About the Center
The UK Counseling Center (UKCC), a department within the Division of Student Affairs, promotes the psychological, interpersonal, academic, and vocational development of students. The Center supports the development and wellness of students by offering short term confidential therapy services to address mental health issues, workshops to promote social and emotional skill building, and outreach presentations to provide psycho-educational information. Services are free of charge for all students who are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. The Center also provides services to students and to spouses or partners of students in couple’s therapy.
The Center provides a variety of services for students, faculty, and staff. The Center assists students with mental health, academic and/ or other personal concerns that might interfere with academic performance, responsible decision-making, or a sense of personal well-being while at UK. Presenting problems range from typical developmental concerns such as transition into or away from college to acute psychiatric conditions and long term concerns. Services available to students include brief walk-in consultations and crisis interventions, individual, couples, and group therapy. Students may also complete career assessments and receive career counseling. Students are encouraged to attend regular workshops which provide specific skills and information on topics including sexual health, body image, stress management, mindfulness, yoga, relaxation, social confidence, and international student adjustment. In addition, as a part of the developmental and preventative emphasis of the Center, the staff is committed to providing training, consultation services, and outreach to the campus community. The Center trains doctoral practicum students from both the Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology Ph.D. programs each semester. Recent outreach programming has included participation in the orientation for new students, UK 101 classes, CARES, Public Health student group, First Generation student residences, sorority and fraternity groups, Lexington Probation and Parole, and Residence Life student staff.
The Center maintains close ties with the University Health Services and in particular, Student Behavioral Health. The UKCC staff and Student Behavioral Health staff meet monthly to discuss students seen at both centers. Another important referral resource that the center utilizes is the Students of Concern office located within the Dean of Students office. This office was established to assist students at risk and be a resource for staff and faculty who are helping a distressed student.
The Counseling Center is located in Frazee Hall. The center encompasses the second and third floors of Frazee Hall which also houses the Vice-President of Student Affairs, the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, as well as additional Student Affairs administrative offices. The Center includes private offices for all staff members, practicum training offices, a reception room, several waiting room areas, a conference room, and a group room. Each intern office will be equipped with a personal computer and web cam for video-recording sessions.
The University of Kentucky Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).
About the University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people’s lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky’s flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. The University of Kentucky was founded in 1865 and is a major research institution with over 28,000 students and 16 academic colleges. In addition to the undergraduate and graduate/professional schools, the campus includes the Colleges of Medicine, Law, and Dentistry and the University Medical Center/Hospital. Among the many academic offerings, UK has an APA accredited Counseling Psychology program in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, and an APA accredited Clinical Psychology program in the Department of Psychology. The University of Kentucky is the home of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball national champions. University of Kentucky is a member of the Southeastern Conference and includes 21 Division I Men’s and Women’s teams. You can learn more about the University of Kentucky by visiting the UK website: www.uky.edu
The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, a growing community of over 295,000 surrounded by beautiful Bluegrass horse farms. Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky and is known as the “Horse Capital of the World.” Lexington features a diverse cityscape which ranges from its vibrant downtown to its famed horse farms. Lexington sports two live horse racing tracks, Keeneland and the Red Mile Harness Track, one of the oldest tracks in the nation. Lexington is also home to many thriving arts organizations including a professional orchestra, and opera house, two ballet companies, professional theatre, several museums including a basketball museum, several choral organizations and a highly respected opera program at the University of Kentucky. Lexington hosts several annual cultural events and fairs such as the Festival of the Bluegrass, Kentucky's oldest bluegrass music festival. For nature lovers, Lexington offers Raven Run Nature Sanctuary and the Arboretum. Additional recreational and cultural activities are only a short drive away in Louisville (75 miles), Cincinnati (85 miles), Columbus (190 miles), Red River Gorge (85 miles), Smoky Mountain National Park (210 miles), and Nashville (215 miles).
Lexington is frequently cited as a quality place to live. Forbes has named Lexington as one of the world's seventeen cleanest cities. Additionally, a survey released in 2005 by Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranked Lexington as one of the five safest cities in the United States. The annual average temperature of Lexington is 55 degrees.
Federico “Felito” Aldarondo, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Licensed Psychologist,
Indiana University, 1998, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, Integrative
Clinical/Research Interests: Substance abuse and addictive behavior treatment, Healthy lifestyle change, Motivational interviewing, Diversity, Group therapy, Assessment, Mindfulness, Interpersonal process in psychotherapy, Therapy supervision
Matt Ashton, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University, 2013, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Constructivist, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Clinical/Research Interests: Career Development and Exploration, Student Development, Anxiety, Stress Management and Relaxation, Biofeedback, Mindfulness, Spiritual Issues
Mary Chandler Bolin, Ph.D.
Director and Licensed Psychologist
University of Kentucky, 1994, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical orientation: Integrated model of Psychosynthesis and Interpersonal Process
Clinical/Research interests: Disordered eating/body image, GLBTQQIA concerns, Performance enhancement (primarily with singers and other artists), Persons with disabilities, Suicide prevention, Trauma survivors, Wellness/stress management
Tina C. Bryant, Ph.D.
Senior Staff Psychologist and Group Coordinator
University of Georgia, 2002, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Person-centered, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Multicultural
Clinical/Research Interests: Multicultural and women’s issues, Outreach, Career exploration
Kathryn Gould, LCSW
Care Coordinator/Crisis Clinician
University of Louisville, 2008, Social Work
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, and Ecosystems Clinical/Research Interests: Advocacy, Crisis Intervention, Trauma Therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning, Family-of-Origin Issues, Anxiety, Mood Management, and Substance Abuse
Linda K. Hellmich, Ph.D.
Assistant Director/Clinical Director
University of Florida, 1995, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Eclectic with a strong Psychodynamic and Interpersonal foundation Clinical/Research Interests: Holistic integrative counseling/Health care, Stress management, Trauma therapy, Family-of-origin issues, Sexual assault counseling and policy development
Jamie Lynn Hopkins, Ph.D.
University of Calgary, 2003, Clincal Psychology
Theoretical orientation: Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal
Clinical/ Research Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Graduate students, International students, Couples, Relaxation, Mindfulness, Exercise and mental health
Nathaniel Hopkins, Ph.D.
Theoretical Orientation: Existential, Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral
Clinical/Research Interests: Identity development, Grief and loss, Performance enhancement
Margaret M. Marks, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Career Counseling Services
The Pennsylvania State University, 2011, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Humanistic, Interpersonal
Clinical/Research Interests: Training and education in professional psychology, Career development, Suicide prevention, Veteran issues, Interpersonal concerns, LGBTQ concerns
Sharon Martin, Psy.D.
Spalding University, 1992, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis with integration of Cognitive Behavioral principles, and Niemeyer Narrative Reconstruction Grief Theory
Clinical/Research Interests: Trauma, Grief, Psychospiritual Development and Issues, Interface of Technology and Health Services, GLBT, Suicide Prevention
Nathan Miles, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist and Assistant Coordinator of Training
Purdue University, 2011, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical orientation: Emotion-Focused, Interpersonal, Family Systems
Clinical/Research Interests: Couples therapy, LGBTQ issues, Family-of-origin issues, Grief
Diane Sobel, Ph.D.
Assistant Director/Training Director
University at Buffalo 1992, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Feminist, Multicultural
Clinical/Research Interests: Training and education in professional psychology, Trauma therapy, Sexual trauma, Group therapy, Grief counseling, Multiculturalism, LGBTQ issues
Jennifer Speisman, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Eating Disorder Treatment Team
Nova Southeastern University, 2011, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical orientation: Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal
Clinical/Research interests: Eating disorders, Anxiety and depression, Group therapy
Aesha Tyler, Psy.D.
Senior Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Outreach
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2009, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral, Multicultural, Interpersonal
Clinical/Research Interests: Multicultural/Diversity issues, LGBTQ concerns, Anxiety and depression, Health psychology, Stress management
2014-2015 Pre-doctoral Psychology Interns
Catherine Crew, M.S.
Student at Pacific University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research interests: Gestalt therapy, Yoga/meditation/mindfulness, Group process, Substance use and addictive behavior treatment, Multicultural/Diversity issues, Identity development, and Clinical implications and applications of social media use
Christina Gill, M.A.
Student in the University of St. Thomas Counseling Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research interests: Grief and loss, Secondary trauma, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Psychodynamic therapy and Person-Centered Therapy
2013-2014 Pre-doctoral Psychology Interns
Elizabeth Aranda, M.A.
Student in Texas Women's University Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Identity development, Multicultural Issues, LGBTQ Concerns, and Education and Training in Psychology
Leah Kamin, M.S.
Student in Pacific University's Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Attachment theory, Gestalt therapy, Group process, Mindfulness, Multiculturalism, Transition to adulthood
2012-2013 Pre-doctoral Psychology Interns
Katie Crowell, Ed.S.
Student in Utah State Univeristy Clinical/Counseling/School Ph.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Minority Stress, Multicultural issues, LGBT issues, Mentorship, Training
Sarah Judkins, M.A.
Student in Xavier University, Clinical PsyD Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Group therapy, Trauma survivors, Couples therapy, Anxiety and Depression, Consultation