Personal Counseling Assistance Program
In the event you are experiencing a crisis or emergency situation when you are on campus, you will be given priority attention. Please come to the Counseling Center in CTC 202 or call 815-224-0361 or 815-224-0324. When calling or visiting, be sure to indicate that you need to speak to a counselor about a personal and urgent issue so that you can be given first priority.
If you or someone you know is experiencing:
Low Self Esteem
Lack of Confidence
Feelings of Anxiety
Sexual Orientation Issues
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Fear of Failure
Is your P-CAP session confidential?
Counseling sessions are confidential. IVCC Counselors operate within ACA professional guidelines and are professionally and ethically obligated to keep what you say confidential. Collaboration with referral sources and information about your counseling session (s) will be not be released to, or discussed with, anyone outside the P-CAP program without your explicit, written permission, except in the event of harm to self or others.
Your academic status will not be jeopardized by seeking assistance. The decision to
utilize these services must be voluntary.
P-CAP is for all students of race, ethnicity, religion, & economic status.
Meet the Counselors
I earned my bachelors degree from ISU in Communication, and followed that up with a masters degree in Human Services Counseling. Since that time, I have been advising and counseling in the community college setting.
I spent much of my undergraduate career confused about a direction. I soul-searched, figured it out, stuck with it, and am now in a career that I love. From my experiences and from working with students, I realize college can pose many challenges - from choosing a class to choosing a major, pressures from a job or family, money struggles- etc. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to assist students as they navigate their way through the college experience.Meliisa_Killian
I have a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University (1988) and a Master's degree in Counselor Education from Southern Illinois University (1994). Prior to working at IVCC, I held a variety of positions in Mental Health and Social Services. I have been a Counselor at IVCC since 1996.I am married and have 4 children (3 girls, 1 boy). My hobbies are golf, gardening, and cooking.
Words of Advice:
Attend your classes (i.e. "don't skip!"), and get to know your instructors outside of class during their office hours. These are two simple strategies that will help you to be successful in college.
An IVCC Counselor helped me! In the late 1970's I was a student at IVCC and couldn't decide "What to Do with My Life?" "What Major?" "What School?" I came to see my Counselor, Mr. C. many times, worried that I would make the wrong decisions. He listened (He always seemed interested!!!!), gave some advice, and helped me decide. I graduated from IVCC and continued my education at NIU. My background includes career/academic Counselor to special needs and non-traditional students and job search workshop presenter. Ultimately, I returned to IVCC and have been advising students making similar life decisions for 20" years.
My husband and I live in Peru. I still see Mr. C. around town. He was a very good listener. He is retired but counselors are still here to help. Come in to the Counseling Center or call us at 224-0360.Debbie Burch
As they say … “life comes full circle” … that saying became real and brought me right back to the IVCC where I began journey into higher education! I am certainly not a new face on campus as I have served as the former Director of Community Relations and Marketing, Counselor and Coordinator of Education to Careers and Adjunct Faculty member. Prior to my work here at IVCC, I served in northern Illinois and Wisconsin for many years, schools and agencies in social services, disability services, and pastoral counseling.
With great enthusiasm and a real love of learning I’ve continued my education or earned degrees or certifications with: Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee; the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; St. Michael’s College in Vermont; Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; the University of Wisconsin in Madison; the University of Alaska in Anchorage; Barry University in Miami; and the University of Illinois. I am ready and eager to help you discover your own life journey, education and career path. So pop on over and let’s get to know each other and discover together your unique destiny!Valery Calvetti
Hi. My name is Wendi Harmon and I am a part-time counselor here at the college. I grew up in the area and my first college experience was right here at IVCC, many, many years ago. I went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Justice at the UIS and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University.
Prior to my current position in the counseling center, I spent 5 years as a full-time counselor in Project Success and a year as the Special Needs counselor in the Academic Enrichment Center. I have recently returned to IVCC after 3 years as a stay at home mom. I am truly exited to have the opportunity to work with our community of students once again.
I was once a struggling college student, searching for my path in life. It took a long time for me to decide what I wanted to do. Once I made the commitment to an education and a career, I put my all into it. I truly believe that people can do whatever they set their minds to and that an education is one of the most important gifts a person can give themselves. That is why I am committed to helping IVCC students reach their academic goals.
My quote to live by: Frederick Nietzsche ~ “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”Wendi Harmon
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Boston College and a Master's Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois. I received my school counseling certification through Illinois State University. I was a counselor at LaSalle-Peru High School, York High School in Elmhurst and retired from Streator High School in June of 2014. Go Bulldogs!! I started working as a part-time counselor at IVCC in September of 2014.
I would encourage students to develop relationships with their teachers and with the entire counseling department. Get to know us and let us get to know you. Step out of your comfort zone and meet students from other high schools and other towns. I cannot think of any better advice than that which I just heard from the President of Knox College. "You will learn the most from those who are least like you."Gary Sonnenberg
I am a part-time counselor at IVCC. I started my career in education after taking classes at IVCC and graduating from UIUC in music. I taught private music lessons for many years when my children were small and taught band in the school system as I attended graduate school at Illinois State University to earn my MS in school counseling. I was a counselor for 17 years at Ottawa Township High School and retired in June 2016.
I have two grown children and three amazing granddaughters. I love spending time with them, attending concerts, reading, and traveling.
I love seeing students work towards their goals and achieving them. Sometimes the road to getting there is winding and takes longer than planned, but my advice is “Don’t give up on your dreams”.Karen Stachowiak
My background is in secondary education. I have a B.S. degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and an M.S. degree from Illinois State University in School Psychology. I have worked as a school psychologist and as a high school guidance counselor, in addition to part time counseling at IVCC.
I am married and have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. My husband and I
enjoying traveling, golf and gardening.
The best advice I was ever given was to complete a college education.Kate Young