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Counselors are ready to assist you with planning your courses for the upcoming semesters!  Don't delay, schedule your counseling educational planning appointment today! Counseling appointments are virtual (video meeting) or phone only at this time.

New appointments open at 9:00 a.m. for one day for the upcoming week, and you are also welcome to search for same-day or week appointments at any time. 
Instructions on how to schedule a counseling appointment can be found here.

Please use Chrome or Firefox as your web browser
to access the services below. Safari is also acceptable:

Please read the tips and technology requirements below before scheduling your online counseling appointment or accessing our virtual services:  

Online Counseling provides a way for students to connect with a counselor via email, live chat, and/or videoconferencing. Students should prepare for and treat online counseling services as they would for in-person services on campus. During the COVID-19 emergency, online counseling services are being used in place of traditional face-to-face counseling, and we understand that web-based counseling is new to many. The tips below will give you an overview of appropriate etiquette when interacting in this new environment. It is important for you to read and understand the information below in order to use online counseling services and make the most of your virtual appointment.

To utilize videoconferencing appointments, you will need to have access to a computer with specific technical requirements listed below:  

  • Browser: Latest version of Chrome or Firefox
  • Webcam & microphone: Required for face-to-face online appointments
  • Headset/Earbuds: Optional, but highly recommended for online appointments

If you do not have access to this technology, you can still meet with a counselor by scheduling a telephone appointment.

  • Please make sure you have the latest version of Chrome or Firefox before your counseling session begins
  • Counseling appointments are confidential, therefore, the use of a private computer, tablet or smartphone in a quiet environment is strongly encouraged.
  • Please do not engage in videoconferencing while you are driving or participating in other activities.
  • Wear proper attire
  • Make sure there is proper lighting in the room
  • Make sure there is little to no background noise
  • Have a headset with microphone ready (your cell phone headset will work great!)
  • Avoid interruptions – Do not answer phone calls, text or surf the web during the appointment
  • Be respectful when communicating with your counselor

Counseling faculty and staff reserve the right to end a chat or videoconferencing session if a student engages in behavior deemed inappropriate, offensive and/or discriminatory.


Dear Students,

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the El Camino College on-campus Counseling Office has transitioned to serving students in a virtual environment. 

Counseling faculty and staff are available to assist you through telephone and video appointments. Additionally, you can have questions answered through our online chat features. Through virtual appointments, students will be able to utilize web cameras and video conferencing tools to share screens and “see their Counselor,” similar to a FaceTime or Skype call. If technology is not available for virtual appointments, Counselors are also available for telephone appointments.  

We understand that not all students may have access to a telephone or computer. We are compiling a list of resources that may be available to address students’ technology needs to better facilitate online services.

We know this is a time of uncertainty and concern for many of our students, and we want to reassure you that although we may not be able to offer in-person services at this time, we will continue to be available to assist our students.

We are committed to continuing to offer excellent services while also protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. We thank you and appreciate your patience as we continue to adapt and learn how to better serve our students in a virtual environment.

Thank you,

Dr. Dipte Patel
Dean of Counseling and Student Success 

Kristina Martinez
Associate Dean of Counseling and Student Success

Counseling Department Email:

COVID-19 Update: The El Camino College campus is currently closed to students and visitors. Counseling Services are now available in a virtual environment. Please use the links below to chat with a counselor, schedule an appointment, or access our other virtual services. 

We have limited access to phone lines. If you need to contact the Counseling Department and are unable to utilize the virtual resources below, you can send an email to:  For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 at El Camino College, please visit:


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Mission Statement

The Counseling and Student Success mission is to collaborate with the campus community to create a learning environment that fosters a sense of community, compassion, self-awareness – one that serves diverse students and promotes equitable educational outcomes and student success. 

 Counseling and Student Success staff

A RESOLUTION of the El Camino College Academic Senate to declare that the lives of Black students matter;

WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate acknowledges the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and too many others; and

WHEREAS, these deaths are part of a long legacy of racial oppression and discrimination in this country and are indicative of a socio-economic divide that continues to grow and threatens the current and future well-being of our students of color; and

WHEREAS, we express solidarity with the thousands of protesters in Minnesota and throughout the nation who are peacefully expressing their outrage and frustration at the deaths of unarmed African Americans; and

WHEREAS, the killings of unarmed Black men, women, *trans men, and *trans women, have left our students searching for answers to incredibly complicated and infuriating questions; and

WHEREAS, schools should be places for the practice and enforcement of equity, for the building of understanding, creation of knowledge, and for the active engagement of all in creating pathways to freedom and justice for all people; and

WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate will seek to address institutional racism on our campus and to offer spaces for dialogue among teaching faculty, counseling faculty, adjunct faculty, classified professionals, and staff by supporting and facilitating professional development work related to race and other challenging topics; and

WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate upholds the ideals of equal justice under the law, racial justice, and human dignity for all of our students;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the El Camino College Academic Senate declares that the lives of our Black students matter; and affirms the rights of Black students, staff, faculty, and administrators to be treated with respect and dignity within schools and communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the El Camino College Academic Senate encourages faculty across disciplines and content areas to specifically include in their curricula materials that address topics of racial bias, systemic racism (both historically and contemporarily), and racial stereotypes that are present in different vocations and fields of study; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that El Camino College Academic Senate invites faculty across disciplines and content areas to use resources that are inclusive of all of our diverse learners to enrich instruction throughout the whole year, not just one week or one month; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the El Camino College Academic Senate will stand in solidarity with students who lead non-violent on-campus demonstrations and other educational events related to systemic and institutional racism; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the El Camino College Academic Senate encourages ongoing critical reflection and for staff, faculty and administrators to have difficult and honest conversations concerning systemic racism, social injustice, racial and ethnic bias.

Adopted unanimously this 2nd day of June, 2020 by the El Camino College Academic Senate.