Student Counseling Center
The Student Counseling Center is an on-campus resource that provides counseling to the students at UW Tacoma.
It is common for students to experience times when they feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family, and relationships. The Student Counseling Center is here to help students cope with stresses and personal issues that can interfere with their ability to perform in school.
In general, we provide short-term, problem-focused counseling, aimed at building better skills and exploring alternative ways of coping.
Specifically, the Student Counseling Center provides individual, couple, and group counseling, educational workshops and classroom presentations, support groups, consultation with students, faculty, and staff, and referrals, when appropriate, to community mental health and social service providers.
Mission: to improve the mental health and well-being of our campus community. In the effort to provide a positive learning experience, we help students address issues of stress as well as helping them to focus on personal and academic goals, thereby contributing to improved motivation, performance and success.
Values: Our services are guided by our respect for individuals and their culture and by our commitment to confidential and professional excellence. The Student Counseling Center (SCC) is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of openness and trust. We encourage the free exploration and discussion of attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors that are similar to and different from those of other people. The UW Tacoma SCC is a Safe Zone for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Students. SCC Staff is dedicated to the promotion of respect for all persons, and to providing culturally relevant psychological services.
The Center consults and collaborates with faculty, staff, administration and other university departments to promote student development, build community and enhance the quality of university life. The Center employs evaluation and research to develop more effective services for students, to contribute to our profession, and to create new knowledge.
Location: The Counseling Center is located in MAT 253.
Meet our staff: The Center is staffed by professional psychologists and Pre-Doctoral Interns.
- Dr. Jeri Carter, Director and Psychologist
- Dr. Nancy Cook , Staff Psychologist
- Dr. Sean Kitaoka, Staff Psychologist
- Kaelyn Langer, M.A., Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern
- Laura Penalver-Vargas, M.A., Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern
Fees: There is no fee charged for Student Counseling Center services for all enrolled UW Tacoma students.
Hours of Operation: Hours of operation are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday - Friday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 pm by appointment only.