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Our licensed counseling staff provides a safe, supportive and confidential setting for you to explore your concerns and work toward improving your emotional, physical and academic well-being.


Scheduling an Appointment

The Counseling Center provides free services to enrolled students at Concordia University Chicago. The Counseling Center utilizes effective and efficient therapeutic strategies to meet the needs of our clients. Treatment plans are tailored to individuals needs and continuously reviewed; recommendations or referrals for further counseling will be provided if necessary.

To request a non-emergency appointment, students must complete the intake paperwork linked below. Office staff will respond to your request as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours, within our office hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CST). During this uncertain time the best method of contact will be emailing; you are welcome to contact us with questions, concerns, or request for support at counseling.services@CUChicago.edu.

Please do not use the form to access immediate support. If you are considering suicide, get help by calling 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.  You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number at 800.273.8255 or the Crisis Textline by texting HOME at 741-741. If you are on Campus you can contact DPS at 708-209-3039, The Counseling Center provides crisis care support during normal business hours.

Request An Appointment

Cancelation/No Show Policy

The Counseling Center wants to increase students’ access to service. When a student fails to keep an appointment or cancels at the last minute, professional time goes unused and other students fail to get timely service.

Canceling an appointment: It is important to contact The Counseling Center as soon as possible. Due to heavy demand for services, 24-hour notice of cancellation is strongly requested in order to best make use of staff time and help other students that may come in. A 24-hour notice gives time for other students to schedule an appointment.

Missed appointments with a counselor (no-show or cancellation with less than 24-hour notice): If you miss a scheduled appointment with a counselor, please contact us to let us know the reason. Repetitive no-shows or late cancellations may result in an inability to schedule an appointment until the following semester.

Emergency or Crisis Resources

Quick access to emergency and crisis resources.

  • Life Threatening Emergency Services
    Dial 911
  • Concordia-Chicago Public Safety
    708-209-3039
  • Thrive Counseling Center
    708-383-7500
    Crisis Line available 24/7
    Front desk support available Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • National Suicide Hotline
    800-273-TALK (8255)
    (For individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts)
  • Crisis Text Line
    text “HOME” to 741-741
  • IL Warm Line
    800-359-7953
    (For individuals seeking emotional support)
    Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; From main menu select option #2, then option #5
  • IL Call4Calm Text Line
    text "TALK" to 552020
    text "HABLAR" to 552020 for Spanish
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Trevor Project LGBTQ Lifeline
    866-488-7386

Student Resources

Use these helpful links to learn more about a number of counseling center topics.

Student Resources

Use these helpful links to learn more about a number of counseling center topics.

Addiction and Substance Abuse

Anxiety and Stress Management

Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities

Bipolar Disorder and Depression

Eating Disorders

General Mental Health

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Suicide Prevention

Free Apps

Depression/Mood

Anxiety

Relaxation

Sleep 

Substance Use

Medication

Veterans/Service Members

Counseling Center Staff Information

Get to know our care providers.

Danielle Walejeski, MA, LCPC
Director and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Kreft Center, Room 130B
Danielle.Walejeski@CUChicago.edu
708-209-3229

Note from Danielle: Welcome! I view therapy as a collaborative process and strive to tailor treatment to reflect those goals most important to you. I aim to create a safe, non-judgmental space to encourage self-exploration, curiosity and growth to facilitate lasting, meaningful change. Throughout the course of therapy, we will together identify skills necessary to manage current life stressors, while also delving into deeper rooted issues potentially manifesting in problematic areas present today.

I am an independently licensed clinician with over seven years of clinical work with diverse populations. I particularly focus on providing support for individuals coping with anxiety, depression, perfectionism and relationship/boundary concerns.

As your therapist, I will remain fully dedicated to strengthening the resiliency needed within to reclaim yourself through connection, self-compassion, and self-love.


Nicole Strimel, M.Ed. LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Kreft Center #130D
Nicole.Strimel@CUChicago.edu
708-488-4125

Note from Nicole: Hello! I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. After a few years in the professional world, I returned to DePaul and completed my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working with people at all stages of life, from early childhood to late adulthood, in individual, group and family counseling.

My approach to counseling is based on the unique needs of each individual that walks through my door. I am looking forward to providing students a safe and supportive environment that empowers each individual to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals.

In my free time I enjoy art of all mediums, spending time with family and friends, exploring new places, and most importantly, spending time with my dog Kira!


Questions, choices, concerns and changes are all a natural part of life. These aspects, however, can feel particularly prevalent during your college experience. You are learning, perhaps for the first time, what it means to be on your own and how to prioritize the seemingly competing demands placed on you while attending school. In the past, you may have been able to work through the struggles you encountered on your own or with the support of family, friends or a significant other. Though you may have planned well and have been eager about the new adventure of college life, often there can be a sense of apprehension after the first phase of excitement wears off.

Whether you are experiencing something uncomfortable for the first time, having a reoccurring problem that you now feel unsure about sharing with someone close, or feeling isolated from your support systems, it’s important to know you are not alone. Talking with a Counseling Center professional can provide a safe, supportive and confidential setting to explore your concerns and work toward improving your emotional, physical and academic well-being.

Our counselors strive to support students in helping increase their resilience and positive well-being by employing effective coping and problem-solving skills. The mental health services provided by the Counseling Center are available at no cost to actively enrolled students.

If you are a staff, faculty, parent, significant other or student who is worried about a distressed student, the Counseling Center also offers consultation to support in determining how you might best help.

Concordia University Chicago's Counseling Center is a place meant to support the personal growth and development of its students. College life can be stressful and demanding, and although we all deal with stressful circumstances throughout our lives, there are times when reaching out for help can make a big difference. The Counseling Center is here to foster a strengths-based environment where students can empower themselves to achieve both academic and personal goals, not only during their tenure at CUC but also in their life beyond. Although the hope is to be able to provide preventative care, before the concern has become impactful negatively, we also provide corrective services, such as when there are student conduct concerns.

Confidentiality

The Counseling Center policy on confidentiality abides by the ethics code set forth by the Illinois Board of Psychology and the American Counseling Association. Other than authorized Counseling Center staff, no one will have access to your mental health records without your signed consent. Furthermore, they will not be a part of your academic record. In rare circumstances, a counselor might be legally required to break confidence; these instances include if you are assessed to be a danger to yourself or others. In this situation, the Center is legally obligated to inform the appropriate authorities. Please feel free to ask any questions or concerns you may have regarding this policy with your therapist or with Danielle Walejeski, LCPC, Director of Counseling Services.

Eligibility for Services

Counseling Center services are available to all actively enrolled students at Concordia University Chicago and are provided at no cost.

Services

The Center provides services both in the Counseling Services department as well throughout campus including residence halls, classrooms and other communal areas.

Individual Counseling

Counseling allows an individual to explore his or her concerns with an objective, non-judgmental and trained professional, and to work toward a better understanding of self. Student concerns can consist of a wide range of issues related to relationships, identity, family, depression, victimization, anxiety/panic attacks, academics, grief and loss, socialization/isolation, food/body image and/or chemical use/abuse. For counseling to be effective, it is necessary for students to take an active role in the process. Students should be informed that participation involves listening, being honest, discussing concerns, completing outside assignments and providing feedback to their counselor.

While there is no set number of sessions each student is allowed at the Counseling Center, we do operate on a short-term therapy model. As such, the Counseling Center provides goal-oriented counseling that utilizes effective and efficient therapeutic strategies to meet the needs of our clients.

Your counselor will develop and discuss with you a plan that is tailored to your needs and will discuss the number of sessions most appropriate to serve you. For some it may be appropriate to be referred to a clinician in the community for more extended care.

Presentations

The Counseling Center staff will offer educational programs on a variety of mental health topics relevant to University students, including both for students and for those working with students at CUC. In addition, Counseling Services sponsors or participates in programming throughout the academic year geared toward preventative mental health. The focus of these presentations may involve topics such as stress management, depression, adjustment issues, healthy relationships, anxiety, how to help a distressed friend/colleague/partner/student and mental health screenings.

Consultation

Adhering to the ethical and legal obligations on confidentiality, wherein information about specific students—including confirmation that a student is a client at the Counseling Center—cannot be disclosed without a valid, signed Release of Information Authorization Form, counselors are available for consultations with students, faculty, administrative personnel, residence hall staff, and parents regarding questions or concerns.

Psychiatric and Other Services

The Counseling Center does not provide psychiatric services. Referrals to outside psychiatric resources (for needs including diagnosis, prescriptions and medication management) can be obtained by talking to your primary care physician, calling your insurance company or asking for the assistance of a counselor at the Counseling Center.

Screenings

Students can at any time log onto ULifeline for an anonymous online screening tool, to gain more information about specific mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders and PTSD.

Referrals

Clients may request a referral to another provider or off-campus agency at any time and the staff will work to help provide appropriate resources to ensure accessibility of linkage to services. Likewise, if the Counseling Center staff deem the client will be better served by another resource, staff may terminate counseling and refer the client to an appropriate provider. Some services not available through the Counseling Center include psychological testing, assessments and diagnosis for learning disabilities and accommodations, group counseling, and court-mandated counseling. Any changes in treatment will be discussed with the student before they take place in order to attempt to be as financially and/or mobility conscientious as possible. Students are financially responsible and must arrange for any services received by an off-campus provider.


Meet our Staff