This year has been exciting for our Pro Bono Counseling program. As we continue to develop our behavioral health program, we are thrilled to welcome our new partner City University’s Counseling Center. City U will help facilitate counseling sessions for our clients, all at no cost to them.

Amy Cumming-Garcia, PhD, Director of City University Counseling Center, has pledged student time to see 75 clients. This includes 10 clients in summer 2023, 15 in fall 2023 and 50 in 2024.

With the added counselor support, our program may be able to facilitate up to 600 pro bono appointments.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Project Access Northwest; an organization that is both in alignment and celebrates the core values of City University Counseling Center,” says Cumming-Garcia. "As two organizations that move with compassion, intentionality and purpose, we intend to reach those in need of counseling services faster, more efficiently and with a focus on continuity of care.”

“It is in the spirit of meeting the communities in greatest need—with our providers' passion—that we intend to create increased health and wellness in our communities,” she adds.

“We intend to reach those in need of counseling services faster, more efficiently and with a focus on continuity of care.”

—Amy Cumming-Garcia, PhD

Alignment of mission and vision

City University's Counseling Center embodies a mission and vision rooted in four fundamental pillars: Community, Culture, Compassion and Counseling. They are dedicated to addressing the diverse needs of our community throughout the state of Washington. Their commitment to inclusivity, compassion and quality care aligns seamlessly with our own values.

At the heart of this partnership is a deep commitment to meeting the needs of those who have historically been marginalized and oppressed through multifaceted identities and sociocultural factors. We believe that everyone deserves access to mental health support, and this partnership will help us reach those in greatest need.

As we embark on this collaborative journey with City University, we are excited about the positive impact it will have on our communities. Together, we will continue to uphold our shared values and work tirelessly to ensure that counseling services are available to all, promoting healing, resilience, and well-being.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting partnership and the incredible work we will accomplish together. We are honored to have City University as a partner and look forward to the positive changes we will bring to the communities we serve.