Getting Started with Counseling
Your first contact
Your first contact with a Mental Health Professional (MHP) will be through a 30 minute phone consultation appointment. During this appointment, your counselor will assess the nature and urgency of your concerns and will work with you to identify the most appropriate next steps for your care.
You can schedule this initial phone consultation either online or by calling the front desk at 773-508-2530. During the phone consultation, you’ll be invited to talk about your situation, and to answer questions of a personal nature, so please be sure to be somewhere where you can speak privately.
At the end of the phone appointment, your counselor will recommend next steps. Options may include scheduling you for short term individual psychotherapy or group therapy at the Wellness Center, or helping you to access off-campus referrals for your ongoing care. If your situation is life threatening or otherwise acute, the Wellness Center also offers same-day crisis and urgent care appointments as needed.
For those students seeking a medication consultation with a psychiatric provider, the Wellness Center requires you to go through the same phone consultation process. Please see Psychiatry for further information.
During the phone consultation appointment, you and the MHP may decide that Wellness Center services are a good fit for you. If so, you will be scheduled for an initial in-person assessment appointment for group or individual counseling.
In most cases, we will ask you to arrive 15 minutes early for your initial in-person visit in order to complete intake forms. Please make sure to bring your student ID, as you will use this to swipe and check in for your appointment at the computer kiosk in the waiting area. Once you have checked in, please go to the laptop computers to complete the health history forms that will assist your counselor in understanding you and your situation better.
The day and time of your initial assessment will, in most cases, be the day and time that you will attend short-term therapy each week with your MHP. Your counselor will talk with you during your initial assessment about scheduling future appointments.