Multiple Pathways to Healing

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.” 

There are multiple ways to get emotional support at Western.

The Counseling Center utilizes a multiple pathways to healing model.

Students choosing our Guided Pathway may connect with a counselor for a phone consultation to talk about support and resources. These are rapid-access, same-day sessions with our counselors. Phone consultations serve as a stand-alone support session, and students are welcome to utilize multiple phone consultations as needed. Some students find that the consultation is the right amount of support and do not need to pursue other pathways.

To schedule your initial consultation, call the Counseling Center at 360-650-3164 between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The receptionist will schedule the consultation with one of our counselors. The initial phone consultation usually lasts 30 to 45 minutes.

During your session, you and your consultation counselor may decide that certain Independent Pathway resources could help you with your concerns. This could include using mental health apps, meeting with Prevention & Wellness Services staff, signing up for a Counseling Center workshop, or connecting with a different university office. Your consultation counselor will explain how to access and utilize those resources.

You and your consultation counselor may also decide that other Guided Pathway services would be a good fit for your concerns. This may include intensive group therapy*, intensive individual therapy*, or a case management meeting to arrange off-campus services for more intensive or specialized support. If it is decided that individual therapy is a good fit for you, your consultation counselor will try to pair you with the therapist that best meets your needs. Please note, it may take up to two weeks to meet with your individual therapist.

*Due to state licensure laws, we can only provide intensive group therapy and intensive individual therapy to students currently located in Washington State.

Services We Provide

Students may participate in consultations, intensive group therapy and intensive brief individual therapy sessions, as well as an unlimited number of workshops and outreach events. The specific services we provide include:

Some of the issues that are commonly addressed through the Counseling Center include:

  • Personal concerns: Stress and anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, guilt, low self-esteem, and grief
  • Relationship concerns: Romantic relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, roommate problems, and family issues
  • Cultural concerns: Impact of oppression, power, privilege, identity, and intersectionality
  • Developmental concerns: Identity development, adjustment to college, and life transitions
  • Academic concerns: Performance anxiety, perfectionism, underachievement, and low motivation
  • Other concerns, which may include: Effects of trauma, sexual assault, abuse, family history, spirituality, body image, food preoccupation, and healthy lifestyle choices