Counseling Services at Cornish College of the Arts is here to assist students with their academic and artistic pursuits by providing supportive counseling, referrals and outreach programs that promote students’ mental health and emotional well being.
Counseling Office Hours
Counseling Services is open Monday through Friday. Please contact one of the counselors below for their appointment hours or to learn about our daily designated walk-in hours.
There is no fee for Cornish Counseling Services.
To schedule an appointment, call a counselor at 206-726-5027 or 206-726-5047. If we are not available, please leave a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible.
We request that students new to our services complete a 20-30 minute screening to understand your issues and mental health history to better pair you with one of our counselors. Afterwards, the initial intake session is scheduled for 90 minutes while subsequent sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes. Your appointment time is held exclusively for you. It is important to be on time because your appointment will not be extended if you arrive late. If you are unable to keep your appointment for any reason, please give us at least 24 hours advance notice so that another student may use the time. If you miss an appointment without providing 24 hours advance notice, it will count as one of your 15 annual appointments and you will need to call to schedule or confirm any future appointments.
Mental Health Emergencies
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis during regular counseling office hours, call Cornish Counseling Services at either 206-726-5027 or 206-726-5047.
If you are in need of mental health services at night or on a weekend, call:
- Seattle Crisis Clinic (24-hour access): 206-461-3222
- Police/Ambulance: 911
- Campus Security: 206-726-5038
How We Can Help
The Cornish Counseling Office can help you with a wide variety of issues that can affect your academic progress at Cornish and your overall well being. Here are a few examples:
- Homesickness or isolation
- Stress management
- Anxiety / panic attacks
- Grief and loss
- Suicidal thoughts
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Sexual and Gender Identity Development
- Alcohol/substance abuse
- Becoming more assertive
- Concerns about a friend
- Decision-making and problem-solving
- Time management
- Study skills
- Improving communication skills
- Relationship issues
- Trauma (physical/sexual abuse)
- Referrals to off-campus community resources
The Counseling Process
You have up to 15 counseling appointments available to you each academic year. You determine the frequency of appointments, methods and duration of services based on your individual needs in consultation with your counselor. Cornish counselors can also provide crisis intervention, consultation and referral to community resources.
At your first counseling meeting, you can expect your counselor to listen and help you explore your concerns. Together you can discuss possible ways to reach your goals. At the end of your first counseling session, you may decide to make another appointment to continue working together, or the counselor may refer you to a community resource.
Therapy Training & Approaches
Cornish counselors use a variety of therapeutic approaches to assist students. Those approaches include developmental, cognitive behavioral, Gestalt, Narrative therapy, and brief solution-focused counseling. To enhance their work, Cornish counselors participate in professional consultation and continuing education.
Records & Confidentiality
All counseling communication is confidential. A record of services provided and student contacts are kept in a secure location for eight years after final contact with student clients.
Your counselor may not disclose any information you have shared unless:
- You give written consent.
- There is a risk of imminent harm to self or others.
- Disclosure is required under court order.
- Disclosure is required by federal or state statute.
- There is a case of possible child or elder abuse or neglect.
- You are HIV-positive and are putting uninformed sexual partners at risk.
There are a wide variety of reputable resources in the Puget Sound area that can help you with specific issues and concerns. You do not need to have a referral from a Cornish counselor to contact these organizations.
- Wellness & Health Promotion, 206-726-5156
- 24-hour Crisis Line, 206-461-3222
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), 206-587-2838
- Alcohol/Drug 24-Hour Help Line, 206-722-3700
- Al Anon/Al-teen & ACOA groups, 206-625-0000
- AIDS Information Hotline, 206-205-7837
- AIDS Support Groups (Free), 206-322-2437
- Asian Counseling & Referral Services, 206-695-7600
- Bastyr Center for Natural Health: Counseling, 206-834-4100
- Community Information Line (All kinds of referrals), 211
- Country Doctor Community Clinic, 206-299-1600
- Domestic Violence Hotline, 800-562-6025
- Downtown Public Health Center, 206-296-4960
- Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention: Referrals, 800-931-2237
- The Emily Project (eating disorders) 206-283-2220
- 45th Street Health/Dental Clinic, 206-633-3350
- Food Bank/University District, 206-523-7060
- Harborview Community Mental Health Center, 206-744-9600
- Harborview Center for Sexual Assault, 206-521-1800
- Herpes Clinic, 206-720-4340
- King County Bar Association/ Free Legal aid, (206) 267-7100
- Marijuana Anonymous, 206-548-9034
- National Eating Disorders, 1-800-931-2237
- Narcotics Anonymous, 800-711-6375
- New Beginnings Shelter for Battered Women (24-hour crisis line), 206-522-9472
- Poison Information Center, 800-222-1222
- Seattle Counseling Services for Sexual Minorities, 206-323-1768
- Shepherd’s Counseling Services for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse, 206-323-7131
- University of Washington Dental Clinic/UW Dental School/Oral Medicine (Emergency appointments), 206-543-5850
- University of Washington Dental Clinic/UW Dental School/Oral Medicine (New patient appointments), 206-543-5830
Cornish Counseling Services Educational Programs
- Dealing with a Major Life Change
- Time Management
Suicide Risk & Prevention
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Seattle Crisis Clinic (http://crisisclinic.org/find-help/suicide-support/)
Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Alcohol Rehab Guide
- Screenings for Substance Abuse
- National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-you-have-problem-drugs-teens-young-adults)
ADD & ADHD
- ADD Resources
Anxiety & Depression
- Freedom from Fear
- Screenings for Anxiety (http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/hyho)
- Understanding Anxiety Disorders
- Understanding Panic and Anxiety Attacks
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (http://www.kcsarc.org/)
Depression and Bipolar
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home)
- Screenings for Depression, Bipolar (http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/hyho)
Post Traumatic Stress
- PTSD Screening (http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/hyho)
- National Center for PTSD (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/index.asp)
Helena Soholm is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, specializing in issues of culture and spirituality. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology (2018) and a master’s degree in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology (2007). She has worked with individuals, couples, and families in diverse settings, including schools/universities, community mental health clinics, and private practice. Helena joined Cornish College of the Arts in the spring of 2017. Her research interests are in the areas of indigenous healing practices, and she is passionate about working with people in creative ways, including the use of healing.
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Lori Koshork (Director) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in college student development issues and challenges including issues of oppression and social justice. Lori is also trained to provide trauma counseling using Prolonged Exposure Therapy practices. She graduated in 1994 with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology & Counselor Education, with an emphasis on Counseling in Higher Education, from Western Michigan University. Her career since then has been working with college students through both residence life programs and counseling services. She joined Cornish College of the Arts in the spring of 2008 as the Director of Counseling Services. 206.726.5024
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Trevor Youngquist is a counseling intern currently completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University. Prior to pursuing mental health counseling, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Seattle University (2015) and volunteered as a phone worker at the King County Crisis Line. Trevor’s interests include spirituality, music, and forest bathing. He is passionate about working with clients to discover more deeply who they are and to help them in finding healing, authenticity, and hope.