session?
We can only provide services to currently enrolled students. If both partners of the couple are students then yes, we can provide couples counseling. Group sessions are something we are working on developing in the future. 

Are the sessions confidential? 
Yes, everything shared in the room with us will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone else at the school or outside the school without the student’s expressed, written permission. 

Is any information reported to the university or listed on my transcript or in my Dean’s Letter? 
No. No one at the school or outside the school will know that you met with a counselor without your expressed, written permission. It is not a part of your student record. 

Can the counselors refer me to or connect me with outside resources? 
Definitely!

California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300