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About Student Counseling Services

  • Mission

    Student Counseling Services fosters the personal, emotional and academic well-being of students and helps them reach their full potential by providing comprehensive clinical/developmental counseling, nationally recognized training, outreach and prevention services and consultative relationships across campus. Our entire staff is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and affirming environment for all students.

  • Vision

    Student Counseling Services is a trusted, highly visible, comprehensive university counseling center that continually strives to enhance the mental health and the overall well-being of students and the larger campus community. Student Counseling Services embraces diversity and works within the university to promote a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.


  • Values

    Individualized Attention:  The SCS strives to provide a “small college” environment by offering services that are fully accessible to students in an atmosphere that is welcoming and approachable. Mindful of a holistic perspective, we are committed to providing individualized attention to students characterized by respect, compassion, and a genuine desire to be helpful.

    Diversity:  The SCS seeks to provide a safe, welcoming, and affirming environment for all students. We also seek to foster a diverse campus community of safety, inclusiveness, and respect. We therefore commit ourselves to an ongoing learning process, celebration of our differences, and a willingness to challenge ourselves and others in the pursuit of social justice.

    Striving for Excellence:  The SCS endeavors to provide high quality services. We adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards, engage in ongoing professional development, strive to remain current with research and new developments related to the practice of psychology, and pursue innovation in technology.

    Collaboration:  The SCS values collaboration within the agency, the Division of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Illinois State University, and the broader community. We seek out partnerships and opportunities for teamwork in support of enhanced service to students.

    Intentionality:  The SCS maintains an awareness of ever changing situational and environmental circumstances that affect students. In order to provide appropriate services, we respond to changing student needs by being proactive, timely, and flexible. We practice prudent stewardship of our resources.

    Creativity: The SCS values creativity as a gateway to innovation at both the individual and organizational levels. We support and encourage creative innovation to foster excellence, to enhance inclusiveness, and to provide dynamic services that are relevant to student needs.

    Healthy Organizational Climate:  Staff of the SCS commit themselves to sustaining a healthy organizational climate characterized by honest, direct and respectful communication and appropriate conflict resolution. We manifest compassion, mutual trust, and humor in our interactions. We actively try to create a sense of community that is supportive and respectful of individuals finding balance in their personal and professional lives.

SCS Team

All SCS staff can be reached by calling  (309) 438-3655 or via their email addresses listed below. Email should not be used in an emergency or when a timely response is critical. As a reminder, email is also not considered secure or confidential.

SCS Clinical Staff

SCS Support Staff

SCS Post Doctoral

SCS Doctoral Interns

SCS Pre-doctoral Externs

All Pre-doctoral Externs can be reached by calling  (309) 438-3655

  • Neal Iden
    Master of Social Work Intern

SCS Graduate Assistants

All Graduate Assistants can be reached by calling  (309) 438-3655

  • Elena Cotter
    Multicultural/Body Image & Eating Disorders Outreach

  • Cassie Torrisi
    Stress/Anxiety Management


SCS Undergraduate Assistants

All Undergraduate Assistants can be reached by calling  (309) 438-3655

  • Anthony Saavedra
    Body Image & Eating Disorders Outreach

  • Taysheil Adetunji
    Multicultural Outreach Team

  • Kaila Jones
    Multicultural Outreach Team

  • Daniela Martinez
    Multicultural Outreach Team

  • Meara Schaefer
    Multicultural Outreach Team

  • Chynna Waters
    Multicultural Outreach Team