Rush University Counseling Center

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the following:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital psychiatric emergency line:  (312) 926-8100

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
LGBTQ suicide hotline: (800) 488-7386

Feeling stressed is common — especially when you are juggling the demands of academics, work and relationships. Asking for help may lead to personal growth and constructive resolution of the issue that has caused stress.

One source of free, confidential help, located right on campus, is the Rush University Counseling Center. The center is  staffed by clinical psychologists who can help you address a wide range of issues, from stress and anxiety to relationship problems, depression and more.

To make an appointment, call (312) 942-3687 on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Who’s eligible

  • Currently enrolled students
  • House staff members

All discussions and information are held in the strictest confidence. We do not maintain electronic medical records, and no one at Rush has access to information about who uses our services.

Counseling staff

  • Hilarie Terebessy, PhD, direct line: (312) 942-3013
  • Kunal Sachdev, PsyD, direct line:    (312) 942-3405
  • Meghan Kean, PsyD, direct line: (312) 942-5726
  • Emily Carter, PsyD, direct line: (312) 563-1949

Rush Wellness Assistance Program

The Rush Wellness Assistance Program is a comprehensive resource for all Rush University students and their families, which provides offerings in three areas:

  • Work: Professional and personal development through “Skillbuilders” — free 30- to 45-minute online tutorials that address numerous topics including, managing stress, emotional wellbeing, along with improving study skills, concentration, test‐taking, writing and much more.
  • Life: 24/7 confidential, short-term counseling services for students and their families — at no cost.
  • Home: Connecting Rush University students to healthy cooking recipes and assistance with locating home‐life services like financial planning, child‐care/elder‐care, or legal services.

The Rush Wellness Assistance Program will address several important university-specific needs including:

  • After-Hours Counseling: Providing after-hours, video-conferencing counseling support accessible by mobile phone or tablet from the comfort and privacy of home.
  • Distance Learners: Extending counseling services and support to our distance and online learners who would otherwise be unable to access the Counseling Center

To access services, visit the Rush Wellness Assistance Program page on Inside Rush.

Upcoming Workshops

For currently enrolled students, residents and fellows

Mindfulness Meditation

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.) Mindfulness has been found to help reduce stress, manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve academic performance along with a variety of other health benefits. But does the idea of sitting still to meditate intimidate you? Start your spring with greater attention to the present moment thru mindfulness! This workshop can help you learn more about mindfulness and how you can incorporate it into your self-care tool box.

Thursday August 22nd, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Armour Academic Center (AAC) room 710

Space is limited please RSVP to a reserve a spot:

Please note: Lunch will not be provided

Helpful Monthly Tip 

   Self-Care Development

Summer is a perfect time to cultivate wellness in your life. This can start by examining your self-care strategies and/or develop some new strategies. Stress, work, academics, and clinical demands can often lead to us ‘burning the candle at both ends’ without being able to pause long enough to engage in activities that help us feel balanced and rejuvenated. Self-care refers to a set of behaviors and activities that helps us take a break from our busy lives and focus on our own care. While thinking about our own care may seem selfish or indulgent, it is an important part of making sure we remain healthy and balanced in order to take care of others. Think about it this way: Have you been on a plane and heard the flight attendant tell you that in case of an emergency you should put on your oxygen mask first before helping others? The most intuitive response in this case tends to be “No way, I need to help my child, partner, or neighbor.” This idea clashes with our instinct but illustrates the need for self-care. In other words, if you don’t put your mask on first, you won’t be there for all those other people when they need you. Taking care of ourselves leads to better care for others in addition to a better quality of life for ourselves.

Resources and tools

Click here for online resources related to stress and mental health, plus documents that can help you prepare for a Counseling Center appointment.

Other useful links:

American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Hope Line

Jed Foundation            

Mental Health Screening Suicide Prevention

Stop Soldier Suicide, or call (844) 889-5610

Suicide Prevention Resource Center  

U Lifeline                   

Contact Information

Kidston House
630 S. Hermitage Ave., Suite 701
Chicago, IL 60612
Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday
(312) 942-3687 (phones staffed 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)