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University Counseling & Psychological Services

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Counseling Services Offered

  • Free, goal-focused, collaborative , short-term, confidential, individual, and group counseling services for DePaul’s students.
  • Brief Screening & Consultations (BSC) over the phone.
  • Drop-in Emergent Care Services during office hours (Monday to Friday:  10 am to 4 pm).
  • Collaboration with faculty, staff, family, and friends who want to support student care.
  • Psychoeducational workshops and presentations for a variety of topics including adaptive coping skills, stress management, effective communication, relationships, time management, mindfulness, etc.
  • Assistance with community based referrals for therapy and psychiatry services.

Common Student Concerns Addressed

  • Academic Distress
  • Relationships
  • Family Discords
  • Self-Esteem
  • Eating Concerns
  • Identity Development
  • Life Transitions/Adjustments
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Implementing Self-care
  • Depression
  • Racial/Cultural Concerns
  • Trauma
  • Substance Use

Professional Staff

Our diverse multi-disciplinary staff includes licensed mental health professionals in psychology, counseling, and social work.

Accessing Services (Beginning July 1, 2022)

Currently-registered, degree-seeking students enrolled for classes for the quarter can talk to a therapist or schedule a brief screening and consultation appointment in the following ways:

  • To speak directly to a therapist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, students should call 773-325-CARE (2273) and Press "1" when prompted.
  • To schedule an on-campus brief screening and consultation, students should call 773-325-CARE (2273) during regular business hours and Press "2" when prompted.
  • Students can click the ‘Schedule a Consultation’ button to use online scheduling for a Brief Screening & Consultation (BSC) appointment. Online scheduling is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. All BSCs scheduled online are for phone appointments. To schedule an in-person or telehealth BSC, please call 773-325-CARE (2273) and Press "2" when prompted.

Deaf or hard of hearing students, can use TTY service by following the steps below:

    • 1. Dial 1-800-828-1140
    • 2. Select (1) for Voice Relay service
    • 3. Enter the number to be called or press "0" to reach an operator for assistance

Faculty and staff can also call UCAPS:

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 773-325-CARE (2273) and Press "2" when prompted to refer students or to consult with a clinician. 

 

Email DePaul UCAPS

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently-registered, degree-seeking students enrolled for classes for the quarter can talk to a therapist or schedule a brief screening and consultation appointment in the following ways:

TO SCHEDULE BY PHONE FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

  • To speak directly to a therapist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, students should call 773-325-CARE (2273) and Press "1" when prompted.
  • To schedule an on-campus brief screening and consultation, students should call 773-325-CARE (2273) during regular business hours and Press "2" when prompted.

TO USE ONLINE SCHEDULING (Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm) FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

  • STEP ONE: Visit go.depaul.edu/ucaps and CLICK "Schedule a Consultation."
  • STEP TWO: A new page will open. CLICK "Schedule a Consultation."
  • STEP THREE: Fill out the personal contact information form. CLICK "Next."
  • STEP FOUR: Select a day & time for your BSC appointment that fits your schedule, or if none of the options meet your needs, select one of the other options. CLICK "Next." You will then get a message either confirming your submission or providing further instructions.
  • DONE! When you successfully submit an appointment request you will see a confirmation message. If your submission is unsuccessful you will be provided further instructions on how to schedule an appointment. For a printable handout of these steps, CLICK HERE.

Full-time and part-time DePaul students enrolled in a degree program and currently-registered in classes during the quarter they seek services are eligible for UCAPS services. Services include: (in-person or telehealth) individual counselinggroup counseling, crisis intervention; and referrals to community providers and agencies. In addition, students enrolled in a degree program can access the "We Take Care @ DePaul" 24/7/365 care line for mental health phone support services, regardless of class registration.

Students-at-large, non-degree seeking students and individuals enrolled in certificate programs may have a brief screening & consultation with recommendations and referrals for off-campus services. 

DePaul employees are not eligible for UCAPS (even if enrolled as a student). Employees seeking counseling services can contact the Employee Assistance Program or their HMO/PPO for more infromation.

UCAPS offers a goal-focused, time-limited, and collaborative approach to mental health services in which students work collaboratively with their therapists to focus on goals that would be completed in a short-term during their academic career at DePaul. For long-term needs, students will be referred to providers in the community. In addition, students are referred out to community providers when student’s counseling needs are best met with higher level of care (partial program, inpatient treatment, etc.), more frequent meetings, or specialized services that UCAPS does not provide.

  • Students can speak directly to a therapist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 773-325-CARE (2273) and selecting option one, when prompted.

  • Students outside of North America should call +44.208.987.6588.

  • Deaf or hard of hearing students, can use  TTY service by following the steps below:

    1. Dial 1-800-828-1140 

    2. Select (1) for Voice Relay service 

    3. Enter the number to be called or press “0” to reach an operator for assistance

Other 24/7/365 resources include:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

Open 24/7/365

The Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Crisis Text Line

Text “HOME” to 741741

Open 24/7/365

Texters can chat with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem-solving. 


IMAlive Online Crisis Network 

Open 24/7/365www.imalive.orgIMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis.  Volunteers are trained and certified in crisis intervention 

Chicago Sexual Assault Hotline 

1-888-293-2080 in Chicago Metropolitan Area1-630-971-3927 in DuPage County 1-708-748-5672 in South Suburbs Open 24/7/365Provides survivors of sexual violence and their significant others immediate support, crisis intervention, and local referrals. The volunteers and staff at the hotline have received extensive training in sexual assault crisis intervention.

Domestic Violence Hotlines

Chicagoland area: 1-877-863-6338 (Multi-lingual advocates available)Everywhere else: 1-800-799-7233Open 24/7/365Highly-trained advocates are available to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

The Trevor Project

Phone: 1-866-488-7386Text: Text START to 678678Chat: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/Open 24/7/365The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Trans Lifeline 

1-877-565-8860Open 9am-3am CST Provides direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community.  The Hotline was, and still is, the only service in the country in which all operators are transgender. Because of the particularly vulnerable relationship transgender people have with police, it is also the only service in the country with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.

The National Runaway SafeLine 

1-800-786-2929Open 24/7/365Provides advice and assistance to runaways (or those who are considering running away), including resources, shelter, transportation, assistance in finding counseling, and transitioning back to home life. NRS frontline staff will also act as advocates and mediators if/as needed.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Family Support Hotline

1-855-435-7693Services available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Polish The purpose of the ICIRR Family Support Network (FSN) is to unify, build and coordinate a full range of support – legal, social services, ministry, law enforcement, and political action – for all families separated/impacted by the immigration system.

In a crisis situation when you are not able to keep yourself/someone or those around you/them safe, you need to go to or contact the nearest emergency room.

When calling 911, callers can request an ambulance for themselves or others experiencing a mental health crisis. The National Alliance of Mental Illness recommends: “Share all the information you can with your 911 operator. Tell the dispatcher that you or your loved one is having a mental health crisis and explain their mental health history and/or diagnosis. Request a trained Crisis Intervention Team-trained officer.”

If on campus, you can also contact public safety on Lincoln Park (1-773-325-7777) or Loop Campus (1-312-362-8400) for assistance.

Call 311 to request a welfare check if you are worried about someone or have not been able to reach them.

If the  person you are concerned about should be on campus, or you believe they are on campus, you can call Public Safety who can conduct a wellness check. Call 773-325-7777 in Lincoln Park or 312-362-8400 in the Loop.

​Hours & ​Locations

  • ​*On Wednesdays, all UCAPS staff are in Lincoln Park for staff training and development meetings.
  • UCAPS is open during term breaks, except for university holidays.

Lincoln Park Counseling Center

HOURS
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday*

LOCATION
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Student Center, Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60614

Loop Counseling Center

HOURS
Reduced Summer Schedule*
Please Call for Availability

LOCATION
25 E. Jackson Boulevard
Lewis Center, Suite 1465
Chicago, IL 60604

In case of an Urgent or Life-Threatening Emergency:

  • Call 911, go to your nearest emergency room.
  • If you are on campus call Public Safety: 1-773-325-7777 (Lincoln Park) or 1-312-362-8400 (Loop).​

Staff

Halimo Abdulkarim, BSW, MSW
Halimo Abdulkarim, BSW, MSW
Maggie Brennan, Ph.D.
Maggie Brennan, Ph.D.
Anna Landmeier, LCSW, CADC
Anna Landmeier, LCSW, CADC
Judith Legorreta-Hernandez, LCPC
Judith Legorreta-Hernandez, LCPC
Anthony McGeath
Anthony McGeath
Orson Morrison, PsyD
Orson Morrison, PsyD
  • Associate Director for Clinical Services
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Victoria Smith, LCSW
Victoria Smith, LCSW
Natalyn Williams
Natalyn Williams
Tow Yee Yau, PhD
Tow Yee Yau, PhD