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Counseling Services

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update as of 5/21/2020:

Orange Coast College Campus is closed out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Virtual counseling services will begin on March 31, 2020, and will continue until further notice. Please see below for more information on booking a counseling appointment with General Counseling. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 


The Counseling Division will continue to offer additional virtual services. Please visit the links below for more information on the following programs: 

Transfer Center
Disabled Student Services Program (DSPS)
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) 
Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE)
Guardian Scholars 
​Financial Aid Counseling 
​Veterans Counseling
​International Counseling 
​Career Counseling 
​STEM Counseling 
​Allied Health Counseling

General Counseling: Virtual Appointments

General Counseling services at Orange Coast College are in place to help students identify and clarify personal, career, and educational goals.  

Scheduled Appointments 

Until further notice, virtual appointments may be scheduled online, or by telephone. All scheduled appointments are thirty minutes long (unless otherwise noted), and are based on availability.

Students are limited to one appointment per week, on any platform (phone, Conferzoom, or Cranium Cafe). 

If the online system says appointments are full, please call the Counseling Center to check availability. 

Phone or ConferZoom

​Cranium Cafe

​Important Information: 


Important Information: 
Students may select either a phone or video appointment when scheduling. If meeting via video, please use either Google Chrome or Firefox browsers and log in from a computer (not a smart phone) with a microphone and web camera.  
How To Schedule A Cranium Cafe Appointment.pdf

​Counselors doing Phone Appointments:

Carol Barnes              Luis Miranda
Eric Cuellar*              Christy Nguyen
Steve Hogue             Jessica Nguyen
Stacy Kirch                Manoj Wickremesinghe
Eli Marron                 Kevin Castillo
Jessica Martin            

Counselors doing ConferZoom Appointments:

Steve Hogue            Bianca Aguirre* 
Andrea Lane            Tom Choe
Luis Miranda            Jennika Celo
Jessica Martin          Mayra Frias
Yvette Nguyen         Jami Gulini 
Patricia Ortega*       Carmen Johnson*
Caryn Plum              Lyndsey McKinley
Rob Schneiderman   Mai-Thi Pham
Maria Traver*           Leslie Picazo 
Arlene Vargas*         Cindy Voss 

​Counselors doing Cranium Cafe Appointments: 

Denia Guillen*               Bianca Aguirre* 
Jennifer Hall                  Jennika Celo 
Steve Hogue                 Leslie Picazo
Ruby Icaro                     Arlene Vargas* 
Jared Vidal 

* = Notes a Second Language (see below)

Please call the Counseling Center with any questions.

If you need to cancel an appointment, please contact our office immediately. You may cancel via phone (714) 432-5078, through your text message reminder, or in person. Please DO NOT cancel an appointment via e-mail.

Need to request to take more units? Please visit our website to complete an Overload Petition today!

Languages Other Than English

Please request to speak with a counselor or staff member listed below if you prefer to access counseling services in a language other than English.  

Counselors Who Speak A Second Language: 
Staff Who Speak A Second Language: 

Eric Cuellar - Spanish

Denia Guillen - Spanish

Patricia Ortega - Spanish

Maria Traver - Spanish

Arlene Vargas - Spanish 

Bianca Aguirre - Spanish

Carmen Johnson - Spanish

​Heather Dominguez - Spanish
Martha Guevara - Spanish

Tiffany Huynh - Vietnamese 

Sandra Gonzalez - Spanish 

Janet Valle - Spanish 

Drop-In Counseling

Drop-In Counseling is limited to ten minutes and is appropriate for general questions only. Drop-In Counseling is generally available on Monday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please call the Counseling Center at 714-432-5078. All students are served on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Drop-In Counseling is not appropriate for transcript evaluation, Student Education Plans or personal counseling, as drop-in Counselors do not have access to your transcript or other student records.

What can I expect from my Counseling Appointment?:

The intent is to help students explore their options and make informed decisions that will improve the quality of their lives.  Our professionally trained counselors are available to assist you with the following:

  • Educational Planning

  • Career Exploration

  • Personal Counseling

  • Counseling Classes

  • Support Groups

  • Referral Services

  • Transfer Services

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