Counseling FAQ

NSC counseling faculty help students learn skills to succeed in college such as:

  • Identifying Career Interests & Academic Programs and Majors
  • Strengthening Study Skills (helping with procrastination, concentration, memory, time-management, test-taking skills)
  • Managing Stressful Situations & Locating Resources  

What are North counselors trained to do? 
 Counselors at North Seattle College are faculty members holding masters and doctorate degrees specializing in short-term counseling of college and university students.  North’s counselors use theoretical and research-based approaches such as career counseling, learning-theory, cognitive neurobiology, life-span developmental counseling, multi-cultural counseling, crisis counseling and other generalist approaches found to be effective in helping students achieve success and satisfaction in college. As faculty members, counselors design and teach Human Development courses (HDC), provide educational outreach and collaborate with campus employees on: advancing student success, excelling in teaching and learning and building community.

Call 911 in life threatening situations.  Students in need of immediate support or intervention should contact the King County Crisis Line (206)461-3222, toll free (866) 427-4747, TTY (206) 461-3219.

What types of situations do North students discuss in counseling?
Students work with counselors in short-term formats to learn skills for success in college.  Their concerns may include but are not limited to:

  • • academic performance concerns such as procrastination, difficulty concentrating, wanting to improve organization, memory, or test-taking
  • • time-management/task-management
  • • self-confidence
  • • undecided major/ unclear academic or career goals
  • • worry
  • • sadness
  • • discrimination
  • • crisis  intervention and referral
  • • identifying community resources

Do North counselors provide assessment, diagnoses or treatment for mental disorders/ ongoing psychiatric conditions?
North counselors are not qualified to assess, diagnose or treat medical conditions such as mental/psychiatric disorders.  North counselors help students discuss their concerns and assist students seeking referral resources suited to their goals.

What if a student needs services not offered by the college or is in need of assistance after work hours, during academic break periods and/or during the summer quarter? 
Please refer students to community resources such as the following:

Community Resources

In life threatening situations call 911.

King County Crisis 24 hour Crisis Line 206 461-3222, toll free 866-4 CRISIS (427-4747), TTY 206 461-3219

King County Community Referral Resourses: telephone  2-1-1 or click

On Campus/OCEE Social Services:

On campus/OCEE public health nurse:

On campus/OCEE Assistance Finding Affordable Healthcare Insurance: https://resources,

Public Health Care sites:

Public Mental Health Care sites: