Counseling Center

Group Counseling

Many students who come to the Counseling Center find that their concerns can best be addressed through participation in group counseling. The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups ranging from interpersonal therapy groups to topical groups.

Unless otherwise noted, groups require an intake session and brief meeting with the group leader. Please contact the Counseling Center at 206-543-1240 for more information.

Fall 2018 Group Offerings


  • When: Tuesdays 2:30 ᴘᴍ- 4:00 ᴘᴍ.
  • Who: Graduate students

This interpersonal and support group is open to Brown and Black self-identified women who are also graduate students (undergraduate students will also be considered for this group as space permits). The focus of the group will be to address concerns utilizing a multicultural lens. Topics to be discussed and processed are managing stress, cross-cultural communication, communicating with advisors, the experience of being a student of color at a PWI (predominantly White institution), micro/macro-aggressions, family responsibilities and dynamics, imposter syndrome, the sociopolitical global climate, etc. Interventions to be used include support-giving, storytelling, interpersonal processing, mindfulness, play and art therapy.

Coping with Stress and Anxiety

  • When:
    • Session 1: Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 (October 16th, 23rd, and 30th).
    • Session 2: Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 (November 6th, 13th, and 20th).
  • Who: All students.
  • Where: 450 Schmitz Hall.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the academic demands? Worried you cannot get into your desired major?  Do you want to learn effective ways to manage stress and practice general self-care?  If so, this is the workshop for you!  Join us for a three-session workshop that will teach you techniques on stress and anxiety management, meditation practice, and general self-care.

Note: This class is open to all registered UW students and no intake appointment is required. Please call the Counseling Center at 206-543-1240 or email Chia-Chen Tu at for more info or to sign up for the workshop.

International Circle

  • When: Fridays 3:15 ᴘᴍ- 4:45 ᴘᴍ (October 19 – December 7).
  • Who: All international students.

Feeling homesick? Having trouble building connections? Feeling shy or worrying about your English speaking skills? Join our International Circle, a place to meet other UW international students from different academic majors and nationalities. Members will share cross-cultural experiences and reflect on a variety of topics, such as friendship/relationships, taboos and stereotypes, culture shock, holidays and traditions, educational systems around the world…etc. Plus, participants will have the opportunity to practice English speaking in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Note: This group is open to all registered UW international students and no intake appointment is required. To learn more or to sign up, please email Chia-Chen Tu at

Men’s Group 

  • When: Mondays 3:30 ᴘᴍ- 5:00 ᴘᴍ or Fridays 3:00 ᴘᴍ- 4:30 ᴘᴍ.
  • Who: Graduate students

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 Mondays

  • WhenMondays, 12:00 ᴘᴍ – 12:30 ᴘᴍ (no meeting during finals week).
  • Who: All students.

Feeling frazzled from balancing all the daily demands of life?

Mindfulness meditation is a practice that helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and promotes health and well-being by cultivating greater emotional awareness. Come for a 30-minute mindful break to start your week.

Each drop-in class will begin with a brief introduction to mindfulness followed by an experiential guided meditation practice. The intention of the practice is to increase the ability to be present, curb your inner critic, and to create greater mental and emotional space by letting go of the things that have been weighing you down in order to stay grounded and centered.

Please note that this workshop is not professional counseling and you do not need to be an existing client of the Counseling Center to participate. For directions or other questions, please call the UW Counseling Center at (206) 543-1240.

Note: This class is open to all registered UW students and no intake appointment is required. Pre-registration is not required, but please arrive on time to not disrupt other students’ practice.

Mindfulness and Acceptance for Anxiety (Winter 2019)

  • When: Fridays 10:30 ᴀᴍ – 12:00 ᴘᴍ (January 18 to March 1)
  • Who: All students.

Are you struggling with anxiety? Is anxiety, worry, or panic getting in the way of you doing things you care about?

This workshop will help you learn how to experience anxiety without it being a problem for you. Anxiety is a part of life, even if we wish that it wasn’t. So this workshop isn’t about getting rid of anxiety– it’s about learning how to put anxiety in its proper place. You will learn how to change your response to anxiety so that anxiety can be a part of your life without it controlling your life and stopping you from doing the things you care about.

This is a 6-session workshop open to all UW undergraduate and graduate students. There will be in-session discussion and practice mindfulness and acceptance skills. There will be suggestions each week of exercises for you to complete on your own. You can expect to leave the workshop with new skills that you can use to be present and do what’s important to you even when anxiety shows up.

Understanding Self and Others

  • When: Wednesdays 3:30 ᴘᴍ – 5:00 ᴘᴍ.
  • Who: Undergraduate students.

This is a group for undergrads who are looking for a safe place to connect with others by sharing personal experiences.  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, being authentic and giving and receiving support.

Women’s Group

  • When: Mondays 3:00 ᴘᴍ – 4:30 ᴘᴍ.
  • Who: Undergraduate and graduate students.

Help students better understand themselves and how they connect with others, particularly related to their lived experiences as women. This small group will share and learn from others about issues that affect their lives in a private, supportive, and empowering environment.

Unless otherwise noted, groups require an intake session and brief meeting with the group leader. Please contact the Counseling Center at 206-543-1240 for more information.