Counseling services

The counseling staff offers individual, group and crisis intervention counseling. Counselors, all with graduate-level training, assist with a variety of personal and interpersonal issues. Students should call to schedule appointments. Students in emergency situations are usually seen the same day. 

Students receive up to six counseling sessions per semester at no extra cost when the Student Health and Counseling Center fee has been paid.  If a student requires more than six sessions, extended sessions may be allowed in extenuating circumstances, otherwise our counselors will do their best to refer them to the most appropriate community resource.

Students in distress

How to refer students to counseling: Referral Information

The UAF Student Health and Counseling Center now offers after-hours mental health services for students who need immediate mental health care. 



Happy Light loans for students

Student can check out Happy Lights from the Student Health and Counseling Center for a limited time to see if it helps them. The temporary checkout period is usually two weeks.  There is no charge for this.  If the student finds the light beneficial, they can purchase one for themselves online or from local retailers.

Resource and Advocacy Center

The Resource and Advocacy Center at UAF provides advocacy and resource referral to students, staff and faculty survivors of power-based personal violence. The office is staffed by advocates and provides confidential resources on campus. An advocate is available 24/7 at 907-474-6360

Counseling FAQ

Counseling is a meeting with a mental health specialist to discuss some aspect of your personal or interpersonal life. It involves talking about and working through concerns and problems. Counseling can help you clarify personal issues and emotions, help you set goals, help improve relationships and help you free yourself of disturbing thoughts and feelings. 

Students come to counseling for help with a wide range of personal and interpersonal concerns. Some seek help with adjustment to college. Others are looking for ways of reducing conflict in or improving personal relationships. Concerns about suicidal thoughts, depression, stress, eating and body image, alcohol or other drug abuse, or problems resulting from past or current sexual or physical abuse or assault are often issues discussed during counseling. Anyone experiencing domestic or relationship violence is strongly encouraged to talk with one of our counselors. Visit our Resources page for more information. 

Depression and suicidal thoughts are serious problems. If you feel down, discouraged, tired all the time or "blue," or have trouble with your sleep or appetite, you may be depressed. Call for an appointment to see one our counselors. Talk with the counselor about how you feel and the counselor will help determine what the problem is and help you do something about it. If you feel suicidal or are thinking often about death or dying, talk with someone nearby right away (e.g., a residence hall advisor or professor) and come in to the center immediately to get some help.

The American College Health Association recommends several online mental health screening instruments to assist students in recognizing mental health problems and seeking help.

Any student taking at least 1credit hours who has paid the consolidation  fee is eligible to use the counseling services. Counseling is available during fall and spring semesters Mon., Tues, Thurs, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Wed.  10 am - 5 pm.

We have a counselor available during Summer Sessions, Monday-Thursday, 8:30a.m.-1 p.m., closed on Fridays. 

The consolidation fee you paid at "fee payment" covers 6 counseling sessions per semester in the fall and spring semester and 4 sessions during the summer semester.
What you talk about with your counselor is confidential within the limits of the center's Notice of Privacy Practices. The records maintained at the center are accessible only to center staff, except as described by the Notice of Privacy Practices.

To make an appointment, call the Student Health and Counseling Center at 907-474-7043 and request a counseling intake appointment. Counselors are on-duty 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon., Tues, Thurs, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Wed.  10 am - 5 pm. We will try to find the best match between your schedule and counselor duty hours. You will be asked to arrive early for your appointment to read the Notice of Privacy Practices and complete some paperwork. 

All counseling appointments have a $25 no-show fee, so please call and cancel if you cannot make your appointment. Any student requesting that a counselor write an academic modification letter or letter for withdrawal must be an established client at the counseling center. No exceptions will be made unless there is an emergency situation, which will be determined by the counselor.

During normal office hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) call the Student Health and Counseling Center at 907-474-7043 and let us know that you need to be seen as soon as possible. We will do everything we can to respond quickly. Usually a counselor can see a student within a few hours, and sometimes immediately. Please see after-hours care page for 24/7 counseling assistance. 

During the summer, our hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., closed on Fridays.

If you have a life-threatening emergency after normal office hours, you should call 911. If you have an emergency that is not life-threatening, contact your residence hall advisor or the police department. Please see after-hours care page for 24/7 counseling assistance. 

The Interior Alaska Center for Non-violent Living also sponsors a community hotline 24 hours a day at 907-452-2293.

There may be times when you have concerns but the depressed mood or distressed feelings or behavior of someone else — perhaps a roommate, a partner, a friend, a student in one of your classes or a student with whom you come in contact through some other means. Counselors provide consultation for students, faculty and staff who are concerned about a student. Depending on the situation, we may talk with you by phone or meet in person to discuss your concerns and help you try to assess how best to respond. This may include providing you with ideas for referring the student for professional care. Please see after-hours care page for 24/7 counseling assistance.