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Thank you for visiting us! The CSDC offers support to UH Mānoa students to assist with mental health, personal, or academic concerns. Our approach is encouraging, collaborative, goal-focused, and culturally-sensitive. We help to foster more personal awareness and skills to cope with challenges and achieve personal and academic goals.

Spring 2024 (Updated 1.10.2024)

We provide a variety of services to students, including short-term personal counseling, couples and career counseling, workshops, support groups, and peer fellow services. In most cases, services at the CSDC begin with a phone screen. This is a brief call with one of our mental health counselors to assess and recommend next steps to support students with mental health and well-being concerns. All clinical services are confidential. Individual, couples, and group counseling services are free of charge for Mānoa students. We also offer urgent consultations to faculty and staff on student-related concerns. In addition, psychiatric services and assessment services are available to students for a fee.

During the Spring 2024 semester, the CSDC will transition to a hybrid model of clinical services using video, phone and/or in-person. We remain committed to supporting and helping students address their mental health and well-being needs.

CSDC Hours and Availability

The CSDC is open during normal business hours, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed on State holidays) with the first appointment starting at 8:30 a.m. Students who are sick or not feeling well are asked to avoid coming into the Center for services. Rather, students are encouraged to contact the CSDC by phone and our staff will help them arrange for appropriate services.

The CSDC is located in Room 312 of the Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services, at the heart of the Mānoa campus. The Center is interested in serving all UH Mānoa students. If you have any special accommodation needs, let us know so that arrangements can be made that will work for you.


Currently enrolled students who have paid the Health Fee are eligible for an initial appointment. The most appropriate form of follow-up care (group counseling, individual counseling, or off-campus referral) will be determined primarily by the counselor in collaboration with the student. In accordance with the licensing laws for our providers, individual, group, and couple therapy services can only be provided for students who are physically located in the State of Hawai'i. 

Scope of Practice

In order to make the best use of our resources, we provide a variety of support to meet students’ needs. These include:

    • Phone Screens and Initial Consultations with recommendations for most appropriate service
    • Crisis management (during business hours)
    • Short-term, goal-directed individual or couple’s therapy
    • Consultation (how to help another student in distress, understanding options for a difficult or distressing situation)
    • Support groups
    • Online resource: TAO (Therapy Assistance Online)
    • Assistance with finding a community Mental Health Provider
    • Peer Fellow support

Limits of Practice

Some students’ needs fall outside of the expertise or resources available at the CSDC. When this happens, our counseling staff can assist by providing referral options that are believed to best meet a student’s needs. Some examples of clinical issues that will likely be addressed through a community referral include but are not limited to:

    • Students requiring appointments more than once weekly
    • Students requiring appointments over an extended period of time (long-term therapy)
    • Students whose needs are better met with specialized services or intensive treatment (e.g., clinic specializing in disordered eating or substance use, in-patient services)
    • Court-ordered or forensic assessments/treatment
    • Comprehensive assessments for Learning Disorders
    • Requests for Emotional Support Animal letters
    • Therapy services for faculty or staff

TAO (Therapy Assistance Online)

TAO includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. TAO includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.  Please visit our TAO page to learn how to access this helpful resource.

Mental Health Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency or believe you are a danger to yourself and/or others, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You may also consider one of the resources below.

  1. Hawai‘i CARES Hotline
    24/7, free support service for help with crisis, mental health, and substance use
    Call, text, or chat 988
    Direct: 808-832-3100
    Toll-free: 800-753-6879

  2. 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
    24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources
    Call 988
    Chat and text:

  3. Disaster Distress Helpline
    Toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service available 24/7 to all residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters
    Call or text 1-800-985-5990

  4. UH Mānoa Counseling and Student Development Center
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Phone: 808-956-7927

  5. Employee Assistance of the Pacific
    The EAP provides confidential, short-term professional counseling services to employees who may be experiencing personal problems that are affecting job performance.
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Phone: 808-597-8222
    Toll-free: 877-597-8222


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