How Can We Help You?

The Counseling Center at Governors State University has a staff of experienced professionals who provide a variety of counseling services for undergraduate and graduate students. The counselors support and adhere to the professional, ethical, and legal standards as described by the American Psychological Association, as well as other professional organizations. Our mission is to provide counseling services that enhance the opportunity for academic success of our students by providing high quality professional and confidential counseling services when students encounter stressors that distract from the pursuit of their personal, educational, and career goals.Counseling

  • Services offered

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    The dedicated staff at the Counseling Center are made up of one full time licensed clinical professional counselor, one part-time psychologist, and three part-time masters or doctoral level interns. Each staff member provides mental health services for students through individual counseling and outreach events. Trainings and workshops for GSU faculty, staff, and students may also be available upon request.

     

    Is there a mental health issue that you would like to learn more about? Do you believe the GSU community would benefit from a certain mental health outreach event? Please consider completing our anonymous survey to help us plan future events. You can also find a link to the survey here.

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  • What we can do to help

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    Why Counseling?

    While students are here to achieve academic goals, they also have personal, social, and vocational activities that require time and energy. These other aspects of life can influence a student's ability to stay focused and motivated while pursuing educational goals. Students often seek counseling due to increased levels of stress. Some common stressors include pressure from academic courses, difficulties in relationships with children or significant others, health concerns, and other situations that occur in life. Our counselors facilitate academic progress and help students achieve their personal and career goals. A counseling relationship allows students to confidentially discuss their personal thoughts and feelings in order to improve problematic life situations and enhance personal potential.

    Are Sessions Confidential?

    The therapeutic relationship is built on a foundation of trust, which relies heavily on the student’s ability to believe that information shared in the interaction will not be divulged.  Counseling staff are committed to confidentiality as the highest priority and are ever vigilant that conversations and records will be carefully monitored in order to ensure that the privacy of students is never breached incidentally.

    However, there are a few circumstances under which confidential information will be disclosed:

    • to protect students from danger to self or others;
    • to protect a third party from health risk, when the student discloses that he/she has a communicable and life-threatening disease; especially when there is a direct threat to a specific individual;
    • to respond to a court order for release of confidential or privileged information;
    • to protect a child, disabled or elderly person who is being abused, neglected or abandoned as defined by law.

  • How do I make an appointment?

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    The Counseling Center is located in the Academic Resource Center, B1215.
    Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 7 pm and Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.

    To schedule a personal counseling session with one of our counselors, contact:

    Emily Petkus, LCPC

    708.235.7334

    epetkus@govst.edu

  • Helpful resources

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    Know someone in distress? The Counseling Center has created a quick reference guide for all who interact with students. This handbook is an introductory tool to provide support and information to assist faculty and staff to decide if, when, and how to intervene with a student in apparent distress. The following link will take you to the e-book version of the Helping Students in Distress Handbook.

     

    ULifeline is your online resources for college mental health. It is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where you can be comfortable searching for the information you need regarding emotional health. Please visit the ULifeline website to find facts on emotional health and wellness, learn how to help a friend in need, or even complete anonymous self-evaluations by clicking here.

     

    The YWCA South Suburban Center provides affordable and confidential services for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. The rape crisis hotline--708.748.5672-- is available 24 hours, 7 days a week for free, confidential crisis intervention and referral services. For more information on the YWCA visit their website by clicking here.

     

    Know Your IX is a campaign that aims to educate all college students in the U.S. about their rights under Title IX. Founded in 2013, Know Your IX is a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end campus sexual violence. For more information on your Title IX rights or to learn more about Know Your IX please visit their website here.

  • Not a GSU student but still interested in counseling services?

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    Free counseling is available for those who are not currently enrolled GSU students through the University Counseling Lab. For more information, call 708.534.4545 or click here.