Consultations and Counseling
As a department of a Christian institution, North Park University Counseling Support Services upholds the Christian values and beliefs espoused by the institution. However, students are welcome to talk about faith issues from any religion or to fully exclude discussion of spirituality in counseling. Please contact us or talk to your counselor about any concerns in this area.
Consultations can assist students in determining if ongoing counseling is appropriate. This one-time meeting can help with concerns regarding problems of family members, friends, and/or other students. Faculty, staff, and parents may also receive consultations regarding North Park University students. We are available for telephone as well as face-to-face consultations.
Individual counseling allows an individual to explore his/her concerns with an objective counselor in order to work toward goals established by the student. Counseling Support Services offers short-term counseling options (typically 10-to-12 sessions), and sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes. The number and frequency of sessions vary and are determined based on individual need and counselor availability.
Consultation and Counseling Topics
- Personal growth and well-being
- Interpersonal relationships
- Stress management
- Self-esteem enhancement
- Academic difficulties
- Loss and grief
- Depression and anxiety
- Sexual concerns
- Values and beliefs (including spirituality)
- Alcohol and/or drug use
- Disordered eating and/or body image concerns
- Major life decisions
Counseling groups are developed to meet the needs of individuals in the student body who are interested in this type of counseling experience. Student interest initiates the development of counseling groups.
Group counseling involves regular meetings with a small group of individuals and a counselor. Members work toward understanding and resolving personal concerns in the group context. Groups usually focus on a specific topic and typically meet weekly. The structure of the group may be time-limited or ongoing, depending on its purpose.
Spring 2018 Groups
Empowerment through Connection – A group for female students who have experienced sexual trauma to come together, share their stories, and support one another through the healing process
Coping with Relational Loss – A co-ed group for students to explore issues of relational grief and loss
Contact the Assistant Director of Counseling Support Services, MaLinda Lee, for more information about group counseling at (773) 244-4993 or by clicking the button below. Spring 2018 groups begin the week of January 29, 2018.