About Us


Mission

Student Counseling Services supports Northeastern Illinois University's primary academic mission by providing counseling and psychological assistance to members of the University community. As students clarify the situations they encounter and develop healthy ways of responding to the stresses and problems in their lives, they are better able to achieve their academic and personal goals. Responsive, high quality counseling services enable students to develop to their full potential and achieve success.


Professional Staff

The office's clinical staff is composed of licensed psychologists, along with and doctoral- and masters-level trainees providing services under the direct clinical supervision of the licensed counseling staff. Current staff members include:

Christine S. Asidao, Ph.D.
Director of Student Health and Counseling Services
Dr. Asidao received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to coming to Northeastern, she was the Assistant Director of Outreach & Education at the University of Michigan and the Chair and founding member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO). Her areas of interest include family of origin, eating and body image, life transitions, relationship concerns, and multiculturalism. She works from an integrative framework incorporating internal family systems, brief psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal, client-centered and mindfulness approaches.

Fabiola Montiel, PsyD
Assistant Director for Counselng Services
Dr. Montiel received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her areas of interest include psychodynamic psychotherapy, multiculturalism, identity development, life transitions, and acculturation. She has experience working in university counseling centers and is bilingual (Spanish/English).

Miki Koyama, PhD
Assistant Director for Training
Dr. Koyama received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has enjoyed working with college students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., gender, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation) at multiple university counseling centers. Her areas of interest include cross-cultural issues, experiences of international and immigrant students, trauma, relational issues, sexual orientation, and spirituality. She is also interested in Eastern approaches to healing including yoga, ayurveda, and meditation.

Rahan Ali, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Wellness Educator
Dr. Ali received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Prior to coming to Northeastern, he has taught in the psychology departments of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University. He primarily works within a cognitive-behavioral framework, with elements of emotion-focused and brief solution-focused approaches. His clinical interests include anxiety disorders, trauma, depression, life transitions, and relationship issues.

Kelly Arteaga, PsyD
Staff Therapist, Group Coordinator
Dr. Arteaga received her doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She integrates psychodynamic, existential, and feminist theories into her therapeutic approach. Her areas of interest include identity development (ethnic/racial, sexual orientation, and gender), loss and mourning, relationship concerns, and group psychotherapy. She enjoys working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and members of the LGBTQ community.

Ed Neumann, PsyD
Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Neumann is a Post-Doctoral Fellow from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has enjoyed working with college students from diverse backgrounds at multiple university counseling centers. His areas of interest include humanistic and existential psychotherapy, life transitions, relationship issues, depression, traumatic events, and grief and loss.

Christopher Merchant, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Merchant is a Post-Doctoral Fellow from the University of Michigan, where he received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. His training and background is in cognitive behavioral treatments for depression and anxiety, as well as treatments for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Other areas of interest include existential psychology, specifically as it relates to questions of identity development. In addition to working within Counseling Services, he is also currently a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Northeastern.

Sydney Erickson, MA
Psychology Extern
Ms. Erickson is a Psychology Extern from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is working toward a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Her areas of interest include relational issues, anxiety, couples therapy, and outreach. She has previously worked with diverse clients with a wide variety of presenting issues.

Thomas Lindquist, MA
Psychology Extern
Mr. Lindquist is a Psychology Extern from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where he is working toward a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. His areas of interest include both Adlerian and psychodynamic approaches to therapy, relationship issues, adjustment difficulties and life transitions, parent education, psychological assessment, and mindfulness. He is also interested in art therapy and is certified as a registered art therapist.

Manuel Salgado, MsED, LPC,
Psychology Extern
Mr. Salgado is a Psychology extern from Loyola University Chicago, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. His areas of interest include prevention, social justice, community advocacy, and psychological wellness. In addition, theoretically he integrates narrative therapy, family systems, and psychodynamic approach with individuals, couples, and families.

Where are we?

We are located in D 024, in the lower level of the D-Building, the same building that houses Enrollment Services, Cashiers, Financial Aid (upper level), and Student Employment (lower level). The office is accessible by elevator or stairs.


How to contact us:

To speak with a counselor or make an appointment, call us at (773) 442-4650 or visit us in room D 024.