She received her Bachelor's in Psychology from University of Washington, and Master's in Counseling from Seattle University. Trilingual in Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese and English, she has served as a counselor working with diverse populations on a college campus, private practice, youth drug and gang prevention program, tobacco cessation program, overseas disaster relief counseling, and Asian American community mental health agencies in Los Angeles and Seattle area. With her person-centered, strength-based therapeutic approaches and her deep sense of compassion, Chia-Wen has assisted many to overcome their life struggles and mental health challenges, to achieve their treatment and their life goals. As an immigrant from Taiwan, Chia-Wen has experienced the cultural adjustment in her adolescent years. She loves to help people overcome their life transitions, such as cultural adjustment between collective and individualistic cultures, and achieve their potentials. She is passionate in helping and empowering young adults during their identity development and crisis, relational struggles, and overcoming anxiety and depression.
(Licensed mental health counselor, license LH60209064)
Rachel received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 2003. She has previous mental health experience in residential, day hospital, outpatient and school settings. Recently, Rachel has been working with adolescents, young adults and families in the areas of Chemical Dependency and Eating Disorders. Rachel's areas of interest include family issues; transitioning into adulthood and other life changes;eating disorders and substance abuse. Her therapeutic orientation is eclectic; but balances positive regard with problem solving. Of particular interest is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Family Systems and Narrative Therapy.
(Licensed mental health counselor, license #LH00009572)
Dr. Suydam received her M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1992 and her B.S. in Psychobiology from University of Southern California in 1988. After completing a residency in general psychiatryand a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at University of Washington in 1997, Dr. Suydam worked in the community at Seattle Childrens Home, Fairfax Psychiatric Hospital and Overlake Hospital as well as having a privatepractice. Her interest in HIV psychiatry and Emergency psychiatry led her to workat UW Virology Clinic and Harborview Medical Center for several years beforejoining the staff at Hall Health in 2012.Languages
Insomnia is when you can not get enough sleep to feel rested. Insomnia is more than just the number of hours you spend asleep; it is also the quality of your sleep that matters.
Symptoms of insomnia may include:
During uncertain economic times, graduate students are faced with increased anxiety about the current job market and economy, as well as the challenges of graduating.
All of us are prone to feel some anxiety in our lives. But when anxiety affects our day to day functioning and enjoyment of life, it becomes an illness. Many people with anxiety disorder do not recognize it. You may have an anxiety disorder if you worry too much on most days for at least six months. Your anxiety may make it hard for you to live life normally. You might find it difficult to get a job, go to classes or make friends.
The symptoms of an anxiety disorder can vary from person to person and can include the following:
Many people with anxiety are embarrassed to tell their clinician about it. An anxiety disorder is commonly diagnosed by your medical or mental health provider by asking you questions about your symptoms. There are several rating scales or questionnaires that are used to diagnose anxiety, such as the one below.
If you scored higher than 5 on this self-assessment, you may want to consider talking to your health care or mental health provider about your symptoms.
It is important to realize that the treatment of anxiety usually takes time. You may not be "cured," but your symptoms will subside and your quality of life will improve with treatment. Treatment options include:
Yes. There are other conditions that have similar symptoms:
Offers both medication and talk therapies for students, faculty and their families, as well as referrals to outside providers.
To make an appointment, call (206) 616-2495
Many free counseling, assessment and crisis intervention services for UW students
National Institute of Mental Health resources on anxiety disorders
Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) resources on anxiety disorders
Authored by: Hall Health Center Mental Health Clinic staff
Authored by: Hall Health Center Mental Health Clinic staff, January 2014
The Mental Health Clinic at Hall Health Center is pleased to announce the availability of free podcasts for you to download.
A podcast is an audio recording posted online, much like a short radio show, that you can download to your computer or MP3 player. Podcasts allow you to listen to lectures, interviews, and news on any device that plays MP3s. You can download an MP3 podcast from this page, or you can subscribe to podcasts using iTunes or any other music software that supports podcasting.
The college years represent a major transition period. You may be living away from home for the first time. However, the safety nets that can protect you at home may not exist at college. It is easier for problems to go unnoticed away from the eyes of parents, old friends, and high school teachers.
First-year students (and their parents!) usually have expectations about college life long before actually leaving home. Some students look forward to college, and are eager to experience more freedom and adventure, while others may feel enthusiastic initially, only to discover that they don't feel happy, comfortable, or secure in their new environment.
The end of a relationship is one of the more painful and stressful things people experience. As a culture, we have no clear-cut rituals for ending relationships or saying goodbye to significant others. We are often unprepared for the feelings we experience in the process. Sometimes, the emotions that come up after a breakup can catch us off-guard and affect our functioning at school, work, and in other relationships.