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 Outreach and Continuing 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.
The Health Services fee provides eligibility for services at the Counseling Center and the Student Health Center. To pay the Health Services Fee manually, go to the Student Health Center Online Forms web page, and scroll down to the header, "Authorization to Manually Bill the Health Services Fee (when the fee wasn't automatically billed to your WWU student account". If you are unable to pay the Health Services fee due to a financial hardship, you may request a waiver. Email your request to Sislena Ledbetter, Liz Linke, and Janet McLeod.
Services We Provide
The Counseling Center utilizes a multiple pathways to healing model. 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:
- Initial assessment appointments
- Short-term individual counseling
- Crisis services
- Group counseling
- Outreach programming
- Referral services
- Couples counseling (if both individuals are eligible for services)
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.
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 Guide to Off-Campus Mental Health Support 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.