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The Counseling Center provides the La Sierra University Community with mental health services that aim to facilitate growth, promote wellness, and enhance a meaningful quality of life. Our services include: individual, couples, group, and career counseling.

We are a multidisciplinary team of clinicians working together to address the mental health needs of our campus. Deborah L. Wright, MSW, LCSW, serves as the Counseling Center Director, and is trained as a licensed Clinical Social Workers. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Wright has spent the past 19 years working in the field of mental health and hospital settings, providing crisis intervention, case management and grief counseling services.

Our Mission

To provide professional, competent, compassionate and culturally sensitive care to students and staff. We want to enhance their emotional, spiritual and psychological well-being and help them function to their potential. The services of the Counseling Center are based on a developmental model that addresses the career and personal issues that are central to student’s lives and academic success.

As a multi-cultural service, the Counseling Center is committed to providing appropriate and sensitive services that are accessible to all students. The Counseling Center also promotes a healthy psychological climate at the university through consultation and outreach within the campus community.


All students enrolled for academic credit (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate) may use the Counseling Center.

Students enrolled in continuing education, extension or adult education courses are not eligible for services. A non-student may be served only as part of couples counseling when the non-student's significant other is a currently enrolled student.

Summer Eligibility: Students who are enrolled in summer classes are eligible for counseling services during the summer quarters.           


The Counseling Center is funded by the student health fee paid at the time of enrollment to La Sierra University. No other fees apply.           


Students may schedule appointments in person at the Counseling Center or via telephone. Please call the Counseling Center at (951) 785-2011 to schedule an appointment. The Counseling Center is unable to schedule appointments via a third person or via email (see confidentiality below).

Counseling Services

Career Counseling

Students are often confused and uncertain about which careers or majors to pursue. What surprises many students is that being undecided can actually be a blessing because it forces students to step out, explore, and take advantage of the opportunities that surround you during your college years.

Career counseling may aid your vocational journey through self-exploration, support, and learning about the world of work. There are many activities and areas to explore in career counseling. Some students spend time exploring their family expectations and cultural considerations.

Others look for support in finding out about careers through informational interviews and research. A few choose to utilize more creative approaches such as guided imagery and writing stories to tap into their transferable skills. Most choose to take career assessments and to explore their strengths, interests, and/or personality.

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For all students registering for the first time or returning students logging in, visit the free resume builder now and sign in with your university issued email address (@my.lasierra.edu, or @lasierra.edu).

Individual & Couples Counseling

The counseling center offers short-term individual and couples counseling for a variety of concerns that come up during a student’s academic journey. Personal, emotional, and relational issues may include:

  • stress
  • depression
  • loneliness
  • difficulties in studying
  • relationship and family conflicts
  • dealing with addictions
  • eating concerns
  • identity
  • grief and loss
  • sexual assault
  • or simply self improvement.

Talking with a counselor in a confidential, interactive and accepting environment often helps improve coping skills, understanding, problem resolution, and/or help in moving toward a more meaningful and satisfying life.

At the time of your first appointment, you will be asked to complete some preliminary paperwork and then asked to describe your concerns and what you hope to gain from counseling. This first meeting often provides an opportunity for your counselor and you to decide on how best to address your concerns.

Since counseling is a process of self-discovery and growth, many individuals make their counseling experience an opportunity where they can learn more about themselves, their values, and their relationships with others.


Joining other students with common interests is often the most constructive and supportive way to meet challenges and resolve issues. A group can offer a unique environment where students can increase self-understanding, enhance personal relationships, try out new behaviors, while receiving feedback and support from peers experiencing similar concerns. Our groups are facilitated by one of our counselors and range in members from 4-10 people who meet on a weekly basis. We are planning to start new groups so please contact us if any of the topics below are of interest to you or suggest your own.

Possible groups:

  • College adjustment
  • School stress/anxiety
  • Social confidence
  • Sexual identity
  • Relationships
  • Sexual trauma
  • Depression
  • Career exploration
  • Self esteem
  • Returning student missions
  • Men
  • Women 

Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff are eligible for individual and couples counseling at the Counseling Center. We can also provide referrals to mental health clinicians in the area if faculty and staff would rather choose to seek outside assistance. We are available to consult with faculty and staff and offer workshops or presentations for your students on various mental health and career exploration topics. Please contact us for more information. 

Click here for more information on recognizing and dealing with distressed students.


The Counseling Center is available for workshops dealing with all types of mental health and career exploration concerns on our campus. Please contact us if you would like us to provide any psychoeducational presentations for your organization or group.

Counseling Center Staff

Debora Wright - Counseling Center Director
Daniel Nyirady - Clinical Therapist
Clinical Therapist