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).