Rush University Counseling Center

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the following:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital psychiatric emergency line:  (312) 926-8100

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
LGBTQ suicide hotline: (800) 488-7386

Feeling stressed is common — especially when you are juggling the demands of academics, work and relationships. Asking for help may lead to personal growth and constructive resolution of the issue that has caused stress.

One source of free, confidential help, located right on campus, is the Rush University Counseling Center. The center is  staffed by clinical psychologists who can help you address a wide range of issues, from stress and anxiety to relationship problems, depression and more.

To make an appointment, call (312) 942-3687 on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Who’s eligible

  • Currently enrolled students
  • House staff members

All discussions and information are held in the strictest confidence. We do not maintain electronic medical records, and no one at Rush has access to information about who uses our services.

Counseling staff

  • Hilarie Terebessy, PhD, direct line: (312) 942-3013
  • Kunal Sachdev, PsyD, direct line:    (312) 942-3405
  • Meghan Kean, PsyD, direct line: (312) 942-5726
  • Emily Carter, PsyD, direct line: (312) 563-1949

Helpful Monthly Tip 

Cut down on screen time to reduce stress and increase productivity

April 29th to May 5th is national Screen Free Week. If you want to reduce your screen time especially to reduce stress and increase productivity, here are some helpful tips.

Track it: Keep track of how much time you spend checking your email and scrolling thru social media in the day. Ask yourself: what else could I be doing with this time?

Limit socializing via electronics: instead of texting or Facebook messaging a friend, call them on the phone or actually meet them in person. Face to face interaction can be more rewarding and lead to a greater sense of connection.

Ban your computer and phone from the bedroom: charge your phone in another part of your home and don’t work on school work in bed. The ambient light from screens can trick your mind into thinking it’s time to be awake and can contribute to sleep issues which can increase stress and lower productivity during the day.

Have a hard-stop for screen time: set a timer or have a certain time of the day as a cut off for when you will and will not use your phone or the internet. Limiting screen time will help you stay more productive, more present, and cut down on distractions.

Replace the screen: find a different hobby to replace the screen time. Read a book, knit, do a crossword puzzle, or simply observe your surroundings during times when you would likely reach for your phone/tablet.

No tech at the table: limit screen time while eating a meal, especially if you are eating with other people. Use that time to eat mindfully and/or socialize with those around you.

Turn off notifications: avoid disruptions by email notifications, text chimes, and “Breaking News” notifications. Use your designated screen time to check your email and look at the news/social media website. Limiting notifications you receive puts the control back in your hands as opposed to your electronic device controlling you.

Black out time: If you are trying to study or complete a task, put your phone in another room and block the internet on your computer. This will help you stay focused and reduce the temptation to check your phone. A recent article found that Americans check their phones between 46 and 75 times per day! article

Resources and tools

Click here for online resources related to stress and mental health, plus documents that can help you prepare for a Counseling Center appointment.

Other useful links:

American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Crisis Text Line         

Hope Line

Jed Foundation            

Mental Health Screening Suicide Prevention

Stop Soldier Suicide, or call (844) 889-5610

Suicide Prevention Resource Center  

U Lifeline                   



Contact Information

Kidston House
630 S. Hermitage Ave., Suite 701
Chicago, IL 60612
Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday
(312) 942-3687 (phones staffed 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)