Offices & Services

Health & Counseling Services

Counseling Center

College life can be one of excitement and self-discovery.  At the same time, it can generate academic, emotional, personal, social, and even financial concerns.  Although not uncommon, at times these concerns can make it difficult to succeed or function while at school. Counseling is an excellent way to address such concerns.

Counseling provides a safe and structured environment in which students can explore various aspects of their emerging adult lives - independence, values, personal goals, intimacy and friendship.

Our professionally trained counselors work with students whose concerns range from the every day challenges of college life to more disruptive psychological issues. Students wondering whether their concerns are appropriate to bring to the Center are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to talk with one of our staff.

Common concerns include:

  • Adjustment issues
  • Difficulty coping with emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger)
  • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
  • Health-related concerns (sexuality, alcohol, problems with eating or sleeping)
  • Concerns about academic issues (e.g., poor motivation, concentration problems, test anxiety)
  • Stressful/traumatic experiences (e.g., financial/legal problems, conflicts among roommates, friends, or family members, death of friend/family members).
  • For over 90% of the students we see, their personal problems have at least a moderate impact on their studies, even when academic concerns are not the main issue for which they sought help.
Therapy/Counseling Misperceptions 
Counseling is only for people who have severe emotional problems.
Yes, counseling can help people with severe emotional problems. However, students seek counseling for a broad range of issues that may include personal development, stress management, or life circumstance problems.
Someone will find out.
All counseling services are confidential.  The Counseling Center will not release information about students to family members, potential employers, or government agencies without a student’s written permission except where required by law, to protect the student or others from physical danger, or upon court order. No record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational, or job placement file.
My problems are too small/big for the counselor to help me.
The counselor is sensitive to the fact that any problem you are experiencing is important to you and is subjectively distressing to you. Depending on the type or severity of the problem, counseling can be very brief or take place over a period of time.
Only weak people need counseling.
There is nothing weak about participating in counseling. In fact, entering counseling can be the first step in confronting and solving difficulties, which is, in fact, a courageous thing to do. 
The counselor can’t understand you unless she/he has had similar experiences or is from the same background.
Counselors are trained to be sensitive to and respectful and valuing of diversity including individual differences related to gender, race/ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Your counselor may not have had the same experiences as you, but will be compassionate, respectful, and unconditionally supportive.
Scope of Services
Washington College’s Counseling Center is structured to provide short term counseling. The duration of treatment varies according to students’ needs, but counselors work to provide relatively brief treatment in order to facilitate adjustment, successful functioning, problem resolution, and symptom relief as soon as possible. A short-term approach also enables the Center to offer services to as many students as possible. All services are provided without charge to students and are confidential. All information remains in the Center and is not shared with parents, faculty or other staff of the College without written permission from the student.
Group Counseling Proves Highly Successful
Research and our own experience reveals the power of group counseling in addressing many of the most common core themes and clinical concerns found in a college setting. Throughout the academic year, you will receive announcements about new groups that are forming. If you have an idea for a particular group, please feel free to let us know!
Consultation Services 
Faculty, staff and family members are often in a unique position to assist students in distress. Unfortunately, many students fail to get the professional help they need. The Counseling Center staff welcomes the opportunity to consult with families or members of the campus community to assist you in your work and interactions with students.
Emergency Services
The Counseling Center is available to respond to crises and critical incidents affecting the Washington College community. Some examples of emergencies include, but are not limited to the following:
  • when students are thinking about harming themselves or others,
  • when students feel unable to function,
  • when students have experienced a traumatic event, or
  • when members of the campus community are seriously concerned about a student’s welfare or safety.

If the emergency is life-threatening, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

During Business Hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Call 410-778-7261 or come to the Counseling Center at 300 Washington Avenue, in Queen Anne and let the receptionist know this is an emergency. Do not use email in an emergency situation. If you or someone else is in physical danger, call Public Safety at 410-778-7810.