About the Counseling Center
Office Hours and Emergency Contact Number
The Counseling Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In case of an off-campus emergency, call 911.
In case of an on-campus emergency:
- During office hours: Call 773-298-4045 or come by the Counseling Center located at 3911 W. 103rd St. in the Driehaus Center (between Gilhooley's and Copy Cats).
- Non-office hours: Call Public Safety at 773-298-3911 and they will contact the on-call counselor.
If this is an emergency, please call 911 or 3911 on campus.
Counseling Center Mission and Goals
The Counseling Center is dedicated to providing a holistic, student-centered environment which encourages personal growth and well-being in keeping with the mission of Saint Xavier University. We foster a transformative process of self-discovery through wellness, balance and growth designed to help students reach their personal and academic potential and goals.
These goals are accomplished through the following services:
- Confidential personal and group counseling by licensed counselors
- Comprehensive Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program (AODEP)
- Mental Health Screening Days for depression and anxiety
- Consultation with faculty and staff regarding campus mental health/behavioral issues.
- Trainings for professional staff and student leaders including resident assistants, peer ministers, etc.
- Classroom psycho-educational workshops and presentations
- Engaging in SXU community educational outreach programs
- Crisis Intervention
- Educating faculty and staff on how to respond to distressed students
- Collaboration with the larger SXU community regarding supporting veterans
- Appropriate participation in the Conduct System
- Active participation on the Care Team
Wellness, Balance, Growth
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
Wellness has been defined as "the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort" or "as an actively sought goal." Wellness can be divided into seven dimensions: emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, physical, environmental, and occupational. As a college student, here are some ways you can work on these dimensions in your own life:
Emotional wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. It's the ability to express emotions appropriately, adjust to change, cope with stress in a healthy way and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations.
Cultivate an optimistic attitude, seek and provide support, practice stress management techniques.
Social wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. It endows us with the ease and confidence to be outgoing, friendly and affectionate toward others.
Volunteer in the community, attend SXU athletic events, join a student organization, donate blood.
Intellectual wellness is a state in which your mind in engaged in lively interaction with the world around you. It implies that you can apply the things you have learned and have the desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges.
Visit a museum, study abroad, read a book that's not required, attend a political event.
Spiritual wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives, to develop congruency between values and actions. It implies a search for meaning and purpose in life, and to work toward a state of harmony with oneself and others while balancing inner needs with the rest of the world.
Learn about belief systems different from your own, take a religion or philosophy class to explore your values.
Physical wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that slows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. It's maintained by good nutrition, regular exercise, avoiding harmful habits and making informed and responsible decisions about health.
Exercise five days/week, eat vegetables and fruit daily, get eight hours of sleep each night.
Environmental wellness is the ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us.
Reduce, reuse and recycle; bike/walk to class; use re-usable water bottles.
Occupational wellness is preparing and making use of your gifts, skills and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness and enrichment in your life. It means successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding.
Update your resume yearly, attend the job fair, talk with the Center for SUCCESS.
Balance and Growth
You can see that wellness may be a goal we never totally achieve. But it's a great goal to work toward. Some of these may be easier for you than others. Finding balance in each of these areas will be difficult as a college student, and you'll have experiences and opportunities for growth in all of them. The Counseling Center is here to help with problems and concerns in any of these areas, but we can also help with growth and improvement. Make use of all the resources SXU has for you, and may the upcoming year bring you wellness!
Referrals to the Counseling Center
For SXU Faculty and Staff
If you are concerned about a student, we suggest that you encourage him or her to come to the Counseling Center or fill out a Request for Services form online to discuss the situation with a counselor.
Here are some helpful ways to refer a student:
- Suggest that the student come to the Counseling Center, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Call the main line (ext. 4045) while you are with the student in order to facilitate contact. The student can then speak to someone regarding services.
- Walk the student over to the Counseling Center, located at 3911 103rd Street in the Driehaus Center. If this is an emergency, a counselor will speak to the student immediately.
Please remember that the communication between a counselor and client is confidential. Without written consent from the student, we cannot and do not discuss the details of a student's situation or even the fact that the student is in counseling.
For further information, refer to the Students of Concern: A Guide for Faculty and Staff (PDF).
For some quick tips on supporting students and contacting the Counseling Center, download a copy of our Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
The Counseling Center at Saint Xavier University maintains this Internet site as a service to the University community. It is intended as a resource to inform and to educate. Included are direct links to other internet sites that we believe may be helpful. However, this does not imply that the Counseling Center endorses all of the information provided at each of these sites. Furthermore, while we attempt to monitor and update our listings on a regular basis, we cannot make any claims or assume any responsibility as to the reliability or functionality of the Internet addresses (URLs) provided or the information contained at these sites.
Readers are encouraged to evaluate the materials and to use what they find to be helpful. Information provided on our web pages and at other Internet sites are not intended as a substitute for assistance from a qualified mental health professional. For personal assistance, SXU students can complete the online request for services form or come to our office, located at 3911 W. 103rd Street in the Driehaus Center, to complete a Request for Services with one of our counselors.