Counseling Center

Off-Campus Resources

Know you want to seek out resources off campus? We have information here on tips for contacting a community referral, as well as some curated counseling agencies and therapists below. If you are wanting to see a full list of referral providers, we also have a searchable database that can help you search for a counselor based on specific criteria like language proficiency, gender identity, racial or ethnic identity, and location that you can find here.

Tips For Contacting A Community Referral

Tips for Contacting a Community Referral


  • What type of counseling do I want? (Individual, group, couples, family)
  • What type of concerns do I want to address?
  • How do I plan to pay for services?

-Private health insurance (will the agency/therapist bill the insurance company? See more on back of page)

-Out of pocket? (What is the cost per session? Is there a sliding scale available?)

-WA state health insurance (does the agency/therapist accept this payment?)

  • Other factors to consider: Is parking available? On a bus line?

Making the first contact

  • You might start with: “Hi, I was referred to you by the UW Counseling Center. I am looking to begin (ex. individual counseling) to help me with (type of concern)

-Likely, you will be informed whether they have current availability or a known wait time, will ask further questions                   about what you are hoping to get from counseling, and can give information on the services they offer.

  • Be sure to ask any questions you may have related to payment or costs. See the back of this page for questions to ask when utilizing insurance.

-If at any point you are unsure of what to do, you can say, “this is new to me and I’m not sure what to ask at this point.” Most agencies/therapists will work with you to ensure you understand how to access their services and  what you can expect in working with them.

  • Ask if your first phone call or visit can be a consultation, in which you and the provider can get to know each other a bit, without a commitment to ongoing therapy. Often, this consultation may be at no cost.

Questions to ask when choosing a therapist

  • In addition to understanding payment options and how a therapist works with your insurance, you may want to ask:

-How long have you been working as a therapist? What is your educational/training background?

-Do you have experience working with (specific type of concern).

-Do you prescribe medication?

-Can you accommodate my academic/work schedule?

-How long is the wait to begin sessions? Are there any limitations to length of treatment?

– Please tell me about your approach to therapy, and to my concerns in particular.

Utilizing health insurance

  • Call your insurance company to find out what your plan covers. The phone number should be on your insurance ID card. It will be helpful to have your card available, as you will likely be asked to give your policy number when you call.

-Ask about outpatient mental health benefits

-Ask how much the insurance company will pay per session (may be a dollar amount or a percentage), and ask how much you pay per session (may be called a co-pay)

-Ask if you have a deductible (an amount you pay out-of-pocket before insurance benefits start paying), and if so, ask how much it is

-Ask if the therapists recommended to you are covered by your insurance plan (a list of qualifying therapists is typically available on your insurance provider’s website, possibly under preferred providers)

-Ask if you need to see a primary care doctor first, to receive a referral to a therapist

-Ask questions until you completely understand your benefits, and what costs you can anticipate

Exploring therapy options

  • A UW counseling center clinician can provide you a list of local practitioners. You can also call your insurance company for a provider list (see above), or use Their homepage has a ‘Find A Therapist [or Psychiatrist]’ feature. Enter your city or zip to get a list of local providers. You can filter the results by your insurance type, issue(s) you want to work on, therapist gender, etc. Most providers offer a link to their personal websites, and many offer free consultation phone calls. Similarly, is a network of therapists of color in Washington.

-A psychologist has a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD)

-A psychiatrist has a medical degree and can prescribe medication

-An LMHC has a Master’s degree in counseling; an LMFT has a Master’s and specializes in work with couples and families

Counseling Agencies Off Campus that Accept Private Insurance

Samaritan Center of Puget Sound
564 NE Ravenna Blvd.
Seattle, WA  98115
Bus routes:  45, 67
Additional locations in Shoreline, Bellevue, Beacon Hill, West Seattle, Renton, Kent and Federal Way

Mindful Therapy Group
320 NE 97th St., Suite A
Seattle, WA  98115 (Northgate)
425-640-7009 (Intake coordinator for all locations)
Bus routes:  67, 75
Additional locations in Mountlake Terrace and Southcenter

Puget Sound Psychotherapy and Psychiatry
1219 E. Madison St., Suite 300
Seattle, WA  9812
(206) 669-4336 (Main intake line), or email

Seattle Psychology (two locations)
1307 N. 45th St., Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98103
206-420-4701 (Main line.  Please leave a message and your call will be returned)
200 W. Mercer St., Suite 111
Seattle, WA  98119

Emily Program (for treatment of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating)
The1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, Washington 98109
206-283-2220 or toll-free: 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977)

Opal Food+Body Wisdom (For treatment of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating)
1100 NE 45th St #600
Seattle, WA  98105
(206) 926-9087

Counseling Centers Off Campus that Accept Apple Health (all forms)

Community Psychiatric Clinic (Northgate)
Northway West Building
10700 Meridian Avenue N
Suite G-11
​Seattle, WA 98133
Hours: 8a-7p, M-Tu;  8a-6p, W-Th;  8a-5p, F
(206) 461-4544

Sound Mental Health
1600 E. Olive St.
Seattle, WA  98122
(206) 302-2300
Hours:  M-Fr 8:30-5:00 (Intakes M-Fr. 8:30-12:00)

Asian Counseling and Referral Service
3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
Seattle, WA  98144
(206) 695-7600
Hours:  M-Fr. 8:00 -6:00
Offers services in many languages, including Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese, Napali, Laotian, Thai, Mien, Cambodian, Tagalog.  Please ask about others.

Seattle Counseling Service
1216 Pine St., Suite 300
Seattle, WA  98101
(206) 323-1768
Hours:  M-Th 8:00-8:00, Fr. 8:00-5:00
This agency offers special focus and support for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and gender non-binary.  Interested clients may apply for services online.

Counseling Centers Off Campus that Provide Low Cost Services

Alliance Community Psychotherapy Clinic

Antioch Counseling

Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Bastyr Center for Natural Health

Center for Human Services

City University Counseling Center
521 Wall Street
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121

Jewish Family Service of Seattle

MEND Seattle

Samaritan Center of Puget Sound Low Fee Clinic
564 NE Ravenna Blvd.
Seattle, WA  98115
Bus routes:  45, 67

Seattle Counseling Services:  (for LGBTQ+ individuals)

Seattle Therapy Alliance (for women only)
200 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 660-4396

Therapeutic Health Services:

Wellspring Family Services

Culture-Based Therapists (South Asian) (Asian Americans and API) (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) (social justice focused) (lgbtq) (POC therapists in WA)