Counseling Services

Personal Counseling

When personal, emotional or family problems interfere with the learning process, Kishwaukee College provides access to a certified counselor, Carolyn Kernan, MSW, LCSW, during the college’s normal business hours.  An appointment can be made by calling 815-825-9375, via email at, or stopping in Student Services on the 2nd floor of the Student Center, room C2100.  Appointments are available Monday-Friday during normal business hours, please note that the college is closed on Friday’s during the summer.  Counseling sessions are confidential, and any limits to confidentiality are carefully explained. Information may only be released with your written permission or as may be required by law. View flyer for more information.

Community Resources

Kishwaukee College partners with several DeKalb and Ogle County Community Resource Agencies to provide resources for non-emergency and emergency services outside of the classroom. The community resources include counseling, child care services, domestic violence services, mental health, family planning, suicide prevention, substance abuse, etc., and are available 24 hours a day.   

The list below provides information on resources and services available for students:

Online resource and screening tool for college mental health. Learn the signs and symptoms of mental health and other disorders, while receiving expert advice. Receive help now and learn what resources and services are available on and off campus, and help a friend by learning the warning signs and what you can do.
Phone: 2-1-1
Available to anyone looking for basic needs, crisis and mental health services, financial assistance, health care, support groups, etc. This non-emergency search engine allow students to dial 211 direct from their cell phone and speak to a live referral worker 24 hours, 7 days week, 365 days.
Family Service Agency
1325 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115
Provides casework services to help families resolve marital and family difficulties. Also provides individual, family, group counseling and divorce mediation.
NIU Psychological Services Center
Wirtz Hall, DeKalb, IL
Family, couple and individual counseling for residents of Northern IL. Sliding fee scale.
Ben Gordon Center 815-756-4875     
Crisis Hotline: 866-242-0111
 DeKalb, IL 60115
Provides confidential assessments for family, individual, and group counseling services, substance abuse assessment and education.
CHANGES Counseling, LLC
604 N. Main St., Rochelle, IL 61068
Provides counseling and support to those struggling with life's challenges.

Sinnissippi Center
Rochelle: 815-562-3801
1321 North 7th Street, Rochelle, IL 61068
Comprehensive family and individual counseling services; mental health problems, alcohol and other drug dependency.
Crisis Hotline: 800-242-7642

Child Abuse Suicide
To report Suspected Child Abuse call: 800-252-2873 or 911
Children and Family Services (DCFS)
760 Peace Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115
This agency handles child abuse cases, foster children, day care centers, and day care homes.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Suicide prevention education, counseling, and survivors support groups. 
Domestic Violence
Safe Passage 24-Hour Hotline
P.O. Box 621, DeKalb, IL 60115
Services for victims of domestic violence.
HOPE of Ogle County
PO Box 131, Rochelle, IL 61068
Services for victims of domestic violence.
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
4990 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
Services for victims of sexual assault.
We Care Pregnancy Clinic
Text: 815-780-9097 Call: 815-748-4242
403 North 5th Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
Pregnancy testing and counseling.
DeKalb County Health Department
2550 N. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115
Pregnancy testing and counseling.
Alcohol and Narcotic Assistance Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Locator
Alcoholics Anonymous
24 hour hotline: 800-452-7990       


Narcotics Anonymous
24 hour hotline: 815-964-5959     
Toll Free: 888-656-7329
National Helpline
1-800-662-4357 (HELP)


State of Illinois Helpline (Opioid Assistance)
1-833-2FINDHELP (1-833-234-6343)

For Sexual Assault information, please visit the sexual assault awareness webpage.