Saint Xavier University McCarthy Hall

Counseling Center

Contact the Counseling Center

Office Hours and Emergency Contact Number

The Counseling Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In case of an off-campus emergency, call 911.

In case of an on-campus emergency:


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Phone: 773-298-3137

Brian Kelley, M.A., LCPC

Brian Kelley is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma and an M.A. in Counseling from Saint Xavier University. He has over 10 years of experience working as a counselor and has taught psychology courses at the university level and is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

He believes that the therapeutic relationship is the single most important factor in how successful counseling will ultimately become. Brian has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar, stress management, relationships/divorce, LGBT issues, grief/loss and those who have experienced various traumas. Brian works in a collaborative and non-judgmental way to help you achieve your goals and realize your full potential.

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Phone: 773-298-3688

Carla Porter-White, M.A., LCPC

Carla Porter-White is a licensed clinicial professional counselor (LCPC) with a B.A. in psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in clinical psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Carla has clinical experience in community agency and private practice settings, in addition to working with a wide range of ages and mental health concerns.

A strong therapeutic alliance, an effective technique and the student's desire to participate in counseling are key factors to success in counseling. Carla strives to create this space of success by listening attentively, being non-judgmental and recommending a mixture of therapeutic approaches that will help students progress on their path to good mental health.

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Phone: 773-298-3824

Matthew Marjan, M.A., LPC

Matthew Marjan is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a B.A. in English from DePauw University and an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling from Valparaiso University. He has previous experience working in a psychiatric hospital and in an adolescent group home setting and was previously a counselor/student support specialist in SXU's Student Success Program.

Matthew works extensively with depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. He offers a cognitive perspective on mental health, encouraging clients to become aware of the thought processes that are frequently a part of problematic behaviors and working on strategies to re-write those thoughts in a constructive manner.

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Phone: 773-298-3134

Karen C. Shockley, M.S., LCPC
Counselor, Director

Karen Shockley is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) with a B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College and an M.S. in clinical counseling from Benedictine University. She has previous experience working in a community agency setting and in a shelter for adolescents, but her preference is working with young adults.

Karen has experience in issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, relationship difficulty and identity. She approaches the therapeutic relationship from a person-centered perspective, believing each client knows him or herself best, to help each client discover his or her own answers. She also utilizes cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal strategies that best fit each client.

To make an appointment with a counselor, click the link below and submit a request for services.

Request For Services Form

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or 3911 on campus.

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