Counseling Services

Issues commonly addressed through brief individual or group counseling include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Stress/burnout
  • School and life balance
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Relationship problems or family conflicts
  • Focus, concentration or memory concerns
  • Sadness or feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty coping with change or transition

For more information about online mental health resources and apps, visit:

Clinical services and therapeutic records are strictly confidential as protected by law. UIC students automatically assessed the health services fee as part of their current enrollment are eligible for counseling services without additional fee and regardless of insurance coverage.

Our Location

Student Counseling Services
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Methodist Atrium Building
900 Main Street, Suite 720
Peoria, IL 61602



Debra Disney, MSEd, LCPC
Director of the Center for Wellbeing
[email protected]

Rachel Buchheit, MA, LCPC, NCC, CT
Clinical Associate
[email protected]

Michele Holman, MSW, LCSW, CT
Clinical Associate
[email protected]


In Crisis?

Students are routinely scheduled for the next available appointment during business hours. A student in crisis may be scheduled for an emergency office visit by one of our providers as needed. If you feel you are experiencing a crisis, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Call us as soon as possible at 309-495-1640 or 309-495-1671.


In the event of a life-threatening mental health emergency for which you require immediate emergency services, regardless of insurance coverage or proximity to where your home is, please dial 911 or go to the closest emergency room to receive immediate care.


If you believe that your concerns require immediate attention, but you do not feel that you need to be seen in person or require immediate emergency hospital care, please contact one of the crisis hotlines provided below for assistance:

Crisis and/or Suicide Hotline (trained helpers available 24/7) — 988 (call or text)

Crisis Text Line — 741-741 – text TALK

Emergency Response Service (trained helpers can transport a person who is actively suicidal)
— Peoria: 309-671-8084
— Tazewell County: 309-347-1148


Students are encouraged to periodically conduct a confidential self-assessment regarding issues related to substance use, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, and suicide.


Learning meditation for long-term development of a calmer baseline:

Using breath for calmness in the moment:

Online Cognitive Behavior Tool – Woebot Health