Getting Started: The intake and referral process

To get started email the Psychology Clinic at ( and either speak with the Clinic Coordinator, or leave a message with some times to reach you. Note that the clinic is closed over the summer. After you leave a message we will call you back and talk with you briefly about the reasons you are seeking therapy at this time and will set up an intake appointment with you. In this 50 minute intake meeting held over zoom (or in person) you will speak with an advanced graduate student therapist who will ask you questions about your current situation and will talk with you about therapy and any goals you might have for therapy. At that time you can make any request for the type of therapist that you think might be the best fit for you (e.g., some clients prefer a therapist of a specific gender, others prefer someone who has a particular background or experience, while other clients have no preference at all). The intake meeting is $15-, and the subsequent therapy sessions are a weekly fee based on your income. After this intake meeting, the intake therapist will discuss your situation with the clinic director, and assuming your needs match with what we offer, we will assign you a therapist (also a graduate student in training). We will do our best to match a therapist with you with any requests that you have. The assigned therapist will call you and will make an appointment for your first session. Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length and clients usually meet with their therapists once a week.

Psychotherapy services are provided for:

  • Adults (individuals)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Children
  • Adolescents

Since the Psychology Clinic is open during limited hours there are a few situations where other referrals are a better fit.

  • Crisis situations, where you need to see someone immediately (e.g., serious concerns with persistent suicidality)
  • Treatment that requires intensive frequency (e.g., meeting several times a week)
  • Court mandated treatment
  • Medical/mental health interactions that are best treated in a multidisciplinary context (e.g., in a clinic with available medical professionals)
  • Serious problems with substance use

In these situations we would recommend a referral to an agency that specializes in this area. For more information about our services or an appointment call (415) 338-2856 or email us at

Location: Psychology Clinic (within the Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building), Room 240, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132