Ensuring UC San Diego is a safe place to learn, live, work and visit is the charge of the UCSD Police. You serve a changing and diverse community of over 50,000 students, parents, staff, faculty, and visitors each day, protecting lives and property. In recognition of the unique challenges of your law enforcement career, your department leadership has contracted with Focus Psychological Services to provide support for you and your dependents. We are honored to serve you.
How do I make an appointment?
Asking for help can be difficult, especially for emergency services personnel. We do our best to make the process as seamless as possible. All you or your dependents need to do is:
You will be contacted within 24 hours to set up an appointment. Appointments are available to accommodate your shifts and days off. We understand a police career is unpredictable. If you get called back, held over, or experience any other schedule change, we will reschedule as soon as possible in accordance with your availability.
Who is eligible for counseling services?
Focus services are available to your agency’s personnel and their cohabitating partners. Focus will meet with the parents of children under the age of 18 to provide them with tools to help their children. On a case-by-case basis, Focus clinicians may meet individually with juveniles. Retired first responders are eligible for Focus services.
What kind of counseling is available to us?
The services are unlimited, free to you, and completely confidential. We do not contact the department or any of its employees, or bill in a manner that would have the potential to identify our clients. Limits to confidentiality are legal reporting requirements for child/elder abuse or neglect, and situations where we believe someone’s life is in eminent danger. We are not mandated to report domestic violence.
Counseling services are available for most of the emotional issues faced by you and your family in today’s complex world. Common presenting issues include (but are not limited to):
Can I pick my own therapist?
You may leave a message for the therapist of your choice (see “Focus Professionals.” IF you do not know who you would like to see, leave a message or email and we will assign a counselor based on your presenting problem and therapist availability. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. If at any time, for any reason you wish to
change therapist, you are encouraged to do so. Ask your therapist and you will be re-assigned.
Focus does NOT provide:
or any other evaluation which would require submitting a report to the Department.