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Welcome!

Hello new and prospective students! We're excited to welcome you to the Caltech community. Check out our 6 steps to get to know Student Wellness Services!

1) Student Wellness Services includes:

ALL registered students pay a health fee each term, which allows access to Student Wellness Services for free, regardless of your insurance coverage. All students are required to carry health insurance, which is used for prescriptions, laboratory tests, specialty/urgent/emergency care, and other services. There may be costs involved if a student requires medication, labs or other testing, but seeing a Caltech clinician on campus is free. 

2) Curious about our services? Read about services and what to expect at:


4) Not sure what the difference between counseling and occupational therapy is? Read this:

An occupational therapist would be able to offer guidance by:

  • Optimizing  day-to-day habits and routines
  • Creating short-term & long-term goals and maintaining accountability
  • Focusing on solutions by using activity analysis to recognize dysfunctional patterns
  • Developing pragmatic skills to create balance
  • Collecting data — sleep, time use, calories, steps
  • Focusing on individual strengths, untapped potential, and then  link to action
  • Evaluating holistically — focusing on many dimensions of wellness
A counselor, on the other hand, focuses their conversation on ways to:
  • Recover from past traumas and cope with distress
  • Explore past relationships to improve self-concept and self-esteem
  • Work through underlying psychological issues that affect ability to function
  • Guiding people towards flexibility and responsiveness
  • Emotional integration and regulation
  • Awareness of past in order to promote insight and healing
What we have in common:
  • Individualized and client-centered
  • Scientifically driven, evidence-based
  • Defined goals

Remember, you are not limited to one therapy or the other. You may utilize both services to address the same problem as the different frameworks and methodologies of each profession can complement each other.


5) We also run a variety of workshops and events.
Get the latest updates by following us @CaltechWellness on Facebook and Twitter!


6) Can't make it in person? Check our resources page - it's home to many of our resources including Self-Help and Community Resources, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Time Management Resources, Depression and Suicide, and more.

Are you a parent? Click here.


Common Topics

Click the following links for answers to common topics:

What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it? - Elizabeth Cox

Think you're alone? Even (or quite commonly) very successful and accomplished individuals struggle with imposter syndrome.

Resources

Set To Go - Set to Go is a program from The Jed Foundation (JED) built to help students prepare for the transition out of high school.

WebMD - Preparing for College: The Mental Health GapInformational videos and articles done in collaboration with the Jed Foundation on helping your student care for their mental health.