Welcome to the Center for Counseling and Diagnostic
Services (CCDS)

Important Notes:

  • There is a $100 per semester processing fee for counseling services. There may be small additional charges for certain tests.
  • Prices for testing services are discussed in detail here.
  • The Center is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Several bus lines service the campus.
  • Services are by appointment only. Please call (916) 278-6252 for more information.

(916) 278-6252 | Eureka Hall 421 | ccds@csus.edu
Office Hours: 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm
Summer Office Hours: 7:30am-12:00pm and 12:30pm-4:00pm

The Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services has been in operation since 1968. It is equipped with family counseling rooms, small counseling cubicles and art and play therapy materials.

Services are offered during the academic year: September through December and February through May. Services are generally limited to one semester, up to a maximum of fourteen sessions. If we cannot accommodate specific client needs, referrals to other services can be provided.


Center as a Training Facility

Counseling, testing and educationally related services are provided by advanced graduate students in the Department of Counselor Education and the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and School Psychology in the College of Education.

The Center functions as a training center for advanced students while providing the community with low-cost counseling for a variety of needs.

All counselors are supervised by appropriately credentialed, licensed or trained faculty.

Counseling for Career and Life Changes

Career Counseling
Persons who would like assistance in learning how to make decisions and needing information or guidance for educational or career choices can receive counseling and appropriate testing services and referrals. Undergraduate students already admitted to CSUS who have questions regarding required courses or course sequencing should contact the CSUS Academic Advising office at 278-6351. Graduate students with similar questions should contact their CSUS faculty advisor (usually assigned by the student's individual department).

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Individuals with disabilities can receive vocational testing, career counseling and personal counseling as needed.

Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling Services

The Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services, located on the California State University, Sacramento campus, welcomes all members of the Sacramento Area community for individual, couple and family counseling. We encourage you to use our services whatever your age, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, marital status or family situation. Single-parent and blended families, "traditional" and "non-traditional" families, married couples, domestic partners and individuals of any background and life situation are welcome.

Individual Counseling
For persons who want assistance and skills in dealing with personal changes, emotional and social crises, and other personal issues such as divorce/separation, depression, anger, stress and addictions.

Couple Counseling
Whether you are married, "coupled," or domestic partners, this is for those seeking to strengthen and improve their relationships or to work on unsatisfactory relationship issues.

Family Counseling
This is for any group who desires assistance in understanding roles, interactions, patterns of behavior, dealing with pressures and problems, school difficulties and with members who are making major life changes.

Counseling for Children
Counseling can be provided either with other family members or individually to help children understand and deal with problems of their own or problems relating to family or school.

Educational Testing and Child Counseling

Services are offered to children and adolescents in kindergarten through 12th grades to identify causes of learning problems. Test results and possible referrals are discussed to help establish appropriate educational programs. The fee for diagnostic services is $200.00.

Evaluation is also available to help identify students who might be eligible for Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) programs. The fee for GATE testing is $75.