Counseling Services

Active Minds strung clotheslines in the Middle Campus quad in order to pay homage to those whose lives have been lost due to suicide and encourage conversation about the issue

We all experience times of change and transition in our lives. Sometimes this process is orderly and understandable. At other times it can be rapid, chaotic, and upsetting. Understanding, coping, and dealing with these times can be difficult.

When we need help we often turn to family and friends. Sometimes we need the assistance of a trained professional to work with people in the process of exploring and solving problems in their lives. We would like to welcome you to Counseling Services with the hope that our services will be helpful to you.

To schedule an initial appointment, stop by the reception desk for Counseling Services located in Buchanan Hall. If this is not possible, you may call 847-735-5240 to schedule an appointment on the telephone. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Counseling Services is to promote the psychological well-being, personal effectiveness, and personal growth of Lake Forest College students, so as to enhance their personal and academic functioning. Counseling Services assists students in overcoming personal, emotional, and psychological issues that may negatively impact their ability to reach their academic goals and to make the most of their educational experience at Lake Forest College. Counseling Services educates students about mental health and wellness issues and teaches them about healthy lifestyle choices. Counseling Services strives to assist students in acquiring the skills, attitudes, and resources necessary to both succeed in the college environment and pursue satisfying and productive lives.

A core component of our mission is the promotion and affirmation of our community diversity in its broadest sense. We recognize that a diverse community enriches our campus and enhances opportunities for human understanding, both of which contribute to the learning environment for all. Counseling Services has a strong commitment to meeting the needs of diverse people. In all clinical, assessment, training, psychiatric, program, and outreach services we strive to create an environment where all people feel welcome and respected. As a staff, we attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds, gender, sexual/affectional orientations, mental and physical abilities, languages, classes, ages, religious/spiritual beliefs, socioeconomic background as well as other types of diversity. We strive to nurture environments where similarities and differences among people are recognized, respected, and honored.

Group Counseling Options for Students Fall 2014

INTERPERSONAL PROCESS GROUP: This group is a great opportunity for students to learn about themselves and their relationships with others. Interpersonal process groups are very effective in helping people work on issues related to interpersonal concerns such as trust, expressing and responding to emotion, intimacy, boundaries, and healthy communication. Mondays, 4-5:30pm starting September 29th.

NAVIGATING 1st YEAR TRANSITIONS: Are you unsure how to manage all that is new and challenging here at Lake Forest College?  During their first year here, many students are stressed by a range of issues related to the transition to college.  These could include:

  • Time management

  • Making friends                                                         

  • Striving to live independently

  • Living with a roommate                                    

  • Choosing Co-curricular activities

  • Exploring your identity                              

  • Missing family and friends from home 

  • Stress                    

  • Decisions about alcohol, drugs, or sex                   

  • Managing the freedom and responsibility of college life 

  • Study skills  

  • Managing the freedom and responsibility of college life   

    Wednesdays, 4- 5:30pm starting October 15thth

BREAKING THE MENTAL MIRROR: A Positive Body Image Group. A positive body image relates to positive thoughts and feelings that a person has about his or her body, which contributes to higher self-esteem.  However, if a person is dissatisfied with his or her body, this may contribute to low self-esteem, depression and disordered eating (including eating disorders). The group will engage in activities and discussion to promote the acceptance of all weights, sizes and shapes and challenge individual and socio-cultural factors that perpetuate negative body image and unhealthy eating patterns, as well as encourage a healthy relationship with food and movement. The group is open to both men and women who are interested in improving their relationship with their body and food. Fridays, 3:00-4:30pm starting October 3rd


If you would like to participate in a group or have questions please contact Counseling Services at 847-735-5240.