Counseling Services

Are you having a Mental Health Crisis? 


Here is how we define a Mental Health Crisis

  • You are considering hurting yourself or someone else and these thoughts have increased lately.

  • You have recently experienced a trauma, an assault, or death of someone close to you.

  • You are hearing voices or having visual hallucinations.

  • You are experiencing feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that feel really out of your control.

  • Your alcohol and/or drug use is out of control and you need help immediately.

If any of these items is true for you, please seek help at Counseling Services as soon as possible and indicate this to the front desk staff. We will make arrangements for you to be seen the same day.

If you are having a mental health crisis after business hours or over weekend, please contact Public Safety at (618) 537-6911. They will contact the therapist on call and assist you in an emergency. 


Looking for 24/7 FREE Crisis Resources?

Call 1 800 273 - 8255

Anyone may access trained crisis counselors 24/7.

These crisis lines have experience assisting veterans, perons of color, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Deaf and Spanish speaking counselors are also available through this resource. 

text 'START' to 741741  

Students of Color can text 'STEVE' to 741741 

These resources are provided for student use through The National Suicide Prevention Helpline and The Steve Fund. 


National Domestic Violence Hotline  1 800 799-7233

Pledge of Support

When our community is shaken by tragic or abhorrent events on campus or beyond, Counseling Services staff acknowledges the significant impact of these events on the students we serve. As believers in every person's worth, we hold firm to the values of inclusion, multicultural diversity, and social justice. We believe in empowering all people - including those who are marginalized and oppressed - to act together to challenge injustice, to condemn discrimination, and to promote a common humanity of equitable treatment and social cooperation.


We seek to foster a community that is safe for all students. Our reactions to controversial events vary across people. We are each uniquely affected. At the same time, we strive to understand and respect perspectives that may be different from our own. Therefore, we join voices in making this pledge to all McKendree University students: your perspectives, values and experiences will be welcomed at Counseling Services. You will be safe, you will be respected and you will be heard.


We want to remind you that you are not alone. There are a variety of resources and services to support you through challenging times. We applaud the efforts of campus organizations, student groups, and committed individuals who provide spaces for discussion of all forms of inequality at our university and in the wider world. We invite students to access these many resources. We also encourage you to reach out to Counseling Services as needed for appointments for individual counseling or tailored outreach presentations on request.


(This pledge has been used and adapted with permission from our friends at Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Service and CAPS at Duke University.)


We can be reached by phone for appointments.

Please call (618) 537 - 6503 during business hours to make an appointment.  

If you need assistance after hours, please contact your Resident Assistant or Resident Director.  

If you are having a mental health EMERGENCY call Public Safety at (618) 537 - 6911.  


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 to help a friend or a fellow student that you are concerned about. This form may be used by members of the community to report mental health concerns, problem behaviors and/or sexual assaults on campus. You will be connected to an online form that collects minimum information and will alert campus staff to assist the individuals involved.

Meet the Staff

Laura Harrawood, Ph.D., LCPC, LMFT

Director of M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
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