Health and Counseling Services

Division of Student Life

Counseling Services

If you have moved out of state during the pandemic, you may find the HCC, or other providers in the Portland area have given you referrals, or you may be looking to start counseling services. In either event you might be wondering what to do next. Finding community providers for mental health can be complicated. The HCC would like to make this process as straight-forward as possible, so here you will find guidance on How to Navigate Your Insurance, Tips for Making Your First Appointment with a New Therapist, How to Interview a Therapist and referral sources where you can begin looking for a provider in your area. If you have any difficulty or get stuck in any way, please reach out to the HCC at 503-777-7281 and we will help you navigate the process.

Your Reed experience can lead to deep intellectual and personal growth. Sometimes, however, positive experiences can be mixed with feelings of distress or self-doubt as you face a myriad of personal, social, familial, and academic challenges. The HCC is a safe, confidential place for you to talk about any issues: stress, loneliness, cultural adjustment, relationships, depression, identity, or managing a mental health concern, to name a few. In addition to counselors, the HCC staff includes psychiatric providers who can help you with medication evaluations and ongoing care.

What we do:

  • Provide brief individual counseling for students struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sadness, grief, loneliness, identity, and other personal concerns
  • Talk with you about resources available to you both on and off campus
  • Provide referrals to counseling and/or psychiatry services in the Portland community, if needed
  • Adjustment to college
  • Crisis support

After learning more about you, we may recommend:

  • Ongoing supportive counseling
  • Short-term case management/support
  • Mental health medication management
  • Group counseling


  • Perform psychological testing or IQ testing
  • Provide court-ordered evaluations or treatment
  • Authorize emotional support, or services animals
  • Share information about you without your written consent