Individual Counseling Services

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The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program provides a wide range of services and support to individual employees. We provide counseling, coaching and referrals to support your personal and work life.

Short-term counseling

Many concerns can be addressed — and often resolved — through our brief treatment approach. You and your counselor will work together to identify your problems and the best way to address them, whether with FSAP or with an outside provider or program.

FSAP counseling services are entirely voluntary. All discussions with program counselors are strictly confidential and will not become part of your personnel file. Your counselor will not release any information to other individuals (including the fact that you have come to FSAP) without your express permission.

The program provides counseling and assessment for a broad range of personal and work-related issues.

Personal issues

  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Coping with disabilities
  • Crisis situations
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Elder or dependent care    
  • Personal health
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting issues
  • Relationship concerns
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse (alcohol or drugs)
  • Traumatic events

Work-related issues

  • Competing professional and personal demands    
  • Coping with hostile work environments
  • Interpersonal conflict (with supervisors, peers or subordinates)    
  • Layoffs
  • Organizational transitions
  • Problems with job performance
  • Workplace incivility

Additional services


Many times, employees do not need help with specific psychological, emotional or interpersonal issues, but may greatly benefit from individualized coaching. FSAP provides individual coaching for clients on the same basis as our counseling services — free, confidential and voluntary — but with a focus on problem solving and skills development in areas such as assertiveness, communication, boundary setting, and leadership. 


While FSAP does not provide long-term treatment, we can provide you with the contact information or resource center for behavioral health representatives that can assist you with finding referrals through your insurance. These insurance representatives will also be able to refer you to providers with specific expertise to meet your needs.

Couples counseling

FSAP does not provide services to non-employees, including family members. However, services are available to couples when both members are employees. If you and your spouse, partner or significant other are experiencing relationship problems, we can offer short-term couples counseling aimed at improving communication, providing tools for conflict resolution, and a skillful third party to help facilitate difficult discussions.


Due to COVID-19, we have suspended this service until further notice. Please check back.

FSAP is pleased to provide biofeedback sessions using the HeartMath™ system. Using HeartMath™ techniques, you will learn to reduce your stress and anxiety, develop self-regulation skills and build mental and emotional awareness. Developing new levels of emotional management can stop the momentum of stress and create inner peace, whatever your circumstances. This program can help you build emotional resilience which is all about having the inner balance and energy to do what is most important in your life. Biofeedback may be integrated into your counseling experience or made the focus of your FSAP counseling experience as determined by you and your counselor.

Officer of the day

Have questions or concerns that are not directly addressed here? Call our main line, 415-476-8279, and ask to speak to our Officer of the Day, who can determine if we can assist with your situation.