About the Community Counseling Center

Learn more about our accreditations and discover answers to your FAQs.

Our counselors are graduate candidates of the CACREP-accredited clinical mental health and school counseling programs and the ICAADA-approved addictions counseling programs. They provide community-counseling services under the supervision and training of licensed faculty. Our services adhere to the American Counseling Association professional codes of ethics and standards of practice.

Meet Our Staff

Didelot

Mary J. Didelot, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education


didelot@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2326

Hammond, CLO 391

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Lisa Hollingsworth, Psy.D.

Associate Professor of Education


lholling@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2789

Hammond, CLO 393

Injung Lee

Injung Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Counselor Education


injung.lee@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2902

Hammond CLO 394

Vincent Marasco

Vincent Marasco, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling School of Education and Counseling


vmarasco@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2693

Hammond CLO 396

FAQs

The Community Counseling Center offers short-term individual counseling for adults and children.

Issues commonly presented include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Drug or alcohol
  • Identity/ sexual orientation
  • Trauma survivors
  • Coping skills for life events

We are unable to treat individuals diagnosed with serious psychological disorders.

Call 219-989-2923 you may also fill out the Appointment Request Form to make an appointment.

You will receive a return phone call for a brief screening to assess if you are eligible for our counseling services.

If you are eligible for our services after the screening process, an appointment will be arranged where an intake will be done.

If you are non-eligible for our services, and your needs are out of our expertise, you will receive a referral for more qualified services. You may still be non-eligible after the intake form has been processed.

We do not offer emergency crisis intervention outside of the center’s hours of operation. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Each session is 50 minutes.

We offer affordable counseling services on a sliding fee determined by client income. We accept cash only.

You will be provided with appropriate referral resources from all around the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland areas.

All therapeutic services at the Purdue Northwest Community Counseling Center are strictly confidential. Client information is not shared to anyone outside of the center without written permission or verbal consent when the client is present.

In order to provide clients with the highest quality of care, a counselor or therapist trainee may consult with other counseling center staff and faculty.

Yes. There are situations in which we are required by law and/or professional ethics to release clinical information. These include the following situations:

  • A client is in imminent danger to self or others
  • A child or elder is being abused, neglected or exploited
  • Requirement to present records or information as a part of a legal proceeding
  • Someone is gravely disabled

If any of these situations arise staff, faculty, and counselor trainees will make every effort to discuss the process with clients.

At the first appointment you will be asked to read and sign a Counseling Agreement/Consent form. This document describes policies and procedures including confidentiality and your rights to privacy.  During the first session the counselor or therapist trainee will review materials and answer any questions regarding policies or forms. An atmosphere of safety and trust is of utmost importance.

Yes. The Purdue Northwest Community Counseling Center is a training facility for counselor and therapist trainees.  Client information will be documented and filed into charts. The charts will be securely stored. Faculty, staff, and counselor and therapist trainees will access charts for purposes of quality review and clinical training.