Counseling Services

Interior image of the Wellness Center, view from East hallway towards the waiting area.

Artwork Featured: Extract (2019), by Alex Peyton-Levine

The mission of Counseling Services at SAIC is to assist students in meeting their emotional, psychological, and mental health needs and to contribute to a campus environment that facilitates the healthy growth and development of students. The service carries out its mission through several essential roles and functions: counseling and psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation, care management, and mental health promotion. Counseling Services is staffed by full-time doctoral-level licensed psychologists, a licensed clinical professional counselor, a mental health promotion specialist/registered art therapist licensed as a professional counselor, postdoctoral fellows in psychology, and part-time psychotherapists from local doctoral psychology programs working under supervision.


Currently enrolled degree-seeking SAIC students may receive up to 16 sessions of free, confidential, short-term counseling and psychotherapy per degree program.  Referrals to off-campus providers are available for open-ended psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, group therapy, intensive treatment programs and emergency psychiatry services.

Scheduling an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call 312.499.4271 or email us at Regular Counseling Services hours are 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Students will typically meet with a psychotherapist for an intake session within a few days of contacting Counseling Services. Students in crisis will be seen as soon as possible.

Common Reason Students Seek Counseling and Psychotherapy

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


Counseling and psychotherapy are confidential. Information communicated to SAIC counselors will not be disclosed to anyone outside Counseling Services without 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 the patient or someone else from serious harm or when the law requires disclosure.

Health Insurance Plan

If you are a member of the SAIC student health insurance plan and are looking for providers who accept this insurance, please click here.

Contact Us
312.499.4271 (after hours, press 1 to speak to a counselor)
TTY: 312.499.4287
Fax: 312.499.4290

Lakeview Building
116 S. Michigan Ave.
13th floor

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address
Counseling Services
Lakeview Building
116 S. Michigan Ave.
13th floor
Chicago IL, 60603

To schedule an appointment, call:
312.499.4271 (after hours, press 1 to speak to a counselor)