What is counseling?

Maintaining your health and wellbeing is an important aspect of being a successful UChicago student. You may be faced with a variety of stressors including adjustment to new environments and general stress that can be associated with life as a student.  Sometimes it is difficult to reach out to family and friends for the support you need in the moment.  One way to help yourself is with counseling. Counseling is a collaborative, confidential relationship with a counselor where you can explore ways that you are stuck mentally or emotionally. Through counseling you can work together with a trained counselor to understand and work toward resolving a problem or difficulty or to get advice on a particular issue.  Counseling can provide:

  • A safe place to talk about what you are experiencing
  • Coping strategies to deal with stress
  • Strategies that can help you be a more successful student
  • A better understanding of yourself
  • Ways to increase your well-being
  • Help with self-care
  • Ideas about how to handle problems
  • Effective study skills
  • Consultation with a psychiatrist

How to make the best use of counseling

  • When you meet with your counselor, be as specific and descriptive as you can about your concerns.
  • Arrive on time to get the benefit of a full appointment.
  • Be as open and as honest as possible.
  • Ask any questions you may have. 
  • Take time to reflect on the topics discussed with your counselor between sessions.
  • Practice any skills or strategies discussed with your counselor.
  • Be patient.  Improvement can take time.

If you need to cancel your appointment, please call SCS with as much notice as possible to ensure that you get the soonest new appointment time and to open up appointments for your fellow students to use. 

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