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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 Santa Clara Hall as ECS’s dedicated counselor. I strive to meet you wherever you are at on your individual and academic journey, virtually or in person, and work together to meet your goals. Whether you are interested in receiving counseling or are curious about the process, I invite you to reach out to me.

Contact Information

Zachary Stahl can be reached by the following methods:

  • Email: ecs-counseling@csus.edu
  • Location: SCL 1213B (virtual appointments are also available).
  • Phone: (916) 278-7294 (For best response time, please email ecs-counseling@csus.edu)

Counseling Services


Counseling can be beneficial when students experience mental health difficulties that impact academic, social, and emotional functioning. The first step is scheduling a consultation where the student can meet with a counselor to identify any challenges and decide how to move forward.

Some examples of presenting concerns that bring people to counseling include the following:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Problems
  • Sleep Issues
  • Body Image Concerns
  • Trauma
  • Grief/Loss
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Transitions/Adjustment
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Addiction
  • Cultural difficulties
  • Experiences of Discrimination
  • Sexual and/or Gender Identity 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 z.stahl@csus.edu 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. You can also make an appointment for counseling and mental health services with Zach and other university counselors at CSUS Student Health and Counseling Services by calling (916) 278-6461.


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 non-business 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.