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Mental Health & Counseling

NLU has partnered with Skylight Counseling Center to offer a variety of counseling resources. NLU students will receive up to six (6) sessions at no charge. Students seeking additional counseling referrals for licensed mental health professionals should contact the Office of Student Experience at 888.658.8632 x3568 or email The cost of additional counseling is incurred by the student.‌ Online resources for support:

Call and request an appointment at 312.261.3636 or 847.947.5656.

Email an apppointment request to


Additional Counseling Services: "Let's Talk"  Counseling Center

Counselors interns will be available for brief, informal, free and confidential, consultations. Get support for whatever is on your mind...anxiety, stress, academic problems, relationships, family problems, health issues, financial problems, and other concerns. Receive referral to long-term counseling through Skylight Counseling Center.

Call or email to set up an initial meeting.

Webinar Topics

Mental Health and Wellness Workshop Series -- Domestic Violence Prevention: How to Create Healthy Relationships and Avoid Toxic Interactons
WEBINAR: This workshop helps students better understand the signs of domestic violence, and how to prevent toxic interactions in relationships. As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this Wellness Workshop provides 5 steps to prevent domestic violence. The key to a healthy life is being able to have good relationships. The tools presented in this workshop will give you ways to create healthy relationships and will forever change the way that you look at domestic violence.


Mental Health and Wellness Workshop Series -- How to Get things Done!: The One Secret to Permanently Ending Procrastination
WEBINAR: Procrastination can kill academic success. When we put things off, we become less effective and often stressed at the notion of completeing the task at hand. Distractions can creep in and we are left to scramble to stay on track. This pattern can lead to burn out and becoming fried as a student. Yet it is possible to end this pattern! This workshop will show you the one secret to permanently ending procrastination once and for all. This is one workshop not to miss.


Mental Health and Wellness Workshop Series -- Student Pride, Professional Achievement: How to Go from Student to Professional
WEBINAR: Going from being a student to a full time professional is a major transition. The mindset of a professional differs from that of a student and requires a certain focus and stamina. This workshop helps make students more hirable in the modern workplace. It provides foundational tools for being successful in your job search and once you are hired. Come learn how to move more effectively in the work world.


 Meet Your Counselors

The counselors at the NLU Counseling Center are well trained and dedicated to bringing lasting change to people’s lives. They are empathic, creative and focused on helping individuals, couples and families develop insight and health. Any of them are available for consultation. Simply email for more information.


David Klow, LMFT, NLU Counseling Center Director

David is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. ​He is a Clinical Lecturer through the Department of Psychology for Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute. David is also a Clinical Member of and Approved Supervisor through The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He received his Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University along with extensive advanced training in The Family Institute Post-Graduate Clinical Fellowship. He is ​also ​the author of: You Are Not Crazy: Love Letters from Your Therapist due out February 14, 2018 from Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing. 
Today David runs Skylight ​ Counseling Center​, manages his expanding clinical staff, offers numerous professional trainings and workshops, and sees clients on a regular basis.

Rocky Beaty, LMFT

R​ocky is a creative therapist who is entirely passionate about the therapeutic experience. He is committed to his clients, working diligently with them to maximize their mental well-being and to navigate towards an insightful life experience.  His approach is non-judgmental, collaborative and often unique. Rocky values challenging clients to honor their personal potential and to foster a transition that allows new possibilities of strength, growth and healing.    

Rocky received his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University, Minneapolis MN.  Rocky has completed trainings in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Rocky has recently relocated to Chicago and holds a license in the State of Illinois; prior to his move he practiced for over 10 years in Minnesota.  He has worked in multidisciplinary teams focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder and as a Special Education consultant to Minnesota’s District 287.

  Ben Cherasky, Clinical Intern

Ben is a Masters of Counseling candidate earning his degree from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He regularly practices mindfulness meditation and brings a sense of calm and openness to his therapeutic approach. He focuses significantly on helping individuals discover their personal power to create more insightful lives. Ben is an eclectic practitioner who works with individuals who primarily experience anxiety, perfectionistic tendencies, and life stage challenges.

Ben is particularly interested in working with individuals on their senses of self-awareness by referencing movies to bring further creativity and expression to the therapy process.

  Lena Elkhatib, AMFT

Lena is a Masters-level Associate Couple and Family Therapist with a strong clinical interest in working with individuals and couples in navigating a number of relational issues such as relationship conflict, sexual and/or intimacy issues, infidelity, poor communication, relational impasses, work-life balance issues, life stage transitions, identity development and anxiety.

​Lena approaches therapy with warmth, empathy, humor and curiosity in order to help her clients enhance their selves and their relationships, increase intimacy and resolve conflicts.

A graduate of the Couple and Family Therapy program at Adler University, Lena has received extensive training in individual, couple and family therapy, and is experienced in working with couples and individuals of diverse cultures, backgrounds and relational/sexual orientations. She is currently pursuing her certification in Sex Therapy at the Modern Sex Therapy Institute of Chicago. Languages: English & Arabic

Caroline Tebbens, LPC

Utilizing a variety of approaches depending on the needs of her clients, Caroline works with those who are navigating anxiety, life transitions, relationship struggles, and histories of trauma. She believes that the body is a powerful tool, which can be used to better understand our emotions and individual experiences. Caroline often incorporates mindfulness and compassionate self-awareness into her sessions to facilitate healing through an increased connection between the mind and body.

Caroline received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Caroline is a certified yoga instructor and has completed trainings for trauma-informed yoga as well as yoga for those who have experienced sexual violence.

  Shay Reeves, AMFT

Respecting not only the impact, but the importance of each person’s cultural, racial, gender, spiritual, and sexual identity, Shay provides an affirmative space where people are valued for the whole of who they are. She encourages change by helping clients to increase self-awareness, manage emotional boundaries, and improve relationship skills.

As a graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Shay has received extensive training in the areas of individual, couple, family, and group therapy. Her clinical interests include couples’ conflict; relationship satisfaction and intimacy issues; identity development; depression; multicultural issues in couples and families; LGBTQ issues; and life stage transitions.


Additional Mental Health Resources

Mental Health America - For a referral to specific mental health service or support program in your community - 800-969-NMHA (6642)

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Provides support, information, and referrals - 800-950-NAMI (6264)

Affordable Colleges Online - Resources for student wellness and Suicide Prevention. - Resource to get connected with online counseling services. 


National Mental Health & Support Hotlines

National Child Abuse Hotline - 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - 800-826-3632

GLBT National Hotline - 888-843-4564

Hopeline Suicide Prevention - 800-442-HOPE (4673)

National Center for Victims of Crime - 800-FYI-CALL (394-2255) (multi-language service available)

National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Hotline - 800-662-HELP (4357)

National Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Eating Disorders Association Information and Referral Helpline - 800-931-2237

Planned Parenthood - 800-230-PLAN (7526)

National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 800-273-TALK (8255)




    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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