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

For currently enrolled students, residents and fellows

End Procrastination Now!  Procrastination is a prominent experience in which most if not all, of us have engaged. Procrastination helps to temporarily keep distressing experiences at bay. However procrastinating can lead to serious consequences for academics,work performance, and relationships. The effects of procrastination can bring about guilt and shame. This workshop will bust myths about procrastination, describe the different types of procrastination, and help to combat your way of procrastinating. Tips and strategies will be discussed and practiced. Learn how you can combat the desire to delay starting, working on, and completing tasks that you have been avoiding.Tuesday September 24th 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM, Armour Academic Center (AAC) room 710

Space is limited please RSVP to a reserve a spot:

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

Helpful Monthly Tip 

   World Suicide Prevention Month

September is World Suicide Prevention Month. The loss of a loved one by suicide is often shocking, painful and unexpected. The grief that accompanies loss can be intense, complex and longterm. Those left behind can experience a variety of emotions and symptoms in the aftermath of a suicide. Some common emotions are shock, sadness, confusion, despair, helplessness, anger, and guilt. The ways in which one copes with these emotions can vary from person to person and the grieving that accompanies loss can be intense, complex and long term. To nurture the healing, psychotherapy can be a helpful coping mechanism. If you have been impacted by suicide, consider coming to the Rush University Counseling Center to talk with a staff psychologist. Clinicians are available to meet with currently enrolled Rush students, residents, and fellows Monday through Friday in Suite 701 Kidston House. You can schedule an appointment by calling (312) 942-3687.

Wellness Week

The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence. Wellness is positive, affirming, conscious, self-directed, and an evolving process that one deliberately engages in order to achieve a sense of full potential.

From a mental health perspective, one area of wellness is emotional wellness which is accepting one’s worth, recognizing and expressing feelings in healthy ways, and coping with life’s challenges. Emotional wellness can be incorporated into one’s life by engaging in self-care, managing stress levels, getting enough sleep, and reaching out for professional support as needed. The Rush University Counseling Center is one place that can assist in developing emotional wellness. Our services are free and confidential to currently enrolled students and members of house staff. If you are interested in individual or couples psychotherapy, please call 312-942-3687, or stop by Kidston 701, to schedule an appointment.

Source: NWI

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.)