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Counseling Services at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) assists students in meeting their emotional, psychological, and mental health needs and contributes to a campus environment that facilitates the healthy growth and development of students. The service carries out its mission through three essential roles and functions including counseling and psychotherapy, consultation, and outreach programming. Counseling Services is staffed by full-time, doctoral-level licensed psychologists, a post-doctoral fellow in psychology, and part-time psychotherapists from local doctoral psychology programs working under supervision.

Eligibility

Currently enrolled degree-seeking SAIC students may receive up to 16 sessions of free, confidential counseling and psychotherapy.

Scheduling an Appointment

Students may schedule an appointment by calling 312.499.4271. Appointments can also be made in person at 116 South Michigan Avenue on the 13th floor. Regular Counseling Services hours are 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. A psychotherapist will typically see students for an intake session within a few days of initially contacting Counseling Services. Students who are determined to be in crisis will be seen as soon as possible, perhaps immediately.

Common Reason Student Seek Counseling and Psychotherapy

•    Anxiety, fears, worries, and nervousness
•    Academics, school work, and grades
•    Depression
•    Self-esteem and self-confidence
•    Finances
•    Concentration
•    Uncertain about future, life after college
•    Procrastination and getting motivated
•    Stress management
•    Decisions about career or focus of study

Confidentiality

Counseling Services are confidential. Information communicated to SAIC counselors will not be disclosed to anyone outside Counseling Services without the written consent from the client. There are rare exceptions to this policy. These are when, in the judgment of the counselor, disclosure is necessary to protect you or someone else from serious harm or when the law requires disclosure.