Sometimes seeking therapy or medication services off-campus is your best option to address a particular concern or meet your individual needs. One way to find off-campus therapy referrals is to use the CAPS Community Provider Database. This searchable database contains names of therapists and psychiatrists near the UCLA campus who have expressed interest in working with UCLA students. If you are unable to access or use the database, please call CAPS during business hours at (310) 825-0768 for assistance.
Listed below are several community resources in the Los Angeles area that you may find beneficial.
Download a list of community counseling centers that operate on a sliding fee scale for those with financial concerns.
Disclaimer: All listed resources are provided for convenience and informational use only. Listing of resources does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation by UCLA or its affiliates. CAPS is not responsible for the content, claims, or representations of the listed resources.
Rewiring the Anxious Brain - Neuroplasticity and the Anxiety Cycle
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition by Edmund J. Bourne
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Anxiety and Depression Association
6 Differences Between Sadness and Depression
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Paperback - by David D. Burns
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
How I succeed with ADHD at Harvard
Drive to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood - by Edward M. Hallowell
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (CHADD)
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Going to College and Managing Health by Kati Morton
Navigating Your Freshman Year: How to Make the Leap to College Life-and Land on Your Feet (Students Helping Students)
College Stress Solutions: Stress Management Techniques to Beat Anxiety, Make the Grade, Enjoy the Full College Experience
APA's Disability Resources for College Students
College Transition and Adjustment
Cross Cultural Adjustment
Alcoholic Anonymous: Young People's Animation
The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Bruins 4 Recovery
Kimberle Crenshaw's The Urgency of Intersectionality TED Talk
Understanding Intersectional Identities
Intersectional Identities Resources
LiveHealth Online makes accessing mental health services easy when CAPS is closed, or when you're simply away from campus.
Your UCSHIP plan makes seeing a therapist easy when CAPS is not available to you (building closures, away from campus, or if you just have a very busy schedule that prevents you from scheduling an in-person appointment). With LiveHealth Online you have the ability to see a licensed therapist or psychologist through your phone, tablet or computer with internet access.
Hours & Cost
LiveHealth Online is available 24 hours a day on weekdays, all weekends and campus holidays. We have two separate codes for therapy and psychiatry. To receive these codes, please call CAPS front desk at (310) 825/0768
How to Access LiveHealth Online - Step by Step Instructions
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have to have UCSHIP to use LiveHealth?
- No. All students, SHIP and nonSHIP, may access LiveHealth online by utilizing coupon codes available at CAPS.
If I have UCSHIP, how much is the copay for using LiveHealth services?
- The copay for UCSHIP-covered students is changing from $5 to $0 in the '20-'21 policy year. Please note that this copay may vary from campus to campus; copay is dependent on the student's "home" campus.
Do I need a special identification code to access LiveHealth services?
- UCSHIP covered students have an Anthem XDP# that they may use for accessing LiveHealth Online; this number is accessible via the Anthem UCSHIP app. For nonSHIP covered students, they can register through LHO and see a provider. Once you start your visit, you will be prompted to input private insurance (if applicable) or no insurance at all. In order to avail of the CAPS coupon code, however, only enter that code and do not enter secondary insurance or private insurance; if secondary or private insurance is entered, that will serve as primary for the claim.
What if I try any of the instructions above and still cannot access a LiveHealth services?
- If you cannot access a LiveHealth provider or the provider states that the coupon code does not work, you may contact Anthem for assistance at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need a CAPS referral to access LiveHealth online services?
- No. Accessing LiveHealth Online does not require a referral from CAPS (for Behavioral Health) so no appointment is needed if you are interested in accessing services. If you happen to already be connected to CAPS, you may simply ask your current provider for a coupon and/or call the front desk at (310) 825-0768 for the coupon codes.
What if I have dual coverage, specifically UCSHIP and MediCal, TriCare, or MRMIP - would Anthem cover the claims or is the other insurance primary?
- The COB rules still apply, and the students' primary insurance would be necessary prior to processing a claim. If you would like to avail of the UCLA CAPS coupon code, then you would not disclose other secondary insurance but instead use a code so the claim would not be filed and/or denied due to secondary insurance being primary.
Does LiveHealth offer couples counseling? If so, are there any stipulations i.e. both in the couple must be registered UCLA students and/or at least one must be registered?
- Students can invite someone to attend their session if they like and if appropriate. There is no additional charge for their "guest" and the guest would get a direct link to join the session when it is time for the visit i.e. you would not have to be logged on from the same physical space.
How would a student obtain copies of their telehealth visit with a LiveHealth clinician i.e. what is the release of information/records request process?
- Anyone who accesses LiveHealth services will have a LiveHealth online portal where you will have the ability to message providers or receive your session notes which you can then choose to share with another existing private or UCLA CAPS provider.
Who can I call for help with LiveHealth claims or billing processing questions?
- Students can call 1-866-940-8306 for assistance.
How are claims handled? Do I have to pay out of pocket for my LiveHealth online visit?
- Claims are automatically transmitted to Anthem (no need to send claims). If you disclose a secondary insurance (dual coverage), Anthem will coordinate to verify whether your secondary insurance provides primary coverage for the claim and the original claim may be denied. If you obtain a coupon code from CAPS, there are no claims filed as CAPS shoulders the cost of the LiveHealth visit as part of the commitment to providing accessible mental health resource alternatives to promote health, healing, and hope.
Many students struggle with various concerns and may not recognize their symptoms are something that they can get help for. It does not mean something is "wrong" with you or that you are "weak" if you are struggling with these issues. Learn more about common concerns through the following links. Talk to a trusted friend, parent, professor, mentor, or CAPS professional if you want help addressing these concerns.
What is TAO?
The TAO self-help platform was built to support student educational and skill development needs in the areas of mental wellness and overall well-being. TAO self-help tools can be used when students need support and education for common issues such as: improving mood, calming anxiety, managing stress, succeeding in relationships, improving communication skills, exploring issues related to alcohol and drug use, and managing anger.
Please note that the resources available in the TAO self-help platform are informational and are intended to serve as an aid in understanding the topic areas presented. These resources are note intended as a substitute for treatment from a qualified mental health professional.
TAO is FREE to all UCLA students!
How do I sign up for TAO?
Follow this enrollment link: counseling.ucla.edu/TAO
1. Enter your UCLA email.
2. Select "Sign up in Self-Help with an Institution"
3. On the next screen select "Sign Me Up"
4. On next screen, enter Name and same email address you entered above. You do not need to enter an enrollment key. Demographic information section is optional.
5. Scroll to bottom of the page and check the box at the end of the "Informed Consent" section indicating that you agree to the "TAO Self-Help Informed Consent"
6. Select "Sign Me Up" at the bottom of the page.
7. Final Log In instructions will be sent to the email address you entered above.
8. Log In and create a New Password
9. Select "Continue" on next page.
10. You are now "Logged in"
11. Select "My Pathways" on the upper left of the screen under "TAO"
12. Select whether you want to consent to contributing anonymous data. Do not select "unsubscribe me from TAO" as that will delete your account.
13. Scroll down the page to access the Self-Help content under "My Pathways"
14. Select any Pathway to explore the content and complete any or all of the self-help modules in that Pathway (e.g. "Leave Your Blues Behind")
15. The "Mindfulness Library" is also a resource that is available by selecting "My TAO Tools" from the menu (just to the right of the "My Pathways" link). Multiple relaxation and mindfulness exercises are available.
NOCD helps those who have unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that feel "stuck" in their head until they do certain actions to make them go away. These are symptoms of OCD and generally surround themes like: contamination, religion, aggression, or sexual orientation.
NOCD offers a free community for UCLA students to learn more about OCD and receive professional OCD treatment from their dorm room. NOCD is covered by most California health insurance plans and is free for most students.
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment. The practice of mindfulness often leads to a sense of balance and psychological well-being.
How does mindfulness work?
To cultivate mindfulness a person does not try to create any particular state of mind, but attempts to just become aware of each thought, feeling, or sensation as it arises in the present moment and to let each thought, sensation or feeling pass away without judgment or attachment. While this is a simple practice, it can be both challenging and transformative.
How can mindfulness help me?
Research has shown that mindfulness can be effective in treating symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and in decreasing suicidal and self-harm behavior. It can also reduce stress, improve concentration and self-awareness.
Mindfulness positively impacts our mental health by decreasing judgement and decreasing the amount of time we spend daydreaming about the past and the future. It helps us to become deeply connected to the moments that make up our lives. Furthermore, mindfulness changes our relationship to our thoughts. When we observe our thoughts during mindfulness practice, we are able to watch our thoughts without getting caught up in them or relating to them as if they are true. Finally, mindfulness helps us to be more attuned with ourselves which leads to greater self-acceptance, better emotional regulation, and ultimately better relationships with others.
How do I start?
There are many different mindfulness exercises you can learn. It is commonly cultivated through a meditation practice. It can be helpful to start mindfulness practices by being guided by a trained facilitator, which often occurs in group settings. Ask your CAPS provider about mindfulness groups, check out the mindfulness resources below, or listen to a mindfulness podcast to help guide you.
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)
UCLA student discounted classes, retreats, day long trainings and workshops. Free sitting groups in Santa Monica, Hammer Museum and UCLA Medical Center. Free downloads on guided mindfulness practices available online.
UCLA Student Health Education & Promotion (SHEP)
Student Development Health Education Website contains free audio tracks on meditation and relaxation.
Meditation Classes @ UCLA Recreation
Yoga and Bruin MindFit classes listed under FITWELL Program
Fee based Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and other meditation classes available. Free weekly sitting groups available in different locations - Santa Monica, Los Feliz, Long Beach, Hermosa Beach. Work study for classes is available.
UCSD Center for Mindfulness
Free guided mindfulness audio exercises, video clips, and mindful poetry
Against the Stream
Buddhist meditation center with two locations: Santa Monica and Hollywood. Free weekly sitting groups. Offers classes, retreats, and day-longs.
Shambhala Meditation Center
Buddhist meditation center with multiple locations throughout CA: Westside and Eagle Rock. Free guided instruction and dharma talks. Classes, retreats, workshops, and groups.
Insight Meditation Center
Buddhist meditation center located in Redwood, CA. Classes, retreats, workshops, and groups. Free audio recordings and class materials available here.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Buddhist meditation center located in Woodacre, CA (Northern California). Fee based classes, retreats, workshops and groups available.
Southern California Vipassana Meditation Center
Buddhist meditation Center located in Twentynine Palms, CA Free ten-day silent retreats.
Awareness of Breath (5:19)
Awareness of Thoughts (4:15)
5 Senses in 5 Minutes (5:09)
Dealing with Pain and Discomfort (8:18)
Walking Meditation (9:00)
Body Scan (10:22)
Dealing with Difficult Emotions (10:32)
Loving Kindness (11:41)
Most college students know sleep matters. But most assume they have to choose between sleep, school, and social life. Fortunately that isn't true.
Not only is health sleep the number one predictor of academic success in college, but you can use sleep to your advantage to get the most out of college both in and outside of class.
Building sleep into your life is not only a way to boost your GPA but can also make you a better athlete and team player; reduce your risk of depression, weight gain, colds, and skin problems; keep you safe on the road; and improve your overall quality of life.
To learn more about sleep resources at UCLA, vist the UCLA Health Campus Initiative SleepWell page here.
For information on the student-run UCLA Sleep, Health and Dream club, please contact: email@example.com
Students who know how to get healthy sleep can use it as a genuine performance enhancer in the classroom - which may be why students who sleep better have higher GPAs.
But using sleep to optimize academic performance takes more than just getting enough sleep. Equally important is getting plenty of uninterrupted sleep on consistent schedule.
Watch the video below to find out more:
Getting good sleep is critical not just for staying mentally sharp, but also for many aspects of physical and mental health. When people get too little sleep on a chronic basis, the risk goes up for many health problems. These include heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, and maybe even a shorter lifespan.
Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts are associated with sleep deprivation, too.
Even over the short term, too little sleep can weaken your immune system making colds and other illnesses more likely. Watch the video below to find out more:
When you're sleep deprived, you're much more likely to hurt yourself and others - whether on the road, in the lab, at work, or on the playing field.
Besides slowing your reaction time, sleep deprivation clouds your judgment, making you more likely to put yourself into risky situations and to make unsafe decisions. Watch the video below to find out more:
A cup of morning coffee or an afternoon latte is a daily ritual for millions of people.
Caffeine - the world's most popular drug - can give an energy boost and help provide focus during a long drive or study session.
Too much caffeine, though, can make you feel anxious and jittery and even cause a racing heart; also, caffeine too close to bedtime interferes with quality sleep. It's important to know how much caffeine is in coffee, tea, and energy drinks and supplements, and to know what amount of caffeine is safe for you to consume on a daily basis.
Watch the video below to find out more:
Sleepiness impairs the brain's performance in the same way as drinking alcohol - and is just as risky when you're behind the wheel of a car.
College students are at particularly high risk because in young adulthood the brain most easily transitions from wakefulness to sleep, sometimes instantaneously. It's surprisingly easy to get into the car feeling wide awake and start nodding off five or ten minutes later. Sleepiness also slows reaction time, making it harder to slam on the brakes in time.
70% of college students don't get enough sleep, and 20% of college students say they have pulled an all-nighter at least once in the past month.
Trying to squeeze sleep in around studying, social life, and other work and school obligations can seem like a real challenge, but it's important: students who have poor sleep don't do as well in college.
Keeping a consistent sleep schedule, optimizing your sleep environment, and performing a "digital detox" before bedtime can make it more likely that you'll get a good night's sleep.
UCLA registered students may borrow self-help books from the CAPS Lending Library. This listing is not a live version of currently available books.
How: Books can be checked out in person during CAPS business hours with a valid UCLA ID card.
Due Date: 3 weeks from checkout date
Late/Lost Fee: The entire cost of books not returned or renewed on or before 3 weeks from checkout date will be charged to the student's Bruinbill account.
Books marked with (*) are not stocked at the CAPS library, but recommended bibliotherapy.