Our mental health clinicians are available to all students at the George Washington University (GW) to support academic and social success by working through life stressors and strengthening coping skills.
During the initial consultation appointment or during the course of therapy, a student may be referred to the staff psychiatrists within the Colonial Health Center or to a private psychiatrist in the community for an evaluation.
Mental Health Services offers daily walk-in hours on Foggy Bottom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., no appointment required.
Walk-in support at the Mount Vernon Campus is only available for crisis intervention from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Before Your Visit
To use our counseling services, you must complete a free and brief, 20-30 minute initial consultation, which can be completed:
- During an in-person consultation during scheduled walk-in periods at the Foggy Bottom Campus: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.
- By calling 202-994-5300 Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please make sure to call when you have about 30 minutes available and have some privacy.
During Your Visit
At the end of the consultation, you can discuss options for scheduling follow-up appointments with the counselor.
We are aware that some students may prefer to meet with clinicians with specific areas of expertise to foster a sense of emotional safety in counseling. We offer walk-in periods that are staffed with clinicians who have specific and relevant expertise in these areas of diversity. If you choose to come during a specialized walk-in hour, please request the appropriate clinician(s):
- LGBTQ students: Thursdays, 12 noon to 4 p.m. with Dr. Matt Worhach
- Students of color: Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Dr. Zoeann Finzi-Smith
- International students: Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Dr. Dawn Johnson
We offer short-term counseling, but if you want or need long-term or ongoing treatment you will be referred to providers in the community who have experience working with college students. We can also help you determine whether our brief individual counseling or group counseling will be the most appropriate way to address your concerns.
If you are concerned about a GW student in crisis, please call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 202-994-5300 to speak to a mental health professional. We are able to speak to GW students, faculty, staff, or family members.