Center provides counseling

By Michelle Esposito

Students who feel they have psychological problems can seek help for free at NIU’s Psychological Services Center.

The problems that students have range from “fairly simple to quite severe,” said Dr. Carol Yoken, the center’s director.

Students come to the center with feelings of depression or anxiety, while some come to talk about problems with their roommates, family or friends, Yoken said.

Some students might have problems with their classes, whether it be the work they’re doing or the teacher himself, Yoken added.

But no matter what the problem, all things discussed with a therapist remain confidential, Yoken said.

The center’s services are provided by graduate students in clinical and school psychology under the supervision of faculty psychologists.

The center doesn’t only help students. Last semester, 61 percent of the clients came from surrounding communities.

Some of the services they offer are family therapy, couples

therapy, individual therapy and other psychotherapy-related services.

The center is located by the Psych/Math Building. It’s open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 9 p.m. by appointment only.