Getting Started

Intake Appointment

When you schedule a first appointment at SCS, your appointment will be a general “intake” session.   "Intake" is a clinical term for the first appointment with a counselor.  At the intake appointment, you will meet with a counselor to discuss your personal concerns and expectations from the counseling process. The counselor will perform an assessment and determine the services that can best assist you. These services include: counseling, psychiatric consultation, academic skills assessment program, support groups, assessment and treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse, referrals to services outside of SCS, and emergency interventions.

What to expect...in the intake appointment

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure time to register.  Upon arriving at SCS, you will present your student ID and then complete a brief (about 10 minutes) registration form on an iPAD.  
  • You will then meet with a counselor for 30-45 minutes to discuss your concerns. They will ask questions about your current concerns, as well as gather some background history. Your counselor will use this information to develop a plan to best support you.  Your counselor might recommend one or more of the following options; Counseling at SCS, a psychiatric consultation, ASAP, a group a specialized assessment (i.e. substance & alcohol use, eating concerns),  an emergency intervention, or a referral.

Referrals outside SCS will necessitate the use of your private insurance plan or the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP).  Please have the name of your private insurance available to you during your first appointment.

Call (773) 702-9800 or click here to learn more about how to make an appointment.