Mental Health Clinic
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4410
- Call us at (206) 583-1551 (M-F 8am-5pm)
- Call King County Crisis Line (206) 461-3222 (after hours and weekends)
- Read more about what to do if you have an urgent need
Hall Health’s Mental Health Clinic provides a high-quality, evidence-based care to UW students, including individual and group counseling and medication evaluation and management. As a student, you are eligible for no-cost drop-in appointments for mental health referrals, as well as light therapy for seasonal affective disorder.
Scope of care
The Mental Health Clinic at Hall Health provides high-quality, evidence-based mental health care to UW students. Our convenient campus location and the high caliber of our staff make our clinic a desirable option.
Depending on the type of care you seek, we may see you for a few months (individual counseling) or for much longer (medication management or group counseling).
We see patients for individual counseling between six and twelve times, with the goal of helping you rapidly resolve or manage challenges, or bring about change in your life. This is known as the brief psychotherapy approach. We provide referrals for longer-term therapy if needed or desired.
We offer psychiatric care, including medication evaluation, and group counseling (support groups) on an indefinite basis.
- Short-term individual counseling
- No-cost drop-in appointments for mental health referrals and short-term support
- Group counseling – gain skills around managing anxiety and depression, developing healthy relationships, and more
- Psychiatric services, including medication for depression, anxiety, and other issues
- Light therapy for seasonal affective disorder
- Same-day appointments for those in urgent need
- Referrals for services we are unable to provide & assistance in navigating the mental health care system
Who is eligible to receive our services?
All currently-enrolled UW students may receive care at our clinic. We do not provide counseling and therapy for UW faculty and staff, or to the general public.
Common issues we can help you with
We provide treatment and support for a multitude of issues including:
Meet the Staff
- Christina Chavez, MD: Psychiatrist
- Carey DeMartini, LMHC: Mental Health Therapist
- Kate Fredenberg, LICSW, CDP: Mental Health Therapist
- Meghann Gerber, PsyD: Unit Head, Associate Director for Mental Health
- Ricardo Hidalgo, LMHC: Mental Health Therapist
- Treg Isaacson, LMHC: Mental Health Therapist
- Min Lee Booth, LMHC: Mental Health Therapist
- Wendy Lendrum, ARNP: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Karin Rogers, LICSW: Brief Assessment and Referral Coordinator
- Christine Suydam, MD: Psychiatrist
- Jennifer Trebby, LICSW: Mental Health Therapist
- Michaela Wehner, EAMP, CC: Crisis Intervention Specialist
- Stephen Willis: Medical Assistant
- Jennifer Whipple, LMHC: Mental Health Therapist
Group Therapy & Support Groups
Visit this page for the current support group schedule.
Billing & Insurance
Mental Health Clinic fees
NOTE: All appointments are approximately 50 minutes, except where indicated
Psychiatric consultation, medication evaluation and/or follow-up by an ARNP or MD
- Initial psychiatric/medication evaluation (approximately 50 minutes): $265.00
- Medication management (approximately 20 minutes): $102.00
Psychotherapy services by a masters-level provider & psychologist
- Initial individual evaluation (approximately 60 minutes): $266.00
- Ongoing individual therapy (45-50 minutes): $142.00
- Group therapy: $55.40
Cancellation, no-show and late fees
We urge you to keep your scheduled appointments.
- If we do not receive at least 24 hours (For Monday appointment, call by Friday) advance notice of your cancellation or need to reschedule, you will be charged a $40 fee.
- We also charge a late fee of $25 if you are more than 10 minutes late for your counseling appointment.
- If you are late for medication appointments, we may need to reschedule your appointment and charge a late-cancellation fee of $40.
NOTE: Insurance does not pay for missed appointments or late cancellations.
You are responsible for the bills incurred. Insurance plans vary greatly and services may or may not be covered, in part or in full.
Although UW students are eligible for some no-cost services at the Mental Health Clinic, there are typically out-of-pocket costs for ongoing care, even after we bill your health insurance. It is your responsibility to learn about your health insurance coverage so that you are prepared for any charges. Read our insurance information page thoroughly, and contact our billing department at (206) 616-1881 if you have any questions or concerns.
FAQs for New Patients
How do I decide if I need to see a counselor?
There are times in our life when we need help making sense of issues or problems that make us feel overwhelmed. A trained mental health professional can offer a caring, non-judgmental support to help you explore, process and deal with your troubles.
Some of the issues that people seek help for include:
- Panic attacks
- Hearing voices
- Difficulty managing anger
- Academic problems
- Relationship difficulties including but not limited to domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Job or school related stress
- Adapting to a new environment
- Sexual, physical or emotional abuse (past or present)
- Coping with physical illness
It may be time to seek professional help when you:
- Have trouble with your day-to-day activities
- Feel depressed or sad most days
- Feel like your anger is out of control
- Cannot sleep at night on a regular basis
- Find it increasingly difficult to get along with people
- Cannot focus or concentrate and your schoolwork is suffering
- Feel anxious most of the time or have panic attacks
- Have intrusive thoughts you cannot get rid of
- Hear voices
- Entertain thoughts of hurting yourself or ending your life,
- Have unexplained medical/physical problems that are bothering you
- Have trouble making decisions