Counseling Center


Friday, November 18, 2016

A safe and welcoming place for all

A message from Ana Mari Cauce and Jerry Baldasty

In the week since the presidential election, many in our university have come together to engage in peaceful gatherings, public forums and other forms of community engagement within residence halls, departments and other groupings across campus. Participation in difficult discussions as well as celebrations of our shared humanity represent the best of who we are, the ideals of our democracy, and demonstrate how, by working together, we can continue to build a better future — the heart of our institutional mission.

There have also, however, been several reports of harassment, vandalism and violent incidents, in our state and even on our own campuses. We want to be clear: assault, discrimination, harassment or vandalism have no place on our campuses. These or any behaviors that violate our Code of Student Conduct or other policies will be referred to the UWPD and/or the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct or other relevant office for possible disciplinary action. We cannot allow harassing and offensive behavior to go unchecked. If you see something, please notify UWPD, the SafeCampus office, Division of Student Life, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity or an official in your department.

We realize that this is a tumultuous and uncertain time for many. As we said last week, our University is unwavering in its resolve to create an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community. We can and will work together to find the best in each other, to bridge our differences and to treat each other with the respect and kindness that all people deserve.

Autumn quarter is often a time of stress and change,  and our staff is here to help. Our staff of psychologists and mental health counselors provides brief counseling, assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services to currently enrolled University of Washington students. There is no charge for most of our services.

Students currently enrolled in degree-seeking programs at the UW Seattle campus are generally eligible for services at the Counseling Center. Because the Counseling Center is funded through tuition and the Services and Activities Fee (SAF), students outside this central funding structure are not eligible for ongoing services. These students are welcome to call us to request assistance with referrals to resources in the local community.

Updates about our services (11/28/2016):

  • The current wait time for an initial appointment (intake) is about 3 weeks, though it may be possible to be seen sooner if you call for a same-day appointment.
  • If you are experiencing a crisis and need help right away, click here for information about crisis services.
  • Once you have seen a counselor for an initial appointment, you may be provided with a referral to an outside provider if longer-term counseling is indicated. If you and your intake counselor agree that your needs are a good match for short-term UWCC services, you may need to wait 1-2 weeks before you begin meeting with your assigned counselor.
  • If you would like referrals to providers in the community, please contact us and a counselor will assist you.
  • How to schedule an appointment.

To learn more, watch a brief video about mental health at the UW.


SAF - Services & Acitivities Fee