Counseling Center

Overview of Services

Intake Appointment

To begin meeting with a counselor, you must first schedule an intake appointment. An intake is an opportunity to discuss your concerns and develop a treatment plan with a counselor. You will receive an email the day before your appointment with a link and instructions on how to complete forms required for your appointment. These forms will need to be completed an hour before your appointment, otherwise you may be rescheduled. At your appointment time, you will meet with a counselor over secure Zoom. An intake appointment typically lasts 45-50 minutes.

Referrals

One of the services provided by the Counseling Center is referral to mental health providers in the community.  The Counseling Center is able to provide students with short-term services, but there are times when longer or more specialized care is more appropriate.  In these cases we try to help UW students find providers in the community who can offer them these types of care.

Our hope is to help students find clinicians who have skill sets, therapeutic approaches, and areas of specialty that match the student’s concerns.  We also try to match students with providers who are located in a specific area, accept specific kinds of insurance or offer more affordable counseling. You may contact the Counseling Center by phone to inquire about referral options or this may be discussed during an intake appointment.

Crisis Services

During our business hours, a counselor is available to respond to urgent needs (see criteria here). Students will be asked to complete forms prior to the meeting. 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, dial 911.

Groups

Our group offerings vary from quarter to quarter. We aim to run a 4-6 week Mindfulness group at least once each quarter. Students are welcome to engage in short-term individual counseling while also participating in a group at the CC.