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Counseling Services

While at ISU, you might encounter unexpected challenges, leading to confusion, anxiety, anger, or sadness. Life events can be overwhelming, but remember, you don't have to face them alone. Student Counseling Services can help you navigate these moments with free and confidential services tailored to your needs.

Triage - Your Initial Appointment with SCS

Student Counseling Services

The services below require an initial Triage visit before sessions can be scheduled.

  • Individual Counseling

    Short-term therapy is all about giving students the tools and techniques they need to tackle their worries. During these 50-minute sessions, our counselors can help you with immediate concerns, set specific goals, and support you through working towards achieving those goals. Attend up to 12 sessions an academic year, or 20 sessions throughout your degree journey.

  • Group Counseling

    Join small groups (up to 10 students) for 90-minute weekly sessions led by a counselor. Share, receive support, and grow with peers facing similar challenges in a confidential setting. We provide two group options: General Process Groups or Topical Groups (Students of Color, LGBTQ+, Eating Disorders/Body Image). Attend as many sessions as you need throughout your degree journey.

  • Relaxation Room

    Come unwind in our cozy space, equipped with comfy chairs, bio-feedback tools, soothing music, art supplies, and more. Our team offers personalized relaxation sessions with deep breathing, mindfulness, and art therapy. To use the Relaxation Room, you'll need to be in Individual or Group Counseling with SCS. Simply connect with your counselor or give us a call at (309) 438-3655 to schedule.

The services below do not require an initial Triage visit.

  • Same-day Crisis Walk-in Services

    If you're facing life-threatening situations, traumatic crises, or serious mental health challenges, we offer walk-in crisis appointments Monday through Friday, starting at 10 AM until our doors close. For same-day crisis appointments, come visit us in room 320 on the third floor of the Student Services Building or call (309) 438-3655.

  • "Let's Talk" Drop-in Sessions

    Our virtual sessions are a great way for students to have relaxed chats with a counselor and explore if counseling may be a good fit for them. If you have a specific concern on your mind, our 'Let's Talk' sessions are here to provide helpful perspectives. Counselors hold virtual walk-in hours on:

    If after attending a "Let's Talk" session you feel that counseling may be a good fit for you, an initial Triage appointment can be scheduled.