Individual & Couples Counseling

COVID-19 Notice

Although in-person sessions are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19, the Counseling Center is available for remote services. We can be reached by phone at 360-650-3164 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and our after-hours crisis support is available at all other times by calling 360-650-3164 and pressing or saying “1.” 

Individual Counseling

If, after a phone consultation, you have decided that you are ready for intensive ongoing support, intensive individual counseling at the Counseling Center may be the right choice for you. In individual counseling, you have the full attention of one of our counselors in an atmosphere of understanding, warmth, and insight. Our counselors can help you in a variety of ways because they are excellent sounding boards, compassionate listeners, and skillful experts in how to help you thrive.

The Counseling Center utilizes a brief therapy model. Brief therapy is short-term and focused on helping students to effectively manage a specific challenge or to make a particular desired change. Some students utilize individual therapy to address concerns such as persistent depression, anxiety, identity issues, trauma, and eating disorders. Other concerns, such as stress, homesickness, and academic challenges may be addressed through less intensive methods, such as through a phone consultation or an Independent Pathway resource.

Some especially difficult or long-standing problems may not be completely resolved in short-term treatment. Students whose needs require long-term and/or intensive support will generally be referred to community providers for ongoing treatment. Similarly, students whose needs require a particular type of expertise that is not available in the Counseling Center are also referred to community providers

Individual counseling is available to currently enrolled WWU students.

Couples Counseling

Brief couples counseling can help the parties of a relationship clarify and address interpersonal difficulties, improve communication skills, and improve how they relate to one another. The WWU Counseling Center is able to offer brief couples counseling to many types of couples including married, LGBT, roommates, and housemates. However, our couples counseling services are only available to couples composed of currently enrolled students. Couples who include non-student spouses or partners are encouraged to visit our community referrals page for assistance in finding an off campus provider.  

If you are interested in couples counseling, you and your partner must both call the Counseling Center to schedule an individual assessment during which you will inform the assessing therapist that you are interested in couples counseling.

If you would like to provide general feedback about the Counseling Center, please click on our feedback form.