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Counseling

Services Offered (updated in response to COVID-19)

We care about your mental health, especially in this stressful time. We provide tele-mental health services and connections with resources to serve our students. We are adjusting and expanding our services wherever we can in response to the changing environment caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

UCS has a diverse, caring, and competent professional staff that works from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Some students find that talking to a counselor once is sufficient to resolve their immediate concern. Our counselors can help you in a variety of ways because they are excellent sounding boards, compassionate listeners, and skillful experts in the problems of living. If further services would be beneficial, these will be discussed and recommendations will be made by the counselor.

UCS offers primarily short-term counseling, but we do provide referrals to the community when students could benefit from longer term services. We are currently operating on virtual basis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more details on what this might mean for you, please review our remote services guidelines below, check out our FAQs, or contact UCS.

Remote Services Guidelines

Teletherapy services:  Individual therapy with a UCS therapist via videoconference or telephone for students located in Illinois. Group teletherapy via videoconference for students in Illinois.

Telepsychiatry services: with the UCS psychiatrist for students who are meeting with a UCS therapist. These services are offered by referral at the discretion of UCS therapists. (UCS does not provide assessment or treatment for ADHD, but can help students locate a provider outside of DePaul.)

Please note that during the pandemic, if you do not have  the technology needed or a private space in which to have a virtual session with a counselor, a reserved room equipped with a computer is available in the Lincoln Park Student Center that can be used for private video therapy sessions.

Local Referrals: when appropriate, for mental health care in the Chicago area, including low-cost options. 

Consultation: to help students find mental health support where they are now, whether in Illinois or out-of-state.

Virtual Outreach Programs and Workshops: For more information about our current outreach programs, please click here.

We are only able to provide therapy for students in Illinois due to variability in state licensure laws for the practice of psychology. These laws create licensing barriers and constraints for practicing therapy across state lines.

Our goal is to make our services as accessible as we possibly can. In order to expand our services in a lasting and consistent way to students residing outside Illinois, UCS is pursuing membership in an interstate alliance (PSYPACT) that will permit our therapists to provide teletherapy to students in 14 member states. We will update our website as those services become available and as PSYPACT grows to include more states, as we expect that it will in the coming year.

Mental Health Screenings

Everyone experiences stress, sadness and anxiety from time to time—it’s part of life. But if you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or unable to do the things you once enjoyed, it may be time to assess your emotional health. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, take a few minutes to visit the mental health screening website to  complete a free anonymous self-assessment.

Counseling FAQs

Our frequently asked questions page will provide you with answers to many common questions about UCS, including: who is eligible for services, how to schedule an appointment, costs & limitations, what kind of issues we treat, what happens in counseling,  and much more.

Individual or Couples Counseling

At times we need outside help from a trained, licensed professional in order to work through these problems. Through counseling, counselors help millions of Americans of all ages lead healthier, more productive lives. Psychotherapy is a collaborative effort between an individual and the therapist. It provides a supportive environment to talk openly and confidentially about concerns and feelings.

Online Resources