GW’s Response to COVID-19

The health and safety of the GW community is a top priority for the University. GW will continue working with local, state, and federal public health officials to monitor the situation and respond appropriately. Please continue to monitor our resources for updates and information.

Community Counseling Services Center (CCSC)

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development maintains two centers providing Community Counseling Services that offer confidential, low-cost services to community members and students in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The centers are clinical training facilities for graduate-level students, working under faculty supervision. Both the Foggy Bottom and Alexandria centers offer confidential, low-cost services to community members and students in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family and couples counseling
  • Child and adolescent counseling
  • Career assessment services
  • Consultation and referrals

The CCSC at the Alexandria Graduate Education Center is staffed by master’s students specializing in school counseling, offering counseling sessions Monday through Saturday.

The CCSC in Foggy Bottom is staffed by students working toward master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical mental health and master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling, offering counseling sessions Monday through Thursday.

For Mental Health EMERGENCIES:

National Hopeline Network – 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or go to your nearest emergency room.

Mission

The GW Community Counseling Services Center has two primary missions: to provide quality counseling services to clients and to promote excellence in the training of master’s and doctoral students through state-of-the-art clinical supervision.

The CCSC serves as a resource to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area by providing low-cost counseling and referral services, clinical screenings, and outreach programming. It empower clients through community outreach and client advocacy while providing opportunities for master’s students to implement and develop expertise in counseling competencies—including interviewing skills, clinical and career assessment, treatment planning, and mastery of theories and practice—under the close supervision of faculty and clinical supervisors.

The CCSC welcomes referrals from school counselors, mental health and employee assistance counselors, private practitioners, and other human service professionals.

Alexandria Location

Mission and Objectives

The GW Community Counseling Services Center has two primary missions: to provide quality counseling services to clients and to promote excellence in the training of master’s and doctoral students through state-of-the-art clinical supervision.
The CCSC serves as a resource to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area by providing low-cost counseling and referral services, clinical screenings, and outreach programming. It empower clients through community outreach and client advocacy while providing opportunities for master’s students to implement and develop expertise in counseling competencies—including interviewing skills, clinical and career assessment, treatment planning, and mastery of theories and practice—under the close supervision of faculty and clinical supervisors.
We welcome referrals from school counselors, mental health and employee assistance counselors, private practitioners, and other human service professionals.

Alexandria Graduate Education Center

1925 Ballenger Avenue (Garage Entrance)
413 John Carlyle Street (Street Entrance)
Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314

Interested individuals may call (703) 299-9148 to set up an appointment for an initial interview. Day, evening, and Saturday hours are available.

For more information, contact:
Lois Elaine Rhymers, Director
Licensed Professional Counselor

Foggy Bottom Location

To our prospective Clients:

Amid the restrictions placed on us all by the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to pursue our mission of providing high quality counseling to the DC Metro Community and to provide superb clinical training to our counseling interns. The Community Counseling Services Center in Foggy Bottom is offering teletherapy—that is, counseling services provided through a secure, online video conference platform.

For teletherapy, you will need a computer or smart phone with a good wi-fi connection. You will also need a setting that is private, and time to dedicate to a counseling session

We are accepting new clients for teletherapy now, with the goal of meeting in our offices at 2134 G Street, NW, when we move back to campus. We would like to afford you—and our counseling interns—the chance to meet in person for therapy.

We will have a few openings on Mondays during the summer. As the Fall Semester approaches, we will have many more openings Monday through Thursday, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. We will be conducting screening interviews over the phone starting in August. To arrange for a screening interview, please call us at 202-994-8645 or email us at CCSCFoggyBottom@gwu.edu.

While the building housing the Community Counseling Services Center is closed, the CCSC is still running strong. If you need to reach out to us, please do.

Take care, and be safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Monica Megivern
Director

Dr. Linda McCullough
Assistant Director

Mission

The mission of the Community Counseling Services Center at Foggy Bottom is to provide quality counseling services to the GW Campus and to the DC Metro Community, and to train clinical mental health and rehabilitation counseling interns to become compassionate, ethical and effective professional counselors. Counseling interns provide:
  • Individual counseling
  • Couples and family counseling
  • Child and adolescent counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Foggy Bottom Campus Center Information

    Foggy Bottom Campus Center

    2134 G Street, NW Basement Level Washington, D.C. 20052

    Hours: 11:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Thursday For appointments and other information, please call: 202.994.8645 Email: CCSCFoggyBottom

    Counseling Interns see clients by appointment only.
    The CCSC at Foggy Bottom is on the ground level of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Enter using the side-walk level, accessible entrance on the right side of the building.

    Appointment Information

    How do I get an appointment?

    Call the CCSC AT FOGGY BOTTOM at 202 994-8645. A supervisor, staff member, or counseling intern will talk with you about the CCSC and your goals for counseling. If the CCSC seems like a good match, we will settle on the time and days of your counseling session, determine your fee, and set a start date.
    If we can’t offer you an appointment with a counseling intern, we will suggest other places you can find similar services. The most common reason we can’t offer a person an appointment with a counseling intern is that we have no openings, or the person needs more specialized counseling services that we do not offer.

    Fees

    The CCSC at Foggy Bottom uses a sliding scale to set fees. Fees are based on $1.00 per thousand dollars of gross income with a maximum of $30.00 The college student fee is $15.00. We do not bill insurance and our services are not covered by insurance since our students are not licensed. We accept cash or checks, and the fee is paid at each session.

    Parking:

    Street parking is typically available on G Street and 20th Street. You can pay for parking at the G Street Garage, accessible from both 20th Street and 21st Street between F and G Streets; or the Marvin Center Garage, accessible from H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets. These self-service garages accept all major credit cards for payment (no cash).

    Public Transportation:

    Foggy Bottom (Blue, Orange, Silver Lines) is the nearest Metro station. After you exit the station, walk two blocks south, then turn left onto G Street and walk two blocks east. Metro Bus routes nearby include the 80, 30, 31 and 36.

    Working with a Counseling Intern


    Our mission as a training center impacts how we offer counseling services. For example:
    • Counseling interns work in the CCSC for two semesters.

      Your counseling intern could conclude his/her/their work in the CCSC before you conclude your work with the counselor. In that case, you could work with another intern, if we have an available counselor, or we can help you find other counselors in the community.
    • We follow GW’s academic calendar.

      That means a break of several weeks between semesters and a brief break during each semester.
    • We record counseling sessions.

      As an education and training institution, instructors and supervisors are responsible for the quality of the counseling provided at the CCSC. Using video recordings allows them to be sure you receive quality services and ensures that our counseling interns learn and improve their counseling skills.
    • Counseling Interns are supervised.

      Our counseling interns are supervised by faculty members and individual supervisors in individual and group settings.
    • We are mandatory reports of abuse.

      If you give your counseling intern specific information about physical or sexual abuse, we must report it.

    Information for New Clients

    First of all, thank you. As you pursue your goals in counseling, you are helping a student develop skills that can be learned only by practicing. This is an invaluable gift.

    Before Your First Session


    At your first session, your counseling intern will ask you to complete the Client Information Form and two forms that give important information about counseling. If you would like to more time with your counseling intern during your first session, you can: