Please contact Resiliency Center to initiate the intake process.
You can complete this request to set up an appointment: https://www.redcap.ihrp.uic.edu/surveys/?s=LR9MK8YHFFAELHJ8
Or directly contact the Center director, Dr. Jenna Duffecy. Please state that you’re a College of Medicine student in your communication.
She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org 312-413-1225.
An evaluation will be set up with a mental health professional within one week. For more information on services provided and practitioners serving the clinic, please see below.
Psychotherapy: During your education at UI College of Medicine, the Resiliency Center practitioners will provide up to six sessions of talk therapy lasting between 45 and 60 minutes each. Appointments can be scheduled in advance or on an as-needed basis with the patient’s assigned provider, which will be determined after the intake evaluation. Patients will be triaged to either supportive psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
–Supportive psychotherapy: Supportive psychotherapy aims to relieve symptoms of psychological distress (e.g., stress/overwhelm, low mood, difficulty adjusting to new situations) and increase self-efficacy through interventions such as reflective listening, empathic validation, and development of adaptive coping skills (e.g., relaxation, deep breathing). Supportive psychotherapy often integrates techniques from multiple therapeutic modalities and is best suited for individuals experiencing difficulties with stress management, burnout, grief and loss, and life transitions.
–CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented form of psychotherapy that has extensive research support for an assortment of mental health conditions including depression and anxiety. The general premise of CBT is that thoughts, emotions, and behaviors all influence one another in a bidirectional fashion, such that intervening on any one of these will in turn influence the others. The patient and therapist collaborate closely in service of setting concrete goals and developing a treatment plan aimed at achieving them. CBT targets dysfunctional thinking patterns and maladaptive behaviors through interventions including psychoeducation, self-monitoring, and skills training (e.g., challenging one’s thoughts, entering previously-avoided situations). Between-session assignments will also be assigned to facilitate learning and generalization.
Medication management: Also known as pharmacotherapy, medication management focuses on using safe and effective medications (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) to alleviate symptoms of conditions including major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Pharmacotherapy can be used as a standalone intervention or in combination with forms of psychotherapy, depending on the results of the initial intake evaluation as well as patient preferences.