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

July and August Workshops: TBA

Helpful Monthly Tip

June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness month. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age.” PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. PTSD can be helped with social support and psychotherapy; psychotherapy can help manage the symptoms and learn coping strategies for living more comfortably in the world. If you would like to talk to a clinical psychologist at the Rush University Counseling Center more about this issue or another issue in your life, please call 312-942-3687, or stop by Kidston 701, to schedule an appointment. Our services are available to all currently enrolled students and they are free and completely confidential.

APA: PTSD

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

 

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.)