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Counseling and Advising Center

Supporting Student Achievement

Counseling & Advising Center

Supporting Student Achievement

Counseling & Advising Center

Supporting Student Achievement
Counseling & Advising Center

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Office Hours

Mount Vernon Campus
Mon.-Thurs.: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (On-Campus)
Fri.: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Remote)

Whidbey Island Campus
Mon.-Thurs.: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (On-Campus)
Fri.: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Remote)

Phone: 360.416.7654
[email protected]

Mount Vernon Campus
2405 East College Way
Lewis Hall, L-113
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Whidbey Island Campus
1900 SE Pioneer Way
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

San Juan Center
221 Weber Way
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Phone: 360.378.3220

Marine Technology Center
1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221

Counseling Services

Welcome!

SVC Counseling team

Our Counselors

The Counseling Services team provides students with a holistic approach that helps students mobilize their internal and external resources. We recognize and honor the complex intersectionality of all aspects of a person’s identity and presenting concerns. Being a college student can be tough, and we want to support you as you balance your many roles and demands on your time. Each counselor wants to help you succeed and realize your educational and career goals.  

Counseling Assistance Options 

Counselors are working remotely via Zoom and in-person, to schedule an appointment please email [email protected] or call 360.416.7654   

Emergency Contacts: Dial 911 for immediate assistance  

On July 16, 2022, you can call, text, or chat 988 to be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). It will be confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.

Services will be available in Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 250 languages. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

You can dial 988 if you are having:

  • Thoughts of suicide.
  • Mental health crises.
  • Substance use crises.
  • Any other kind of emotional distress.

You can also dial 988 if you are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

988 will not replace any crisis call centers in Washington state. It is an addition to the state’s network of crisis center providers. The current NSPL number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), will remain active along with 988.

For questions, please email [email protected].

Trans Lifeline Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for trans and questioning peers:1.877.565.8860

Veteran Crisis Line: 800.273.8255, Press 1  or dial 988 then press 1

 

Additional Outside Resources:

The Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT), previously known as CPIT Outreach Team, is a community-based outreach team made up of behavioral health professionals trained to support children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. They can help you by phone or in person: 360.419.3640 or 800.584.3578 9am – 12am 7 days/week.

Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
SDVSAS provides emergency and ongoing help to domestic violence and sexual assault victims. In addition, they offer excellent volunteer opportunities with high-quality training.

Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7: 1.800.336.9591
http://www.skagitdvsas.org/

Citizens Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (CADA) is Island County’s domestic violence and sexual assault agency. DADA provides free, confidential assistance for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, rape, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Services include crisis intervention, advocacy-based counseling, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, emergency shelter, support groups, parenting classes and community education and prevention.

CADA 24/7 crisis line: 360.675.CADA(2232)

Alcohol and Drug Helpline 24/7: 1.800.562.1240, Treatment referral line: 206.722.3700

Emergency Shelters:

Northwest Youth Services 360.336.1988 for ages 18-24.

Friendship House 360.336.2418 for women/family or 360.336.6138 for men’s house.   

Counselors can help you with the following:

Personal Counseling  

College can be a difficult transition, but SVC counselors can help you navigate this new journey. SVC counselors offer students of all backgrounds, races, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, ethnicities, and cultures a safe place to discuss and resolve issues that interfere with personal and academic success. Counselors do not diagnose or provide long-term treatment. Counselors do provide referrals to outside therapists if needed.     

Counselors provide the following services:

  • Short-term personal support  
  • Coping strategies 
  • College success skills 
  • Crisis intervention 
  • Referral to community resources 

Note: Links provided are not a substitute for counseling services. Accessing these resources is completely voluntary and the Counseling Center will not collect information about you; therefore, no follow-up is initiated unless you contact the Counseling Center for support. Students with concerns are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a counselor.  

Additional Resources:  
Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Resource Guide: 

Critical Mental Health Resources For College Students- Survey information and websites dealing with college students and mental health issues.
Click here (external link)

Guide to College Student Mental Health – A comprehensive guide to help college students identify, seek treatment, and manage common mental health disorders.
Click here (external link)

 

 

Counseling Services in Skagit County and Island County:

Compass Health- Child & Family Counseling

1005 South 3rd Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

360.419.3600

Compass Health- Individual Adult Counseling

1100 S. 2nd Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

360.419.3500

Consejo Counseling and Referral Service- Bilingual Counseling

1601 E College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

360-763-5595

Didgwalic Wellness Center– Dual diagnosis treatment

8212 S. March Point Road, Anacortes, WA 98221                                                         

360-588-2808

 

Lifeline Connections- 2105 Continental Pl. Ste. A, Mount Vernon, WA 98273           360.399.6900

 

Sea Mar – 2203 Old Highway 99, Mount Vernon, WA 98273                                          360.542.8810

 

Sunrise Services- 2500 East College Way, Mount Vernon WA 98273                          360.336.3762

 

College Counseling Training Clinics:

Antioch University— 2505 3rd Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121

Phone: 206.268.4840     Email: [email protected]

 

Bastyr— 3670 Stone Way North, Seattle, WA 98103

Phone: 206.834.4100

 

Seattle Pacific University— 3307 3rd Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119

Phone: 206.281.2657

 

University of Washington— 3917 University Way NE Suite 140, Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: 206.543.6511

 

Western Washington University—516 High Street, Bellingham WA, 98225

Phone: 360.650.3184

 

Search engines to help you find a private practice counselor/clinic:

Counseling Washington

Psychology Today

Washington Counselors of Color Network 

Inclusive Therapists

Latinx Therapy 

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Resource Directory

Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American (APISAA) Therapist Directory

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network

 

Substance Abuse Resources

Recovery Services: 

The Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery State-Wide Agencies DirectoryClick Here (external link)

The Washington Recovery Help Line is a program of Crisis Connections. They offer an anonymous, confidential 24-hour help line for Washington State residents. This help line is for those experiencing substance use disorder, problem gambling, and/or a mental health challenge.

24/7 Confidential Help Line: 1.866.789.1511

Skagit County’s Opioid Resource Guide: Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery- Click here (external link) 

Drug Watch – Latest information regarding dangerous drugs
Click here (external link)

Recovery Support Groups:

Alcoholics Anonymous: Phone: 360-428-7155 Spanish: 888-860-0281
Website: www.district4aa.weebly.com

Cocaine Anonymous: Phone (425) 244-1150 website: www.caofwa.org

Narcotic Anonymous: Phone (360) 647-3232 Website: www.nwwana.org

Al-anon website with meetings: Click here (external link)

Stress Reduction Coaching

College can be a stressful time for many students who are navigating school with work, athletics, family obligations, relationships, health issues, and more. Sometimes stress can feel overwhelming and impact various aspects of life, and it can be helpful to talk to someone to explore and address the stress. Courtney Putnam is a mental health counseling intern in SVC’s counseling department this year and is available to support you on your stress-management journey. Book an appointment with Courtney who offers holistic, nonjudgmental, and creative approaches to dealing with stress. All appointments are confidential.

Common areas for support:

  • Adjustment to college
  • Stress management
  • College anxieties and pressures
  • Coping with challenging emotions
  • Identity exploration, development, and expression
  • Managing various responsibilities and roles
  • Strengths identification and confidence building
  • Wellness strategies
  • Procrastination and time management

Stress management support sessions can take place on Zoom or in person, Monday – Wednesday between 10 am and 3 pm. Email [email protected] to make an appointment. For more significant mental health support, Courtney may connect you with community resources.

Stress Management Workshops: 

None at this time. Please check back later. 

Online Screening Tools

The online screening tools below is designed to give you a general overview of your mental health condition. Accessing this resource is completely voluntary and the Counseling Services will not collect information about you; therefore, no follow-up is initiated unless you contact Counseling Services for support. Online screening tools do not substitute for counseling services or replace your mental health clinician. 

For online screening tools Click here (external link)

Weekly Meditation

South Asian Student Club Meditation

We now have ample medical research on the wide-ranging health benefits of meditation. Every Sunday (throughout the year) the South Asian Club hosts a guided meditation followed by a short presentation on an aspect of Indian culture or ancient wisdom. 

WHERE: Zoom (Click Here)

WHEN: Every Sunday (even during holidays and over the breaks)

WHAT: Guided meditation & short information session

TIME: 10 am – 11am 

We look forward to seeing you at our weekly meditation!

Self-Help and Information Resources

Note: These informational and self-help resources are not a substitute for counseling services. 

Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-TALK (8255) – hotline and online resource center

 

The Trevor Project – Crisis and Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ youth

National Hopeline Network – 800-422-HOPE (4673) or 800-799-4889 (TTY – hearing and speech impaired) – hotline and online resource center

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Information on suicide and support for survivors of suicide

General Mental Health Topics
Anxiety and Depression
LGBTQ
Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness
Self-Injury
Sleep
Test/Exam Anxiety
Veterans

Make an Appointment

To setup an appointment for counseling or advising, please contact either the Mount Vernon or Whidbey Island Campuses.

Mount Vernon Campus
Phone: (360) 416-7654
Fax: (360) 416-7676
[email protected]

Whidbey Island Campus
Phone: (360) 679-5319

Advising Tools & Resources

New and returning students are encouraged to use the Online Student Toolbox to access registration functions, personal academic information, and other advising tools.

View Online Advising Toolbox

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