Services

The Bellevue College Counseling Center provides the following services:

Bellevue College Faculty Counselors provide an affirmative and confidential environment that allows students to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with a professional counselor. We are committed to supporting all students reach their academic and personal goals and are committed to advocating for the holistic health of all BC students. We work with each student using cultural sensitivity and competence, and advocate for students to take empowered steps towards positive self-growth and academic success.

The BC  Faculty Counselors are Masters-level counselors, licensed mental health counselors, psychologists, and graduate trainees and our services are provided free of charge to all BC students. We do not offer counseling services for BC employees, but we can provide work-related consultations and referrals. Appointments are 50 minutes in length. At the first intake meeting we will provide an assessment of your needs. You and your counselor will collaboratively decide on the best course of action depending on your needs and the counselor’s professional judgment.

Some of the issues that students seek counseling for include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger
  • Abuse (physical, emotional and psychological)
  • Cultural conflicts
  • Relationship issues
  • Life transitions
  • Handling a crisis
  • Substance Abuse
  • Self-Esteem

Referrals

Our counselors can recommend and refer you to community resources should your concerns require long term or specialized care. Please also check out the resource link on the navigation bar for additional information. If this is an immediate health-related emergency, please call 911 or Campus Safety at 425-466-9365.  If this is a mental-health crisis, call the Crisis Clinic 24-hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.


What does a Career Counselor Do?

Choosing the right career can be a very challenging life decision and it is completely normal to not have a clear career choice right away. We can help guide you in choosing a new career by helping you explore the following:

  • Self-awareness
  • Values
  • The world of work
  • Academic and career goal setting
  • Skills for career achievement
  • Career Exploration

We can also refer to career assessment tools like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, as well as refer you to Career Planning Classes (HD 173 – Career Exploration) and workshops.


Faculty Counselors provide academic counseling to students who are exploring majors and are undecided about their academic path. Choosing classes and choosing a major are difficult tasks! BC counselors can help you explore possible majors and degree plans and also help you select classes for these possible career paths. It is our hope to empower you to reach your educational potential while also utilizing all that BC has to offer.

We can help you gain a clear understanding of your academic plans and goals by helping you explore the following:

  • Educational planning (choosing classes)
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Study strategies such as reading textbooks and preparing for an exam
  • Time management skills
  • Test taking or performance anxiety
  • Choosing a College Major

What is Group Counseling?

Group counseling is a form of therapy, which posits that people benefit from sharing their experiences with others in a safe and supportive group format. Typically, group counseling focuses on a particular issue such as anxiety, depression, identity development, etc. One of the main ideas behind group counseling is the belief that dealing with specific issues by yourself can be a challenge. Sharing your experiences with others in a safe and confidential setting with people facing similar issues can help normalize your experience and breakdown the sense that you are alone. Knowing that others have similar problems can help reinforce the idea that challenges are not singular to one person and that the sharing of common experiences can be comforting and empowering.

At Bellevue College we provide group counseling to students in a confidential setting facilitated by trained counselors. While the counselor facilitates the group, it is the contributions from other group members that are a valuable part of the group experience.

WHAT: A confidential support and psychoeducational group for students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, Transgender, or any other personally meaningful term. Topics of discussions will be student-driven and may vary. Possible topics may include: coming out, relationships, sexual orientation and gender identity development, intersecting identities (e.g. race, religion and ability), staying safe and healthy, as well as support for living within a heterosexist and sexist culture.

HOW: If you are interested in participating in this group, you must meet with one of the group facilitators before joining. Please schedule a pre-group meeting by emailing: counseling@bellevuecollege.edu.

WHEN: Wednesdays from October 20th – December 15th

TIME: 3:00-4:00pm

LOCATION: Online

FACILITATOR(S): Steven Martel, Psy.D. steven.martel@bellevuecollege.edu and Bryan Brown, M.A. ba.brown@bellevuecollege.edu



WHAT: This is a psychoeducational group for students to learn and practice mindfulness techniques to help manage daily stress. Mindfulness is the awareness of the present moment and the open, non-judgmental, and accepting attitude toward our experience. Students will learn ways to practice mindfulness informally  (e.g., mindful eating, mindful walking) and formally (e.g., short sitting meditation) in our group. They will also have the chance to exchange their experiences of practice these techniques and help one another improving them.

HOW: If you are interested in participating in this group, you must meet with the group facilitator or any of the counselors before joining the group. Please schedule a pre-group meeting by calling (425) 564-5747 or emailing: counseling@bellevuecollege.edu.

WHEN: Wednesdays starting October 13th

TIME: 12:30-1:20pm

LOCATION: Online

FACILITATORS: Yu-ting Su: yu-ting.su@bellevuecollege.edu



WHAT: Join us in a safe space for student who identify as women, to share and support each other’s growth. Out intention is to create deeper connections and a stronger sense of belonging in our community.

HOW: If you are interested in participating in this group, you must meet with the group facilitator or any of the counselors before joining the group. Please schedule a pre-group meeting by calling (425) 564-5747.

WHEN: TBA

TIME: TBA

LOCATION: To be announced after pre-group meeting.

FACILITATORS: Ana Bravo, MA: ana.bravo@bellevuecollege.edu


College can be stressful. At the BC Counseling Center, we recognize that students face a number of potential stressors during their college years, both on- and off-campus. Taking care of yourself, emotionally as well as physically, is a key component to a successful college experience. Sometimes unexpected circumstances, changes in your emotional or physical health, and family crises, for example, can negatively effect your ability to be successful. At times like these, we strongly encourage you to contact us for counseling services to support you through the crisis and help you get back on track academically. The sooner you get help, the better the chances of preventing further problems such as failing grades, academic probation or dismissal, loss of financial aid, or loss of a student visa.

If you are experiencing a mental health concern, the Counseling Center may be able to write letters of support for the following:

  • Medical Reduced Course Load (International Students)
  • Medical Withdrawal and Refund (Domestic Students)
  • Medical Documentation for Educational Accommodations – Disability Resource Center (All Students)
  • Loss/Cancellation of Financial Aid (Domestic Students)
  • Credit Restriction or Academic Dismissal (Domestic Students)

The Counseling Center is unable to write letters for the following:

  • Emotional Support Animals

If you are an enrolled student at BC, a counselor may provide such a letter for you. See below to determine if a counselor is the best choice to assist you with a support letter:

  • If you have past experience working with an off-campus mental health provider or medical provider, then that person may be your best choice for a support letter, since they will already have knowledge about your situation prior to and leading up to your request for a medical withdrawal.
  • If you have a current of past experience working with a BC counselor, then that person may be able to assist you with a support letter.
  • If you have not had any experience working with a mental health professional, you can choose a private provider in the community or see a BC counselor about your interest in a support letter.

Please Note:

  • Plan accordingly when meeting with a BC counselor since it can take several sessions for the counselor to determine if you meet the criteria for a support letter.
  • Meeting with a BC counselor does not guarantee that you will qualify for a letter of support.
  • Obtaining a support letter from a BC counselor is not a guarantee that your request will be granted by the office requesting the letter. 

The Bellevue College Counseling Center offers the following support services for staff and faculty:

Meet with a Faculty Counselor for support on:

  • Recognizing signs / symptoms of mental health distress / crisis
  • How to talk to a student about their mental health concerns
  • How to refer a student to the Counseling Center
  • Other related topics

Invite a Faculty Counselor to present to your class or other student group.

  • Presentation topics may include the following:
    • Counseling Center Services
    • Stress Management
    • Academic Success Strategies (e.g. Test Anxiety, Study Skills, etc.)
    • Mindfulness / Meditation
  • Schedule a student presentation online via the Workshop Request

Invite a Faculty Counselor to present a workshop for staff / faculty professional development.

  • Presentation topics may include the following:
    • Counseling Center Services
    • Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress (Suicide Prevention and Intervention)
    • Ask us about other topics!
  • Schedule a staff / faculty workshop / presentation online via the Workshop Request

We all experience stress, anxiety, sadness, and other struggles in our lives. Make use of the following resources to support your mental health.

Last Updated October 11, 2021