The Wellness Center offers a variety of groups throughout the semester. Please click below for the most up-to-date schedule.
Common Questions about Counseling at the Wellness Center
- Who is eligible for counseling?
All students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs that have paid the student activity fee are eligible for counseling services through the Wellness Center.
- What are some common reasons people come for counseling?
Students seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Many students come for counseling when life events or academic stressors leave them feeling troubled or distressed. When these feelings last for more than a few days, you may find it helpful to speak with an unbiased, objective professional. Some common reasons for entering treatment include:
- homesickness/difficulty making the transition to college
- dating violence or stalking concerns
- sexual assault survivor issues
- drug and alcohol use issues
- eating and body image concerns
- relationship concerns
- family conflict
- identity issues
- sexuality concerns
- vocational goals clarification
- How do I make a counseling appointment?
To schedule an appointment for services students may call the Wellness Center directly at (773) 508-8883
or schedule a web-based appointement.
- What can I expect from my first counseling visit?
The first step in beginning counseling at the Wellness Center is a brief telephone screening appointment with one of our licensed clinical social workers or psychologists. You may schedule this appointment either by calling Dial-A-Nurse (773-508-8883) or by scheduling a web-based appointment. During this initial phone appointment, you and a counselor will discuss your reason/s for seeking counseling, and your counselor will advise you if services provided at the Wellness Center will meet your needs, or if your needs would be better served through a referral to a community provider. If brief therapy is an appropriate option for you, you will be given an appointment with a Wellness Center therapist. During the first in-person session with your assigned counselor, a detailed assessment interview will be completed and brief therapy will begin.
- What is your policy on confidentiality?
Everything that you discuss in session with your counselor is confidential. This means nothing will go on your student education records. Also, your parents or loved ones do not have access to your mental health records without your consent. Your therapist will not consult with anyone outside of the Wellness Center, or outside of the university, without your written consent. There are some important exceptions to this, including information about child or elder abuse, serious risk to human life, and court orders.
- Is there a limit on the number of sessions?
The Wellness Center provides brief individual psychotherapy (typically 6-8 visits per student per academic year). Students who are seeking longer term therapy, or whose counselor determines would benefit from longer term therapy, will be provided with referrals to providers in the community. We will seek a good fit for you with someone who accepts your insurance. We do our utmost to ensure that cost is not a barrier to receiving needed care, and can provide referrals to providers and clinics who offer sliding scale fees. There is no session limit for the variety of group therapy offerings.
- Does the Wellness Center provide prescriptions for psychiatric medications?
The Wellness Center has a limited number of psychiatric appointments available, and nurse practitioners also manage some psychiatric medications, depending on your condition. Like brief therapy, long term psychiatric care is not offered at the Wellness Center. Students will be provided with referrals to the community for ongoing psychiatric care. Students in need of medications used to treat ADHD or ADD will be provided with referrals for a psychiatrist in the community because the Wellness Center does not prescribe medications for these disorders.
- I might have a learning disability and/or attention deficit disorder. Do you do any testing?
The Wellness Center does not currently offer learning disability or ADHD testing. However, you can schedule a telephone intake appointment with a counselor to receive referrals appropriate to your needs and circumstances.
- What if I am in crisis and need to speak with someone right away?
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, including having thoughts of harming yourself, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you are seeking non-emergency assistance for a crisis after hours, you may call these 24-hour hotlines:
- (312) 926-8100 (Northwestern Memorial Hosptial Crisis Line)
- (800) 273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)