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Students sometimes experience difficulties that undermine success in their academic and personal lives. Counseling Services provides a variety of free services to help students achieve more satisfying relationships, improve their academic performance, and make more effective career and life choices.

For more information, please contact us at (630) 617-3565.

Initial Intake Interview
A student seeking services first meets with a counselor for an intake interview. The counselor talks with the student about his or her concerns and determines what type of service will best meet the student's needs. When appropriate, the counselor will refer the student to other campus and/or community agencies. Initial intake interviews are available on an appointment basis. To schedule an intake interview, call the Wellness Center at (630) 617-3565.

Individual, Couples and Group Counseling
Individuals and couples can work with a counselor to explore their concerns and work toward a better understanding and resolution of their difficulties. Group counseling options include a number of general- and specific-issue counseling groups. There is a 30-session limit for individual and couples counseling, but there are no session limits for groups.

Services for Veterans
Veteran students at Elmhurst have access to the same free counseling services that are available to other students, along with a variety of services geared specifically to veterans’ needs. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also offers a variety of mental health resources and services, including screening tools and treatment options. To find a local VA hospital or clinic, check the VA’s website or call (800) 827-1000.

Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric services are available to students who have been referred by a Wellness Center staff member.

Workshops
Counseling Services offers a Workshop on Request Program. We'll come to your class, residence hall, group or team to present workshops on a variety of topics.

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop, please contact Counseling Services at (630) 617-3565 at least two weeks prior to the workshop to make arrangements. We ask that you have a minimum of 10 attendees at the workshop.

Some possible workshop topics include:

  • Assertiveness
  • Stress Management
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Coping with Anxiety
  • Cross-Cultural Relationships
  • Alcohol
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Long Distance Relationships
  • Communication Skills
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Dealing with Divorce
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Perfectionism
  • Dealing with Emotions
  • How to Help a Friend

Self-Help Resources
Resources are available on a variety of topics related to personal, social, and health issues, as well as academic skills. These resources are also available through Wellness Links.

Screenings
Counseling Services offers free screenings throughout the year on issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and alcohol and other drugs. Call the Wellness Center at (630) 617-3565 to schedule an appointment.

You can also complete the following screenings online: depression and anxiety. Click here to connect to the online screening center, and enter "Wellness" to log in.

Referrals
If problems exceed the scope of our counseling focus; resources are not available within the College; or the session limit has been met, we will assist students in obtaining referrals to community resources. The cost of these services is not included in student fees.

Confidentiality
We adhere to state law and the ethics of our profession, which means that confidentiality is of the utmost importance.

Our Staff
Our staff consists of three Licensed Clinical Psychologists, four master's-level counselors, and a psychiatrist, all of whom are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our campus community.

Referring a Student to Counseling
If you have concerns about the emotional well-being of an Elmhurst College student, consider referring that student to Counseling Services. Whether you're a faculty or staff member or a fellow student, here are some things to consider:

  • When should you refer a student to counseling?
    • When a student presents a problem or makes a request that is beyond your competency (when you feel you are in over your head)
    • When a student appears to be exhibiting a lot of stress
    • When a student exhibits signs of emotional problems
    • When you have worked with the student and there appears to be no improvement
    • When a student is constantly demanding more of your "listening time" than you are able to provide
  • Questions to ask yourself
    • Am I qualified to meet the needs of the student?
    • Do I have the time to devote to the student?
    • What is the severity of the problem?
    • Will assisting the student result in role conflict?
  • How do you refer?
    • Bring it up. In conversation, bring up the possibility of referral by saying something like, "Have you thought about seeing one of the counselors on campus about this?" Let them know that counseling is a free and confidential service. 
    • Make the call. Offer support in making an appointment. Some students may want you to make the initial call for them (call (630) 617-3565) or accompany them to the Wellness Center.
    • Follow up. We recommend that you follow up with the student within a day or two to see whether they kept their appointment with Counseling Services. If necessary, a "Release of Information" may be obtained to allow you and the counselor to discuss other ways in which you might be helpful.

What do you do in case of an emergency?
If you become aware that a student is an imminent threat to him/herself or to others, contact Campus Security at (630) 617-3000 immediately.

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