Counseling Center

the student mental health task force as we work on creating a system for students to thrive at UW. We are looking for your input, want to understand your struggles, your strengths and resilience, hear your thoughts on existing mental health services, and ideas for improvement. This will help shape our recommendations both for immediate action and long term plans.

10 Ways to Destress

If you find yourself facing a lot of stress, feeling overwhelmed, or are feeling really tense, try some of these tricks to make life feel a little more manageable—and enjoyable.

Self-soothing during heartache

So many of us are experiencing a lot of trauma and heartache in the aftermath of losses on campus and the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Take a moment to try a few of these self-soothing strategies as you sit with the pain.

Mental Health Apps

Try out some apps that can help with sleep, relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and other mental health-related subjects.

International Students and Cultural Shock

Leaving home and traveling to study in a new country can be a stressful experience, even though it may be something you have planned and prepared for.

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.


Skills-Based Workshops

We offer workshops that teach skills related to stress management, managing thoughts and emotions, and mindfulness. For a schedule of current offerings, see our workshops page.


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 Intake

Group Counseling

Many students who come to the Counseling Center find that their concerns can best be addressed through participation in group counseling. We offer a variety of groups ranging from interpersonal therapy groups to topical groups. Most groups require an intake session and brief meeting with the group leader.

Group Counseling


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


Crisis Services

During our business hours, a counselor is available to respond to urgent needs. If you are experiencing a crisis situation after hours and cannot wait until we are open, please call the Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3222 or toll-free at 1-866-427-4747. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Crisis Services