Welcome to the Counseling Lab at Governors State University. This training facility was created for two purposes, to train counselors and to serve the community. We provide multifaceted services for individuals, couples, families and groups. We strive to approach people and their situations from a wellness prospective.

You may arrive with life struggles, but our goal is that you will leave with hope.

We balance the needs of our advanced-level, master's trainees by providing quality services in our state-of-the-art Counseling Lab.

The lab may be small, but behind the scenes is a high-technology process that streamlines your experience from the first phone call to our office throughout your counseling experience. Your case is supervised of faculty.

Our counselors-in-training are supervised by expert faculty committed to the students' education and the clients' well-being.

Our services are FREE, but the training and counseling relationships created are priceless.

 

  • Services

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    Free counseling services for individuals, couples and families, as well as career counseling services, are provided by master's-level counselors-in-training under the supervision of the following: 

    • Fully licensed Ph.D. counselors
    • Marriage and family therapists
    • Psychologists

    Couples and Families

    • Child Behavior
    • Couples/relationships
    • Separation/divorce conflicts
    • Parenting difficulties
    • Extended family problems
    • Gay, lesbian, bisexual issues    

    Individual

    • Depression
    • Stress reduction
    • Life transitions
    • Grief and mourning
    • Personal Growth
    • Interpersonal issues    

    Career

    • Career choices
    • Career transitions 
    • Educational options
    • Workplace issues
    • Job dissatisfaction
    • Communication issues
    • Downsizing, layoffs or outsourcing 

    Counseling Service Guidelines

    • Clients must be 18 years of age and older to receive individual counseling.
    • Clients must be 16 years of age (with initial involvement of parent) or older to receive career counseling.
    • Children are encouraged to participate in family counseling.
    • No restrictions based on gender, race, sexual orientation or financial situation.
    • All counseling session are confidential. Counselors, however, are mandated by law to report a client who threatens to harm him/herself or another, or situation indicating physical or sexual abuse of minors.
    • Sessions are taped for supervisory purposes. Clients remain anonymous to ensure confidentiality and privacy.
    • The counseling lab does not accept DCFS or court mandated clients or families, clients with substance abuse problems, or severely mentally distressed clients. 

    Download the brochure on Counseling Services
     
    Download the brochure on Career Counseling Services

     

  • Contact Us - Office Hours

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    Contact Us

    Counselors are available by appointment only. Call 708.534.4545 during the office hours posted below to make an appointment. Counselors meet with clients for six to twelve sessions for 50 minutes a week;  they are available to see clients day, evenings and weekends. Referrals are made for addictions and anger management issues.    

    Office Hours for Spring 2014 (January - May)

    (Note: Hours subject to change without notice)

    • Mondays - 10 am - 7  pm
    • Tuesdays - 10 am - 7  pm
    • Wednesdays - 10 am - 7 pm
    • Thursdays - 10 am - 7 pm
    • Fridays - 10 am - 3  pm

    The following dates are when the counseling lab will be closed:

     SpringBreak:  March 17 - March 21, 2014 

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  • Driving Directions

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    Driving Directions to GSU

    From the North

    • Take I-57 south to the Sauk Trail exit (turn right toward Richton Park).
    • Go east on Sauk Trail to Cicero/Route 50. Turn right on Cicero.
    • Go south on Cicero until you get to Stuenkel Road (at the stop sign and flashing red light).
    • Turn LEFT or east onto Stuenkel Road.
    • At approximately one mile you will cross Governors Highway.
    • Keep straight on Stuenkel Road. You will travel over railroad tracks.
    • At approximately a quarter mile, you will see the entrance into GSU on your right side.

     From the South

    • Take I-57 North to the Manhattan/Monee exit (335).
    • Go east (right) toward Route 50 and Governors Highway.
    • The road will split, stay straight on Governors Highway.
    • You will see a flashing red stop light ahead of you--that is Stuenkel Road.
    • Turn right (east) at the 4-way stop and travel over the railroad tracks.
    • At approximately a quarter mile, you will see the entrance into GSU on your right side.

    Directions to the Counseling Lab

    • Turn right into GSU and follow the road around. You will see parking lots on your left-hand side.
    • Park in West lot 1 or East lot 1, as these are the closest parking lots to the main entrance.
    • Enter the main entrance (near the flags).
    • Keep straight inside the main entrance, until you reach the main staircase and elevator.
    • Take the elevator up to the third floor.
    • When you exit the elevator walk straight ahead, through the double doors.
    • Go to the second hallway on your left.
    • follow that halfway down to the first hallway on your right.
    • follow that hallway to the last door on your right. That is the waiting room. The room number is D34042.
    • Once inside the waiting room, follow the instructions by the telephone to contact your counselor.

     

     

  • RESTRICTED STUDENT AND FACULTY RESOURCES

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