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

Rush Wellness Assistance Program

The Rush Wellness Assistance Program is a comprehensive resource for all Rush University students and their families, which provides offerings in three areas:

  • Work: Professional and personal development through “Skillbuilders” — free 30- to 45-minute online tutorials that address numerous topics including, managing stress, emotional wellbeing, along with improving study skills, concentration, test‐taking, writing and much more.
  • Life: 24/7 confidential, short-term counseling services for students and their families — at no cost.
  • Home: Connecting Rush University students to healthy cooking recipes and assistance with locating home‐life services like financial planning, child‐care/elder‐care, or legal services.

The Rush Wellness Assistance Program will address several important university-specific needs including:

  • After-Hours Counseling: Providing after-hours, video-conferencing counseling support accessible by mobile phone or tablet from the comfort and privacy of home.
  • Distance Learners: Extending counseling services and support to our distance and online learners who would otherwise be unable to access the Counseling Center

To access services, visit the Rush Wellness Assistance Program page on Inside Rush.

Upcoming Workshops 

Get Set For Finals

For currently enrolled students, residents and fellows

This workshop will help you manage the stress and anxiety associated with preparing for finals. Tips and strategies will be discussed to help you organize yourself, manage your time, engage in self-care and best cope with pre exam jitters.

Date: December 3rd, 2019 Where: AAC 710 Time: 12:00 – 12:50 PM

Space is limited please RSVP to a reserve a spot:

• Please Note: Lunch is not provided but you are welcome to bring your own lunch

Helpful Monthly Tip 

Tips For Managing Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a time of great excitement and happiness. There is celebration of the year and hope for what the New Year will bring. And let’s not forget the abundance of food and family time! While the holidays can be verypositive and meaningful, they can also be stressful and complicated. Here are some tips to help you reduce stress during this holiday season and afterwards.

Sleep: try to go to bed and get up at the same time. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep.

Exercise: try to get moving at least one half hour per day. This can help with stress management and burn off that extra piece of pecan pie we know we will have.

Good food choices: you should indulge in the sweets of the season but also try to do so in moderation while also eating fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Your mood will thank you!

Set boundaries: limit what you commit yourself to and what you say “yes” to. Sometimes saying no can reduce stress especially around the holidays.

Make time for yourself: schedule some time alone or engaged in an activity that helps you recharge and renew so you are ready for the holiday festivities.

Limit tense discussions: this can be difficult but steering clear of topics that may create tension or negativity. Topics such politics or religion can be emotionally charged and create a negative tone for the gathering.

Set realistic expectations: We all want to make the perfect holiday memories or get the perfect gift for a person. But these goals for perfectionism can put even more pressure on us during the holidays. Being flexible and let yourself roll with what comes your way; this approach will make for a more pleasant experience for all involved.

Have fun! Enjoy your time with friends and family, time off from school and work, and enjoying the spirit of the season.

Eat well, laugh often, take a break, and remind yourself of what has gone well for you this year.

Happy Holidays!

Source: Daphne Lurie, Ph.D. of the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at The Scripps Research Institute.

Managing Winter Blues

Considering we experienced our first blast of cold weather this week, it is important to talk about how mood and energy can be impacted during the winter months. With winter comes the dreaded “winter blues.” With the change in weather, it becomes increasingly important to take care of yourself and keep your spirits up. There are many ways to fight the winter blues and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. In addition to its many physical benefits, exercise can help release endorphins and uplift our mood. A good diet can ensure that our body gets the proper nutrition to sustain itself. Using bright lights and light therapy can also help replace some of the missing sunshine during this time of year. It is also advisable to find a project or hobby that can be pursued during the winter to keep us active and engaged. Keep yourself in the company of friends and family to allow yourself to relax in social comfort. If your “blues” persist for more than a couple of weeks, consider seeing a counselor at the counseling center or a medical provider to rule out any other physical or mental issues. While the chilly weather and piles of snow make it easy to feel down in the winter, mood issues are not something to be taken lightly. If you’re feeling blue during this season, you’re not alone and it’s okay to ask for help.

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


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.)