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
Our services include individual and couples counseling and therapy, crisis counseling and intervention, medication evaluation and management, group therapy and support groups, campus outreach services, mindfulness meditation, and after-hours care.
Scope of care
The Mental Health Clinic at Hall Health uses and effective brief treatment approach. Duration of therapy is usually six to twelve sessions with the goal of rapid stabilization. Our chief goal for is to assist you in returning to the level of functioning required to carry out your work. Exceptions to a brief treatment approach may be made on a case-by-case basis. Psychiatric services, such as medication evaluation, may include follow-up appointments on an indefinite basis. Group therapy is also an exception to a brief treatment approach. We provide a variety of high-quality mental health services to UW students.
- Individual and couples counseling and therapy
- Crisis counseling and intervention
- Group therapy and support groups
- Medication evaluation and management
- Psychiatric services
- Mindfulness meditation
- Same day appointments for those in urgent need
- The BASICS program for students who want to explore their alcohol use
Who is eligible to receive our services?
All current UW students are eligible to receive services from our clinic. We do not typically provide counseling and therapy for UW faculty and staff, as we prioritize our student population. Our convenient campus location, competitive fees, evening hours, and the high caliber of our staff make our clinic a desirable option. Our clinic is not the best resource for all problems and situations, and we may refer you to another provider. Schedule an appointment with us for an evaluation and we will provide you with resources if we are unable to continue to see you at Hall Health.
We do not provide the following services:
- Intensive outpatient mental health treatment
- 24 hour in-person care
- Treatment has been mandated by the legal system or an employer
We will likely refer you elsewhere if:
- You have an eating disorder and your weight is below 75% of ideal body mass index, or if you meet the criteria for an inpatient program
- You refuse to comply with treatment recommendations
- You do not comply with payment plans
Common issues we can help you with
We provide treatment and support for a multitude of issues including:
Meet the Staff
- Rachel Gerken, MA, LMHC: Unit Head and Mental Health Therapist
- Christina Chavez, MD: Psychiatrist
- Chia-Wen Moon, MA: Mental Health Therapist
- Carey DeMartini, MA, LMHC: Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- Meghann Gerber, PsyD: Licensed Psychologist, Mental Health Therapist
- Ricardo Hidalgo, MA, LMHC: Mental Health Therapist
- Treg Isaacson, MA, LMHC: Mental Health Therapist
- Thomas Lampe, MD: Consulting Psychiatrist
- Karin Rogers, MSW, LICSW: Brief Assessment and Referral Coordinator
- Christine Suydam, MD: Psychiatrist
- Ryli Webster, MSW, LICSW: Mental Health Therapist
- Michaela Wehner, MAc, CC: Crisis Intervention Specialist
- Stephen Willis: Medical Assistant
Group Therapy & Support Groups
This is a current listing of therapy and support groups offered by the Mental Health Clinic at Hall Health.
Summer Quarter 2015
A Mindful Approach to Working with Anxiety Group
Explore common signs of anxiety and learn how to approach the anxiety in your life and situations you tend to avoid. Group leaders: Chia-Wen Moon and Carey DeMartini Sessions Tuesdays 2 – 3:30 pm, June 23 – August 18 Click here for more information.
Beginning Mindfulness Meditation
Have troublesome tendencies to criticize, ruminate, react or avoid? This group will help you address these behaviors. Group leader: Meghann Gerber Sessions Tuesdays 9:30 – 11 am, June 23 – August 18 Wednesdays 4 – 5:30 pm, June 24 – August 19 Click here for more information.
DBT Skills Group
Come join us to learn how to increase self-awareness, build relationship skills, manage crisis situations, and better control your emotions. Mindfulness is taught every quarter, with Distress Tolerance in the Fall, Emotion Regulation in the Winter and Interpersonal Effectiveness in the Spring. Group leaders: Treg Isaacson and Chia-Wen Moon Sessions Resumes Fall Quarter Ask your provider for a referral to join the DBT Skills Group.
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention is a University of Washington developed, evidence-based treatment that has been shown to be helpful for individuals who are currently in recovery for addictive behaviors. Group leaders: Ryli Webster and Carey Demartini Sessions Resumes Fall Quarter Click here for more information.
Mindfulness Meditation Follow-Up Group
For those who are already familiar with mindfulness meditation, this follow-up group is being offered as an open, ongoing, weekly group. Group leader: Meghann Gerber Sessions Wednesdays 12 – 1 pm, June 24 – September 9 Thursdays 12 – 1pm, June 25 – September 10 Click here for more information.
Overcoming Social Challenges
For people who want to reduce social anxiety and make better connections with others. Group leader: Treg Isaacson and Meghann Gerber Sessions Wednesdays 2 – 3:30 pm, June 24 – TBD Click here for more information.
A therapy group for people struggling with procrastination and perfectionism. These are ongoing groups so you may join at any time during the quarter. Group leader: Ricardo Hidalgo Sessions Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30pm, continuous/open Fridays at 10:00 – 11:30am, continuous/open Click here for more information. For more information about our support group offerings, please contact us.
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
- Initial marriage/family therapy evaluation*: $266.00
- Ongoing marriage/family Therapy: $208.00
- Group therapy: $43.00
* For initial marriage and family visits, where more time is required to make accurate evaluation and treatment plans
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.
All patients are responsible for the bills incurred. Insurance plans vary greatly and charges for clinic visits may or may not be covered.
Insurance and fees for students and non-students
Hall Health Center is the preferred provider for the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) and the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program. Our services are also covered by many health and insurance plans according to the contracted benefits.
Please note that SHIP will no longer be offered starting Fall Quarter of 2014. Click here for more information.
UW students who are regularly enrolled and who pay tuition and activity fees are subsidized for some office visits.Fees are charged for ancillary and specialty services including Mental Health, Nutrition Services, Physical Therapy, Travel Clinic, lab, radiology, etc. We will bill your insurance plan whenever possible. Patients may need a referral from their primary care provider to access specialty services at Hall Health Center.
All other patients are charged fees or co-payments for office visits and services. We will directly bill your insurance plan whenever possible.
Managed care patients are responsible for paying any co-payments as outlined in your benefits plan. Consult your benefits plan for covered and non-covered services.
For any questions related to billing or insurance matters contact our billing office.
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
What information do I need when calling the mental health clinic to set up an appointment?
You will need the following information when contacting the Mental Health Clinic for an appointment:
- Name of insurance carrier
- Subscriber ID number (found on your insurance card)
- Group number (found on your insurance card)
- Telephone number, typically found on the back of your insurance card
- Your insurance carrier’s address, from the back of your insurance card
What is your cancellation policy? How do I cancel my appointment?
We urge you to keep your scheduled appointments. If we do not receive at least 24 hours (for Monday appointments, call by Friday) advance notice, you will be charged a $40 fee. Insurance does not pay for missed appointments or late cancellations.
You may call your provider directly to cancel or reschedule or you may call the main Mental Health Clinic number: (206) 543-5030.
What questions should I ask when calling my insurance company to verify my benefits?
1. What are my Mental Health Benefits?
2. Is Hall Health Center (Tax ID # 91-1220843) covered by my plan?
3. Do I need a referral from my Primary Care Provider?
4. Do I have a deductible to satisfy?
5. Do I have a co-pay?
6. Are there a limited number of sessions per year on my plan?
Finding out about your insurance coverage
Hall Health Tax ID Number (TIN): 91-1220843
Call your insurance company and give them our tax identification number (TIN). This number will let your insurance know exactly where the services will be provided, and will help in clarifying what services will be covered when visiting Hall Health clinics and services.
I-SHIP and GAIP insurance
Many UW students have insurance purchased through the university known as the the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (I-SHIP). If you have I-SHIP, information about what the plan covers is available online.
Similarly, many graduate students who are employed as research assistants (RAs) or teaching assistants (TAs) have the Graduate Appointee Insurance Plan (GAIP). Information about GAIP coverage is available online.
If you have I-SHIP or GAIP, you may receive discounted services at Hall Health and at the Hall Health pharmacy.
- Please note that SHIP is no longer be offered as of Fall Quarter of 2014. Click here for more information.
UW employee insurance plans
Other types of UW employees may have insurance through Kaiser, Group Health or Uniform Medical Plan. If you have Kaiser or Group Health insurance, services at Hall Health will not be covered by your plan. However, Uniform Medical Plan (administered by Regence) is contracted with Hall Health. For more information about health insurance for UW employees, visit UW Human Resources.
Contracted insurance plans
Hall Health Center accepts many major health insurance plans, both in- and out-of-state. Due to constant changes in the health insurance marketplace, we only list a few individual companies that are certain to
work with us:
- Graduate Assistant Insurance Plan (GAIP)
- International Student Health Insurance Plan (I-SHIP)
- Uniform Medical Plan Classic (UMP Classic)
Please call your insurance company to verify eligibility in our network, as there are often limitations within each plan.
Need additional help?
For further questions, please call our Billing office at (206) 616-1881.
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