About us

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.

Counseling Center staff bios

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Clinical staff

UW Bothell counselors are licensed mental health professionals and provide a broad range of treatment approaches, depending on the unique needs of each person. Approaches your counselor may use include cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, interpersonal, emotionally-focused, and other treatment that the counselor and you feel will best meet your needs. Within these approaches, counselors practice cultural humility and strive to provide counseling from the student's cultural identity to support our wonderfully diverse community.

Photo of Dr. Lillian ChenLillian Chen, Psy.D.

Lillian Chen is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State (#PY 60522189). "I received my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver. Prior to attending graduate school in the US, I was born in Taiwan and grew up in Canada. My experience living in different countries enables me to see things from diverse lenses. I want to understand your story and the nuance of your emotional experience, help you acquire a deeper understanding of who you are, where you come from, and how you arrive at this point in life. 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, self-confidence, perfectionism, multicultural counseling, and acculturation stress. Due to my bicultural background, I provide bilingual counseling (English and Mandarin) and have expertise in working with Asian and international students. I’d love to work in partnership with you in finding the path that will lead to your emotional well-being and academic success. During spare time, I enjoy travelling, dancing, solving mystery and…. did I say I am a big Harry Potter fan?"

Photo of Dr. Summer GarciaSummer Garcia, Ph.D.

Summer Garcia 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." Telehealth appointments only. 

Photo of counselor Ann EllisAnn Ellis, M.S.

Ann Ellis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State (LH 60972706). "I am originally from Seattle; but I received my Master of Science Degree in Community Counseling from Columbus State University and lived in Georgia for 11 years.  College counseling is my specialty area and I have experience working with a wide range of topics including stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, LGBTQ+ issues, and military/veteran concerns. I love talking to people to understand where they’ve been, where they are, and where they hope to go.   My approach to counseling is person centered and collaborative and I hope to support and empower you on your way to reaching your personal and academic goals.  In my free time I love to travel, cook, spend time with family/friends, and pretty much anything to do with animals……especially cats and dogs!"

Randy Scott, MAEdPhoto of counselor Randy Scott

Randy Scott is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State (LH61176509). “I grew up in Kansas, but Seattle has been my home most of my life. I earned my Master of Arts in Education Degree in Counseling from Seattle University, where I also worked for several years before coming to UW Bothell. As a counselor, I believe that the stories that we tell and are told about us are powerful and shape how we see the world and our place in it. When the stories we hold are not working anymore, that’s when counseling can help. Using narrative, multicultural, and social justice-focused approaches to counseling, you and I will work together to help you reach your goals. Outside of the office I love listening to music, hiking & camping, and cooking. It is even better when I get to do all those things at the same time!”

Photo of Dr. Teresa HoffmanTeresa Hoffman, Psy.D. 

Teresa Hoffman is a mental health counselor and currently in the process of obtaining her Psychologist license in Washington State. "I received my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England. Prior to attending graduate school, I was a software engineer and I received two STEM undergraduate degrees from UW Seattle. I became a psychologist because I am drawn to stories people share about life and how those stories shape the way the world is experienced and transformed. I enjoy working with college students who are dealing with stress, anxiety, identity exploration, and life transitions. My clinical experience includes trauma, couples therapy, LGBTQIA+ issues, and learning disabilities. I look forward to collaborating with you to find a compassionate path that will lead to your emotional and academic success. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, yoga, cooking, and spending time with family."


Practicum & Intern counselors

UW Bothell Counseling Center is committed to providing training opportunities for regional students who are currently completing their masters or doctorate in a mental health field such as Counseling, Social Work or Psychology. All practicum and intern counselors are supervised by the licensed mental health counselors who are employees of the UW Bothell Counseling Center. The practicum and intern counselors offer quality and effective services to UWB students.

Photo of counselor Jessica VuJessica Vu

Jessica Vu is nearing completion of her Master of Arts in Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University. “I grew up in western Washington and hope to continue residing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! College is an exciting time of change and growth, which can also become challenging to navigate alone. I value creating a collaborative and supportive counseling space to empower you along your journey of student life and personal development. You are the expert in your experience; my role is to support you in understanding how you respond to challenges, identifying your goals, and cultivating your strengths. A significant part of my counseling approach is to attend to the impacts which culture, family, and societal systems have on how you show up in the world. I hope to partner alongside you on your path toward thriving as your authentic self! In my spare time, I enjoy making coffee and tea, baking, traveling, and dancing!


Front desk support

UW Bothell Counseling Center serves both UW Bothell and Cascadia students in their search of mental health counseling and resources. Our Program Assistant (PA) serves as a receptionist and is dedicated to providing detailed and tailored information to all students, staff, and faculty. The PA is the one you hear or see first before speaking with our counselors. The PA can be reached via phone at 425-352-3183, email at uwbcc@uw.edu, or in-person at UW1- Room 080.

Photo of KevinKevin Douglass

Kevin, originally from Hayward, CA. moved to the Seattle area shortly after completing High School.  He later moved to Boston, MA. in 1999 to continue studies, in Music Business & Vocal Performance, at the Berklee College of Music.  In 2016, he decided to take a break from the grueling performance schedules, to focus on teaching music, along with other meaningful work here within Higher Education. Kevin is excited to be part of the Student Affairs team here at UW Bothell.

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Phone: 425-352-3183

Fax: 425-352-3976

Office Hours

Monday – Friday:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM 

Holiday Hours

TBD

Location

UW1 - 080