Personal Counseling

Personal Counseling

When personal, emotional or family problems interfere with the learning process, counselors are available to help students learn more effective ways manage life issues. Counseling often deals with very personal and sensitive issues. Successful outcome depends on having a safe place to express your feelings, attitudes and thoughts with a counselor who respects you and your privacy. Counseling sessions are confidential, and any limits to confidentiality are carefully explained. Information may only be released with your written permission or as may be required by law.

Community Resources

Below is a list of personal counseling resources available in the area.



Online resources and screening tools.

2-1-1 Resources

Phone: 2-1-1

PATH's online database (click link above) is available to anyone looking for basic needs, crisis and mental health services, financial assistance, health care, support groups, etc.

Family Service Agency
1325 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115
Provides casework services to help families resolve marital and family difficulties. Also provides individual, family, group counseling and divorce mediation.
NIU Psychological Services Center
Wirtz Hall, DeKalb, IL
Family, couple and individual counseling for residents of Northern IL. Sliding fee scale.

Northwestern Medicine Counseling Center

Ben Gordon Center 815-756-4875     
Crisis Hotline: 866-242-0111
 DeKalb, IL 60115
Provides assessment; family, individual, and group counseling services; substance abuse assessment and education.

CHANGES Counseling, LLC
604 N. Main St., Rochelle, IL 61068
Provides counseling and support to those struggling with life's challenges.

Sinnissippi Center
Rochelle: 815-562-3801
1321 North 7th Street, Rochelle, IL 61068
Comprehensive family and individual counseling services; mental health problems, alcohol and other drug dependency.
Crisis Hotline: 800-242-7642

Child Abuse Suicide
To report Suspected Child Abuse call: 800-252-2873 or 911
Children and Family Services (DCFS)
760 Peace Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115
This agency handles child abuse cases, foster children, day care centers, and day care homes.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Suicide prevention education, counseling, and survivors support groups. 
Domestic Violence
Safe Passage 24-Hour Hotline
P.O. Box 621, DeKalb, IL 60115
Services for victims of domestic violence.
HOPE of Ogle County
PO Box 131, Rochelle, IL 61068
Services for victims of domestic violence.
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
4990 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
Services for victims of sexual assault.
We Care Pregnancy Clinic
Text: 815-780-9097 Call: 815-748-4242
403 North 5th Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
Pregnancy testing and counseling.

DeKalb County Health Department
2550 N. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115
Pregnancy testing and counseling.

Alcohol and Narcotic Assistance Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Locator

Alcoholics Anonymous

24 hour hotline: 800-452-7990       


Narcotics Anonymous

24 hour hotline: 815-964-5959     
Toll Free: 888-656-7329

National Helpline

1-800-662-4357 (HELP)


State of Illinois Helpline (Opioid Assistance)

1-833-2FINDHELP (1-833-234-6343)

For Sexual Assault information, please see /student-life-health-wellness-safety/sexual-assault-awareness