Welcome to the Counseling Center at DigiPen! This website provides you with a brief overview of the services that we offer to DigiPen students.


If you have an immediate crisis, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You can also contact the Crisis Line (Crisis Clinic of Seattle) toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 4-CRISIS or (866) 427-4747.

The Counseling Center at DigiPen offers short-term individual counseling services to DigiPen students. We work with students struggling with a variety of personal issues. Here are some common concerns:

  • Adjusting to college life
  • Homesickness or isolation
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Procrastination
  • Perfectionism
  • Grief and loss
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger management
  • Eating disorders
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Becoming more assertive
  • Concerns about a friend
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Sexual orientation or identity
  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Improving communication skills
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma (physical or sexual abuse)
  • Referrals to off-campus community resources
  • Other unique issues specific to each person!

To schedule an appointment, call the Counseling Center at (425) 629-5015.  If no one is available, please leave a voicemail message with your phone number and your call will be returned as soon as possible.


The Counseling Center is located in the Administration Offices. When you come, just let the receptionist know that you want to see a counselor or have an appointment with a counselor. If you have questions or need more information, contact the Counseling Center at kwidmer@digipen.edu or (425) 629-5015.

Office Hours

The counseling center is open during Fall and Spring semesters and closed during breaks.  Appointments can be made Monday through Friday.

Students are welcome to drop-in, as long as their visits do not conflict with previously scheduled appointments.

Note: The Counseling Center is not the best resource for all problems and situations. We provide services in keeping with DigiPen's goals (student academic success), within our business hours, and in keeping with the structure of the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center does not provide services for those needing long-term intensive psychological treatment, substance-abuse treatment, 24-hour-on-call availability, or whose treatment has been mandated by the legal system or an employer. In these instances we will make appropriate referrals.

Counseling Center Staff

Kay Widmer
Director of Counseling Services

Elza Boycheva
Mental Health Counselor

Off-Campus Resources

Important Note: This list is for informational purposes only.
DigiPen Counseling Center does not endorse any of the organizations listed on this page. The people seeking services are responsible to obtain the most up-to-date and specific information about their selected service providers. DigiPen Counseling Center is not responsible for services received or fees quoted at any of the organizations listed on this page.


Evergreen Hospital: (425) 899-1000, 12040

Fairfax Hospital: 1-800-435-7221, 10200

Harborview Medical Center Emergency Medicine: (206) 744-3074

Overlake Hospital: (425) 688-5000, (425) 688-5211 (physician referral line)

Swedish Medical Center: (425) 640-4981 (Mental Health Intake)


Alcohol/Drug Helpline (available daily from 8:00 am - 10:00 pm)
(206) 722-3700

24-hour Alcohol/Drug Helpline
(800) 234-0420

General Mental Health Issues

City University Counseling Center (graduate student interns)
(425) 709-5333

Go Ask Alice! - Columbia University's Health Q&A Internet Service


The Evergreen Clinic
New Patient Line: (425) 825-9644

Wellspring Family Therapy

Salveo Counseling Center
(425) 868-5777


Grief and Loss

Evergreen Healthcare
(425) 899-1077

Overlake Hospital Services
(425) 688-5127

Suicidal Thoughts/Crises

Crisis Clinic of King County
(206) 461-3222
Toll-free: (866) 4-CRISIS / (866) 427-4747
TDD: (206) 461-3219

Overlake Hospital: Psychiatric Services
(425) 688-5460 (outpatient service inquiry)
(425) 688-5175 (inpatient service inquiry)

Lifeline Crisis Chat

Snohomish County Care Crisis Response Services (24-hr)
(425) 258-4357

Teen Link (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
(206) 461-4922

Violence and Abuse

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (24-hr)
(800) 825-7273

Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress
(206) 521-1800

Eastside Domestic Violence Program
(425) 746-1940

Washington Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 562-6025