Counseling Services

Our Mission

McKendree Student Counseling Services strives to provide support and resources to everyone in the campus community. It is our goal to help students navigate an exciting time of growth, exploration and personal development. The counselors assist students to make the most of their college experience. Many students find counseling helps them to find balance, clarify their priorities and make the best choices while at McKendree. If you are struggling with decisions or stressors, come in and make an appointment. We are here to help. 


Scope of Services

Counseling services are offered on the Lebanon campus to currently enrolled students on a short term basis (8 sessions a semester). There is no additional fee for counseling sessions provided in our clinic. Our staff is committed to your overall health and wellness.  All sessions are confidential unless there is a risk of harm to the student or to the community. All counselors are licensed by the state of Illinois and have experience working with students across a variety of issues including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression 
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Low Self- Esteem/Social Confidence
  • Relationship Issues
  • Suicidal Thinking
  • Sexual Assault/Abuse
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief/Loss Issues
  • Sexual Orientation and Identity Issues
  • Body Image
  • Athletic Performance

If a student's need requires longer term or more specialized treatment, our counselors will refer students to off campus resources for appropriate care. These additional resources would be available through health insurance or on a private pay basis.


Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

513 Stanton Street



Appointments to meet with one of our licensed counselors should be made through Lesa Auten, Medical Assistant, (618) 537-6503. Sessions usually take 45 to 50 minutes. There is a $25.00 fee for late cancellations/missed appointments. Please contact the front desk or email your counselor with 24 hours advanced notice of your need to cancel a scheduled appointment. 



Incident Reporting Form  This link will connect individuals to an ANONYMOUS reporting form for use regarding sexual assault on campus.  Students or members of the campus community may use this link to report a sexual assault. You will be connected to an online form that collects information.  

Meet the Staff

Nancy Friesen, Ph.D., LP                                                       

Director of Counseling Services 
513 Stanton Street                                                                  
(618) 537-6975                                                                                                                    

Laura Harrawood, Ph.D., LCPC, LMFT

Associate Professor of Counseling
Internship Coordinator
Clark Hall, 301
(618) 537-6137


Melissa McHenry, M.A., M.S., LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 
513 Stanton Street
(618) 537-6416