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ECS Counseling

Individual counseling, mental health consultations and group psychotherapy appointments are now available with Zachary Stahl, MA, licensed marriage and family therapist.

Here is a message from Zach:
I am very excited to be based here in the Tschannen Engineering Building as ECS’s dedicated mental health counselor. I strive to meet you wherever you are at on your individual and academic journey, and work together to meet your wellness goals. Whether you are interested in receiving therapy or are curious about the process, I invite you to reach out to me.

Contact Information

Portrait of Zach StahlZachary Stahl can be reached by the following methods:

Counseling Services

My job is to help students address problems of living, including emotional, social, and academic challenges, by providing short-term psychotherapy. The first step is scheduling a consultation to meet with me for a 50-minute, initial consultation to explore your strengths and struggles and collaborate on a plan to enhance your life. Some examples of presenting problems that bring people to counseling include the following:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Academic Struggles
  • Concentration Problems
  • Procrastination
  • Loss of Motivation
  • Family Problems
  • Sleep Issues
  • Eating Problems
  • Body Image Concerns
  • Trauma
  • Grief/Loss
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Social Communication Challenges
  • Isolation and Loneliness
  • Transitional/Adjustment Problems
  • Emotional Regulation Problems
  • Problematic Substance Use
  • Cultural Difficulties
  • Experiences of Discrimination
  • Sexual and/or Gender Identity concerns
  • Career Concerns

Counseling can also be utilized when a student is already well functioning but is seeking self-improvement, perhaps in academic, work or relationship behavior. Counseling aims to build upon students’ strengths, enhance skills, and develop a deeper understanding of self in relation to others.

How to Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please send a brief email to that includes what days/times you are available M-F, 8:30am-5pm and if you prefer to meet in person over Zoom. 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.

You can also make an appointment for counseling and mental health services with Zach and other university counselors by calling (916) 278-6461 or making a web appointment through CSUS Student Health and Counseling Services.

Clear Minds: ECS Counseling Spring 2024 Workshop Series

Clear Minds: ECS Counseling Spring 2024 Workshop Series

Practice thinking, feeling and acting clearly and compassionately in response to common student challenges. Facilitated by Zachary Stahl, LMFT, ECS mental health counselor. Workshops are about 45 minutes and will be available in-person and via Zoom. RSVP required. Please RSVP using the Spring Workshop Series RSVP form.

Zoom links will be emailed out to students who register for the workshop.

All workshops will be held in TEB 1217 or via Zoom.

  • Creating Healthy Study Habits – 2/6 at 2pm.
  • Sleeping Soundly – 2/22 at 12pm.
  • Actively Preparing for Exams – 3/4 at 3pm.
  • Managing Stress Wisely – 3/27 at 2pm.
  • Breaking Bad Habits – 4/11 at 11am.
  • Cultivating Self-Compassion – 4/25 at 12pm.

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). For life-threatening emergencies, please call 911 or visit your closest hospital emergency department. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Group Therapy for Spring 2024

Reset to Now: Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners
Time & Day: Mondays, 12-12:50pm, in person at the Well, starting date: TBD.
Facilitator: Zachary Stahl, LMFT (he/him/his)

This group will hold space for practicing mindfulness meditation, mental exercises intended to help us be more present, open and compassionate in response to our internal experiences. We will practice how to notice and make room for our emotions, thoughts, sensations and memories without getting hooked by them. Facilitator will invite participants to share their experiences practicing meditation and explore how to incorporate mindfulness values into daily life.

Guys' Group
Time & Day: Wednesdays from 10 - 11:30am, in person at the Well.
Facilitators: Zachary Stahl, LMFT (he/him) and Paul Tran, LCSW (he/him)

Guys' Group offers a supportive non-judgmental environment for men, inclusive of all male identities on the gender spectrum, to come together to share their experiences while receiving support and feedback from other group members. Guys' Group helps men as they develop insight into themselves, build their emotional intelligence, and strengthen their relationships with others. Topics can include general issues that men face such as stress, mental health challenges, relationships, gender identity and gender role expectations, masculinity, and we encourage individual expression and stories.

For a full list of groups, including Voz Latina and Surviving Your Family, visit Student Health and Counseling website.