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Counseling Center

Providing a safe place for students from all backgrounds to receive compassionate, competent, confidential, and wholistic psychological services.

Services

Full time, degree-seeking students currently enrolled at Wheaton College are eligible for counseling services. In individual counseling, the student has the full attention of one of our counselors in a one-to-one atmosphere of understanding, warmth, and insight. Our counselors seek to help students in a variety of ways because they are excellent sounding-boards, compassionate listeners, and skillful experts in problems of living.

We are ethically committed to confidentiality and federal/state laws require it. This means that even a student's attendance in counseling is kept private and confidential. The law states that there are four exceptions to this general rule: a) students may request (by means of a signed release) that the counselor may reveal information to other individuals or agencies of your choice; b) in instances where there is imminent danger of serious harm to oneself or others, a counselor may reveal that information to prevent harm; c) in cases involving physical and/or sexual abuse of children or endangered adults, the counselor must report such abuse; and (d) where otherwise requested by subpoena or mandated by court order or state/federal law.

The first appointment with a counselor is called the initial assessment. If individual counseling is recommended after the initial assessment, the student will be assigned to one of our staff counselors. Some of our counselors are practicum students in clinical psychology and work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. There is no charge for individual counseling.

The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups each year for full time, degree-seeking students currently enrolled at Wheaton College. A number of groups each year are coordinated around a common theme and provide both education and support for students who have had similar experiences. Past themes have included eating disorders, children of divorced parents, and dealing with chronic pain. The focus of groups adjusts slightly each academic year in response to student need. In addition we offer men's groups, which focus on issues pertinent to male students, and women's groups, which address a range of relational issues common to female students.

Group participation primarily allows students to gain experience with, and work on, issues of being intimate with peers. The immediate group goal is to provide a safe environment in which students can explore personal issues, grow in a context of mutual learning, and alleviate symptoms of loneliness, sadness or anxiety. The long-term goal is to learn the skills necessary to develop healthy and mature relationships in general. We believe these skills contribute to more effective participation in friend and family groups, improved quality of life, and more mature, honest participation in Christian community throughout the lifespan.

The Counseling Center provides premarital counseling for engaged couples who are both full time, degree-seeking students currently enrolled at Wheaton College. Students take both the PREPARE inventory and the Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis. After the tests are scored, the couple meets with a counselor for several weeks to discuss their relational strengths and to explore areas where further growth is advised. A summary letter can be sent to the couple's minister if needed - with signed release of information. There is a $79.50 fee for the scoring of the tests.

The Counseling Center has built relationships with local psychiatrists and other mental health providers for the benefit of those students who want or need services off-campus. Referrals can be made for medication consultation, nutritional counseling, substance use counseling or other specialized needs. Referral services are available to all members of the Wheaton College community.

Make an appointment in person or call our office at 630.752.5321

Our Counselors

Toussaint D. Whetstone, Ph.D.

Director of the Counseling Center

Dr. Whetstone is a Counseling Psychologist and the Director of the Wheaton College Counseling Center. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Olivet Nazarene University, his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. In addition to working as a staff therapist in the Wheaton College Counseling Center from 2007-2010, Dr. Whetstone has worked in various other settings including DePaul University Counseling Services, Alliance Clinical Associates, in Wheaton, IL, and the University of Notre Dame Counseling Center. Dr. Whetstone specializes in crisis intervention and the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in emerging adults. Dr. Whetstone also specializes in helping individuals who present with spiritual concerns, sexual orientation issues, and issues related to racial/ethnic identity. 

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (APA)- Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race), and Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men & Masculinity)/Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)/Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)

JoAnn Nishimoto, Psy.D.

Clinical Training Director

Dr. Nishimoto is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Training at the Wheaton College Counseling Center.  Her responsibilities include supervision and training of masters-level and doctoral-level trainees. Dr. Nishimoto received her Business Administration degree from the University of Louisiana in 1980. After a first career in camp management and income tax preparation, Dr. Nishimoto received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Liberty University in 1993. She later continued her education at the Wheaton College Graduate School and earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2002, completing one of her practicum experiences in the Wheaton College Counseling Center.  During 24 years as a mental health professional, Dr. Nishimoto has worked extensively with sexual assault victims, with PTSD in combat veterans, with depression and anxiety in outpatient populations, and in supporting those in vocational Christian service.  Her special interests are self-esteem transformation and the dove-tailing of emotional and spiritual healing. Dr. Nishimoto is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Donna Aldridge, M.A., L.P.C.

Staff Therapist

Donna is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Donna earned her B.A. from Wheaton College, and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School. Prior to coming to the Wheaton College Counseling Center, Donna has worked in a variety of clinical situations including private practice and hospital settings. Donna worked 10 years part-time for Central DuPage Hospital as a crisis counselor in their ER. At the Counseling Center, Donna's specialty areas include eating disorders, sexual abuse, and depression, in addition to working with individuals, couples, and groups.

Matthew Hyder, M.A., L.C.P.C., C.A.D.C.

Staff Therapist

Matthew is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Matthew changed careers after graduating from Michigan State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and attended the Master's program in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College Graduate School. Prior to coming to the Wheaton College Counseling Center, Matthew worked for four years in the city of Chicago as a Child Welfare Therapist counseling foster children, and as a Treatment Counselor for substance abuse clients. Matthew has also worked in different inpatient psychiatric hospitals and at a group private practice in Wheaton. At the Counseling Center, Matthew focuses on anxiety and mood disorders, addictions, couples, OCD, and family of origin issues.

Nancy Nealious, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist

Nancy M. Nealious Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who completed her BA degree from Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC), her Masters of Counseling and Psychology degree from Troy University (Troy, Alabama), and her doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) degree at Wheaton College. Dr. Nealious has previously worked in various settings such as Outreach Community Center, Clemson University, Centennial Counseling Center, Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health (Aiken, SC), and Baylor University as a Trauma Recovery Specialist. She also spent time training and working as a Professional Counselor in the Wheaton College Counseling Center.  Dr. Nealious has several areas of clinical interest and specialization, which include working with interpersonal and relationship problems; mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, complex trauma/trauma/abuse, development of personal identity including sexual, racial/ethnic, and spiritual identities, and acculturation issues. Dr. Nealious is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Hours and Location

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Phone: 630.752.5321
Fax: 630.752.5320

Counseling Center
North Harrison Hall
800 N. Centennial Drive, Suite 170
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Emergency walk-in hours available each day for crisis/counseling or consultation. The center is open during the summer session for counseling, consultations, referral resources, and crisis management.