Counseling Center

How to Schedule an Appointment

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

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 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 schedule a one-time brief consultation with a counselor to receive off-campus referrals for ongoing counseling via the student portal
  • Drop-in workshops