Counseling

At WWCC, we are committed to providing a safe, healthy campus environment where students can grow, thrive and learn. As counselors, we are your partners in promoting emotional wellbeing for students, staff and faculty.

Counselors hold master’s degrees in counseling psychology and either licensed or certified by state or national boards.

The counseling service is confidential* and free to all enrolled students. Counselors provide welcoming, affirming and culturally-sensitive support to help students succeed in their college experience.

Counselors provide a number of services to students, staff and faculty including:
  • Personal counseling and therapeutic check-in’s
  • Crisis intervention
  • Skill-building for academic and career success
  • Outreach and consultation services for staff and faculty
  • Assessment and coordinated responses to concerning or urgent situations
  • Workshops, presentations and activities on mental health – related topics
  • Liaising with community services
Counseling Services on the Walla Walla Campus

The Counseling Service offers two formal levels of service. You and the counselor will assess needs during the first session to determine the best fit.

  • Short-term Counseling: enrolled students can access up to 6 sessions per academic year, and are scheduled for 50 minutes.
  • Therapeutic Check-in’s:  Students with chronic, acute mental health difficulties are offered Therapeutic Check-in appointments. It is the expectation that students with significant mental health issues are receiving specialized mental health services in the community. Check-in appointments focus on school performance and address barriers to success as it relates to the student’s emotional and mental health. Appointments are up to 30 minutes. The number of appointments needed is discussed and agreed upon by the counselor and student, but typically falls within 15-20 appointments over the course of an academic year.

Additionally, counselors provide short-term crisis intervention for students suffering from acute emotional distress. Students are supported, assessed as needed and appropriate referrals arranged.

Students concerned about their immediate safety to self or others should call 911 or the Walla Walla Crisis Center at 509.524.2999.

Counseling services do not include providing diagnosis for the purposes of treatment, insurance reimbursement, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) documentation, or the courts.

*Confidentiality

Counselors practice under professional standards that prohibit the disclosure of any information that students tell them during a counseling session, except by a release from the student or under specific circumstances. Exclusions may include: risk of harm to self or others; abuse of a minor, elder or vulnerable adult or other circumstances required by law. Counselors will review confidentiality and exclusions with you.

Make An Appointment

Walla Walla Campus: We are located in the Advising and Counseling Center in the Main Building. You may stop by the front desk to make an appointment or call 509.527.4262.

Clarkston Campus: Emma Carpenter is located in Office 119 and can be reached at 509.758.1713 or [email protected]

Crisis

If you or someone you are worried about are in severe crisis or there is an immediate safety issue, please call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone.)

Walla Walla Campus:

If you experience an urgent mental health difficulty, please come to the Advising and Counseling Center and request to see a counselor. Our hours are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

You may also wish to consider:

The Walla Walla County Crisis Response Unit is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 509.524.2999.

Your local doctor may also have urgent appointments.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1.800.273.TALK (8255).

Clarkston Campus:

If you or someone you are worried about are in severe crisis or there is an immediate safety issue, please call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone.)

The YWCA of Lewiston, ID- Clarkston, WA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 208.746.9655 or toll-free 800.669.3176

Emma Carpenter

Office: 119
509.758.1713
[email protected]

Resources

Please note: Some of the resources listed below are NOT a service of WWCC nor do they represent the views of Counseling Service, Advising & Counseling Center, or WWCC.

ULifeline

Information for college students about mental health issue, including a self-evaluation tool.

Mental Health Screening Tools

Free online screening tools for a variety of mental health issues.

Washington Recovery Helpline

Information and referral to mental health issues.

HelpGuide

Information and resources about many topics in mental health including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm and trauma.

Trevor Project Lifeline

LGBTQI hotline, providing support and resources for LGBTQI persons.

RAINN

Providing information and resources for victims of sexual assault.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

Locating treatment program for mental health issues nationally.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Self-help group for those who want to stop drinking alcohol.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Self-help group for those who want to stop using drugs.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Information and support regarding living with mental illness.

HealthCare.gov

Information on obtaining government assistance with health care.

Disability.gov

Information and referrals for those with disabilities.

Alliance of Military and Veteran Family Behavioral Health Providers

Assistance for veterans dealing with mental health issues.

HELPLINE Walla Walla

Resource for those who are homeless or living in poverty. Includes access to housing, food banks and other assistance.

YWCA

Assistance for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

Child Protective Services

1.866.ENDHARM

Childcare Information and Referral Line

1.800.633.3183

Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline

1.800.562.6025

HIV/AIDS Hotlines

1.800.342.AIDS (national); 1.800.272.AIDS (state)

Non-Profit Consumer Credit Counseling

1.800.634.2227

Faculty Resources

Faculty and staff have the opportunity to work with students closely, and are often the first to notice when something is not quite right. Here is some information that will help you support a student in distress. While students can be greatly supported by helpful relationships with WWCC employees, sometimes it is best to refer the student to a professional counselor. You are welcome to call the Advising and Counseling Center at 527.4262 and request to speak to a counselor for a consultation, or refer the student to our service.

In Clarkston, call Emma Carpenter at 509.758.1713.

Walla Walla Campus

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Caley Moyer

Office: 133G
509.527.4262
[email protected]

Clarkston Campus

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Emma Carpenter

Office: 119
509.758.1713
[email protected]