Students need to call to make an appointment for themselves. The Counseling Center schedules first time appointments on a same day basis and can be made by calling us at 217-333-3704 or stopping by the Center, which is located on the second floor of the Student Services Building on the corner of Sixth and John streets. Our offices open at 7:50 a.m., and we recommend calling early as our appointments often fill quickly. View the Making the Initial Appointment page for more information.
All Counseling Center records are confidential in accordance with Illinois mental health law. Student records can only be released to a third party with a student’s written consent except under specific circumstances outlined in our confidentiality policy. Counseling Center records will not be a part of a student’s academic record.
Students come to the Counseling Center for a wide variety of reasons. Many of the students who come into the Center are experiencing academic difficulties, including time management issues, concentration problems, lack of motivation, or questions about study skills. Some students are having trouble adjusting to college life or are having conflict with a roommate or their parents. Many of our clients have a specific concern related to depression, anxiety, alcohol or substance abuse, eating concerns, or a similar clinical issue. Our counselors can help students understand troubling feelings and behaviors and help them feel better. Many students find that one of the Counseling Center’s brochures is also helpful.
All students registered at University of Illinois are eligible for services. All registered students pay a mandatory health service fee that covers the cost of services at the Counseling Center. There are no additional charges for any of the clinical services offered at the Counseling Center.
The Counseling Center provides short-term, individual counseling focused on helping students develop solutions to issues affecting their academic work and personal lives. Many students find that their issues can be resolved after only a couple of sessions. The Counseling Center has an extensive group therapy program and some of these groups are a longer-term treatment option. If it’s determined that longer-term, individual counseling would be helpful, counselors can assist with referrals to resources in the community.
The Counseling Center has a diverse professional staff that works from a variety of theoretical perspectives. We provide individual, couples’ and group counseling focused on a range of common concerns shared by students. We also provide specialized assessments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and learning disorders, alcohol and other drug concerns, eating disturbances, suicidal behavior, and test anxiety.
You will be asked to complete several confidential forms that will provide your counselor with information regarding why you have scheduled an appointment and what types of concerns you want to address in your appointment. You will meet with your counselor for about 45 minutes and s/he will then talk with you about what types of services the Counseling Center has available that would be most helpful to you.
The Counseling Center has a diverse staff of mental health professionals, including counseling and clinical psychologists, social workers, doctoral interns, and practicum students. The majority of the Center’s staff are licensed within their profession – all non-licensed clinicians are supervised by licensed staff members.
Some students find that medication, often in conjunction with counseling, can be useful in addressing their mental health concerns. Since the counselors at this center do not prescribe medication, we collaborate with physicians at McKinley Health Center and in the community. If you think your son or daughter should be evaluated for medication, the first step is for him or her to discuss this with a mental health counselor (either at the Counseling Center or McKinley Mental Health Unit). The counselor may then refer the student to a psychiatrist, primary care physician, or nurse practitioner who has the ability to prescribe medication. They will evaluate the appropriateness of medications in treating symptoms and consult with the student about their recommendations. A medication evaluation and any follow-up appointments at McKinley Health Center are covered by the health service fee. Appointments at other locations may be covered in part by student health insurance. Many of the most commonly prescribed psychotropic medications filled at the McKinley Pharmacy require a small copayment; the exact cost may vary depending on the medication. There are some medications that are not available.