Counseling Center

Our thoughts are with the victims and survivors of the shooting in Mukilteo.

We recognize that members of our UW community may be affected by this event.  You may find that during this challenging time you are having difficulty coping with your reactions, thoughts, or feelings. If you find that you are impacted and need support, the Counseling Center is available to all students who have been impacted.  If support is needed, please contact us at 206-543-1240, and after-hours, you can call King County Crisis Line at 866-427-4747.

We are also mindful that relationship violence may impact many in our community.  Know that you are welcome to speak with one of our counselors about this, and that there are confidential advocates and resources available to you:

During this time, we encourage you to reach out for support as well as extend support to others.  It is important for us to stay connected and do what we can to take care of one another.

Please see this resource for information on managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting:

In addition to individual counseling, the Counseling Center provides outreach services in response to tragic events and ongoing injustices. This includes talking with groups on campus (e.g., student organizations, departments, classes) about coping with violent or traumatic situations and/or facilitating conversations about how people are feeling. Additionally, if you or your department/organization are planning an event or other response to recent tragedies, we hope you will consider contacting us to discuss any ways in which the Counseling Center can provide collaboration, presence, and/or resources to support your event.

The Counseling Center is open over the summer 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 (8/15/2016):

  • The current wait time for an initial appointment (intake) is about 1 week.
  • 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