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The Roosevelt University Counseling Center offers a number of comprehensive counseling services including but not limited to individual, couples and group counseling to students currently enrolled at Roosevelt University. While these services are limited to students, the Counseling Center also offers consultation and referral services to students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

Reasons to seek counseling

There are many reasons a person would seek counseling. Below are some frequent questions one might ask when considering counseling. Bear in mind, you don't have to have a specific reason for seeking counseling. Our counselors are here to help identify concerns and assess options in dealing with these concerns.

In general people have come to counseling because they want to feel better about themselves or their relationships with others. Some specific reasons include:

  • Stress
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Procrastination or academic difficulties
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Loneliness and shyness
  • Self-confidence concerns
  • Alcohol and other drug issues
  • Sexuality
  • Eating or sleeping issues
  • Crisis or trauma
  • Loss or difficult transitions

Often, people enter counseling with undefined concerns -- just a sense that things aren't quite right. This is a perfectly acceptable reason to seek counseling; discussing this with a counselor can give you clarity.

Individual Counseling

Individual students can work with a counselor to explore their concerns and work toward a better understanding and resolution of their difficulties. Individual counseling sessions generally last 45-50 minutes and are usually held once a week, but can be held more or less often when appropriate.

Couples Counseling
The Counseling Center is committed to helping students work through problems they might be having in their relationships. Married and unmarried students are welcome to come, as well as students in traditional and non-traditional relationships. One member of the couple must be an enrolled student.
Group Counseling

Group counseling is frequently the treatment of choice for college students; in many ways group counseling is the very best of what we have to offer. If group counseling has been recommended to you it’s because your counselor believes that it is the best way to address your concerns. What is talked about in group is confidential and not discussed outside the group.

Group counseling brings together a small number of individuals (usually 6-8) with one or more trained group leaders. Group members share what is troubling them. The process of sharing with each other, listening to each other, giving and receiving feedback, offering support and expressing their feelings about what someone else says or does can be extremely helpful. Group members begin to see that they are not alone. This interaction encourages individuals to develop new ways of behaving and learning more about how they interact with others. As a result, the original difficulties people brought to group become resolved.

In order to make group most effective, the first few sessions are geared towards establishing trust and safety. During this time, members usually work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. Group trust is enhanced when all members make a commitment to the group. Interested students are encouraged to commit to 6 sessions. If at that time you feel group is not adequately meeting your needs, we ask that you come to the group for one last session and say good-bye.

Counseling groups meet once a week for 90 minutes. Our groups are usually held late in the afternoon or early evening to accommodate student schedules. You can stay in group as long as you and the group leaders feel it is beneficial for you. Some members stay for a semester, while others stay for a year or more. However, our approach to counseling is to have you engage in either individual or group counseling, but not both. We believe this approach helps you fully focus your energies on making the most of group, and tends to maximize your therapeutic gain.

Reasons to join a group

Group works! In studies comparing group to individual therapy, group therapy has been shown to be as effective and sometimes even more effective than individual therapy. The following are brief descriptions of the groups currently offered at the Counseling Center.

Interpersonal Process Groups (IPGs) are for students seeking personal growth and social connection. Participants will help each other develop greater self-awareness and increased ability to develop satisfying relationships. The idea is that by interacting with others in a safe and trusting environment, participants can learn from each other, while giving and receiving support around the many personal issues that university students confront.

These insight-oriented process groups will provide a safe environment for interpersonal learning. Members will have the opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings that get elicited in all types of relationships, understand their relationship patterns (especially in the areas of trust, intimacy, anger, and assertiveness), receive feedback from other members, and practice “trying on” new behaviors in the safety and “social microcosm” of the group.

The following groups are being offered.

Fall 2016

  • Group 1: Tuesday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Group 2: Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Group 3: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Mindfulness Groups: Mindfulness groups are drop-in groups open to the entire RU community. These groups meet to focus on learning and practicing mindfulness for self-awareness, stress management, and general wellbeing. Groups are led by Counseling Center Staff and sessions may entail education, meditation, breathing techniques and other strategies to enhance awareness and cope with daily stressors.

How to join a group

If you are interested in joining a group and want to get more information please contact us by phone at (312) 341-3548 or stop by the Chicago Counseling Center in the Auditorium Building, Room 470 or the Schaumburg Counseling Center in Room 114. If you are not sure if group is right for you, ask to speak with Andrea Seefeldt, Psy.D., Clinical Coordinator. She can help you decide if group best fits your needs.

Consultation and Referral

Consultation Hour is held Monday-Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm in AUD470. You can also call our office (312-341-3548) and request to talk with a therapist if it is outside of the scheduled consultation hour.


There are many instances where you are concerned about a friend, family member, student or someone else. We are available to discuss ways to handle these situations. Consultation is available to individuals and groups for students, faculty, and staff. Limited consultation is also available to parents of students. You can receive consultation by either coming in during our consultation hours or by calling our office and requesting to talk with a therapist.


We are familiar with resources in the community and can guide students, alumni, faculty and staff toward needed services. On occasion, our staff will refer a student to local agencies, hospitals or clinics for clinical services when the student's needs require treatment that the Counseling Center is unable to provide.


After making the decision to seek counseling there are many questions you may have about how to get started. The Roosevelt University Counseling Center offers free clinical services to active students and consultation and referral services to faculty and staff. Below are some questions you may have about getting started in therapy.


Students must be actively enrolled in the University to receive counseling services. Roosevelt alumni, staff and faculty are eligible for consultation and referral. Wellness programming and workshops are open to the Roosevelt community.


There is no charge for counseling or any of the services provided.

Making an Appointment

If you are interested in making an initial counseling appointment, please call (312) 341-3548. This first meeting, called an intake appointment, lasts about 90 minutes.

First Appointment (Intake)

When you first arrive at the Counseling Center, you will be asked to fill out some initial paperwork. During the intake, you will be asked to describe your concerns and what you hope to gain from counseling. You and the therapist will likely talk about your immediate reason for coming to counseling, as well as background information such as your academic and family history, and your relationships with others. You and the therapist will then discuss what the next step will be. The duration of your subsequent counseling in the Counseling Center is determined by your needs and individual counselor or group availability. Occasionally, a student may be referred for therapy services outside the Counseling Center based on individual needs and the Center's resources.

What if I am not sure I want an intake appointment?

If you are unsure about beginning therapy, have a concern about a friend or otherwise want to have a brief conversation with a Counseling Center staff person, you can come to or call the Counseling Center during our consultation times, held 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Chicago. We see students on a first-come, first-serve basis during this hour. The therapist will help you assess your needs or discuss resources you are seeking. You may be encouraged to return to the Counseling Center for a full scheduled intake appointment.


We take your privacy very seriously. The Counseling Center fully adheres to all professional, legal, and ethical standards for all of our services. The information you share with our staff is confidential. With the exception of rare situations where we believe that you or someone else is in danger, or when otherwise required by a court of law, no information about you will be shared outside of the Counseling Center without our permission. This includes the fact that you are receiving services at the Counseling Center.


Psychologists do not prescribe medication in the state of Illinois, but psychiatrists do. We do not have any psychiatrists on staff at Roosevelt, but we can refer you to psychiatrists in the area.