Free and Confidential Counseling Services
Counseling Center offers free and confidential services to currently enrolled UWB students. Cascadia students are eligible for six (6) free sessions per academic year.
The APA Code of Ethics and Washington State law consider the personal information you discuss in counseling to be confidential. This means that no record of counseling is made on an academic transcript, and that information regarding your counseling is not released without your written permission, unless otherwise indicated by law as noted below. This means that if you want someone else to be informed that you have received services at the Counseling Center, you must sign a specific authorization to disclose information. Electronic records are kept of your appointments.
Information about your contact with the Counseling Center will not be shared with others outside the Counseling Center without your written consent, except in specific circumstances described below:
- If there is imminent danger to the health and safety of yourself or another person;
- The information involves the abuse or neglect of a child (under 18 years) or vulnerable adult. Counselors are required to report such incidents to authorities;
- You bring charges against your counselor, and/or the counseling center;
- We receive a court order for your records.
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 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 does not offer.
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.
Feel Better Fast Class
The Feel Better Fast Class helps students learn to cope more effectively with stress and anxiety. The class meets for 1.5 hours each week for 4 weeks. Check our workshops page for more information.
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 their current concerns, and they offer support and receive feedback from each other. The process of sharing, listening, giving and receiving support can decrease feelings of loneliness, deepen self-understanding, increase effective relationship skills, and create meaningful interpersonal connection.
How to schedule an appointment?
You may schedule an initial appointment by calling the Counseling Center at 425-352-3183 or stopping by UW1 - 080 during office hours. If you are already seeing one of our counselors, you can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No-show and cancellation policy
Students benefit the most from counseling when they keep all of their scheduled appointments. Counselors try their best to schedule the appointment at a time that works for you. If you are unable to attend an appointment, please call at least 24 hours prior to your appointment to cancel. It will free up the appointment slot for other students in need.
Students who no-show to the appointment, have late cancellation 2 out of 3 consecutive appointments, or do not respond to a missed appointment email by the date indicated will no longer be eligible for ongoing counseling services for the remainder of the quarter. Students will still be eligible to see a counselor during walk-in hours, Monday to Friday from 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Students will be eligible for continuous individual, group or couple counseling starting from the next quarter.
If you need to speak to someone immediately due to crisis or urgent concerns, please come to our walk-in hours Monday to Friday from 1pm to 3pm, or call the Counseling Center at 425-352-3183. For more information, please review our list of recommended crisis services.