We all have had unique experiences and come with our own set of wins and losses, hardships and privileges, and perspectives and short sights. No matter our experiences and age, we always have room for growth and development.
Your medical school experience will excite and challenge you, perhaps more than you ever expected. Student Psychological Services (SPS) is here for you. We focus on providing high-quality, accessible services that are tailored to your individual needs and life circumstances and designed to reduce stigma, enhance self-compassion, increase your insight into yourself and the world, and promote resilience in the face of adversity. We hear you, see you, and support you.
Ashwini Lal, PsyD
Lead Clinical Psychologist
All first-year students must meet with the psychologist once for a 20-minute visit. In addition, all students can use Let’s Talk – a brief meeting focused on problem-solving that is not a clinical therapy visit.
Through SPS, students have access to short-term and long-term psychotherapy, crisis services during school business hours and after hours, and other services that support personal growth and development. SPS also provides counseling, support, and resources for those who have experienced sexual assault, those who may be struggling with alcohol and substance use, and those with general coping and wellness concerns.
For students who prefer to access psychological support outside of KPSOM, we can provide referrals to similar services through the student’s health insurance. For students who prefer not to use their insurance to access outside services, we can help connect them with community resources.
Students also have access to a growing collection of books available for check-out from the SPS Book Corner.
During school business hours, students can make a crisis appointment through the Student Health Portal (must be signed on to the Kaiser Permanente network for access) or by visiting the Office of Student Affairs on the second floor of the medical school building.
After business hours, students may access mental health resources from the Kaiser Permanente Employee Assistance Program by calling 877-801-5751.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911. For mental health crisis support from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline , call 800-273-8255.