Counseling Center

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

Counseling is provided by a Master’s level licensed mental health professional who is trained to listen and support you. While some people who see a counselor have chronic emotional difficulties, most are dealing with typical life changes. Your counselor’s job is to listen without judging, and to work with you to find different options. Bates is committed to supporting all students in reaching their academic and personal goals. Some of the issues people seek counseling for include stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger, abuse, relationship issues, handling a crisis, substance abuse, and self-esteem. Confidentiality is an important part of counseling. We want you to feel safe to speak freely without worrying about your private information being repeated. Your counselor will not disclose anything you say (even to other Bates faculty and staff) except for a few safety related limitations that she will explain the first time you meet.

How do I make an appointment to see the counselor?

Fill out and submit the form below and the counselor will contact you

Call 253-680-7006

Email dshepard@batestech.edu

Where are you located? What are your hours?

Downtown Campus Office A205b   Call: 253-680-7006
Central Campus Office B202 (2nd floor) Campus Contact: Ruriko Holloman 253-680-7603
South Campus Office A104e Call 253-680-7440

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for currently enrolled students.

Who can see the counselor?

All currently enrolled Bates students. 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?

You are always welcome to stop by the front desk at the South and Downtown campuses to see if the counselor is available for drop-in help. If it’s an emergency, please call 911 or the Pierce County Crisis Line at 800-576-7764.

Bates Technical College offers classes in multiple formats. Lectures are remote and labs are on campus with reduced size, using strict safety precautions. We aim to provide a complete educational experience while prioritizing the safety of all students and employees. Learn how we keep students and employees healthy and safe on our COVID-19 resource page.