Counseling Services promotes the psychological health and well-being of the University community through preventive, developmental, and supportive services. Academic success is facilitated by psychological health. Counseling services are available to help students achieve this health and success. Counselors support students in their personal development by assisting them to better understand their thoughts, feelings, behavioral patterns, and explore ways to improve functioning. This contributes to greater wholeness, maturity, and enriched relationships with God, self, and others. Individual, couple, and group counseling are available. These services are confidential. We also offer a number of educational seminars and workshops throughout the year.
Weekly counseling sessions are available to students on a first come first serve basis. There is no charge for currently enrolled traditional students. Counseling is available to alumni, CAPS, and graduate students for a fee.
It may be determined that a student’s needs are beyond the scope of services provided by the Wellness Center. In such cases, the Wellness Center staff will assist students with referrals to off-campus mental health resources. The student is financially responsible for all services received from off-campus providers.
To schedule an appointment contact the Wellness Center at 425-889-5282, or stop by the Wellness Center, located in the Everette D. Greeley building near the entrance to campus.
Individual counseling sessions are typically 50 minutes in length. Couples counseling sessions are typically 50 – 80 minutes in length. Appointments are arranged at the convenience of the student and the counselor.
We provide weekly counseling appointments to a large volume of students and due to the demand we often have students waiting for an available appointment time. In consideration of this, please see our policy regarding missed counseling appointments.
Common Reasons Students Seek Individual Counseling
- Personal support in navigating life challenges
- Adjustment concerns
- Mood disorders (depression, bi-polar)
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance use/abuse
- Life stages transitions
- Interpersonal relationships
- Family concerns
- Developmental issues
- Chronic health issues
Many couples spend months, sometimes even years planning a wedding. Often couples are so excited about the wedding that planning for a strong relationship can be overlooked. The Wellness Center provides pre-marital counseling to assist couples in building a solid foundation for their marriage. The couple will take the PREPARE or SYMBIS inventory to assist them in identifying relationship strength and growth areas. Other inventories and personality tests may also be used . Readings and homework activities may also be assigned. These tools and activities help couples to focus on critical relationship issues. The couple will meet with a counselor weekly for a total of 8 or more sessions.
Pre-marital counseling focuses on the following areas:
- Personality types
- Marriage expectations
- Conflict resolution
- Financial management
- Sexual expectations
- Children and parenting
- Family and friends
- Role relationships
- Spiritual beliefs and practices
- Family of origin
Marriage is perhaps the most complex of human relationships. Unfortunately, too often couples are not equipped to deal with the challenges they face in marriage. Given that nearly half of today’s marriages end in divorce, it makes sense to invest in building a solid foundation for your relationship. Counseling Services assists couples in developing strong and healthy relationships.
The counseling process may include the use of the ENRICH Marriage Inventory to assist couples in identifying their relationship strength and growth areas, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator to help couples understand and appreciate personality types, genogram construction to help couples explore family dynamics, and various other tools to promote understanding and support of the relationship. The couple meets weekly with a counselor and together they establish goals and plans for how to best achieve their desired outcome.
The Wellness Center offers a variety of group opportunities. Groups are formed around a shared interest. These are generally topical in nature and related to developmental issues of young adults and frequently presented concerns in the student population. The purpose of the groups are to provide a safe context in which students can explore personal issues, learn self-care skills and techniques, support each other’s growth, and enhance health in body-mind-spirit and personal relationships.
Please contact the Wellness Center at 425-889-5282 if you are interested in group participation or check out our Current Group Opportunities.