Connecting to Counseling

 

How do I make a counseling appointment?

 *This is a free service to all currently enrolled students 
During the quarter, the Counseling Center is open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm for appointment scheduling. 
Call us: 206.934.5407 
Email us: Counseling.Central@seattlecolleges.edu 
1.    Please note that email is not a confidential form of communication. Please be mindful of what information you send in your emails. 
2.    Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response. 
See us in person: Our front desk is located on the third floor of the Broadway-Edison Building, room BE 3166. We are located on the North side of campus and around the corner from the student computer center. 

What if I need help with class planning/registering for classes?

If you are a student that has been accepted into and/or enrolled into a specific professional/technical program at SCC, please connect with us at the front desk to schedule an appointment, or assist you in finding the appropriate counselor/advisor. 
If you are a student taking prerequisites for professional/technical programs at SCC or intending to transfer to a 4-year institution, please contact advising at 206.934.4068 or AdvisorCentral@seattlecolleges.edu.

What can I expect during my first counseling session?

At check in: 
1.    You will be greeted by the front desk verifying your appointment scheduled. 
2.    You will be asked to provide a photo ID (student ID, State ID, passport, etc.) 
3.    Initial paper forms will be provided to you to complete (Disclosure Agreement & Intake Form) 
4.    Meet with the counselor! 

Referral for counseling services

At times Seattle Central College community members may wonder if they should refer a student for individual counseling.

As you can see from the topics that we frequently encounter there are many areas for exploration that can benefit students. The experience of being in college and the transition point that it is for individuals coming from high school, individuals going through a career change, veterans, and others is a time rich for growth. Students can benefit from support through that experience and the opportunities for reflection and dialogue that occur through counseling.

Other times we may note that others or ourselves are struggling through a transition or experiencing too much distress due to a number of demands on our cognitive and emotional capacities. We may observe signs of quieter struggle or be confronted by more explicit behavioral manifestations of distress. 

All community members but particularly faculty and staff should be familiar with the Student Conduct Code which specifies classroom or campus behaviors subject to intervention or discipline. Referrals to the Counseling Center, reaching out to the CARE Team, and filing a conduct report are different ways of supporting students and maintaining a beneficial and safe classroom environment. In our educational environment it is helpful to consider principles of restorative justice in classroom management and to consider that "behavioral issues" may be best addressed through additional support and community reconciliation of the situation. You can find a copy of the Student Conduct Code in the Student Handbook or your division. The lead administrator or counselor in your division as well as members of the CARE Team can provide additional guidance.

In your conversation with the student, suggest to them in a caring manner that they may benefit from meeting with a counselor. Below is some additional information to offer when making the referral: 

  • Sessions are confidential. This means that information about the student cannot be released to family, friends, faculty, or other offices without the student’s written permission. (There are limitations to this confidentiality which will be explained to the student in their first session). 
  • Counseling services are free to students. 
  • Counseling is located in the Broadway Edison Building room 3166, between Information Technology Services Office and the Information Technology and Business Department Office. The main phone number for counseling is (206) 934-5407. Please do not call a counselor's office directly. We are often busy with student appointments, so there is no guarantee that we will answer our phones. 
  • Counselors are also willing to walk over to another office or classroom to accompany a student back to the counseling area. We have the ability to deal with these emergencies and a procedure in place to free a counselor for such requests. 

Find Your Counselor 

Counselors are currently assigned to academic divisions or student populations. While the following list is a primary resource to locate the counselor trained for your program and needs, you are free to work with any counselor on our staff. 
For contact information look up an individual counselor in the Staff Directory or via this listing (pdf).
Counselors provide counseling for students who are: 

  • New to college and have questions about what academic and/or career direction to take 
  • In their academic program and seeking support navigating aspects of it 
  • On academic probation 

Counselors also are involved in the college’s CARE Team and work with students in crisis.

 Students who are seeking guidance around class choices or seeking more information about the academic pathways toward our various degrees should visit or call the Advising Center (206) 934-4068.

Counselor and Academic Division

Counseling services (pdf) 

Ruby Hansra 
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Business Technology Management, Creative Arts (Graphic Design, Visual Media) 

Kimberly McRae 
Co-lead counselor, Applied Behavioral Science, Early Childhood & Family Studies, Social & Human Services, Running Start, Culinary Arts, Apparel Design & Development, Business Technology Management, Creative Arts (Graphic Design, Visual Media) 

Brian Smith 
International Education Programs, Healthcare & Human Services (Pacific Tower), Seattle Maritime, Wood Technology 

Bryce Walb 
STEM, Information Technology, Business Technology Management, Creative Arts (Graphic Design, Visual Media)  

Krysta Walia 
Basic & Transitional Studies / Pre-College (ABE / ESL, GED® Prep, High School Completion), Business Technology Management, Creative Arts (Graphic Design, Visual Media) 

Crisis counseling: If you are experiencing a mental health emergency/ need immediate assistance please call 911, the King County Crisis Clinic at 866.427.4747 and/or text the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.