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Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services at the Colonial Health Center serves as the primary mental health agency for students and at the George Washington University. Our mission is to support students' mental health and personal development by collaborating directly with them to overcome difficulties and challenges that may interfere with academic, emotional, and personal success.

Our brief, individualized, stepped-care model of counseling, strives to provide students with ample opportunities to:

  • develop greater insight and self-understanding
  • identify and solve problems
  • reduce emotional distress
  • improve cognitive, emotional, academic, and interpersonal functioning

In addition to our counseling services, we promote psychological health and wellness to the GW community through outreach activities, partnerships, and consultation initiatives with faculty, staff, administrators, family members, and others.

Office Visit Fees:

Your initial consultation and first several individual counseling sessions are free of charge, regardless of your insurance.  You and your counselor will discuss any charges for individual sessions well before you reach the threshold for charges.  

We are committed to making sure everyone who needs care receives it, so if you have financial concerns about paying for services, please let your counselor know during your initial visit. You can complete a sliding scale fee application, or we can refer you to several low-fee clinics in the area.

Due to high student demand for services and limited staffing resources, we require 24-hours notice if you need to cancel an appointment.  We will gladly reschedule an appointment for you, if you wish.  All late cancelations (less than 24 hours before the appointment time) and all no-shows will be charged a $30 late-cancelation / no-show fee, regardless of whether you are currently being charged for counseling services.  This fee applies to all scheduled student appointments, including individual therapy, group therapy, individual case management and special assessments. In case of illness, please call by 9:00 a.m. on the day of your appointment. If you miss an appointment and do not call to reschedule, we will assume you are no longer interested in our services and your file will be closed.  You may return for services at any time.

GW Student Health Insurance Plan Participants

  • Initial Consultation: No cost
  • Individual Counseling (first several sessions): No cost
  • Individual Counseling (after initial threshold of sessions, which total more than 6 clinical hours): No cost/prepaid
  • Group Counseling: No cost, unlimited
  • Mental Health Discussion Series: No cost, unlimited
  • Walk-in/Crisis Services: No cost

Personal Insurance

  • Initial Consultation: No cost
  • Individual Counseling (first several sessions): No cost
  • Individual Counseling (after initial threshold of sessions, which total more than 6 clinical hours): Upfront cost of $60 per session. You can request an invoice to personally submit the cost to insurance carriers. Reimbursement varies based on the carrier.
  • Group Counseling: No cost, unlimited
  • Mental Health Discussion Series: No cost, unlimited
  • Walk-in/Crisis Services: No cost
  • Sliding Scale Requests: Fee determined by MHS Director