Who are We?

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • is a comprehensive, land-grant institution originally chartered in 1867
  • is located on a 1470-acre campus in east-central Illinois
  • enrolls 44,520 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students
  • boasts students from all 50 states and over 100 foreign countries
  • student body consists of approximately 55% men, 45% women; 5.51% African Americans;6.98% Latinos/as, 13.62% Asian Americans; 0.12% Native Americans; and 13.01% international students
  • has competitive admissions with the average student ranking in the top 10 percent of her/his high school class
  • includes many nationally and internationally recognized graduate, professional, and research programs, consistently ranked among the top ten in national surveys
  • is among the top ten in the number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States
  • has the largest public university library in the world, housing more than 22 million items in the main library building and in more than forty departmental libraries and units campus wide
  • has 24 Nobel prize winners and 21 Pulitzer Prize winners as alumni, faculty, or researchers

Urbana-Champaign Metro

  • have a combined population of 203,000
  • are two-three hours by car from Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis
  • are easily accessible by air, rail, and interstate highways
  • offer a variety of activities and attractions

The Counseling Center

Contact Information

  • Counseling Center
    110 Student Services Building
    610 East John Street
    Champaign, IL 61820
    TTY (217) 244-9146
    fax (217) 244-9645
Doctoral Professional Psychology Internship

Lisa Kinderman, Psy.D.
Training Coordinator
(217) 333-3704


Jodi Thomas, Psy.D.
Practicum Training Chair
(217) 333-3704

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work MSW Internship
R.J. McNicholl. LCSW
Site Field Instructor
(217) 333-3704

Counseling Center Mission Statement

“The Counseling Center is committed to providing a broad range of high quality, innovative, and ethical services that address the psychological, educational, social, and developmental needs of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students. We also actively contribute to the campus’s broader academic mission by training and developing students and professionals, helping build a multicultural learning community, and providing leadership in forming collaborative partnerships among Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, the Graduate College and Administrative Affairs units.”

Counseling Center professional staff consists of:

  • 25 clinical counselors (15 of whom are licensed psychologists in the state of Illinois)
  • a range of therapeutic orientations including interpersonal, developmental, psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, multicultural/feminist, client-centered, and family systems
  • a research data analyst, a media communications specialist, coordinators and staff in the INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre Program, the Counseling Center Paraprofessional Program, a network analyst, graduate assistants, practicum students, approximately 30 undergraduate paraprofessionals, and support staff in reception and business offices in addition to clinical counselors
  • members who participate in research, national and regional professional organizations, meetings, and conferences

Our Services are supported by student fees from undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and include:

  • Initial evaluation and assessment
  • Referral to additional on and off campus services
  • Individual and couples counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Consultation
  • Educational workshops
  • Paraprofessional Program
  • INNER VOICES Theatre Group
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment
  • Eating Disorder Assessments
  • Assessments for cognitive and psychiatric disabilities

Our Clients

Because we conceptualize interns as professionals in training, we encourage them to see a wide range of clientele similar to that of our permanent clinical counselors. Presenting concerns at the Center range from developmental adjustment to more severe psychopathology. Counselors come into contact with diversity in terms of client characteristics as well as client presenting concerns. Continuing client caseloads are determined in consultation with supervisors to include both breadth as a generalist and specific populations (e.g., people struggling with depression; African-American men; clients with Axis II diagnoses, etc.).