General Information

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

To schedule an appointment with a counseling faculty member

The Counseling front office (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) is located in Student Success Services, north end, second floor of the College Center Building (CC2345). Or, you may call (206) 934-3676. If a counselor is not immediately available, office staff will schedule the earliest appointment convenient for you.

What are North counselors trained to do?

Counselors at NSC 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
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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?

Counseling services are not available evenings, weekends, quarter breaks and during Summer quarter. Please refer students to Community Resources or by copying and pasting this link: https://northseattle.edu/counseling/community-resources.

Guest Teaching & Student Referral

Counseling faculty members offer workshops and collaborative guest-teaching on topics that include: identifying career interests and academic majors, stress management, time management, study skills, and writing about cultural identity.  Counselors consult with North employees who want to facilitate student referrals or discuss ways to be helpful to students exhibiting distress.