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.


Couples desiring joint counseling must attend an intake appointment together. Couples can be married, partners, dating, same-sex, or heterosexual. At least one person must be a currently enrolled UW student. During the intake session, the counselor will determine whether couple counseling at UWCC appears appropriate. If it is decided that couple counseling is not appropriate, alternative treatment recommendations will be made.


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 (e.g., Anxiety Group, Ph.D. Support Group, etc.). 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:

  • 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 Rising: A support group open to undergraduate and graduate students who are survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, or 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 discuss and receive support around a range of issues including relationships, intimacy, sexuality, safety, mind-body awareness, balance, sense of control, communication, and trust. Attention will also be given to providing some self-regulation and mind-body awareness skills as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Women Veterans’ Group: A place where women veterans on campus can come together and discuss issues frankly with other females who have served. The goal will be to establish a comfortable environment where female vets will be able to relate to one another and understand the challenges and experiences they hold as military women making the transition to university life. Please join us and meet other women veterans at the University of Washington as you begin the new school year.