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What is the Counseling Center, and who is it for?

The Counseling Center is a mental health resource where currently-enrolled students can receive assistance with adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and a variety of other challenges. The Counseling Center is staffed by psychologists and mental health counselors who provide developmentally-based counseling, assessment, and crisis intervention services. Learn more about our services.
Note: Employees attending the UW on the Tuition Exemption Program, UW Extension students, UW Bothell/Tacoma students and non-matriculated students are not eligible for services at the Counseling Center. Evening degree students are eligible.

How do I sign up for counseling?

If you are interested in counseling, please call 206-543-1240 or stop by 401 Schmitz Hall to make an appointment for an intake. At the intake, you will have the opportunity to talk about your concerns and learn about our services. If it appears that the Counseling Center would be the most appropriate place for you to receive further assistance, you and the intake counselor will determine which of our services might best serve your needs.

If I receive counseling at the Center, can anyone find out about it?

The counseling process is confidential, which means that we cannot release any information about you except under certain legally prescribed conditions. If you have concerns or questions about confidentiality, please discuss them with your intake counselor.

Who will my counselor be?

Our licensed staff includes psychologists and masters-level counselors who offer a broad range of interests, approaches, backgrounds, and perspectives, though they function primarily as generalists.

Within our role as a training facility at the University of Washington, we also have doctoral interns and practicum counselors who work under the supervision of the training staff. Your intake counselor will work with you to arrange an appropriate match if you will be returning to the Center for additional sessions. Read more about our staff.

How much do the counseling sessions cost?

There is no charge for counseling; there is a fee (payable in cash or check) for some career services.

Does the Counseling Center offer career counseling?

We offer both group and individual counseling to help students sort through career-related issues. You may use career counseling sessions to discuss values, interests, abilities, and other concerns related to career decision-making. We also offer career assessment tools that may help you as you begin the career-search process. Check out Career Exploration to learn more about career counseling.

Does the Counseling Center offer help with study skills?

Students may schedule individual counseling sessions (after attending an intake) to address issues such as procrastination, test anxiety, and time management difficulties.

If you are interested in learning more about managing procrastination or test anxiety, the following resources may be helpful:

Also, if you are seeking help with tutoring, please refer to the following UW resources:

Does the Counseling Center offer any special programs for campus groups?

Counseling Center staff members are available to meet with student groups and faculty or staff members to deliver outreach presentations on a wide variety of topics. To request a presentation, please call 543-1240 and ask to speak with Charisse Williams, the Outreach Coordinator. We are typically able to fulfill most requests, particularly if the event is scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. To increase the likelihood that we will be able to meet your needs, please contact us with your request at least two weeks prior to the event date. If we cannot meet a request, we will attempt to help you find other resources.

Past presentation topics have included the following:

  • Relationship enhancement
  • Eating and body image concerns
  • Study skills (time management, memorization, etc.)
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Appreciating differences
  • Stress management
  • Sexual assault
  • Coping with seasonal depression
  • Overview of Counseling Center services
  • Life transitions

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