Counseling Center

As of January 16th, the Counseling Center and Hall Health Mental Health units have merged. As we make our way through this transition and try to address high demand, we may be unable to schedule a first-time appointment for you at this time. You are welcome to try the online scheduling option (listed below) or you can call us to be placed on our cancellation list. If you have an urgent concern, please feel free to contact My SSP at any time 24/7, free of charge, at 866-743.7732.


Statement from Our Staff

There is no question we are witnessing unprecedented events that are shaking the foundation of American democracy. The fact that these events are taking place against the backdrop of other difficult events from the past year – the pandemic, economic challenges, and ongoing racial discrimination – is sure to impact all of us. We are aware that this disproportionately impacts marginalized students and students of color. We hope you are staying safe and remembering to take care of yourselves, your loved ones, and each other.

 

Remember that the real-time and confidential Student Support Program (My SSP) services are accessible 24/7/365 via the My SSP app, calling 866.743.7732 (if calling from outside US or Canada, dial 001.416.380.6578) or visiting their website. The My SSP app features additional information and tips on coping with stressful situations.


The Counseling Center is providing all services via secure Zoom. Only University of Washington students are eligible for services at the Counseling Center. If you have questions about eligibility, click here.

 

For students physically in the state of Washington, your first appointment via secure Zoom will be an opportunity to discuss your current concerns and work with you to develop a collaborative plan for next steps. These steps may include effective coping strategies, a follow-up appointment, or referral to other resources. You will receive an email the day before your appointment with a link to the Zoom meeting and instructions on how to complete forms required for your appointment. We ask that you complete these forms no later than one hour before your appointment. (If you haven’t completed your forms by then, one of our staff members will contact you at the number you provided upon scheduling. If the forms are not complete by 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment, we will need to reschedule it.) To get the most out of your appointment, please use a private location. You may be able to schedule your first appointment online (may require you to open a private browser window) or call us at 206.543.1240.

For students who are physically out of state and/or for any student who is in crisis, UW has partnered with My SSP to give students access to real-time, confidential mental health and crisis intervention support, 24/7 and in multiple languages. There are several ways to connect:

We highly recommend that you download the My SSP app (Apple App Store | Google Play) to have the full range of services at your fingertips any time.

For more information about our crisis services, please refer to our Crisis Services page.

 

If you would like a copy of the consent documents you signed for your first appointment, here is our Informed Consent and our Informed Consent for Telemental Health.



Coping with Stress Related to Coronavirus Outbreak

Click here to learn more about Common Reactions towards the Coronavirus, Coping skills, dealing with biases and discriminations, and other resources.


Tips for Studying at Home

The University of Washington have transitioned from in-person to classes to online classes due to the Coronavirus. Studying from home can be very challenging and you may find yourself easily distracted. Here are some tips for studying from home.

Coping with COVID-19 Related Stress

Daily exposure to news about coronavirus may result in a range of responses. Reactions can be emotional, somatic, and/or behavioral, and can impact mental and physical health. Download and save the flyer for quick reference on how to cope during this difficult time.


How to Get Help

The Counseling Center offers multiple options for students seeking help coping with stress and mental health concerns. Students who are currently enrolled in degree-seeking programs at the Seattle campus are eligible for our counseling services.

Mental Health Resources

Wants tips to manage stress right now? Our mental health resources page contains relaxation podcasts, suggested mental health apps, and topical information (e.g., academic success, culture shock, grief), and more.

Resources

Workshops

We have a variety of workshops available to students on various topics.

Workshops

Individual Counseling

The Counseling Center offers individual short-term counseling to degree-seeking students enrolled at the Seattle campus. Students receiving short-term counseling will meet for an average of four to six sessions, scheduled bi-weekly or monthly. Learn more about the counseling process or read some frequently asked questions about counseling.

Schedule an APPOINTMENT

Group Counseling

Check out our group counseling offerings for this quarter!

Groups

Referrals

The Counseling Center offers referrals for students interested in long-term or specialized counseling.

Referrals

Crisis Services

The Counseling Center has partnered with My SSP to give students access to real-time, confidential mental health and crisis intervention support, 24/7 and in multiple languages. There are several ways to connect:

 

Crisis Services