During the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, all matriculated WWU students who are currently taking six or more credits may use the Counseling Center. AUAP and IEP students who pay mandatory, quarterly Health Services Fee are also eligible for services.

During the Summer quarter, students must be enrolled in WWU summer session and take 6 or more credits OR take between 3 and 5 credits AND pay the $85 Health Fee at the Student Health Center.

For students enrolled for fewer than six credits, we can provide referral information to therapists in the Bellingham community.

You may visit or call the Counseling Center to request counseling. Our receptionist will ask you if you are a current Western student taking six or more credits (per eligibility requirements), an Asia University America Program (AUAP) and/or Intensive English Program (IEP) student who pays the quarterly Health Services fee, if you have previously used our services, and whether your concerns are urgent or if you can wait a few days before a first appointment.

If your concerns do not require an immediate appointment, you will be asked to complete some paperwork, which usually takes about 15-20 minutes. Once you have completed your paperwork, you will be scheduled for an initial consultation, usually within one week. If your concerns worsen while you are awaiting your first appointment, you may call and request a more urgent appointment.

The purpose of this interview is to get an initial understanding of your concerns. You and the counselor will decide on the most appropriate plan for follow-up services given the nature of your concerns.

Initial Consultation

You will be scheduled for an initial consultation to get some understanding of your concerns. At the first appointment, counselors ask standard intake questions to help gain a more complete picture of your situation and concerns. You and the counselor will decide on the most appropriate plan for follow-up services given the nature of your concerns.

The counselor you see for the initial consultation might meet with you for short-term counseling or might refer you to another counselor in the Counseling Center who could better help you with your particular concerns. Students with urgent or crisis situations are given priority and are scheduled immediately. In some cases students can be best served by therapists in the Bellingham community who can offer longer-term and more specialized counseling. If that is the case, we can assist you in gaining that referral.

In many cases participating in some of the various workshops, and groups the Counseling Center offers can be valuable to you in making the changes your desire.

Page Updated 04.10.2016