Counseling Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

How to Schedule an Appointment?

You may schedule an initial intake appointment by calling the Counseling Center at 425-352-3183 or stopping by UWB-080 and speaking to the receptionist. You will be asked to arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with the counselor to complete forms on a computer tablet. The forms include demographic information and questions that tell us how you are functioning in various areas of your life. After you complete the forms, you will have your intake interview. You will meet with a counselor who will go over your concerns in detail and ask more general questions about your life and functioning. Once the intake interview is complete, the counselor will recommend treatment for you, based on his or her professional opinion.

The intake is usually scheduled within a week of your first contact with us.


The personal information that you discuss in counseling is confidential and no record is made on your academic transcript indicating that you have participated in counseling at UW Bothell.  Information regarding your counseling is not released without your written permission, unless otherwise mandated by Washington State Law. Exceptions to confidentiality mandated or permitted by law include:

  • We may break confidentially if there is risk of imminent harm to any person (you or another identified person).
  • When we have reason to suspect that a minor or an elderly person is in danger of being abused or neglected we are legally required to report this to the Department of Social Services.
  • If a court of law orders the release of certain information about a client we are legally required to comply with this order (although we work to release the minimum information needed).
  • Professional standards recommend confidential consultation within the agency to ensure quality care.
  • If you file a lawsuit or other legal action against UW or its employees, agents or officers contesting your services at the Counseling Center, information contained in your records could be released to UW’s attorneys if relevant to your lawsuit.

If at all possible your counselor will discuss any of the above exceptions that would apply to you, and will obtain your assistance in resolving this matter.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling provides an opportunity for students to discuss personal and relationship concerns with a caring professional who can help them resolve issues and identify constructive ways to cope. Generally, individual counseling sessions last 50 minutes. Students may attend a single session or return for several sessions with the same counselor. Counseling Center staff will assist students in connecting with other counseling agencies if a student needs longer-term counseling or needs specialized services that the Counseling Center doesn't’t offer.

Feel Better Fast Class

The Feel Better Fast Class helps students learn to cope more effectively with stress and anxiety. The class has 6 - 12 students enrolled each quarter. The Feel Better Fast Class meets for 1.5 hours each week for 4 weeks. To register for the Feel Better Fast Class call the Counseling Center at 425-352-3183.

Personal Growth Groups

Personal Growth Groups bring together a small number of individuals (usually 6-8) with one or more trained group leaders. Group members share with each other about current in their lives. The process of sharing with each other, listening to each other, giving and receiving feedback, offering support and expressing their feelings about what someone else says or does can be extremely helpful. Group members begin to see that they are not alone and that other students are struggling with similar concerns. This interaction also encourages individuals to develop new ways of behaving and learning more about how they interact with others. As a result, the original concerns people brought to group become resolved.

In order to make group most effective, the first few sessions are focused on establishing trust and safety. During this time, members usually work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. Group trust is enhanced when all members make a commitment to the group. Interested students are encouraged to commit to the length of the group, but no less than 5 sessions. If at that time a member feels group is not adequately meeting their needs, we ask that them come to the group for one last session and say good-bye.

Join a Personal Growth Group by contacting the Counseling Center, 425-352-3183 and ask for a 30 minute Group Orientation meeting. The group leader will meet with you, describe the group structure and topics, and answer any questions you may have prior to joining the group.

Couples Counseling

Couples desiring joint counseling must attend an intake appointment together. Couples can be married, partners, dating, same-sex, or heterosexual. At least one person must be a currently-enrolled UWB student. During the intake session, the counselor will determine whether couples counseling appears appropriate. If it is decided that couples counseling is not appropriate, alternative treatment recommendations will be made.

Crisis Services

Learn more about Crisis Services available after the Counseling Center hours. 


Counseling Center services are free to currently enrolled UWB students.