Welcome to Counseling Services! We are here to help you solve problems
and feel good. 

We primarily serve WSU Spokane students, as well as faculty and staff. Payment of the student health fee covers our services, so there is no additional cost.


Positive solutions exist for every crisis. Professional consultation can help you get quickly on the road to resolving your issues.

Seeking assistance is the best thing to do right now.

If you have thought of harming yourself or committing suicide, or if you are concerned about losing control, professional consultation can help you manage your thoughts and feelings so that you and others are safe.

Counseling Services handles all crises confidentially and with sensitivity.

Crisis consultation 


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment
  • All year, except university holidays

A staff member will contact the psychologist, who will arrange to meet with you or will return your call as quickly as possible.


  • 24 hours, seven days a week
  • The Spokane City crisis line also offers information, assistance, and referral.

509-624-7273 (RAPE)

  • 24 hours, seven days a week
  • Spokane Sexual Assault Center: A 24-hour rape crisis line.


The best thing to do is to consult with Counseling Services (509-358-7740).

Professional consultation will help you determine how you can best help the person you are concerned about. Often, your referral will result in a consultation appointment with our professional counseling staff.

It is a policy of Counseling Services to respond as quickly as possible to crisis calls regarding students, faculty, and staff. Your call to the above number will be answered by a trained staff member who will then have counseling staff contact you to discuss your concerns.

Crisis consultation


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment
  • All year, except university holidays

A staff member will contact the psychologist, who will arrange to meet with you or will return your call as quickly as possible.


  • 24 hours, seven days a week
  • The Spokane City crisis line also offers information, assistance, and referral.

509-624-7273 (RAPE)

  • 24 hours, seven days a week
  • Spokane Sexual Assault Center: A 24-hour rape crisis line.


Individual counseling

Offered to students who wish to discuss personal concerns, such as academic stress, adjustment to college life, relationship problems, career decisions, depression, or anxiety. We also provide consultation regarding alcohol and drug use, problematic eating and food issues, and physical or sexual abuse.

Marital and couples counseling

Offered to partners experiencing difficulties and desiring to improve the quality of their relationship. Anger management, domestic violence prevention, and personal safety issues can also be addressed.

Psychological testing

Counseling Services offers individual psychological testing on a limited basis, usually to assess career interests or personal issues. Testing is performed in conjunction with an established counseling relationship with professional staff.

Call Student Affairs at 509-358-7978 for information about educational placement (e.g., GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL).

Workshops and group counseling

We offer a variety of one-hour workshops each academic year that address personal growth, academic success strategies, and related matters. At times, we also offer group counseling for specific topics such as men's concerns or coping with food and weight issues.


Counseling Services exists as a campus resource to assist with psychological issues and interpersonal or group dynamics.

Call 509-358-7533 (confidential voice mail); if there is no answer and you need immediate assistance, call 509-358-7740.

Note: Please do not use e-mail—it is not confidential—to communicate concerns about students or anyone else. Please use voice mail.

Consultation regarding students

A service to identify strategies that may help students who have developed personal or academic problems affecting their overall performance.

Workshops and class presentations

  • Counseling Services offers expertise in a variety of areas, including professional communication, organizational behavior, career planning, job searches, and assertiveness.
  • Material in these areas can be presented to students in stand-alone workshops, classroom guest presentations, lectures, or co-instruction using mini-modules within a particular course.
  • To discuss possible collaborative projects, contact Jack Severinghaus at 509-358-7533 or severing@wsu.edu. You may also make special arrangements for consultation with departments.


The psychological testing program at Counseling Services offers formal testing and assessment for the following issues:

  • learning disabilities (LD)
  • attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) & attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • career interests

More limited resources are available for assessment of personality and specific psychological concerns, such as depression, anxiety, etc.

There is no charge (fee) to students for testing services.

Typical reasons for testing

LD and ADHD/ADD assessments are typically used diagnostically to inform individual educational or counseling/medical assistance, to support requests for academic accommodations while enrolled in classes, and sometimes to support students' applications for formal accommodations before taking licensure or certification exams, such as the NCLEX in nursing or STEP exams in medicine

Career testing is used to help students identify their own personal patterns of career interests and explore how their interests match up with their choice of discipline/major and/or long-term career plans

Personality and psychological-issue testing is typically undertaken to help staff at Counseling Services better understand individual students’ personal concerns and difficulties and provide optimal, targeted treatment, through counseling and/or referral for evaluation for possible use of psychiatric medication

For questions about the testing program, or to refer a student, contact Dr. Jack Severinghaus, Psychologist/Student Counselor, at 509 358-7533 or (severing@wsu.edu).


An increasing variety of self-help materials—regarding emotional, psychological, wellness, medical, and health issues—exist. Resources listed in this section have been previewed and approved by university counseling and health service professionals.


  • Self-help materials can be quite useful, but cannot substitute for the care provided by counseling and health care professionals. Such information is often best used for personal treatment of minor issues or as a supplement to psychological counseling or medical treatment.
  • It is often wise to consult a professional first and then review reputable self-help information, so that you may select the best problem-solving method. A professional might refer you to specific materials, or you can present information you have found for discussion and possible integration with your treatment.
  • Counseling Services has access to recent professional reviews of a variety of self-help resources. Call 509-358-7533.

Internet self-help resources

  • Go Ask Alice: Maintained by Columbia University, this site offers sensible, accurate information on a wide variety of psychological, medical, health issues.
  • National Mental Health Association: Provides extensive and information regarding anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.


Self-help books

Contact Counseling Services for additional resources.

Popular—and professionally recommended—books.

University and public libraries carry many of these books. Most are available in inexpensive, soft-cover editions.

This list comes from The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Resources in Mental Health, by John C. Norcross and others (New York: Guilford, 2000).

Alcohol Abuse: Al J. Mooney, Arlene Eisenberg, and Howard Eisenberg, The Recovery Book (New York: Workman, 1992).

Anger: Carol Tavris, Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion, rev. ed. (New York: Touchstone Books, 1989).

Anxiety: Edmund J. Bourke, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (Oakland: New Harbinger, 1995).

Assertiveness: Sharon Anthony Bower and Gordon H. Bower, Asserting Yourself: A Practical Guide for Positive Change (Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley, 1991).

Robert Alberti & Michael Emmons.  Your Perfect Right:  Assertiveness and Equality in Your Life and Relationships (9th ed.), Atascadero, CA:  Impact, 2009.

Attention-Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity: Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey, Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994).

Childhood Sexual Abuse, Recovery From: Ellen Bass and Laura Davis, The Courage to Heal, rev. ed. (New York: Perennial, 1992).

Communication: Matthew McKay, Martha Davis, and Patrick Fanning, How to Communicate: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Personal and Professional Relationships (New York: Fine, 1997).

Death and Grieving: Therese Rando, How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies (New York: Bantam, 1991).

Depression: David Burns, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, rev. ed. (New York: Avon, 1999).

Divorce; Children and Divorce: Richard Gardner, The Boys and Girls Book about Divorce (New York: Bantam, 1985).

Abigail Trafford, Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce (New York: Harper & Row, 1982).

Eating Disorders:  Christopher G. Fairburn, Overcoming Binge Eating (New York: Guilford Press, 1995).

Ira M. Sacker and Marc A. Zimmer, Dying to be Thin: Understanding and Defeating Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia—A Practical, Lifesaving Guide (New York: Warner, 1987).

Fear of Flying: Duane Brown, Flying Without Fear, NY:  Barnes & Noble, 1996.

Health and Healing: Andrew Weil, Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Enhance Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself (New York: Knopf, 1995).

Marriage: John Gottman, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994).

Men's Issues: Daniel J. Levinson, Seasons of a Man's Life (New York: Ballantine, 1978).

Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors: Edna B. Foa and Reid Wilson, S.T.O.P. Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (New York: Bantam, 1991).

Pain & Chronic Pain:  Margaret Caudill, Managing Pain Before it Manages You (3rd ed.), NY: Guilford, 2009.

Panic Attacks: Reid Wilson, Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks, rev. ed. (New York: Harper & Row, 1996).

David Burns, When Panic Attacks:  The New Drug Free Therapy that Can Change Your Life, Morgan Road Books, 2006.

George Clum, Coping with Panic:  A Drug Free Approach to Dealing With Anxiety Attacks,  Pacific Grove, CA:  Brooks Cole, 1990.

Parenting: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, 20th ed. (New York: Avon, 1999).

Pregnancy: Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff, and Sandee E. Hathaway, What to Expect When You're Expecting, rev. ed. (New York: Workman, 1996).

Procrastination: Albert Ellis and William Knauss, Overcoming Procrastination (New York: Institute for Rational Living, 1977).

Relationships, Love, and Intimacy: Aaron Beck, Love Is Never Enough (New York: Harper & Row, 1988).

Shyness: Philip Zimbardo, Shyness (Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley, 1987).

Stress Management and Relaxation: James Madders, The Stress and Relaxation Handbook: A Practical Guide to Self-Help Techniques (London: Vermilion, 1987).

Weight Management: Andrew Weil, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health (New York: Knopf, 1997).

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Jack Severinghaus
Direct line: 509-358-7533
Appointments: 509-358-7740
E-mail: severing@wsu.edu

Academic Center 145
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495