Learn Skills to Succeed in College 

The Counseling faculty at North Seattle College can help you identify your goals and learn skills to succeed in college and beyond. 

Identify Career Interests & Academic Programs

Research shows that students do best when they identify careers that use their interests, then pursue academic programs leading to those careers. Start your path from college to career by calling (206) 934-3676 to schedule an appointment with a North counseling faculty member.  A North Counselor can help you take a standardized career interest inventories and identify your next steps. 

Are you interested in exploring online career interest identification tools?  O-Net online 
http://www.onetonline.org/find/descriptor/browse/Interests/ helps you consider your Holland Code interests using the following categories:

  • • Enterprising/ liking to influence and persuade people,
  • • Conventional/liking to keep data organized,
  • • Realistic/liking hands-on problem-solving,
  • • Investigative/liking problem-solving using science and math,
  • • Artistic/ wanting a personally meaningful, expressive career, and
  • • Social/wanting a career that helps people and the community.

O-Net online, then, provides you with extensive career information tailored to your interests. 

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Strengthen Study Skills

If you want to improve your test-taking, concentration, memory and other study skills, call (206) 934-3676 to make an appointment with a counseling faculty member. Enroll in a Human Development course on student success skills or explore resources available through these pages.

A video clip on Managing Mid-Quarter Stress can be viewed by clicking the image found at: http://facweb.northseattle.edu/jmao/stress_05/stress_05.html

Samford University offers a series of videos on “How to get the Most Out of Studying” at: http://www.samford.edu/how-to-study/default.aspx

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Manage Stressful Situations & Locate Resources

Counseling faculty offer short-term counseling to help students achieve success in college.  Make an appointment with a counselor to talk about concerns such as discrimination, crisis, sadness, or worry.  North Counseling faculty are not qualified to assess or treat medical conditions such as mental disorders/psychiatric conditions.  

At North, individual counseling features mutual discussion and problem-solving so that students may consider possible ways—including referral--to reach their goals.

Learn about mental health topics by visiting the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Web or by taking a brief, descriptive mental health self-assessment survey online. A video clip on Managing Mental Health Concerns can be viewed by clicking the image found at http://facweb.northseattle.edu/jmao/health06/health06.html   

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Frequently Asked Questions about Counseling 

Frequently Asked Questions about Counseling  provides information about individual counseling offered at North Seattle College.

HDC Courses

Counseling faculty members teach credit-granting Human Development courses (HDC) on topics such as career planning, student success and math success. Find out more...

Guest Teaching & Student Referral

Counseling faculty members offer workshops and collaborative guest-teaching on topics that include: identifying career interests and academic majors, stress management, time management, study skills, and writing about cultural identity.  Counselors consult with North employees who want to facilitate student referrals or discuss ways to be helpful to students exhibiting distress.   

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Community Resources

Contact numbers and web links for emergency and 24 hour assistance, public health and mental health.  

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  • Contacts:
  • Lydia Minatoya, PhD, 
  • Counseling Faculty
  • (206) 934-3676
  • Jenny Mao, PhD, 
  • Counseling Faculty
  • (206) 934-3676
  • Hours: M - F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • No counselors are available during quarter breaks and summer quarter.
  • For life-threatening situations, call 911. 
  • Seattle/King County Community Crisis Clinic
  • 24-hour community crisis line
  • (206) 461-3222
  • crisisclinic.org
  • Location:
  • CC 2346A (Student Success Services Area)