The Community Counseling Lab offers sessions for clients via tele-counseling (using video conferencing) as well as in-person sessions. Tele-counseling allows clients and counselors-in-training to have sessions without being in the same physical location. Clients can choose their preference for counseling sessions.

To start the process to become a client, a phone intake will need to be completed by calling the Community Counseling Lab at (708) 534-4545. Our current hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can leave a message with your name, number, and the best times to reach you. In addition, please state whether you are seeking individual, vocational, family, or couples counseling and we will gladly return your phone call.

  • Services


    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 fully licensed, doctoral level counselors, marriage and family therapists and psychologists. 

    Couples and Families

    • Child Behavior
    • Couples/relationships
    • Separation/divorce conflicts
    • Parenting difficulties
    • Extended family problems
    •  LGBTQIA+ issues    


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


    • 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


    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 September through April

    (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 - 1 pm

    Office Hours for May through August

    (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 

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


    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day and the Friday afterwards
    • The entire week of Christmas 
    • The entire week of New Year’s Eve 
    • President’s Day 
    • Memorial Day 
    • Independence Day  




  • Driving Directions



    Driving Directions to GovState

    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, so 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 to GovState on your right side.

    Directions to the Counseling Lab

    • Turn right into GovState 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.





    Counseling Student and Faculty Resources - Portal username and password will be required.