Services | Student Counseling Center

Enrolled students who have paid the Student Health and Counseling Fee are eligible for services at the SCC. In academic programs where the Student Health and Counseling Fee has been waived, students have the option to utilize the SCC services for a "point of service fee." We make every effort to serve as many students as possible; therefore, we have adopted a short term therapy treatment model and are unable to provide long-term, comprehensive, or specialty psychological services. For students whose concerns fall outside of our scope of practice, we assist with referrals into the community.

Consulting and Referral

We provide consultation for students, faculty, staff, and family regarding concerns they may have about an enrolled student at Pacific, and how they may be of support. Referrals to community resources are provided to students whose concerns fall outside of our scope of practice.

Crisis Services

Students in crisis or confronted with urgent concerns may meet with a counselor during our walk-in hours without an appointment (noon - 1:00 pm on open clinic days). During regular business hours, students, faculty and staff may contact the Counseling Center (503-352-2191) regarding student and campus emergency situations. After hours, call the Washington County Crisis Line (503-291-9111, available 24 hours), go to the Hawthorn Walk-In Center at 5240 N. Elam Young Pkwy #100 in Hillsboro (9:00 am - 8:30 pm daily), or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.

Group Therapy

Group counseling provides a safe environment for self-exploration and collaborative problem-solving, combining professional guidance and the support of your peers. Group counseling is an effective approach to many common concerns for college students, including: navigating difficult relationships, coping with anxiety, and feelings of isolation. Visit our group counseling page for more information and current offerings.

Short Term Individual Counseling

Confidential individual services are available to all Pacific University students. Concerns commonly addressed include adjustment to college or professional programs, stress management, academic performance, depression, anxiety, difficulties in relationship, grief and loss, identity exploration, concerns related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, body image concerns, and healing from interpersonal violence.

Seminars and Workshops

Programs focused on mental health, adjustment and developmental topics are offered to the campus community. These are designed to help students learn skills and strategies to cope with stress, school related problems, issues related to living in a diverse and multicultural world, and other personal and mental health issues.

Scope of Practice

***Our Scope of Practice is best reviewed in session with an SCC therapist to clarify any questions that may arise. If you are not currently a client at the SCC and have questions about our Scope of Practice please direct your questions to counselingcenter@pacificu.edu*** 

The Student Counseling Center (SCC) is committed to support students in reaching their academic potential by focusing on intellectual, emotional, social, and cultural development. We offer a variety of support services for students, including consultations, same-day crisis services, group counseling, and short-term individual therapy to eligible students. We make every effort to serve as many students as possible whose presenting concerns fall within our scope of practice and would be best served within our center; therefore, we have adopted an individual short-term treatment model and are unable to provide long-term, comprehensive, or specialty psychological services. Our providers have a broad range of competency with the following presenting concerns when these concerns can be treated within a short-term treatment model. When student’s presenting concerns fall beyond our scope of practice, as outlined below, we will provide referrals into the community. If you are unsure whether the SCC services will fit your needs our providers will provide an individualized recommendation after your initial consultation.

  • Crisis consultation and support
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mild to moderate anxiety related concerns
  • Adjustment to college life and transitions 
  • Mild to moderate mood related concern
  • Relationship and family difficulties
  • Loneliness
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Grief and loss
  • Emotional concerns
  • Cultural identity development
  • Impact of oppression and bias
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or others
  • Body image related concerns
  • Mild eating related concerns  
  • Trauma and experiences of interpersonal violence
  • Mild alcohol and substance use concerns, relapse prevention
  • Academic performance, motivation, and study skills
  • Personal growth and development
  • Stress management and building resiliency
  • Development of coping skills and self-care plans
  • Providing referrals to mental health services in the community

Beyond Our Scope of Practice:

For those students whose concerns cannot be accommodated within our scope of practice, the staff at the SCC will facilitate a referral to mental health services in the community. Such referrals might occur immediately following an initial consultation or after some treatment and a further assessment of clinical needs has taken place. SCC services are not an appropriate substitute for long-term, comprehensive, or specialty psychological services. Some common examples of concerns and needs that may be more suited to an outside referral include but are not limited to:

  • Students in need of ongoing or intensive support to treat chronic, serious mental health conditions  
    • Students with severe mood disorders, severe and reoccurring acute suicidality, severe self-injury, or multiple psychiatric hospitalizations
    • Students with significant or chronic disordered eating patterns (i.e., whose symptoms pose medical danger or require intensive outpatient or residential treatment)
    • Students with significant or chronic substance use related concerns (i.e., whose symptoms pose medical danger or require intensive outpatient, residential treatment, detox, or hospitalization)  
    • Students with active psychotic symptoms or severe dissociation symptoms at risk for progressive deterioration of functioning and in need of intensive treatment for stabilization  
  • Students who are unable to maintain prolonged periods without therapy (i.e., academic breaks and reduced availability in summer)
  • Students who are unable to wait for services during peak utilization or who are in need of evening or weekend appointments
  • Students with a desire to be seen more frequently than SCC resources can provide (e.g., weekly therapy for a long duration), or on a long-term basis  
  • Students for whom a short-term treatment model (e.g., up to 15 sessions annually) would be detrimental or inappropriate to the diagnosis or presenting concerns as determined by SCC clinicians
  • Students who want to regularly see the same provider over multiple years
  • Students who, despite ongoing efforts of their counselor, are not achieving progress with established counseling goals   
  • Students whose needs fall outside of the clinical expertise of SCC staff or who may need a specific type of therapy not practiced by SCC staff
  • Students seeking or attempting to meet requirements of court-mandated treatment, legal proceedings, or employment clearance  
  • Students who are seeking counseling because it is a requirement of a class, and who are not otherwise motivated for or in need of treatment  
  • Students who are in need of couples or family counseling
  • Students with the need/request for psychological testing/evaluation of any type, including but not limited to:
    • Psychological testing for learning disabilities and/or ADHD
    • Neuropsychological evaluations
    • Forensic assessments
    • Custody evaluations
    • Assessment for service or emotional support animals
    • Fitness-for-duty evaluations
    • Students who engage in inappropriate, harassing, threatening, or violent behaviors towards SCC staff

The SCC acknowledges that the nature of mental health concerns can be complex and multifaceted, therefore we utilize complex decision making and often consult with our team to provide specific recommendation regarding the best course of treatment for each student. Services that are provided by the SCC (i.e., crisis services, consultations, group therapy, and short-term individual therapy) have demonstrated effectiveness in supporting college students whose presenting concerns are within our scope of practice. Rare exceptions to short-term therapy are made on a case by case basis by our clinical team and fees may be incurred. We care deeply about ensuring that each Pacific student gains access to the appropriate level of mental health support, therefore at times a referral into the community is in the best interest of students.