Getting started

Getting started

We strive to be visible and trusted partners to the broader SPU community by serving the campus beyond our offices, and being appropriately engaged in all dimensions of university life. SCHW outreach can include advising student groups, serving on panels, and speaking at presentations on issues of importance to the community. When a crisis occurs, we meet with affected community members to provide support and group facilitation. Outreach and discussions are tailored to the individual interests of the group and often focus on a particular mental health and wellness related topic, preventative strategies, or available resources. Please note that we need at least three weeks advance notice to schedule outreach programming.

Examples of outreach services we frequently provide include:

  • Wellness, Prevention, Outreach Presentations*
  • Resource tables at campus events
  • Liaisons to campus organizations and departments
  • Serving on discussion panels
  • Support services at campus events
  • Interviews for student projects on student wellness and mental health topics
  • Debriefing with groups impacted by tragic or traumatic experiences (e.g., the death of a student)

*SCHW staff can provide presentations on a wide variety of topics that are designed to support our students. These include, but are not limited to: overview of SCHW services, self-care, emotional wellness, healthy relationships and boundaries, coping with anxiety, stress management, and supporting a student in distress.

A partial list: stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, grief, struggles with spiritual issues, struggles with academic issues, anger, suicidal thoughts, alcohol and other drug abuse, self-esteem, family issues, body-image concerns, preoccupations with food, eating disorders, addictions, trauma, violence, identity issues …

Services are available only to currently enrolled SPU undergraduates and are free of charge.

Yes — though sometimes we will see a student on an emergency basis without an appointment as soon as a counselor is available.

During the academic school year, students may now self-schedule their initial consultation appointment via the Patient Portal. If you are in need of more urgent mental health support during our clinic hours (weekdays 9am-4:30pm) you may also call the front desk at (206) 281-2657 x0 to schedule a same-day appointment.

If you are interested in one of our other clinical services like nutritional, relationship, or group counseling, you can fill out a Counseling Appointment Request Form via the Patient Portal.

During the summer, you can fill out a Counseling Appointment Request Form via the Patient Portal and the administrative staff will reach out within 3 business days to get scheduled.

It’s where services begin, where an SCC counselor will discuss your concerns and review areas of your life. You might then participate in one-on-one counseling at the SCC, be referred to one of our SCC groups, be placed on the SCC waiting list, or referred to community services.

If you are interested in one of our other clinical services like nutritional, relationship, or group counseling, you can fill out a Counseling Appointment Request Form via the Patient Portal.

Sessions are typically 50 minutes. Students typically have between one and six sessions per academic year.

You’ll want to see an academic counselor in Student Academic Services for questions about drop/add, curricular choices, and other scheduling or registration issues. And you’ll find academic support at the Center for Learning.

A number of students are taking medication and see nurse practitioners at SPU’s Health Services. We can collaborate with health care providers on campus or off.

Consistent with our ethical standards and state law, we release no client information without your written consent. That means we will not tell anyone — including friends, parents, or professors — that you are involved in therapy, or the content of your session.

Several exceptions are required by law. In this state, we are required to break confidentiality if we believe a client is at high risk for suicide or if we hear a direct, specific homicidal threat from a client to another person. We must also report abuse or neglect of a child, dependent adult, or developmentally disabled person if we believe such an incident has occurred.

If you cancel or don’t show up for an appointment, you’ll hear from a counselor by voicemail or email. You’ll then need to contact the counselor within one week or the case will be closed. If you cancel or don’t show for the second scheduled counseling assessment, your case will be closed.