Mental Health Counseling & Resources

Mental Health Counseling & Resources

Transformative Growth Counseling provides personal counseling services for KCC students and staff. To make an appointment, visit, phone 630-423-6010 or email


Counseling services is in Student Affairs at KCC, on the second floor of
the Workforce Development Center. Ask the receptionist to speak to
the provider.

Available hours are Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The first four sessions are free for enrolled KCC students. For long-term-treatment, Transformative Growth accepts insurance or self-pay of $10-$30 per session, depending on your financial status.

Counseling is confidential.

Servicios bilingües disponibles en Español/ Inglés.

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

  • Career counseling
  • Relationship stressors
  • Grief
  • LGBTQIA and other sexual minorities
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual assault survivors
  • Trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Identity development
  • First generation college experience

Mental health awareness flier

Meet Our Counseling Staff

Portrait of Joe Phillips
Joe Phillips
Program Director and Counseling Therapist

Joe is a compassionate and affirming therapist who believes that a good therapeutic relationship is the foundation for making positive changes in mental health. He creates a safe and relaxed environment for each client to tell their story before working with them to develop a plan to improve their well-being. Joe works through a trauma informed lens to help people of all backgrounds overcome past obstacles to their current and future happiness. He is experienced in working with individuals from the BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities.

Portrait of Erica Hartmus
Erica Hartmus
Counseling Intern from Northwestern University: Available over Zoom

Erica is focused on providing a collaborative and trusting therapeutic environment to help clients heal. Using warmth, humor, and directness, Erica aims to empower clients of all identities.

Portrait of Imani Ryan
Imani Ryan
Counseling Intern from Northwestern University: Available In Person or over Zoom

Imani provides a safe space for individuals struggling to cope with life’s challenges. “I believe that everyone carries what they need to bring forth their greatest self. I am just here to aid in the process, help develop skills, and provide tools to help individuals lead a happy and fulfilling life. I have a warm and gentle approach to therapy, but I am honest, and use reflective questioning to help clients practice self-reflection. Most importantly, I move at the pace of my clients. This space is yours!”

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

University Lifeline
ULifeline logo An 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

Clove Alliance Kankakee
1440 W Court St., Kankakee
815-932-7273 - Office
815-932-3322 - 24hr Crisis Hotline

Clove Alliance Watseka
1801 N. State Route 1 Suite 3, Watseka
815-432-2779 - Office
815-932-3322 - 24hr Crisis Hotline
For anything related to sexual abuse, advocates are available to help with any legal matters or questions. Counseling is also available.

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 St
Springfield, IL 62703

For all Illinois Sexual Assault Resource Centers, please visit

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.

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

Gibson Health in Watseka (Behavioral health services now offered)
806 E Walnut St
Watseka, IL 60970

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​.
A community organization dedicated to empowering people suffering from substance abuse addiction with tools and resources to start their personal journey toward recovery.
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.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Illinois

National Sexual Assault Resource Centers

National Sexual Violence Resource Center​

Rape and Incest National Network​

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