Due to COVID-19, the Bridge Peer Counseling Center will be operating via Zoom for the foreseeable future. See the instructions in the "Talk to Us" section below. If this is an emergency, please call 911. If you need immediate assistance, you can still reach Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services at (650) 723-3785. Thank you!

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Instructions for Zoom Peer Counseling

The Bridge is open for summer quarter 6pm-Midnight PST Monday-Friday, and 3pm-Midnight PST Saturday and Sunday.

To protect your anonymity, please follow these instructions carefully. Your privacy is maintained because Zoom encrypts your audio/video.

Option 1 Open an incognito tab of Google Chrome. Go to http://tinyurl.com/bridgespring2020 and click "Join from your browser".

Option 2 Open the Zoom app. On your main screen, click the button that says “Join.”

Option 3 Dial in by phone. If on mobile press this link to call. You can also call in by dialing +1 (669) 900-6833 and entering the code 5756534250# when prompted.

A note: if you call in your display name in the room will be your phone number. We will not record or use this information in any way.

Screenshot showing Zoom GUI

A box will pop-up prompting you to enter a Meeting ID and your name. Copy & paste the Meeting ID (575-653-4250) into the appropriate box, and change your name to “student” to preserve your anonymity. Be sure to allow Zoom to have access to your audio. You can choose whether or not you would like to join with video. Your screen should now look like this:

Screenshot showing Zoom GUI

Click “Join.” When you join the meeting, one of the counselors on call will take your call if they are available. If you do not see any peer counselors in the meeting, they are already counseling somebody else. Feel free to wait, or try again later.

When a counselor takes your call, they will invite you to enter a Breakout Room. Accepting the invitation will lead you to a private meeting between you and the counselor. At the end of your meeting, leave the breakout room and then leave the main meeting.

For all counsels, if for any reason your connection is interrupted and you would like to continue the counsel, please re-enter the Zoom meeting. You will be let back in and can pick up where you left off.

What We Do

The Bridge Peer Counseling Center is Stanford’s student run peer-counseling center. We offer anonymous 24/7 peer counseling to members of the greater Stanford community. Staffed by trained undergraduate and graduate Stanford students, we are here to listen and support.

It is our belief that people have the fundamental ability to help and support others through personal interaction. We offer this interaction through peer counseling and support in an effort to guide those in need to develop their own solutions to problems. We are here to listen, to explore feelings, to help sort out issues and uncertainties, or just to talk.


Get Involved

We’d love to have you join us and we think you’ll love it too! Our counselors credit their experience with the Bridge for helping them in their personal lives and as preparation for jobs in a wide variety of fields including medicine, research, teaching, and social services. We were awarded ASSU Volunteer Student Organization of the Year in 2012, and by joining the Bridge, you’re joining the effort to help members of the Stanford community keep doing the amazing things they do and be the amazing people they are!

Only Stanford undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to staff at the Bridge. If you are a student and would like to become a Bridge counselor, you must successfully complete the following:

  1. Education 193A – Listen Up! Core Peer Counseling Skills (2 units)
  2. Education 193P – Peer Counseling at the Bridge (1 unit)
  3. An evaluation upon completion of Education 193A

The training courses are offered every quarter (plenty of opportunities to join our staff throughout the year). We encourage aspiring counselors to take 193A followed by 193P.

If you’ve completed another course in peer counseling elsewhere, we still require that you complete the specified courses prior to staffing at The Bridge in order to make sure that we’re all on the same page in terms of style and competency. We welcome students of all skill levels, however – no prior experience is required.

The Bridge is entirely student-run and staffed. Students fill a variety of positions. Staff members serve as volunteer counselors for a few hours each week after completing the 10-week training course. Coordinators directly administer publicity, finances, workshops, and dorm outreach programs in addition to other activities. The live-ins are the resident counselors at The Bridge, serving as the administrative and peer counseling leadership, and the backbone of our 24-hour peer counseling service.

How can I get involved if I’m not a Stanford student?

If you are not a student, but represent another organization or would like to get involved in some way, please contact us at thebridgepeercounseling@gmail.com with information about yourself and ideas for potential collaborations.

How can I make a donation?

The Bridge is a student-run, self-supported campus organization with the unique quality (and added expense) of managing and maintaining a residential building for our live-in counselors. If you would like to make a donation to the Bridge, please contact us at thebridgepeercounseling@gmail.com and someone will get back to you with additional information.

More Questions? Contact Us!

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The Bridge began in 1971 primarily as a student-run drug counseling center. Since then, it has evolved into a general peer counseling, workshop, and support center for Stanford University and the surrounding area. We are a community of staffers, coordinators, and live-in counselors who receive ongoing training and evaluation.

This page is under development. Check back in a few weeks for a more extensive Bridge history!


In an emergency, call 911.


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Email us at thebridgepeercounseling@gmail.com

You are also welcome to stop by in person to ask questions. Our address is Rogers House, 581 Capistrano Way, Stanford, CA 94305.

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