The Counseling Center
The Counseling Center is the designated department at University of Washington Bothell to provide mental health services to UWB students. The role of the Counseling Center is to provide mental health related services to facilitate students’ adjustment to college and their personal and psychological growth in becoming high functioning and socially responsible adults. The Counseling Center promotes student learning about their emotional and psychological development and increase academic success by positively impacting academic and personal decision-making. Our staff work to help students resolve problems that interfere with personal, social, and academic functioning while also emphasizing prevention, development, adjustment, and wellness.
The Counseling Center provides numerous services to meet the previously stated goals and objectives:
- Clinical Services: Same day crisis appointments, intakes, individual counseling, group counseling and couples counseling.
- Outreach and Community Intervention: Workshops and skills building classes to increase students’ knowledge, skills, and self-awareness to enhance their ability to effectively cope with problems in every-day-living.
- Consultation Services: Individual consultations for parents, faculty, and staff who are concerned about a student. Additionally, the Counseling Center staff serves on numerous University committees, working groups and task forces to provide their expertise as mental health professionals.
- Program Evaluation: Gather data regarding student service utilization, satisfaction with services, and learning outcomes to assess the effectiveness of counseling services and provide the data we need to make ongoing improvement to our services.
University of Washington Bothell is a four-year public University that grants baccalaureate, post- baccalaureate, and master degrees.
- Nearly 6,000 students are enrolled at UWB.
- 99% of first-year and transfer students in Fall 2018 is from the state of Washington.
- 51% of students are female.
- 49% of students are male.
- 52% of students are students of color from diverse backgrounds.
- 50% of first-year students and 39% are first-generation college students.
- 10% of students are International students who arrive from over 20 different countries.
To learn more about UWB students go to the University Fast Facts page:
Clients are undergraduate and graduate students whose concerns range from adjustment reactions and acute situational stress to more severe trauma reactions and long-standing psychological problems. Approximately 4% of the UWB student body was seen at the Counseling Center in 2018-2019.
- 54% of clients identified as female.
- 40% of clients identified as male.
- 4% of clients identified as transgendered or prefers not to answer.
- 62% of clients identified as students of color.
- 7% of clients are international students.
- 23% of clients identified as first-generation college students.
- 14% of clients indicated they are taking medication for psychological reasons.
- The top five reasons students stated they were seeking counseling for were:
- Academic concerns
- Life transition
The staff is friendly, dedicated, and committed to providing quality services to UWB students and training opportunities to the practicum and post-doctorate students we welcome each year. The staff is experienced in both brief and longer-term therapy, have diverse professional interests and involvements, and strive to model integrative theoretical approaches rather than a single theoretical orientation. Within these approaches, staff actively incorporates the personal and cultural values and experiences that reflect the diversity that each individual brings to counseling and to supervision.
- Lillian Chen, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60522189). I received my Masters of Arts and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver. I enjoy working with stress, anxiety, depression, identity exploration, and life transition common among college students. My clinical specialties include relationship problems, grief and loss, racial and sexual identity development, cultural adjustment, LGBTQ issues, body image concerns, and perfectionism. I provide counseling in both English and Mandarin. My treatment approach is integrative and collaborative. I love to work in partnership with students and help them find the path that will lead to their emotional well-being and academic success.
- Summer Garcia, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60781022). I received my doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. I value collaborating with people to find the right mix of support, encouragement, and change that works for them. I also find it important to attend to systemic factors and I strive to help people find empowerment on their path to flourishing. I have experience working with a broad range of common concerns, including depression and anxiety, as well as LGBTQIA+ concerns, relationship and sexual subcultures, undocumented students, and trauma recovery.
- Rosemary E. Simmons, Ph.D., Director is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60478115). I received my Masters of Arts and Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University. I’ve specialized in working with college students my entire career. When I first meet with a student my focus is to listen for their current struggles, seek to understand their strengths and growth areas, and work with them to decide the best approach to assist them in meeting their goals. I enjoy working with the broad range of issues and transitions that college students experience including anxiety, depression, adjustment and transition issues, having a minoritized identity and the stress of living in a majority culture, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm behavior, and body image and disordered eating.
Doctoral and Masters Level Practicum in Psychology
Number of positions for 2020-2021: 4 positions for doctoral or master level students
Practicum students will conduct intake interviews and provide individual and group counseling while at UWB Counseling Center. Additionally, practicum students will have the option of involvement in outreach and community intervention. These activities would involve informational fairs, consulting and working with the undergraduate student peer health educators (HEROS), and providing workshops to undergraduate students, University housing residential life staff, and other student affairs student leaders and employees.
Practicum students are expected to provide 12 – 20 hours per week during the fall, winter and spring quarters at the UWB Counseling Center. The days of the week you are at our site is negotiable, but must occur Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Practicum students will build their caseload over the fall quarter and then maintain their caseload throughout the year by adding new clients to their schedules as they terminate with ongoing clients. Students will begin with a few clients per week and build up to 8 – 12 clients per week as the quarter is underway. The Counseling Center provides short-term counseling. Eighty percent of clients receive 1 – 5 sessions. Eighteen percent receive 6 – 10 sessions with the remaining two percent receiving 11 – 20 plus sessions. For training purposes practicum students are encouraged to work with their supervisor to identify two clients who would benefit from longer term counseling (6 – 9 months). Practicum students will provide counseling in offices which are equipped with computer cameras to digitally record and store all counseling sessions. These recordings will be deleted once their supervisor has reviewed them and provided supervision for those clinical sessions.
Practicum students will receive 1.5 hours of face-to-face individual clinical supervision per week. The supervision will be provided by a licensed psychologist who has direct clinical responsibility for client care. The practicum student’s clinical supervisor will have an additional 1.0 to 2.0 hours per week to review digital recordings of the student’s clinical work. The UWB Counseling Center uses Titanium, an electronic scheduling and electronic health record system. The clinical supervisor will review and sign all clinical notes.
Practicum students will participate in a one and a half hour group supervision experience per week. Group supervision will focus on case conceptualization, clinical consultation and feedback, sharing of clinical recordings, and the provision of clinical didactic information as needed.
Doctoral Students: Applicants are required to have met all requirements for their master degree or equivalent experience. If defense of master thesis is the only outstanding requirement you may still apply. Applicants need to have successfully completed one academic year of outpatient counseling with young adults (14 – 17) or adults (18 – 60).
Masters Students: Applicants must have successfully completed pre-practicum training and coursework and meet department requirements to apply for this placement.
Interested students must submit the following materials:
- A cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the training site
- Curriculum vita
- Names and contact information (email and phone) of three references. Preferably two of the three will have provided clinical supervision for you.
The application deadline is Monday, February 3, 2020. Send all materials electronically to Dr. Rosemary E. Simmons, Counseling Center Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UWB Counseling Center staff will contact candidates no later than Friday, February 14, 2020 to schedule an onsite interview. If circumstances do not allow for this, a Skype or telephone interview will be used.
Notifications of Offers
We hope to have our offers to candidates no later than Monday, March 3, 2020.