If you are currently experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 911 or the Crisis Care Line at 1.800.584.3578.

 

Welcome

Attending college can be a time of exciting opportunity, academic achievement, and personal growth. However, if a student is trying to manage other roles or concerns during their academic experience, college can also become very stressful.  Work responsibilities, financial needs, relationship concerns, and health issues are just a few of the demands that can increase a student’s stress level and make it more difficult to achieve their academic goals.

This is part of the reason the Whatcom Community College Counseling Center provides short-term personal counseling for currently enrolled students.  Counseling services at WCC are free and confidential.  Our counselors understand the stresses of college life, and the events that can distract from the goals students are trying to achieve.  A few of the more common reasons students come to the counseling center include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Problem solving
  • Stress management
  • Academic success strategies
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Crisis management
  • Career planning
  • Referrals to community agencies when needed (i.e. substance abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, etc.)

Where to find us

We are located on the first floor of the Laidlaw Center, in the Entry & Advising area (LDC 116).  Appointments to meet with a Counselor are typically available between 8:00 and 5:00, Monday through Friday during fall, winter, and spring quarters, and Monday through Thursday during summer quarter.

Scheduling an appointment

To schedule an appointment with a Counselor, please call 360.383.3080 or stop by the front desk in the Entry & Advising office.

Please arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment to allow time for completing the intake form.  During the first appointment, the counselor will review the intake form with you and discuss your goals for counseling.  If you have questions about your counselors training and experience, about the counseling process, or about the intake form, please do not hesitate to ask.

Confidentiality

We are committed to honoring the confidential nature of the counseling relationship.  Additionally, as licensed mental health professionals, we are bound by state laws, with a few specific exceptions, to protect student information, including whether a student has been seen or not.  We are happy to work with faculty and staff to coordinate care for students if the student has signed a release of information.  If no release has been signed, we can still collaborate with faculty and staff about specific issues, but without disclosing whether a particular student has been seen for counseling.