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Counseling Center

Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Counseling Center, and who is it for?
Who will my counselor be?
How do I sign up for counseling?
Do you offer couples counseling? What if my partner isn't a UW student?
What about groups?
How long are counseling sessions, and how much do they cost?
What if I can't pay $30 or $35 per week?
What if I have UW student health insurance?
I can't decide on a major, let alone a career! Can the Counseling Center help me?
Help! I'm stressing out over grades, tests, deadlines, etc. . .
If I get counseling at the Center, can people find out about it?
Does the Counseling Center offer any special programs for campus groups?
WHAT IS THE COUNSELING CENTER, AND WHO IS IT FOR?
The Counseling Center (CC) is a place where currently enrolled UW-Seattle students* can get help with study skills, career decisions, and personal problems such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, or depression.  The Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and by appointment on Tuesday evenings until 7 p.m.

Personal Counseling

*PLEASE NOTE:  Employees attending the UW on the Tuition Exemption Program, UW Extension students and non-matriculated students are not eligible for service at the CC.  Evening Degree students are eligible.


HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR COUNSELING?

Just call (206) 543-1240 or stop by 401 Schmitz Hall to make an appointment for an intake interview. At the intake, you will have the opportunity to:  talk about your concerns; to learn about our services; and, with your counselor's help, to decide how best to proceed. If it appears that the CC would be the most appropriate place for you to receive further assistance, you and the intake counselor will determine which of our services and/or counselors might best serve your needs. There is no charge for the intake.

Because of the number of students seeking help, we can offer only short-term therapy. This means that if you have a long-term issue such as substance abuse or a severe eating disorder, we may need to refer you to other counselors or agencies.


WHO WILL MY COUNSELOR BE?

Our senior staff includes psychologists and masters-level counselors who offer a broad range of interests, approaches, backgrounds, and perspectives. Although they function primarily as generalists, they do have areas of special interest and expertise.

In keeping with our role as a training facility at the University of Washington, we also have pre-doctoral interns and practicum counselors who work under the supervision of the senior staff. Your intake counselor will work with you to arrange an appropriate match, if you will be returning to the Center for additional sessions.

Professional Staff


DO YOU OFFER COUPLES COUNSELING? WHAT
IF MY PARTNER ISN'T A UW STUDENT?

We offer couples counseling to currently enrolled UW-Seattle students and their partners. To get started, just call or come in to schedule a couples intake appointment, for a time when both you and your partner can attend.


WHAT ABOUT GROUPS?

If you would like to participate in a group, please call or stop by to check our current offerings. If we don't have the group you want, please let us know so we can offer it in the future.


HOW LONG ARE COUNSELING SESSIONS, AND HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?

Currently, individual counseling sessions (50 minutes) cost $30 each, couples sessions cost $35, and group sessions cost $20 each.  When either group, couples, or individual counseling involves testing, the cost, which varies with the test, is added to the regular counseling fee.


WHAT IF I CAN'T PAY $30 or $35 PER WEEK?

We offer an extended-payment plan for those who have difficulty paying the full fee.  While you are in counseling, we will agree on a minimum amount for you to pay each week. If a balance remains when you have completed your sessions, we will ask that you send us a minimum monthly payment, until we have received the full amount. We regret that we cannot reduce fees.


WHAT IF I HAVE UW STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE?

It may be possible for you to use your student insurance at the CC if you have a provider and a diagnosis that are covered by the Plan.  However, not every therapist is recognized by student insurance.  Since therapist assignments are based primarily on compatibility of client therapeutic needs with therapist expertise and availability, we cannot guarantee that your therapy session will be reimbursable.

Please refer to your plan booklet or contact the Counseling Center cashier if you have further questions.

You will need to contact your provider if you have insurance other than the student or ta/ra plans.  We do not bill any insurance but it may be possible to have your sessions reimbursed.  Please contact our cashier if you want to do this.


I CAN'T DECIDE ON A MAJOR, LET ALONE A CAREER! CAN THE COUNSELING CENTER HELP ME?

We offer both group and individual counseling which can help you choose a major and/or a career. You may use career counseling sessions to discuss values, interests, abilities, and other concerns related to career decision-making.  We also offer career assessment tools that may help you as you begin the career-search process: the Strong Interest Inventory or SII ($20.00), which compares your interests to those of people in various occupations; and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI ($20.00), a personality inventory that shows you where people of your "type" tend to cluster in the workplace. (Prices include a small-group interpretation.) 

Career Counseling


HELP! I'M STRESSING OUT OVER GRADES,
TESTS, DEADLINES, ETC. WHAT CAN I DO?

Do you run hard in pursuit of better grades, but somehow never quite catch up?  Why not check out our Free Study-Smarter Workshops? These 90-minute small-group sessions will help you hone your skills in areas such as:

Study-Skills

IF I GET COUNSELING AT THE CENTER,
CAN ANYONE FIND OUT ABOUT IT?

All counseling is confidential. This means that we cannot release any information about you except under certain legally prescribed conditions. If you have concerns about confidentiality, please discuss them with your counselor.

Client Rights and Responsibilities


DOES THE COUNSELING CENTER OFFER ANY SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR CAMPUS GROUPS?

Groups and departments throughout the University contact us regularly to request special programs and presentations. We welcome these requests, and try to fulfill as many as possible each quarter.  If you would like to request a program for your group, please call (206) 543-1240 and ask to speak to the Outreach Coordinator. 

Outreach

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