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Counseling Services in Yakima

Welcome to WSU Yakima Counseling Services. Our office is here to provide a safe environment to help students explore the challenges of life and learning through counseling. We also provide consultation to faculty, staff, and parents who have concerns about a student. Payment of the student health fee covers our services, so there is no additional cost.

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WSU Health Sciences Counseling Service offices will be open now that the campus has re-opened. Our counselors will be providing in-person counseling starting the first week of classes. However, we will still be providing telemental health services (i.e., zoom or phone sessions). Masks will be required for all in-person counseling sessions. You can make an appointment by filling out this form, preferencing how you would like to be seen, or calling 509-358-7740. If you need immediate assistance or are in crisis, please call the WSU Health Sciences Crisis Line at 509-368-6500 (available 24 hours/day).


If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate assistance from medical professionals or the police, call 911.

If you are in crisis and need to speak with someone, call the WSU Mental Health Crisis Line at 509-368-6500.

To Make an Appointment with a Counselor for WSU Health Sciences students, either call 509-358-7740 during regular business hours, or complete the Counseling Request Form.

If someone you know is in crisis
The best thing to do is to consult with Counseling Services (509-494-7925).

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

For more information contact:

Laurie Benske
Student Affairs Specialist
Watson Hall, Room 227
Hours: M-F, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Other resources

Comprehensive Healthcare Crisis Line
Yakima (509) 575-4200

  • 24 hours, seven days a week
  • information, crisis intervention, and on-going support