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’s 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?

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

Call 253-680-7006


Where are you located? What are your hours?

Typically the following information is the general schedule to set an appointment, however due to COVID 19 restrictions, all services are being offered virtually.

Downtown Campus Office A205b   Call: 253-680-7006  – M, T, F – 9:00 – 12:00
Central Campus Office B202  Campus Contact: Ruriko Holloman 253-680-7603  W – 9:00 -12:00
South Campus Office A104e Call 253-680-7440  TH – 9:00 – 12:00

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?

During COVID 19 restrictions you can call (253)690-7006 or email for an appointment based on the counselor’s availability.

If it’s an emergency, please call 911 or the Pierce County Crisis Line at 800-576-7764.

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