Counseling Services

Options for Support

Personal counseling is free and available to currently enrolled Oakton students.

Group counseling is free, and there are no session limits, but there are limited types of group therapy.

Wellness programming and events are free and open to the campus community.

As you prepare for your initial appointment, please know that some issues are beyond the Oakton Counseling team's scope or require longer-term care. In these cases, our role will be to support you with referrals.

Oakton's Counseling Team can connect you with a number of community resources. Behavioral/Mental Health resources are therapy practices in our local area. Emotional Distress/Crisis numbers respond to immediate needs. Online counseling services are website and app-based tools. Online databases are search engines that we recommend to find therapists suited for your particular issue.

Behavioral/Mental HealthEmotional Distress/CrisisOnline Counseling Services Online Databases to Search for a Therapist

If you or someone you know has attempted suicide and needs immediate medical attention, or suicide is imminent, call 911 immediately.

During regular operating hours, counselors are available to respond to crises and unexpected events that impact students. To connect with a counselor during a crisis, contact the Wellness Center at either campus at 847.635.1885 or stop by the Wellness Center, Room 1200, Des Plaines, or Room A175 Skokie. After hours, please contact Oakton's Public Safety.

Emergency/Crisis Numbers:

  • Emergency - call 911
  • Suicide and Crisis Support Line - call or text 988
  • Oakton's Public Safety - call 847.635.1888

Online Resources

Mindwise Logo.

Assess your thoughts, moods, and actions to gauge shifts in your behavioral health with MindWise. After this brief questionnaire, you will receive immediate and anonymous results. It will also provide access to resources and key recommendations.

Take the MindWise screening 

Togetherall logo.

Togetherall is an online community where you can connect with other students facing similar mental health challenges, receive support and feel less alone. Trained healthcare professionals are available as wall guides 24/7.

Use your Oakton e-mail to sign-up for free.

Join Togetherall

Counseling Staff

Our counselors are ready and eager to help you.

Mel Battistoni
(they/them), M.S.Ed., LCPC - Des Plaines
Clinical interests: LGBTQIA+, neurodiversity, identity exploration, eating disorders, relational psychotherapy, group therapy

Mark Kiel
(he/him), Clinical Psychologist - Des Plaines
Clinical interests: identity issues, group dynamics, eating disorders

Keith Morgan
(he/him), LCSW - Des Plaines and Skokie
Clinical interests: life transitions, trauma, men's mental health, LGBTQA+ students

Katia Muñoz
(she/hers), MSW, LSW - Des Plaines
Clinical interests: LGBTQIA+, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) mental health, trauma, relationships, identify and personal growth
Bi-lingual: English and Spanish

Rebecca Hamilton Niño
(she/hers), MA, LCPC - Des Plaines
Clinical interests: trauma, nervous system regulation, relational psychotherapy, wellness programming

Herma Prieto
(she/hers) - Des Plaines Counseling Service Assistant

Johnique Smith 
(she/hers), M.A., NCC - Des Plaines
Clinical interests: Anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, stress management, relationship and family issues, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)

Amy Wu
(she/hers), MS, LMFT - Des Plaines and Skokie
Clinical interests: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) mental health, immigration and acculturation, racial trauma, relationship and family issues

Frequently Asked Questions