Division of Student Affairs > Support Services > Counseling > Counseling FAQs
The exact number of sessions is decided by the counselor and the student in the spirit of UCS’ brief therapy framework. The average number of sessions at UCS (as well as other college counseling centers is 5.
Individual counseling sessions generally do not exceed 8 or 10 sessions per episode of care. There is no limit on group counseling which is often the treatment modality of choice for the most common issues confronting college students (e.g., anxiety/stress, depression, relationship concerns, etc.).
Recognizing that some students may want or need longer term support, especially students who have already had a significant amount of counseling, our counselors will work with you to locate an off-campus referral if ongoing care would be helpful or necessary for your ongoing academic and personal success.
Students must be enrolled in a degree program at least half time (and currently taking classes) to be eligible for counseling services. For undergraduates, that’s 2 classes per quarter, for graduate students, that’s at least one class per quarter). Students-at-large, non-degree seeking students and individuals enrolled in certificate programs may have an initial consultation with recommendations and referrals for off-campus services.
Students interested in individual, couple’s or group counseling are charged $5 per session. Please note that these fees may be waived in case of financial need. Though minimal, we would not want these fees to be an obstacle to getting professional help or support.
We provide individual, group, and couple’s counseling to DePaul students enrolled in a degree program at last half-time, including undergraduate, graduate and law students.
Of course, if you feel you are in crisis and that your emergency cannot wait for a consultation later that day, we will connect you with the counselor on call during that time.
Consistent with our Catholic and Vincentian mission and values, University Counseling Services (UCS) respects the dignity and confidentiality of all students from all backgrounds. Although our staff do not directly ask about legal or immigration status, students are more than welcome to raise it themselves. We recognize the life of undocumented and DACA students may be filled with unique stressors. These may include feelings of uncertainty and fears about the future, loneliness and isolation, depression, anxiety, relationship stress and concern about family members. These pressures may be compounded by one’s legal status and societal opinions about immigration. UCS is staffed by counselors ready to support the emotional and mental wellness of our diverse student body.