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Who is the Counseling Center for?

The Counseling Center is available for Judson's:     

  • Undergraduate and Graduate students 
  • Adult Education students
  • Faculty and Staff   
 "Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ."    
                                        Galatians 6:2    

Individual Counseling

Students often struggle at one time or another with worries and concerns related to school, career, personal relationships or the future. Seeking personal counseling can help in these situations. Counseling provides a place for students to discuss concerns one-on-one with a professional.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is an excellent way to examine how we function interpersonally and recognize the universality of our concerns. Group counseling involves meeting with a small group of students and a counselor. Individual change occurs through support, feedback and interchanges within the group.

Programs and Outreach

Counseling Center staff offer presentations and workshops to students, faculty and staff.  Counselors can present on a variety of topics including communication skills, stress management, and time management. Requests are welcomed.


The Counseling Center offers a variety of assessment instruments to help you better understand yourself. Screening tools include: psychological well-being, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety, depression, attitudes about eating and ADD.

Why would I come to the Counseling Center?

  • Self-doubt
  • Relationship issues
  • Adjustment and life transitions
  • Roommate issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Time management
  • Academic concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Chemical dependence and abuse
  • Spiritual and faith issues
  • Pre-marital counseling

Links to Other Resources

Additional information regarding mental health issues can be located on the following sites.
 Counseling Center Village -
National Alliance of Mental Illness -


Professional standards of confidentiality are strictly followed by all staff of the Counseling Center.  Information within a counseling relationship is protected by law and will not be disclosed without the expressed permission of the individual. Rare exceptions include the life and safety of individuals.  If you have questions about our confidentiality policy, please ask one of our staff.

Appointment or Walk-In

To make an appointment call 847-628-5052 (ext 5052 from a campus phone) or stop by our office. Walk-In's are also welcome.


The initial session is free. Following sessions are $10.00 or less depending upon the student's ability to pay. The counselor will discuss the financial issue with each student.

Our Mission

The mission of the Counseling Center reflects the mission of Judson University: "equipping students to be fully-developed responsible persons who glorify God." Our goal is to assist students seeking to determine God's purpose and direction as they confront personal issues during their college years.        


Tuesday-Friday    9am-5pm


We are located in the Chapel, on the lower level, room #7. 

Contact Information

Phone:  847-628-5052
    Fax:  847-628-5050
Mailing Address:  1151 N State St, Elgin IL 60123


Dr. Donald Ferrell, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
PhD from Illinois Institute of Technology
BA from Judson College


Chelsea Jean  
PsyD student at Wheaton College in Wheaton IL
BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Eureka College in Eureka IL
From Salem IL
Andrew Magers
PsyD student at Wheaton College in Wheaton IL
MA in Psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton IL
BS in Psychology from Mississippi College in Clinton MS
From Clinton MS

Office Staff

Terrie Ferrell
Administrative Assistant
Rebecca Huguley
Administrative Assistant