Counseling Center

Counseling Types


The Counseling Center offers short-term counseling for students.  During the initial session, referred to as an intake session, the counselor will determine whether the short-term nature of the counseling offered at the Center is appropriate for the student’s needs. If it is decided that that longer-term or more specialized care is appropriate, then alternative treatment recommendations, including possible referral to mental health providers in the community will be made.


The UW Counseling Center offers short-term couple counseling on a limited basis, based upon therapist availability. Couples are eligible to schedule an intake when one or both individuals is an enrolled UW student. During the intake session, the counselor will determine whether couple counseling at the counseling center appears appropriate. If it is decided that couple counseling is not appropriate, alternative treatment recommendations will be made.

If couple intake appointments are not available at the time a couple is seeking services, they may request to be placed on a waiting list, or may request external referrals.


Many students who come to the Counseling Center find that their concerns can best be addressed through participation in group counseling. Most quarters, the Center offers a variety of groups ranging from interpersonal therapy groups to topical groups. Groups require an intake session and brief meeting with the group leader. Please contact the Counseling Center for more information, 206-543-1240. Groups usually run Autumn through Spring quarter only. Past group offerings have included:

  • Beyond Labels: A group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and other non-heteronormative oriented students. Designed for individuals who want to talk with supportive others in a private location about their own sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or related interests or concerns.
  • Caring Connections: A grief and loss support group. Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the loss or death of someone dear to us. This group is designed specifically to facilitate the healing process of such a loss. As we take care of this unfinished business, we open ourselves up for comfort and hope.
  • Culture, Diversity, and Belonging: Provides a supportive place for international undergraduate and graduate students of all genders to connect and share topics ranging from cultural adjustment, academic stress, major/career considerations, time management, romantic & interpersonal relationships, and self-growth. Additional topics identified by group members can also be discussed to promote a more successful academic life.
  • Men’s Group: A group to increase self understanding and to improve relationship skills. Relationships can be stressful and a men’s group can offer a non-judgmental way of sorting through these concerns. You may be surprised to find that the other men in the group wrestle with some of the same problems you do. By sharing different perspectives on familiar issues each member can find a new sense of strength within and ease in their relationships.
  • Mindfulness Group: An interactive psychoeducational group to help decrease stress and anxiety, and increase self-awareness by empowering students with tools to become more aware and mindful of their thoughts, emotions and experiences.  Includes in-session teachings, mindfulness practices, discussions and suggested exercises for students to complete on their own.
  • Phoenix RisingA therapy group for students who are survivors of sexual trauma experienced in childhood or as adults. The goal of this group is to provide a healing, empowering, and safe space for survivors to process the impact of trauma, and to discuss and receive support around a range of issues including relationships, intimacy, sexuality, safety, mind-body awareness, balance, communication, and trust. Students are asked to schedule a pre-group meeting with facilitators to determine if the group is an appropriate match for where they are in the healing process.
  • Understanding Self and Others: Find new ways to understand yourself and your relationships by gaining perspectives from others. Experience an opportunity to practice new, more engaged ways of relating to others, including giving and receiving support.
  • Women’s Group: This small group is designed for graduate and non-traditionally aged undergraduate who identify as female, would like to better understand themselves, and how they connect with others.