Law School Counseling Center

Law school can be a challenging time, and many students may struggle with multiple stressors, including academic and career concerns, family and relationship problems, coping with societal oppression and discrimination, and transitioning to a new phase of life. Counseling can be an effective and powerful tool towards managing stress, providing emotional support, exploring interpersonal patterns, and reducing and treating symptoms of mental health disorders.

The Law School Counseling Center, a partnership with Sankofa Psychological Services, LLC, offers on-site confidential services for law school students. We accept student health insurance, private insurance plans, and offer a low-cost self-pay option for students who are uninsured, underinsured, or have limited financial means.

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Our Services

The Law School Counseling Center offers:

  • Individual counseling
  • Relationship counseling
  • Disability accommodations evaluations
  • Drop-in hours for urgent concerns
  • Wellness workshops and educational programming
  • Consultation for faculty and staff

How to Access Services

Individual and Relationship Counseling: Sessions are by appointment only. Clinicians are available Monday through Friday, with Saturday and evening hours available. In order to make a first appointment, you will speak with a Counseling Center staff member to discuss what options are available. Please contact us via email at or leave a message on our confidential voicemail at 312.427.2737 ext. 455. In your message, please include your phone number and the best days and times to reach you. Please note: Inquiries will be answered within one business day. If this is a mental health emergency, do not wait for an appointment. Please see the emergency section of this webpage or call 9-1-1.

Drop-In Hours for Urgent Concerns: For brief meetings to discuss crisis planning and referrals, please come to the Law School Counseling Center Waiting Room (Room S-521) on Mondays through Thursday from Noon–1 p.m. and Thursday from 4–5 p.m. Students will be seen in order of appearance and a staff member will call students from the waiting room approximately every 15 minutes throughout the hour. Please note that outside of these hours, our waiting room is not staffed. To schedule an appointment, contact us via phone or email.

Disability Accommodations Assessments: Students can contact the Accommodations Coordinator at to initiate assessment services. For more information on accommodations at John Marshall, please read the documents available HERE.

Wellness Workshops: Faculty, staff, clinics, and student groups can the Law School Counseling Center Coordinator at 312.427.2737 ext. 461.

Faculty and Staff Consultation: Reach out to the Student Support and Emergency Team or contact the Counseling Center Coordinator directly at 312.427.2737 ext. 461 to schedule a time to talk privately.

In Case of Emergency

If you are experiencing a life-threatening situation or are in immediate danger of harming yourself or someone else, please do not wait for an appointment at the Law School Counseling Center. Go to the nearest emergency room or dial 911. To locate the closest emergency room, students can visit

The nearest hospital to John Marshall is:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 East Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312.926.2000

Crisis Hotlines:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK(8255)
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Hotline): 1.866.488.7386
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE(7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE(4673)
Illinois Child Abuse Hotline: 1.800.25.ABUSE(2.2873)
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1.888.293.2080

Questions or Concerns

If you have questions or concerns about the Counseling Center, please reach out to Dr. Quattlebaum directly:

Gretchen Quattlebaum, PsyD
Counseling Center Coordinator
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 461

About Our Counselors

Our counselors share a strong commitment to assisting students overcome obstacles to academic and personal success. They each have experience working in the mental health field prior to working at the counseling center and are either licensed psychologists, licensed counselors, or are currently supervised by licensed staff psychologists.


Gretchen Quattlebaum, PsyD
Karl Southgate, PsyD, LCP
Pascale Piron, PsyD, LCPC
Ieisha Norris, MA, LPC, NCC
Jessica Garcia, MA