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Counseling and Referral Services


Life is full of challenges - but you don’t have to go at it alone !

Transformative Growth Counseling provides personal counseling services for KCC students and staff. If you are struggling with any stressors, counselors are available by appointment on Tuesdays. To make an appointment, visit the website, phone 312-588-9437 or email​.

Counseling is confidential. The first five sessions are free for enrolled KCC students. For long-term-treatment, we accept insurance, self-pay and sliding scale.

Michelle Thorpe's photoThe therapist at KCC, Michelle Thorpe is passionate about fostering each client’s resiliency. Through a holistic approach, she works to ensure that clients have the tools to handle strong emotions that might arise from conflict and trauma. Thorpe believes understanding client’s unique intersecting identities affects internal and external conflicts, and is critical to fostering effective resilience-based interventions.

Through cultural humility, feminist theory, Narrative theory, and affirmative therapy; Thorpe seeks to foster a safe space for clients to explore their needs. She recognizes that individuals identifying with the LGBTQIA community need someone who is affirming, non-judgmental, and compassionate. Michelle believes in empowering clients to create meaningful change in their lives.

In addition to anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, Thorpe also specializes in:

  • Career counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Grief
  • LGBTQIA and other sexual minorities
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual assault survivors
  • Trauma/ post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Identity development
  • Poly- and non-monogamous relationships

Education and experience:

Thorpe graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in holistic health and wellness. In her undergraduate work, Thorpe specialized in working with children and families with autism spectrum disorder. She previously worked in several clinics with registered behavior technician status. Thorpe attends Loyola University of Chicago, and is working toward a master’s degree in community counseling. At Loyola, she has been involved in multicultural and racial equity groups to further social justice initiates. She is working on research to address how queer families of color navigate systems.

Online Confidential Mental Health Screening

We offer free and anonymous online screening​ for eating disorders, alcohol misuse, anxiety disorders, and depression and more. This service is informational only and not a diagnostic tool. The screening is provided to help KCC students determine whether or not consulting with a mental health professional would be helpful. Access the screening tool here.​

Referral services

university lifeline linkAn anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention.

Kankakee and Iroquois County Information Network​
For Kankakee/Iroquois county resources related to mental health, substance abuse, family issues, legal issues, health care, emergency and disaster services, or aging.

Make the Connection - Veteran support services
Launched in 2011, connects veterans, their family members and friends, and other advocates with mental health information, local resources, and inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can find reliable information on how to cope with challenges such as posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, and transitioning from service. The site is free and accessible to everyone.

Suicide Prevention
1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255)
Callers receive suicide prevention counseling from trained staff at the closest certified crisis center in the network.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Offers information on depression and bipolar disorder as well as listings to patient support groups across the U.S.

Domestic Violence Assistance-Harbor House
24 hour crisis hotline in Kankakee County

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities Counseling Services provides outpatient counseling to residents of DuPage, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois counties. Offices are located in Lombard, Joliet, Morris and Bourbonnais. Individual, group, family, and couples therapy are provided, in addition to specialized services such as anger management groups and preventative education programs.

lllinois Department of Employment Security COVID-19

1-800-244-5631 or 1-800-889-3931

Note: Because of COVID-19, Illinois has a moratorium on shutoffs for all utility companies, including energy, telecom and water. Several have announced they will maintain services and waive late payment fees.

Sexual Assault Assistance-Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA)
1440 W Court Street, Kankakee, IL 60901

24 hour crisis hotlines.​

1‑815‑932‑3322  Kankakee County
1‑815‑432‑0420  Iroquois County​

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) is a not-for-profit corporation of 29 community-based sexual assault crisis centers working together to end sexual violence. Each center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling, and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and their significant others. Each center presents prevention education programs in Illinois communities.
100 North 16th Street, Springfield IL 62703

For all Illinois Sexual Assault Resource Centers, please click here:

Kankakee Alcohol Addiction Recover Center
1‑888‑319‑2606 - Addiction helpline Advisor. Top Kankakee Alcohol and Drug addiction recovery center ratings and reviews. You can also speak to a hotline advisor to discuss your needs and concerns to locate the most appropriate treatment.

  • Difficulty adjusting to college
  • Test anxiety
  • Academic difficulties
  • Problem-solving issues
  • Communication skills
  • Building effective relationships

Kankakee Area Alcoholics Anonymous
1‑815‑939‑4996 - answering service
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. (Serving the greater ​ Kankakee area).

Iroquois Memorial Hospital
Regional health care provider for the area offers a full range of acute, extended, and off-site primary care services.

200 East Fairman Avenue, Watseka, IL ​

Riverside Medical Center *
Provides full spectrum of inpatient, outpatient, and community services. Accepts most forms of commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid insurances.

350 N. Wall Street Kankakee IL, 60901

Riverside Behavioral Medicine
Offers extensive programs and services for mental health and alcohol/substance abuse treatment within the region. Riverside provides treatment for a wide range of disorders and tailors care specifically for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, allowing patients to discover, learn, grow, and recover in a supportive, secure environment.

Amita Health St. Mary’s Hospital *
A cohesive team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists comprise the Behavioral Health Network. These professionals provide a variety of outpatient services for adolescents to adults, in both individual and family settings. With close to 70 years of combined experience, our professionals have the knowledge, skills, and compassion to assist clients on their personal paths to wellness.

500 W. Court Street
Kankakee IL, 60901

Poison Control  1‑800‑222‑1222
The American Association of Poison Control Centers supports the nation’s 57 poison centers in their efforts to prevent and treat poison exposures. Poison centers offer free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Poison Help Line.

Planned Parenthood  1‑800‑230‑7526
A trusted health care provider, an informed educator and a passionate advocate. Planned Parenthood's 17 health centers in the state deliver vital health care services, sex education, and sexual health information to more than 60,000 women and families each year.

Ambrosia Addiction Recovery

HopeTracker is a free 10-session crash course on alcohol and drug addiction which contains a social community where individuals can get help while remaining anonymous. It also features information for families​. is a community organization dedicated to empowering people suffering from substance abuse addiction with tools and resources to start their personal journey toward recover is a resource with culturally trained professional counselors who operate a crisis hotline. Young people of color can text STEVE to 741741 to communicate with a counselor. Young people with LGBTQ+ identities can text START to 741741 to communicate with a counselor.

National Sexual Assault Resource Centers:

National Sexual Violent Resource Center​

Rape and Incest National Network​

Additional academic services

Many times, it would be nice to have someone who will work with you to solve academic problems. The Student Affairs staff at KCC will help you address:

  • Difficulty adjusting to college
  • Test anxiety
  • Academic difficulties
  • Problem-solving issues
  • Communication skills
  • Building effective relationships

* Indicates health care options which provide medical forensic services (rape kits) and/or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners​​​​​​​​​​​​​​