FAQs

 

Do I need an appointment to be seen by a counselor?

Generally, yes. Exceptions are made in the event of an emergency if counselors have time slots available. If you have an immediate health-related emergency outside of the Counseling Center’s regular business hours please call 911 or Campus Safety at 425-564-2400. You may also contact the Crisis Clinic’s 24-hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments can be made by calling 425-564-2212. You may also come to the B-Building and schedule an appointment in person at the Counseling/Advising front desk.

Do I need to be a student to see a Counselor?

You do not need to be a student for an initial appointment. For subsequent appointments you must be enrolled as a current BC student.

What types of counseling services are available?

Counseling services are divided into three main areas: Academic, Career, and Personal counseling.

What does the initial session look like?

Appointments are generally 30-50 minutes in length depending on the presenting issue and type of service required. At the first intake meeting your counselor will provide an assessment of your needs and current functioning and/or crisis management.

It’s normal to feel anxious during the first counseling session. BC counselors are here to listen in a non-judgmental and empathetic way, while also assisting you in moving towards your goals. During the first session your counselor may begin by asking you a few questions about yourself and what brought you to the Counseling Center. You will then work together with your counselor in creating a treatment plan. It’s important to understand that each BC counselor has their own unique style and approach so sessions may look and feel different from person to person.

Confidentiality is an important aspect of counseling. Most of the information that is shared with a counselor is confidential unless written permission is obtained. Consistent with professional ethics and legal requirements placed on all counselors, there are special circumstances by law under which the agreement of confidentiality may be broken. Counselors may also consult with other counselors within the Counseling Center about your case and make appropriate referrals when necessary. Consulting counselors are also required to maintain confidentiality about all information shared. When you first meet with your counselor he or she will review the Informed Consent agreement that explains confidentiality and other aspects of counseling in detail.

How many times can I see a counselor?

Bellevue College offers short term counseling to registered BC students. Personal counseling sessions are typically 50 minutes in length and academic counseling sessions are typically 30 minutes in length. Every registered student is eligible to receive 6 sessions per academic year. Your counselor will also refer you to appropriate community resources, including resources that offer payment on a sliding scale.

Do you offer couples counseling?

Yes; some counselors at BC offer short-term couples counseling as long as one individual is enrolled as a BC student. Counselors may also provide couples with referrals to other therapists in the area who are better able to provide long term couples counseling. If you are specifically interested in couples counseling please check out our staff bios to choose a counselor that best suits your needs. Please email that counselor to make an appointment for you and your partner.

What if I received a notice stating that I’m on academic probation?

Read the notice carefully and follow the directions on the document. You will need to complete the steps on the form and meet with a faculty counselor to discuss an academic success plan. If you have urgent questions regarding your academic probation you may contact your assigned counselor who is listed on your academic probation notice or call 425-564-2212. If you are a student on academic probation or have been dismissed, please click on the “Forms” tab on the navigation bar.

What are your hours?

Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call 425-564-2212 to schedule your appointment.

Where are you located?

We are located on the second floor of the Student Services Building (B-Building), B234, above the college bookstore.

What kind of training do BC counselors have?

The counselors at BC are either Master’s or Doctoral prepared professionals. Many are Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Psychologists, or are currently working towards their license. They are excited to work with you and assist you with your personal, academic, and career concerns. If you would like to learn more about the individual training and experience of each counselor, please check out their staff bios.

Can I choose my counselor?

You may read about the BC counseling staff before making your initial appointment. When you schedule an appointment with the front desk you may request this counselor or you may also make a specific request such as requesting a male or female counselor. Keep in mind that specific requests may limit availability. If you do not have a specific preference, you will be scheduled with the next available counselor.

I need help right away. What do I do?

If you have a situation where you are unable to wait for your next available appointment or if you have an immediate health-related emergency outside of the Counseling Center’s regular business hours please call 911 or Campus Safety at 425-564-2400. You may also contact the Crisis Clinic’s 24-hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.

How do I forward my BC email to my personal email account?

It is the expectation that you check your BC email account regularly. For directions on how to forward your email, please click here.