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374 East Grand Avenue - MC 6740
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Our mission is to provide mental health-related services to facilitate students’ adjustment to college and their personal and psychological growth in becoming high functioning and socially responsible adults. Our staff works to help students resolve problems that interfere with personal, social, and academic functioning while also emphasizing prevention, development, adjustment, and wellness.
- Couples Counseling
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program (DBT)
- EMOTIONS -
Do you feel overwhelmed by your emotions?
Do you feel your emotions are in control of your life rather than you controlling your emotions?
- RELATIONSHIPS -
Do you find yourself having chaotic, up and down, friendships or dating relationships?
Do you feel misunderstood or taken advantage of by others?
- COPING -
Do you frequently feel other people can manage life better than you?
Do you engage in self-destructive behaviors such as cutting, an eating disorder, use drugs/alcohol in a way that interferes with school or relationships, have suicidal thoughts/plans, etc.?
- IDENTITY -
Do you feel lost, unsure of who you are or what you want?
- DISTRESS -
Does life frequently feel overwhelming or distressing?
Are you feeling helpless or hopeless?
- Eating Disorder Outpatient Program (EDOP)
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- SIU Mandatory Suicide Assessment
In addition to individual and group counseling, Counseling and Psychological Services provides couples counseling. If at least one of you is currently an SIU student, you are eligible for this service. If your partner is a non-SIU student, you must have enrolled legally married spouse or same sex domestic partner in the SHS on-campus primary care benefit.
Couples counseling can improve your communications skills, help you resolve conflict, and help you feel emotionally connected again. With the help of a counselor, you and your partner have a safe environment in which to talk about issues that are currently troubling you.
You don’t need to be married in order to receive couples counseling. Counseling and Psychological Services does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. You and your same-sex partner are welcome to use our couples counseling services.
The DBT program is designed for students who feel dissatisfied with their personal lives. Students who benefit from the DBT program answer YES to several of the following questions:
Students who participate in the DBT Program receive both individual counseling and attend a weekly skills group that teaches members alternative coping skills so they can learn to effectively manage their lives and be more satisfied with life.
Group counseling brings together a small number of individuals (usually 6-8) with one or more trained group leaders. Group members share what is troubling them. The process of sharing with each other, listening to each other, giving and receiving feedback, offering support and expressing their feelings about what someone else says or does can be extremely helpful. Group members begin to see that they are not alone. This interaction also encourages individuals to develop new ways of behaving and learning more about how they interact with others. As a result, the original difficulties people brought to group become resolved.
In order to make group most effective, the first few sessions are geared towards establishing trust and safety. During this time, members usually work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. Group trust is enhanced when all members make a commitment to the group. Interested students are encouraged to commit to 5 sessions. If at that time you feel group is not adequately meeting your needs, we ask that you come to the group for one last session and say good-bye.
Groups Offered at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS typically offers several general process groups at different times during the week. These groups usually have both male and female members, not all of whom have the same presenting problems. Also, we usually have at least one group for non-traditionally aged students. In addition, CAPS has a DBT Skills group for clients who experience repeated, serious problems in coping. We may also offer special themed groups, such as a Men’s, Women’s, or LGBT group, and we sometimes offer groups which teach clients specific skills, such as techniques useful in reducing anxiety.
How To Join a Group
If you are interested in joining a group and want to get more information please contact us by phone at (618) 453-5371 or stop by Counseling and Psychological Services in the Student Health Center, Room 253.