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Counseling FAQs

How much does counseling at the center cost, and how many sessions are available?

Individual or Couple's Counseling: 

The exact number of sessions are decided by the counselor and therapist in the spirit of UCS’s time-limited counseling framework. The average number of sessions at UCS (as well as other college counseling centers) is 6. The maximum number of individual sessions (per degree program) is 20. Recognizing that some students may want or need longer term support, our counselors will work with you to provide a referral if that would be helpful or necessary. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for services (for undergraduate students, that’s 2 classes, for grad students, that’s 1 class). Students interested in individual or couple’s counseling are charged $5 per session and $10 per session for the consulting psychiatrist.


Group Counseling: 
At UCS, there are no session limits with group counseling.​

What if I need counseling, but can't afford it?

Don't let the cost of counseling discourage you from seeking services you might need. The counseling we provide to DePaul students is affordable and there are professionals in the area who will provide services to students at a sliding scale. If you have concerns about cost, you can discuss them with your counselor or give us a call at 773-325-7779 or 312-362-6923.

Do you prescribe medication?

UCS employs a consulting psychiatrist who conducts psychiatric evaluations, medication consultations and medication management for students who ​​are engaged in concurrent counseling at UCS. Psychiatric services are limited to students who meet UCS' criteria for brief therapy. If you need a referral for medication-only or longer term medication management, a UCS counselor can help you find a referral in the community.

Do you provide services to grad students, law students and students in the School of New Learning?

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.

I'm interested in couple's counseling, but my significant other is not a DePaul student. Can I still utilize your services?

Yes. We will provide couples counseling as long as one of you is a DePaul student. It does not matter if the student is you or your significant other. If you are interested in couple's counseling, call us to set up an initial appointment.​

Do you see DePaul alumni?

We do not see DePaul alumni, but can refer them to services in the area. If you are an alumnae/alumnus who would like a referral, please give us a call.

What is an initial consultation appointment?

Students wanting to learn more about counseling are invited to call our main number to schedule this brief telephone assessment. Our front desk will assist you in scheduling an appointment within 1-3 days with a counselor who will help you determine the next best step. The initial consultation appointment will typically be conducted by telephone and will last about 10 or 15 minutes at most. There is no fee for an initial consultation appointment.

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.

Do you provide phone counseling?

At this time, we do not provide counseling over the phone. We do provide in-person counseling to DePaul students.​

I'm not a DePaul student, but need counseling. Can you direct me to some services?

Yes. If you need counseling, you may call us for a referral, or refer to some of the helpful resources listed on this site.

How does University Counseling Services respond to undocumented or DACA students?

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.​

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