Counseling and Testing Services

Meska Hall, Room 222
(509) 527-2147 (office)
(509) 527-2572 (fax) 

Office Hours
Monday–Thursday
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Friday
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Counseling Process

Ethics and Professional Standards

You have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, with nondiscrimination and with insensitivity. You also have the right to an individualized service plan that reflects your problems and/or needs. You are responsible for choosing the treatment provider and method that you feel is best. If you believe you are not making adequate progress, please discuss that with us. We will make every effort to assist you in attaining the treatment goals you desire or in transferring to another therapist.

The Washington State Counselor Crediting Act protects your health and safety by providing a complaint process against counselors who commit acts of unprofessional conduct. If you are concerned, contact the State of Washington Department of Health, P.O. Box 47869, Olympia, WA 08504-4869 at (206) 753-2147.

Counseling Sessions

In this first session, the counselor wants to get to know you and help you assess how Counseling and Testing Services can best serve you. Succeeding sessions will be devoted to finding ways of achieving the goals you established with the counselor. People tend to want quick and immediate solutions, but this does not usually happen. Instead, the counselor works with a student to discover their own unique solutions.

Counseling sessions can last up to fifty minutes. This allows the counselor a ten minute period to prepare for their next appointment and allows you to get to your classes on time. Most students are able to meet their goals or work through their problem in six to nine sessions. Since we must meet the needs of all students, we limit the number of sessions to nine per year. If you need more extensive services, your counselor can refer you to an off-campus counselor.

Cancellation

Your appointment time is specifically reserved for you. It is your responsibility to notify our office in advance to cancel an appointment (if possible at least 24-hours in advance). Failure to assume this responsibility prevents us from scheduling an appointment for another student in that time slot, or may not allow us to utilize that time slot in the most effective way possible. To reschedule an appointment, call (509) 527-2147.

Discipline Mandated Treatment Programs

Students who are referred to counseling as a part of a mandated discipline program will be expected to provide permission for the counselor to keep all appropriate authorities informed as to their progress or status in treatment. Students should note that failing to meet appointments or refusing to participate in any recommended treatment modality (i.e. laboratory testing for chemical analysis, an abuse therapy as prescribed by a physician, Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12-Step Group Work, group therapy, Breathe Free Program) may result in your termination. We referral you to another Certified Chemical Dependency treatment provider for a second opinion of recommendations or if our services are not meeting your needs. Please refer to the WWC Student Handbook Drug and Alcohol Policies for clarification of college policies.

Is Counseling For Me?

"How do I know if I need counseling?" If one or more of the following statements describe you, you are probably at a point where counseling could be helpful to you:

  • I am anxious, worried, or nervous most of the time.
  • My sleeping or eating patterns have changed.
  • My moods change rapidly. I often feel like crying.
  • My relationships with other people are not going well.
  • I feel confused and have difficulty making decisions.
  • I can't decide on a major or career.
  • I am not functioning effectively in an important area of my life (studies, job, family, relationships, marriage).
  • I am going through a significant change in my life.
  • I am experiencing difficulties in at least one area of my life due to the use of substances or other compulsive behavior.
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Last update on November 20, 2014