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ECS Counseling

Dr. Brian Yu's mission is to support and enhance student psychological wellbeing and academic achievement by providing both Performance Restoration and Performance Enhancement services.

Counseling Services

Performance Restoration refers to when students experience mental health difficulties and deficits in academic, social, and emotional functioning. The goal of services is to get students back to their previous levels of functioning. Some examples of presenting concerns related to Performance Restoration include the following:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image Concerns
  • Trauma
  • Grief/Loss
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Transitions/Adjustment
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Addiction
  • Cultural difficulties
  • Experiences of Discrimination
  • Sexual and/or Gender Identity concerns

Performance Enhancement refers to when a student is already functioning well but wants to continue to improve psychological skills to elevate academic performance and social-emotional functioning. The focus is on enhancing students’ strengths and developing mastery of their mental skills. Such examples of Performance Enhancement may include the following:

  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Concentration
  • Communication
  • Discipline
  • Goal-Setting
  • Maintaining Consistent Performance
  • Habit Formation
  • Resilience
  • Performing Under Pressure

How to Make an Appointment

I am available by appointment to provide individual counseling and group workshops. To schedule an appointment, please send a brief email to that includes what service you're interested in and days/times you are available throughout the week. Please, keep in mind that email is not a secure form of communication, so be careful and discrete of personal information you are providing over email.

Crisis Counseling: For urgent concerns, urgent mental health care services are available on a drop-in basis at the Urgent Care Clinic on the first floor of The Well during their business hours (call 916-278-6461 for up-to-date business hours). During after hours, call 916-278-6461 and follow the prompts to speak to a counselor. For life-threatening emergencies, please call 911 or visit your closest hospital emergency department.