College of Engineering Counseling Services


As the College of Engineering Mental Health Counselor, my goal is to provide a confidential, safe, and non-judgmental space to address any stressor or concern in your life, and empower you to take actions to meet your needs, values, and goals.

Please email me directly to schedule your intake appointment or feel free to email me with questions at jgao@sa.utah.edu

Additionally, if you have a question about our counseling services, suggestions for a Counseling event, or just want to connect, I have virtual drop-in hours every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 PM. Again, please email me for the Zoom link.

Please note, all services will be conducted with HIPPA-compliant Zoom during COVID-19.

For more information regarding mental health resources/events provided by the U, please click here.

Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM Call 801-581-6826

Crisis Support, call UNI CrisisLine: 801-587-3000

Download the SafeUT Crisis Chat and Tip Line App

Top reasons engineering students seek counseling

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Academic concerns
    • Self-esteem
    • Social anxiety
    • Loneliness
    • U of U adjustment
    • Shyness

Our counseling - mental health services

    • Brief Individual and Couple Counseling
    • Support Group/Group Therapy
    • Drop-in Consultation
    • Workshop/Outreach
    • Assistance with Referrals

Education and Background

Originally from Beijing, China, I have lived in Buffalo, Philadelphia, Boston, working and meeting people from diverse backgrounds. I earned my master’s degree in counseling from Villanova University and psychology from SUNY-Buffalo. I enjoy reading, playing video games, watching suspense and independent movies, and playing with my son.

Clinical Approach

I value acceptance, compassion, and collaboration in my work. I tailor my approach to meet individual needs from a person-centered, strength-based, and relational perspective to support students with skills, strategies, and solutions.

Professional Interest

Depression, anxiety, identity development/self-esteem, relationship issues with intimate partner/family members.

Additional Language

Mandarin

Jiabao Gao



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