Counseling Services


Health & Counseling Services is an on-campus physician’s office and counseling center that is available to all Gonzaga students.

Health & Counseling Services provides counseling sessions that are available on a short-term basis for all currently enrolled students who have concerns which may impede their academic progress.  There is no fee for the individual counseling services. A counselor will decide with the student how many sessions will be needed--not to exceed the limits of our short-term model. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. No information is released to anyone without the student's written consent.

Please call Health & Counseling Services at (509)313-4052 for a counseling appointment.


Currently enrolled Gonzaga students are eligible for services. Students must present their Gonzaga University Student Identification card prior to each visit.

Counseling Services Provided

  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Career / Vocational
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Discrimination / Harassment
  • Eating Disorder / Body Image
  • Drug or Alcohol Misuse
  • Grief & Loss
  • Homesickness / Loneliness
  • Psychiatric Needs
  • Relationships
  • Roommate Conflict
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Stress Management
  • Suicidal Thoughts

No Show Fee

Please be aware that if you have a scheduled an appointment and you fail to cancel in a timely manner, you will be charged a fee of $30 or $40 for that missed appointment. That fee will be charged to your student account.

For the Following:

  • $30 – Counseling, Psychiatry follow-up, Low Complexity Medical appointments
  • $40 – Psychiatry intake, Physical Exam, Women’s Health, Moderate Complexity Medical appointments

Timeframe for canceling appointments:

  • Medical Appointment: 2 hours before appointment
  • Counseling Appointment: 1 business day before appointment

Referral Service

Occasionally, students have concerns that may require specialized services or long-term therapeutic care.  Our counselors can serve as consultants in the process of referral to appropriate community professionals.  Some concerns for specialized services include: alcohol rehabilitation, family therapy, eating disorders, chronic psychological conditions, long-term therapy, and learning disabilities assessment.

In these cases, Health & Counseling Services can provide students with a list of local providers who have worked with Gonzaga students in the past.  It is up to the student to confirm insurance coverage with these providers before seeking care.

Transportation to these off-campus appointments can be arranged by submitting an online reservation on the Health Ride Request page or calling the Health Ride line at (509)313-5878.

Completion of Orders from External Providers

Many students see mental health specialists at home or in the Spokane community for ongoing care.  On occasion, those providers will request blood work, weight/vitals checks*, or EKGs.  Health & Counseling Services can provide these services.  EKGs or bloodwork requires a written order with the date and time, specific tests, diagnosis code, and physician's signature.  These orders can be hand-delivered, mailed, or faxed to Health & Counseling Services.  For more assistance with this process, please call us at (509)313-4052.

*If orders for weight and vitals checks are to assist in the management of disordered eating or nutritional concerns, the student must contact Health & Counseling Services Director Libby Skiles at 509-313-4067 to further discuss how Health & Counseling Services can assist with this need.

Support Groups

All support groups are for *Eligible GU Students and free of charge. Support groups are located at Health & Counseling Services, 704 E. Sharp Ave. All groups are led by a licensed staff therapist. 

To Register for a Support Group:

Please sign up for group in the health portal under Appointment Tab at OR email OR walk in during time of group.

*Support Groups Eligibility: 

Students who are enrolled in an on-campus degree-seeking program are eligible to participate in support groups at Health & Counseling Services.  At this time, non-matriculated and Virtual Campus students are not eligible to receive care at Health & Counseling Services. For more information regarding eligibility for services at H&CS, please visit the Eligibility page.

 Spring 2019 Support Groups at Health & Counseling Services


Support Group for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Mondays |  Jan. 28 – April 1  |  12noon – 1p
Click here for information about this group


Cinema Therapy Group

Fridays |  Starts Feb. 8 for 7-10 weeks  |  1p – 3p
Click here for information about this group


Positive Psychology Workshop & Support Group

Thursdays |  Feb. 14 – April 11  |  12:15p – 1:30p
Click here for information about this group


Support Group for Social Anxiety

Wednesdays |  March 20 – May 8 |  12noon – 1p
Click here for information about this group


Grief Support Group

For info, contact H&CS at 509-313-4052 or
Click here for information about this group


Trauma Support Group

Lutheran Community Services offers an On-Campus Trauma Support Group. 

This Confidential Psychoeducational group will discuss:

  • Trauma symptoms
  • Coping strategies
  • Building resilience
  • Managing emotional triggers
  • Setting healthy boundaries
  • Self-care & building support networks

For more information about this group, please contact: 

Kerri Handley
Washington State Certified Sexual Assault Victim Advocate
Washington State Certified Crime Victim Advocate
Confidential Campus Advocate
509.342.8564 (text/voicemail)
24/7 Support Line 509.624.7273


Health Education

Brochures are readily available for your convenience at Health & Counseling Services and in the John J. Hemmingson Center.