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.
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Online Resources & Apps
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
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.
Online Mental Health Screenings
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.
- Take a quick, anonymous, online screening to see if your symptoms may be related to treatable mental health concerns. This online screening is for educational purposes, not a diagnosis. Talk to a mental health professional about your screening results and for a comprehensive assessment.
- Read about common concerns such as depression, anxiety, alcohol use, eating disorders, managing stress, suicide and more: Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavio r or Mental Health Articles .
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 not 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.
What is Mindfulness?
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.
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.
Sleep in College
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, visit the UCLA Health Campus Initiative SleepWell page.
For information on the student-run UCLA Sleep, Health and Dream club, please contact: email@example.com
Sleep and GPA
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:
Sleep and Health
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:
Sleep and Safety
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:
How to Use Caffeine Safely
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.
Watch the video below to find out more:
How to Sleep Well in a Dorm
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.
Watch the video below to find out more:
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.
- Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
- Procrastination by Jane Burka and Lenora Yuen
- Women and ADD by Sari Solden, foreword by Edward M. Hallowell et al.
- Don't Call it Love: Recovery from Sexual Addiction by Patrick Carnes
- Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
- Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love by Pia Melody and Andrew Wells Miller
- Freedom from Problem Gambling by Richard J. Rosenthal and Timothy Fong
- In the Shadows of The Net: Breaking Free from Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior by Patrick Carnes
- It Will Never Happen to Me by Claudia Black
- Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction by Patrick Carnes
Anxiety & Stress
- The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
- Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Jeffrey Swartz
- *Getting Over OCD by Jonathan Abramowitz
- Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry by Michelle Craske and David Barlow
- *The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety by John Forsyth & George Eifert
- Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Eshelman and Matthew McKay
- Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions by Edna Foa and Reid Wilson
- Shyness by Philip Zimbardo
- Too Perfect by Allan Mallinger and Jeanette DeWyze
- When Perfect Isn't Good Enough by Martin Antony and Richard Swinson
- The Worry Cure by Robert L. Leahy
- Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism edited by Dawn-Price Hughes
- Emergence: Labeled Autistic by Temple Grandin
- Learned Optimism by Martin E.P. Seligman
- Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
- The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships by Temple Grandin
- Women from Another Planet? by Jean Kearns Miller
- The Adonis Complex by Harrison Pope
- The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
- The Body Image Workbook by Thomas Cash
- Bodylove by Rita Freedman
- The Good Body by Eve Ensler
- Making Weight by Arnold Anderson
- Reviving Ophelia by Maria Pipher
Eating and Eating Disorders
- *8 Keys to Recover from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb
- *End Emotional Eating by Jennifer Taitz
- *Health at Any Size by Linda Bacon
- Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole
- Mindful Eating 101 by Susan Albers
- Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairbairn
- Why Weight? A Guide to Ending Compulsive Eating by Geneen Rot
Fitness and Sports Psychology
- Applying Sports Psychology by Jim Taylor and Gregory Wilson, editors
- Awaken the Olympian Within compiled by John Naber
- Exercise Psychology by Janet Buckworth and Rod Dishman
- Motivating People to be Physically Active by Bess Marcus and LeighAnn Forsyth
- The Sport Psych Handbook by Shane Murphy
- Sport Psychology in Practice by Mark Andersen
Insomnia and Sleep Difficulties
- No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri
- No More Sleepless Nights Workbook by Peter Hauri
- *Quiet Your Mind & Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with Depression, Anxiety or Chronic Pain by Colleen Carney and Rachel Manber
- Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Gregg Jacobs and Herbert Benson
Love and Relationships
- Co-Dependent No More by Melody Beattie
- Destructive Relationships by Jill Murry
- Do I Have to Give Up Me To Be Loved By You? by Jordan Paul and Margaret Paul
- Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love by Pia Mellody, Andrea Wells Miller
- Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard Markman, Scott Stanley and Susan Blumberg
- Getting The Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix
- *The High Conflict Couple by Alan Fruzzetti
- *Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson
- In Love and In Danger by Barrie Levy
- Keeping The Love You Find by Harville Hendrix
- May I Kiss You? by Michael Domitrz
- Rebuilding When Your Relationships End by Fisher, Bruce and Alberti, Robert
- Reconcilable Differences by Andrew Christensen & Neil S. Jacobson
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender & Gender Identity
- Coming Out of Shame by Gershen Kaufmen and Lev Raphael
- For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality by Lonnie Barbach
- Free Your Mind by Ellen Bass
- Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Communities by Dawn Atkins (editor)
- The Macho Paradox by Jackson Katz
- Man-To-Man: When Your Partner Says NO by Scott Allen Johnson
- Men’s Lives compiled by Michael S. Kimmel
- Real Boys by William Pollack
- The Therapist's Notebook for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients by Joy Whitman
Mindfulness & Acceptance
- *The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are by Daniel J. Siegel
- *Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food by Susan Albers
- Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- *Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes
- *Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron
- Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar
- Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg
- The Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel
- A Mindful Path Through Depression by Elisha Goldstein
- The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
- *The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression by Kirk Strosahl & Patricia Robinson
- *Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel
- *The Neurobiology of "We": How Relationships, the Mind, and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (Sounds True Audio Learning Course) by Daniel J. Siegel
- *Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
- *A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
- *Peace is Every Step by Thick Nhat Hanh
- Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
- The Tao of Sobriety: Helping You to Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction by David Gragson and Jay S. Efran, PhD
- Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mood Management and Depression
- The Bipolar Disorder Survivor Guide by David Miklowitz
- The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns
- Get Out Of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes
- Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger, Christine Padesky
- The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, et al
- Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods & Your Life by Matthew McKay, Martha Davis and Patrick Fanning
- 10 Days to Self-Esteem by David Burns
- An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
Personality and Personality Disorders
- Lost in the Mirror by Richard Moskovitz
- Trapped in the Mirror: Adult Children of Narcissists in their Struggle for Self by Golomb Elan
- Behind Happy Faces by Ross Szabo
- College of the Overwhelmed by Richard Kadison and Theresa Digeronimo
- The Emotional Toolkit by Darlene Mininni
- First in Family: Advice About College from First-Generation Students by Kathleen Cushman
- Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker
- Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis Prager
- The Healthy Mind/Healthy Body Handbook by David Sobel and Robert Ornstein
- The How of Happiness by Sonia Lyubomirsky
- Making A Good Brain Great by Daniel Amen
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success by Myron Dembo
- Quarterlife Crisis by Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner
- Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
- The Wellness Book by Herbert Benson and Eileen Stuart
- Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
Trauma, Grief, and Recovery
- The Courage To Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
- The Emotional Incest Syndrome: What to do When a Parent’s Love Rules Your Life by Patricia Love, Jo Robinson
- Life After Trauma by Dena Rosenbloom and Mary Williams
- A Long Shadowed Grief by Harold Smith Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst
- Post-Trauma Stress by Frank Parkinson
- Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics by Herbert Gravitz
- Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman
- Trust After Trauma by Aphrodite Matsaki
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Sexual Assault & Abuse
- After Silence by Nancy Raine
- Against Our Will by Susan Brownmiller
- Breaking Free from Partner Abuse by Mary Marecek
- Coping with Date Rape and Acquaintance Rape by Andrea Parrot
- Date Rape by Mary E. Williams
- The Date Rape Prevention Book by Scott Lindquist
- Everything You Need to Know About Date Rape by Frances Shuker-Haines
- Free At Last by Frances Shuker-Haines
- How to Stop a Stalker by Mike Proctor
- If He Is Raped by Alan McEvoy, Debbie Rollo, and Jeff Brookings
- If She Is Raped by Alan McEvoy and Jeff Brookings
- I Never Called It Rape by Mary Koss
- It’s Not Okay Anymore by Greg Enns
- Man-to-Man: When Your Partner Says No by Scott Allen
- No Safe Haven by Mary P Koss, et al
- Recovering From Rape by Linda Ledray
- Sex Without Consent edited by Merril D. Smith
- Sexual Assault in Context by Christopher Kilmartin
- The Sexual Healing Journey by Wendy Maltz
- Straight Talk About Date Rape by Susan Mufson
- The Survivor’s Guide to Sex by Staci Haines
- When You Are the Partner of a Rape of Incest Survivor by Robert Levine