Counseling Services

Counseling Services Staff is committed to assisting students in reaching their highest educational and individual goals. Our services are tailored to empower students in developing lifelong skills. Therapy sessions help students address mental health concerns that impede academic performance, retention, employability, personal and social success.

Counseling Services provides brief, short-term therapy. This means we may not be able to work on all the issues you would like, and concerns that require more intensive, specialized or long-term care may not fall within the scope of our services. Although students have access to up to 12 individual counseling sessions per academic year, you and your clinician will assess the need for ongoing treatment and will decide about next steps. If you need further psychological services over the course of therapy, we will make every effort to provide you with appropriate off campus referrals. On campus counseling sessions are included in your tuition and fees, while outside providers charge for their services. It is your responsibility to arrange for any payment that is necessary for off-campus providers.

Individual Therapy

The student and clinician collaborate to work through a wide variety of difficulties, ranging from depression and anxiety to relationship concerns and academic stressors. A supportive and non-judgmental environment is provided to assist students with the process of developing strategies for lasting positive change.

Process Groups

An open space in which students can talk about current life experiences and receive support from peers. These groups may consist of up to 10 students. Clinicians facilitate weekly groups, encourage active participation and provide support.

Personal Improvement Groups

Groups occur daily covering topics such as emotion management, social success, healthy relationships, cultivating happiness, sexuality, life skills, time-management and self-care. Groups are facilitated by a clinician and are 45 minutes in length. In addition to talking, group work may include writing, journaling and creative expression.

Community Linkage / Referral

Clinicians can assist students with connecting to community providers when the presenting need(s) cannot be affectively addressed through short-term therapy. For example, Counseling Services cannot prescribe medication, so if medication is an identified need, we will assist the student in identifying a provider who can do so.

Counseling Services is unable to provide court mandated treatment of any kind. The counseling provided at Counseling Services does not meet eligibility criteria for entitlements as our records do not contain a mental health diagnosis. Entitlements include but are not limited to, emotional support animals, marijuana for medicinal purposes, documentation required for Services for Students with Disabilities, or aid programs through Columbia College Chicago. Students in need of the above services will receive community referrals.