Scope of Services

Eligibility for Services

The Counseling Center provides clinical and outreach services for currently enrolled WWU students. This includes:

  • Any WWU student who is currently enrolled for at least 6 credits and has paid the Health Services fee*.

  • Non-WWU matriculating students, as may be the case with some students enrolled in specific programs operating through Extended Education (e.g., some international student programs), who have paid the Health Services fee*.

  • Other students (e.g., student teachers, students at off-campus locations) who have paid the Health Services fee*.

*Fee provides eligibility for services at the Counseling Center and the Student Health Center. The Counseling Center’s Client Services Coordinator is available to assist with verifying eligibility for services.

Services We Provide

The Counseling Center utilizes a brief, solution-focused counseling model in which individual therapy sessions are offered on a short-term basis. Students are free to participate in an unlimited number of group sessions and workshops. 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

Services Outside of Our Scope

Students whose needs fall outside the scope of services or scheduling availability of the Counseling Center are referred to community resources.  The Counseling Center provides referral services after the initial session or as these factors become more apparent during the course of services. The Center's case manager can provide referral options and offer additional assistance as necessary. You also can look at our online community provider referral database to search for a therapist who meets your needs.  Also, you can look at our brochure that provides information about finding a therapist in the community. 

Some of the issues that are commonly addressed through referral to services outside of the Counseling Center for longer-term or more intensive counseling include:

  • Request for formal psychological evaluation for the purpose of employment clearance, determining eligibility for vocational rehabilitation or disability benefits, or documentation for emotional support or service animals.

  • Learning disability, neuropsychological, or ADHD assessment.

  • Student concerns that require regular weekly appointments throughout the quarter.

  • Student concerns that required open-ended, ongoing psychotherapy before coming to Western Washington University.

  • A history of multiple hospitalizations, chronic suicidality and/or self-injury behaviors; history of repeated suicide attempts.

  • Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in mental or emotional functioning, requiring intensive intervention.

  • Presence of impairing drug and/or alcohol problems.

  • Presence of impairing eating disorder.

  • Court-mandated assessment or treatment requirements

Please note the nature and complexity of presenting concerns are considered in making the appropriate treatment recommendation(s). Cases are evaluated individually and the professional judgment of the mental health provider(s) will determine the treatment decision in a particular situation.