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
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
- Jenny Schwickerath, BSW: Social Work Intern
- 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
Winter 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.
Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 pm, January 19 – March 8
Beginning Mindfulness Meditation
Have troublesome tendencies to criticize, ruminate, react or avoid? This group will help you address these behaviors.
Tuesdays 9:30 – 11 am, January 26 – March 15
Wednesdays 4 – 5:30 pm, January 27 – March 16
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.
Mondays 1:30 – 3 pm, starting January 4
Ask your provider for a referral to join the DBT Skills Group.
Mindfulness for Healthy Living
Designed for people who want to change maladaptive behavior patterns and/or learn to manage stressors and improve life balance. The group sessions will focus primarily on mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practices aimed at learning and practicing skills for healthy everyday living.
Thursdays 1 – 3 pm, January 21 – March 10
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.
Wednesdays 12 – 1 pm, January 6 – March 16
Thursdays 12 – 1 pm, January 7 – March 17
Overcoming Social Challenges
For people who want to reduce social anxiety and make better connections with others.
Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:30PM, January 6 – March 16
A therapy group for people struggling with procrastination and perfectionism. These are ongoing groups so you may join at any time during the quarter.
Wednesdays 3:00 – 5:00pm, continuous/open
Fridays at 9:30 – 11:30am, continuous/open
Sober Support Group
Drop-in group for those interested in discussing their relationship to alcohol and supporting themselves and others in a move towards a more sober lifestyle.
Fridays 3:00 – 4:30pm, continuous/open
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: $55.40
* 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.
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. UW students who are regularly enrolled and who pay tuition and activity fees are subsidized for some office visits.
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.
Hall Health Tax ID Number (TIN): 91-1220843
To determine the extent of your mental health benefits, call your insurance company and ask the following questions:
- Is Hall Health Center (Tax ID # 91-1220843) covered by my plan?
- Do I need a referral from my Primary Care Provider?
- Do I have a deductible to satisfy?
- Do I have a co-pay?
- Are there a limited number of sessions per year on my plan?
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.
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.
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
What information do I need when calling to make 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?
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.