Counseling Center

How to Schedule an Appointment

Intake Appointments

To begin meeting with a counselor, you must first schedule an intake appointment. An intake is an opportunity to discuss your presenting concerns and develop a treatment plan with a counselor based on your needs. On the day of your appointment, you must arrive 30 minutes early to fill out standardized forms. When you are finished with your forms, you will then meet with a counselor. In the session, your counselor will likely ask questions about your mental health history, family, background, and current functioning, to develop the most appropriate plan with you. An intake appointment typically lasts 45-50 minutes. You will be required to complete standardized forms prior to the appointment and are asked to arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time.

Counselors currently have less availability for follow-up appointments as we approach the end of the academic year. There may be limited opportunities to meet with your counselor before the end of the quarter.

To schedule an appointment:

  • Call 206-543-1240 at 8:30 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays for a same-day intake appointment (usually offered at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm). Appointments are scheduled in the order that calls come in and you may expect to be on hold for several minutes while we assist other students. Please ensure that you stay on the line and a staff member will assist you as soon as possible.
  • You may also be able to schedule an intake appointment in advance. Call to check on availability, as there are a limited number of appointments. There is typically a 3 week wait.

We offer same-day intakes during the regular school year only; they are unavailable during finals week, breaks, and summer quarter.


One-Time Appointments

We currently offer a limited number of one-time appointments for students who have one or two concerns they would like to discuss with a counselor. During this one-time meeting, the counselor will help students create an action plan for addressing their concerns. This type of appointment would be ideal for someone who will be leaving the university at the end of the quarter.

This service is available for students who are not interested in ongoing counseling. One-time appointments are not appropriate for crisis or urgent situations; the Counseling Center offers crisis services for students who need urgent assistance.

We currently have the following one-time appointments available:

  • Tuesday, June 4th at 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 5th at 1:30 pm
  • Friday, June 7th at 11:00 am
  • Monday, June 10th at 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 12th at 2:00pm

 

We do not offer walk-in or drop-in appointments. If you are in crisis, we do have a counselor-on-duty who may be able to meet with you. For more information about our crisis services, please refer to our Crisis Services page.

To request disability accommodations for your appointment, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu, preferably at least 10 days in advance.