Counseling Center

How to Schedule an Appointment

To begin meeting with a counselor, you must first schedule an appointment.

Only University of Washington students at the Seattle campus 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 or in-person 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 instructions on how to complete forms required for your appointment. We ask that you start these forms 15 minutes before your appointment is set to start as they need to be done before you can meet with a counselor. If you have not started forms before your appointment is set to start, 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 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: -866-775-0608

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.


Other options include:

  • Let’s Talk – Drop-in, a one-time brief consultation with a counselor about a specific concern, available times can be found on the Let’s Talk page
  • Let’s Talk – Scheduled, a one-time brief consultation with a counselor about a specific concern scheduled ahead of time via the student portal
  • Referrals, off-campus counselors can be found via our referral database. For specialized referrals, you may meet with a counselor for a one-time brief consultation to receive off-campus referrals for ongoing counseling, available times can be found on the Let’s Talk page
  • Drop-in workshops


To request disability accommodations for your appointment, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or, preferably at least 10 days in advance.