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 

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of clinical depression that typically begins in the late fall or early winter and improves in the spring or summer months. Feeling intensely sad, hopeless and helpless as well as feeling sluggish, socially withdrawn, sleeping and eating more than usual are common symptoms of SAD.

If you experience these symptoms for at least two weeks and it has occurred for at least two winters, you may want to speak to a psychologist or your health care provider.

Tips to help manage symptoms of SAD:

  • Social support from friends and family
  • Eat healthy and balanced meals
  • Get as much daylight or sun as possible
  • Light therapy lamp
  • Seek professional assistance

If you would like to talk to a clinical psychologist at the Rush University Counseling Center, please call 942-3687, or stop by Kidston 701, to schedule an appointment.

More information on SAD:

SAD from APA

February Workshops

Strategies for Improving Communication in Relationships

Workshop offered by Rush University Counseling Center for currently enrolled students and members of house staff

It has been said that at the core of a strong relationship is constructive and open communication. Are you interested in improving the way you communicate with the people in your life? This workshop will offer some helpful strategies for improving your communication which may lead to more positive relationships.

Friday February 15th, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Armour Academic Center (AAC) room 710

Space is limited please RSVP to a reserve a spot: Edgar_Latorre@rush.edu

• Please Note: Lunch is not provided

Managing Imposter Phenomenon

Workshop offered by Rush University Counseling Center for currently enrolled students and members of house staff

First described by psychologists Suzanne Imes, PhD, and Pauline Rose Clance, PhD, in the 1970s, impostor phenomenon occurs among high achievers who are unable to internalize and accept their success. They often attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than to ability, and fear that others will eventually unmask them as a fraud. Some studies have suggested that 70% of people will experience traits of Imposter Phenomenon at least once in their life. This workshop will discuss Imposter Phenomenon as it applies to students and professionals, and discuss ways to better manage feelings of being an imposter.

Thursday February 21st, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Armour Academic Center (AAC) room 710

Space is limited please RSVP to a reserve a spot: Edgar_Latorre@rush.edu

• Please Note: Lunch is not provided

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

www.suicidology.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

www.afsp.org

Crisis Text Line                 

www.crisistextline.org

Hope Line

www.hopeline.com

Jed Foundation                    

www.jedfoundation.org

Mental Health Screening Suicide Prevention

www.stopasuicide.org

Stop Soldier Suicide

www.stopsoldiersuicide.org, or call (844) 889-5610

Suicide Prevention Resource Center  

U Lifeline                           

www.sprc.org

www.ulifeline.org

 

 

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.)