Counseling Center

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What is counseling? Why should I meet with a counselor?

While some people who see a counselor have chronic emotional difficulties, most are dealing with typical life changes. Some of the reasons people seek counseling include stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger, abuse, relationship issues, handling a crisis, substance abuse, and self-esteem.

Bates is committed to supporting all students in reaching their academic and personal goals and recognizes that counseling may be helpful in the process. Sessions are provided by a Master Degree-level licensed mental health professional. Your counselor’s role is to listen without judgment, to guide and to assist with exploring available options.

Confidentiality is an important part of counseling, and your personal information will not be disclosed without a written consent signed by you. By law there are safety limitations that may warrant disclosure without consent, which will be explained during the initial intake process.

How do I make an appointment to see the counselor?

Complete and submit the form below and the counselor will contact you.

Where are you located? What are your hours?

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – Noon (see specifics below)

  • South Campus, Room A104E
    • Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Central Campus, Room B202
    • Wednesdays
  • Downtown Campus, Room A205B
    • Thursdays

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for currently enrolled students.

Who can see the counselor?

All currently-enrolled Bates students can schedule an appointment. Consultation and referrals are also available to faculty and staff who are dealing with student-related mental health concerns.

What if I need help right away?

Please call 253.680.7006 or email dshepard@batestech.edu for an appointment based on the counselor’s availability.

If this is an emergency, please call 9-1-1, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 9-8-8 or the Pierce County Crisis Line at 800.576.7764.

Additional Resources 

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