Behavioral Health Services


The Behavioral Health Services at Renton Technical College provides free and confidential services for current RTC students. Two Behavioral Health Therapists, Makinie Fortino and Sarah Hoaglin are available to help students experiencing personal concerns that interfere with their success at RTC. Sarah has a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Makinie has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

We offer short-term individual counseling, as well as crisis assistance to current RTC students who are experiencing personal concerns that interfere with their success at RTC. Short-term counseling is defined as up to eight sessions and can be extended, on an as-needed basis to twelve, fifty-minute sessions, per academic year. Referrals for continuing counseling off-campus are available and provided when appropriate.


For Students

During the temporary college closure, we are offering services via phone and video calls. 

Scheduling your first appointment:

  • Call and leave a message detailing your information (425-235-5759)
  • Email and ask us to call you.

For Faculty 

To refer a student to Behavioral Health please either:

  • Call and leave a message detailing the student and your information (425-235-5759)
  • Email and describe the situation.  


When is a good time to meet with Behavioral Health? During the temporary college closure, we are offering services via phone and video calls from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Type Focus
We are happy to have students schedule to meet with us for the following concerns:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping Skills
  • Life Events
  • Resources
We are happy to meet with a student right away (crisis) for the following reasons:
  • Thoughts/reports/ideas of harming themselves (Suicidal Ideation)
  • Thoughts/reports/ideas of harming others (Homicidal Ideation)
  • Drastic change in behavior that raises a red flag for staff or faculty

In case of an emergency:

  • with threat of harm

CALL 911

  • Active Shooter
  • Violent behavior
  • Concern for immediate safety
  • Other imminent threat
  • with no threat of harm to self or others: ​

Call King Co Crisis & Commitment Services​

Crisis and Commitment staff who perform these duties are referred to as Designated Crisis Responders (DCRs) They are mental health professionals who are specially trained to conduct a holistic investigation of risk and to treat the person in need with dignity and respect during their time of Crisis.​

When Faculty/Staff can provide information or resources directly to the student:

If a student reports the following concerns please provide resources directly and inform them of our services:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Housing
  • College Funding
  • Sexual Assault
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Developmental Disabilities

Download: How to Help Students in Distress [PDF]

The Campus Security Department is located in Bldg. N. Campus Security provides safety and security services to the campus community Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. - midnight, excluding campus closures and holidays.

They are equipped to provide the following services and/or interventions:

  • De-Escalation
  • Safety Escorts
  • Vehicle Assistance
  • Patrol



In the event of any kind of abuse (sexual, relationship) you have the right to either speak to a counselor (confidentially) or speak to a teacher or staff member who is required, by law, to report the information you provide to HR/Title IX Investigator.  If you choose to speak with a teacher/staff member first you are choosing to have this information reported.


Once we start working together Behavioral Health will not discuss anything you tell us with staff or faculty.

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Sarah Hoaglin and Makinie Fortino smiling in front of the Student Success office in Building I

Building I – Student Success Center
(425) 235-5759
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Get help! Fill out the Behavioral Health Form to get started or drop-in during our Wednesday Zoom Session.

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