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Counseling Services

Counseling Clinic

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Welcome to the Student Counseling Services!

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Licensed counselors, psychologists and doctoral interns provide CWU students with counseling and mental health services. Please read about our brief therapy format for providing counseling services to CWU students.

Find our Release of Information and other forms here

Crisis Information

No matter what problems you are struggling with, there are people who can help!
The CWU counseling clinic is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.  We are closed university holidays and have reduced hours during breaks.
24/7/365 mental health support can be accessed through CWU's TalkNow service at no additional cost to enrolled students.  Visit WildcatCARE365 to learn more.  Register with your CWU email to access TalkNow and other virtual medical and mental health services.
Below is the counseling clinics contact information:
CWU Student Counseling Clinic
400 E. University Way
Black Hall, Suite 225
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7585
Phone: (509) 963-1391

Here are the available crisis lines you can call if the counseling clinic is not open:
TimelyCare TalkNow (24/7 video chat with a counselor)
Download the TimelyCare app and register with your CWU credentials
Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health:
Ellensburg - (509) 925-4168
Cle Elum - (509) 674-2881
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Other Mental Health Support Options:
Text Crisis Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 (staffed by trained volunteers)
Text Crisis Line: Text “STEVE” to 74174 (staffed by volunteers specifically trained to be sensitive to students of color and their unique concerns)
Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 (LGBTIQ+ crisis line)
Trans Crisis Line: 877-565-8860 (7a-1p Pacific Time)
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 and Press “1” or send text to 838255
Lifeline: 800-799-4889 (TTY or text)
En Español 888-628-9454
Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (with interpreters if needed)

Services Provided

Counseling services are provided without charge.  Appointments are recommended. 

Crisis situations will be addressed immediately.

Individual counseling:

  • For mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, difficulties with adjusting, homesickness, academic problems, rape, trauma, and relationships.

Group sessions: 

  • To address issues such as anxiety, depression, body image, bipolar disorder and relationships.

ADHD Testing/Assessment:

  • For students who are experiencing difficulties with attention and concentration which significantly interfere with their academic, occupational, and social success, the Counseling Clinic offers ADHD assessment. To initiate the assessment process, you must visit the Counseling Clinic and pick up an ‘ADHD Intake Packet’. You must complete and return the packet to be placed on the waitlist. Space is limited and assessments are conducted on a first come, first serve basis.

*If unable to pick up a packet by visiting the clinic please call (509) 963-1391 and request that a packet be mailed to you.

Workshops and presentations:

  • For classes, residence halls, conferences, and community organizations.

Consultations Services:

  • With residence hall staff, CWU faculty and staff, and occasional community members.

Screening Tools

If you have concerns that you might be experiencing symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety or other mental health disorders, there are some brief screening tools available to help you figure it out. If, after taking the assessment, you feel that it might be helpful to talk with a counselor, please call the Counseling Clinic (509-963-1391)

Pathways: An Introductory Counseling Seminar

Learn about our PATHWAY SEMINARS!

Confidentiality and Privacy 

All information discussed during therapy sessions is confidential. Information will only be released when you specifically grant permission or when required by law.

In the event that the therapist determines that you may be seriously harmful to yourself or harmful to others or, if you confide that someone under the age of 18 years or a dependent is the victim of neglect, physical or sexual abuse, or elder abuse is reported, the therapist is required by law to report to third parties as necessary to prevent harm to you or others.

If you are under the age of 18 you are legally considered a minor and we cannot guarantee confidentially from your parents/guardians.  If this pertains to you, please let the clinic know when you call and make an appointment so that we can discuss this with you personally.

If you have questions or concerns in this area please call: Cindy Bruns, Ph.D., Director of Counseling at 963-1391.


Why Students Seek Counseling

There are many reasons why students seek counseling.  Here are some common presenting concerns for students:

  • Depression/Sadness
  • Anxiety 
  • Grief/Loss
  • Adjustments to New Situations
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Anger
  • Addictions
  • Academic Problems
  • Trauma
  • Homesickness
  • Challenges with Family
  • Career Decisions
  • Stress Management
  • Phobias
  • Eating Disorders
  • Attentional/Focus Difficulties


Scheduling an Appointment

To schedule your first appointment for an 'Initial Consultation' you can call us at 963-1391. If you are new to our clinic please plan on being here at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment to complete the paperwork.


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