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Mental Health

Licensed Psychologist, Mental Health Therapist

Dr. Gerber received her M.S. in clinical psychology in 2007 and Psy.D. in 2010 from Long Island University in Brookville, NY.  Her most recent work has been providing individual and group psychotherapy as well as crisis intervention to undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. She also has experience working with adolescents, families, and couples.  Her areas of interest include life transitions, identity formation, and use of mindfulness practices in coping with difficult life events. Dr. Gerber’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative, reflecting her training in dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness meditation, and contemporary insight-oriented treatments.  She strives to meet individuals where they are and collaboratively establish meaningful therapeutic goals. In addition to working with individuals and couples, she also leads several beginning and intermediate meditation groups each quarter. (Licensed psychologist, license #PY60202043)

Dr. Christina Chavez has been a practicing psychiatrist since 1982. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

She also has maintained a private practice in Seattle since 1990. She provides consultation for placement on medication and also provides ongoing psychotherapy with an eclectic approach.

Patient Care Philosophy
She believes that the foundation of an excellent doctor-patient relationship is listening to the patient. She listens to her patient's concerns and presents the benefits and risks of any treatment offered.

Personal Interests
Spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

Clinical Interests
Her particular interests are in women's issues regarding premenstrual and perimenopausal syndromes. She also has extensive experience with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Teaching Interests
She is involved with the training of psychiatric residents on an ongoing basis.

English, English, Spanish



Medical Assistant (MA)

Appointments and referral information

Phone:  (206) 543-5030
Fax:  (206) 543-4716

Mailing address

Mental Health Clinic
Box 354410
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4410

Authorization forms

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New patient forms

  • Client intake form
    This intake form is to be filled out by all new clients. You are welcome to print this form and bring it with you to your first appointment.

  • Waiver form
    Notice of third party non-coverage.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) forms

General information about SHIP can be found here.

Graduate Appointee Insurance Plan (GAIP) forms

General information about GAIP can be found here.

Rachel Gerken Rachel Gerken, MA, LMHC:

First-time patients

  1. Please register with Hall Health by calling:  (206) 616-2495 or

How to reach us if you're in crisis

A professional from our clinic will be available on a same-day basis during regular business hours (9AM-5PM) to talk to patients in a crisis.  UW students are eligible for crisis intervention visits at no charge.  For patients with ongoing needs, the crisis counselor will assist with establishing a more permanent care plan.

  • During regular business hours, call (206) 583-1551 to reach the person on-call. Please advise us when you call that you need to speak to someone today. Also, leave the following information:
    • Your name
    • A phone number where you can be reached
  • Evenings, weekends and holidays: If you need to talk with someone after our regular clinic hours, call the 24-hour Community Care Line nurse consult service at (206) 744-2500 to speak with a consulting nurse who will be able to advise you, make treatment suggestions and help you make follow-up arrangements with your provider.

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