Counseling Center

Who We Are

The Chicago State University Counseling Center professional staff is a team of experienced psychologists who provide a variety of counseling services and programs for CSU undergraduate and graduate students of the University Community. The counselors support and adhere to the professional, ethical and legal standards as outlined by the American Psychological Association (APA) and various other professional organizations and represent diverse theoretical orientations and styles. In general, our role is to contribute to the overall quality of campus life for students.

How We Help You

We understand how experiences outside of the classroom can influence a student's academic performance. Each of us needs help dealing with personal, social, educational and vocational concerns that we face as a part of life long development. Positive human growth and development require the mastery of certain life tasks or the obtaining of proper information on a developmental question. A student may be motivated to come to the Counseling Center, or be referred, when he or she experiences with life's ordinary developmental process. A student may also come in during an extremely stressful period of time and others may need support over a period of time in response to more long-term chronic concerns. Personal needs for self-development or support can be addressed in a confidential setting, with approachable, qualified counselors on an individual basis or in our group programs. Campus Violence Prevention Plan (pdf)
***New at the counseling center...... eCHECKUP TO GO Alcohol and Marijuana to go***

What is the eCHECKUP TO GO?

The eCHECKUP TO GO CSU programs are personalized, online prevention interventions for Alcohol & Marijuana.
Because they are offered online, the eCHECKUP TO GO CSU programs can provide quick, confidential feedback in multiple settings. This also allows a student to complete a personal 'check-up' on multiple occasions to track changes in use and risk behavior.

Completing the eCHECKUP TO GO CSU

The basic alcohol and marijuana interventions take 20-30 minutes to complete.
The programs are self-guided and require no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.
Click on one or both of the links below and take the eCHECKUP TO GO CSU intervention and receive your personal feedback.

For Alcohol:

For Marijuana:

Group Counseling/ Workshops/ Presentations

Opportunities are provided for students to share common concerns, seek solutions and coping strategies, acquire helpful information and skills, and receive feedback from others. Groups focus on:
  • Coping effectively with life changes
  • Cultural diversity
  • Personal and professional growth strategies
  • Performance anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Myers-Briggs Typology Assessments and applications
  • Survivor issues
  • Helper and leader skills training


The Center offers training and supervision for graduate students in counseling and guidance, practicum students, and for student peer counselors who assist Counseling Center programs.

Services to You

  • Individual / Group Counseling
  • Diagnostic Screening
  • Psychiatric Consultation

For concerns related to

  • Academic Achievement
  • Career Decisions
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Alcohol And Drugs
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Family Conflicts
  • Stress Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Crisis Management

Outside referrals are made for long-term psychotherapy.

Counseling Center Staff

Interim Director/Chairperson
Yvonne Patterson, Psy.D.
Associate Professor

Tonya Hall, Ph.D., CAMS-II
Assistant Professor and Staff Psychologist

KeaJuanis Malena, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor and Staff Psychologist


Counseling Center Contact Information

Location: Cordell Reed Student Union
Room: 190
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 773/995-2383
Fax 773/995-3563

Fall / Spring Hours
Monday-Wednesday & Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.