What is the Counseling Center?

The Counseling Center is committed to providing a broad range of high quality, innovative, and ethical services that address the psychological, educational, social, and developmental needs of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students. We also actively contribute to the campus's broader academic mission by training and developing students and professionals, helping build a multicultural learning community, and providing leadership in forming collaborative partnerships among Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, the Graduate College, and Administrative Affairs units. Our staff is comprised of 25 clinical counselors (13 of whom are licensed in the state of Illinois) and many academic and support staff.

During the 2013 – 2014 school year, our outreach activities served more than 22,000 students, faculty, staff, and parents. Outreach events range from our Tuesday @ 7 Workshops, which are lead by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals; to performances by our INNER VOICES Social Issues Theater group; our ACE IT (Alcohol Culture Explored Interactive Theater) sessions for new students; and our Workshops on Request.

Who can use your services?

Registered students can utilize all counseling, educational, and outreach services.

Faculty or staff who are concerned about a student can contact the Counseling Center for information and assistance.

Faculty, staff, and departments can request educational programs and consultations.

What services do you provide?

The Counseling Center provides a wide variety of services to help students reach a balanced Illinois experience, including:

  • Short-term counseling
  • Emergency counseling
  • Referrals to outside professionals for students requiring long-term services
  • Group counseling and long-term support groups
  • Advocacy programs to support the mental, educational, and social well-being of students across campus
  • Workshops, consultations and presentations to campus units on issues related to the psychological, social, and educational wellbeing of students
  • Alcohol and drug use counseling and educational programs
  • Self-help educational resources on various issues including:
    • Strategies for academic success
    • Adjusting to college life
    • Alcohol and drug use
    • Depression, grief, or anxiety
    • Family and relationships
    • Diversity and gender
  • Training for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to become mental health professionals

How much do counseling services cost?

All services are free.

Do I need an appointment to see a counselor?

Generally, yes, although some emergency services are available quickly.

How do I make an appointment?

Initial appointments are made on a same-day basis by calling (217) 333-3704 any time after 7:50 a.m. These appointments fill up quickly, so calling early in the day is advised.

Emergency consultations to students with urgent mental health concerns are provided between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call (217) 333-3704 if you have an immediate need to meet with a counselor. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, please contact the Crisis Line at (217) 359-4141 to speak with a counselor.

Where is the Counseling Center located?

The Counseling Center is located on the 2nd Floor, Student Services Building, 610 East John Street (Corner of John and 6th Street).

What are your hours?

The Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

How do you collaborate with Campus Wellbeing Services?

We facilitate various psychological and emotional health programs at Campus Wellbeing Services (CWS). Examples are laughter circles, mindfulness, and stress management programs. Check the CWS events calendar for upcoming programs.

How can I learn more about the Counseling Center?

For appointments or more information, call (217) 333-3704.

For after-hours emergencies, call the Crisis Line at (217) 359-4141.

Visit our website at www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu.