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About the Center

The UK Counseling Center (UKCC), a department within the Division of Student and Academic Life, 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 same day 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 stress management, mindfulness, relaxation, and guided imagery, test anxiety, career decision making. 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 at UK as well as practicum students from Eastern Kentucky University Psy.D program each semester. Recent outreach programming has included participation in the orientation for new students, UK 101 classes, CARES, Pharmacy, First Generation students, sorority and fraternity groups, MLK Center, LGBTQ* Resource Center, 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 Community of Concern office located within the Dean of Students office. This office was established to be a resource for staff, students, parents, and faculty who are concerned about a distressed student.

The Counseling Center is located in Frazee Hall. The center encompasses part of the first floor, and the entire second and third floors of Frazee Hall. Frazee Hall also is home to the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, Bias Incident Support Services, and the Collegiate Recovery Community. The Center includes private offices for all staff members and interns, 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 digital recording of 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 30,000 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 and the runners up in the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. 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

 

About Lexington 

The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, a growing community of over 305,000 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). The annual average temperature of Lexington is 55 degrees.
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.  Lexington has recently been described as a "university city" as described in the following article: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/what-is-a-university-city-new-definition-urban-typology   

 

Cost of living information and calculators:

 

The Real Value of $100 in Each State:

http://taxfoundation.org/blog/real-value-100-each-state-2016 

Change Agents:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2014/08/21/how-far-100-goes-in-each-state-and-major-metropolitan-area/#4061ea186283

Cost of Living, Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

http://www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/city/kentucky/lexington-fayette

 

Our Staff

To learn more about our individual staff members, click on the following link:     http://www.uky.edu/counselingcenter/our-staff  

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2020-2021 Psychology Interns 

Tristan R. Barney, M.A.
Doctoral student from William James College, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma, First Generation Students, Forensic/Correctional Psychology, LGBTQIA+, Multicultural/diversity issues, Social justice and advocacy, Mood and anxiety disorders, Military and Veterans Psychology, Psychodynamic Therapy, Humanistic Therapy
 
Natalie F. Berry, M.S., M.A.
Doctoral student from Midwestern University, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Relational Therapy, Social Justice, Advocacy, Multicultural/Diversity Issues, Identity Development, Racial/Ethnic Identity, Life Transitions, Interpersonal Skills, Relationship Issues, Trauma, Stress, Self-Esteem, Coping Skills, Racial and Ethnic Minority College Students, and Mental Health Stigma.
 
Kyoko Harris, M.A.
Doctoral student from Alliant International University, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Black Psychology, Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment and Relationships, Trauma, Anxiety, Outreach, Multicultural and Diversity issues, Social justice and Advocacy, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, Homelessness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 
 
Rebecca Smith, M.A.
Doctoral Student from The Chicago School for Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Attachment and Relationships, Self-Worth, Self-Esteem, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma, Assessment, Advocacy/Outreach, the Effect of Social Media on Mental Health and Body Image, Animal-Assisted Therapy  

2019-2020 Psychology Interns 

Annie Baumer, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Postdoctoral Fellow at Mandala House
Graduated from Spalding University, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Attachment and Relationships, Family of Origin Issues, Trauma, Sports Psychology and Student-Athletes, Outreach, First-Year College Experiences and Outcomes, Psychodynamic Therapy
 
Heidi (Mel Tak) Li, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Postdoctoral Counselor at San Jose State University Counseling and Psychological Services
Graduated from the Wright Institute, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical interests: Mood and anxiety disorder, Acceptance and commitment therapy/Value-based work, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Self-compassion, Existential-humanistic therapy, Social justice and advocacy, Multicultural/diversity issues, Acculturation, First-generation college student, Identity development, ADHD and learning disabilities, Incorporating technology in psychotherapy
 
Olivia Szlachta, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Postdoctoral Fellow at Lamb Behavioral Health Center, LLC
Graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Relational Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Supervision, Trauma, Multicultural/Diversity Issues, Religious and Spiritual Identity, and First-Generation College Students.
 
Melissa Steinkamp, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Temporarily Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Groupworks Psychological Services and Katelyn’s Place Autism and Psychological Services
Graduated from Spalding University, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests:  Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, relationship stress, adjustment concerns, anxiety, depression, family of origin concerns, social justice, intersectional feminism, and academic anxiety/burnout. 

2018-2019 Psychology Interns 

Joel Goodrich, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Staff Psychologist at University of Kentucky Counseling Center
Graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests:  Anxiety, trauma, suicide prevention and intervention, LGBTQ* concerns, multiculturalism/diversity issues, social justice, interpersonal therapy, meditation and mindfulness-based interventions. 
 
Donnie Kleine-Kracht, Ph.D.
First position after internship:  Staff Psychologist at the Lexington VA
Graduated from Texas A&M University, Counseling Psychology Phd.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Multicultural/Diversity Issues, Mental Health Disparities, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-Focused and Strength-Based therapies, Crisis Counseling, Group Therapy, and Mindfulness Training--
 
Walter Malone, M.A.
First position after internship:  Mental Health Clinician at University of Kentucky Counseling Center
Doctoral student from Western Michigan University, Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests:  Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Supervision, Trauma, Anxiety, Multicultural/Diversity Issues, Religious and Spiritual Identity, Social Justice and Advocacy, African American Male Development, Masculinity, Academic Help Seeking, First-Generation College Students, Motivation.  
 
Quentin Speight, M.A.
First position after internship:  :  Assistant Director, Student Experience for Kelley Direct MBA & MS Programs at the Kelley School of Business
Doctoral student from Indiana University, Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: multicultural/diversity issues, student-athlete experience, sport and performance psychology, exercise and mental health, career transition, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy

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2017-2018 Psychology Interns 

Britani Black, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Instructor-Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine/Full-Time -Clinical Track
Graduated from Marshall University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Substance Use, life transitions, common factors approach, memory, perception, cognition, influence of culture and media, influence of Appalachian culture/society
 
Diana Davis, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Post-doctoral Fellow at Temple University Tuttleman Counseling Services
Graduated from Florida Institute of Technology Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, Identity Issues, Women’s Psychology, Multiculturalism, Reducing Mental Health Stigma, Personality Assessment, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapies
 
Melissa Will, Ph.D.
First position after internship:  Post-doctoral fellowship in the counseling center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Graduated from University of Georgia Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests:  Gender across the spectrum, the Intersectionality of Identity and Multiculturalism/Diversity, Feminist Therapy, Identity Development, Relational Concerns, and Eating Disorders 
 

2016-2017 Psychology Interns 

Alexandra Forsyth, Psy.D.
First position after internship:   Staff Psychologist at University of Kentucky Counseling Center
Graduated from the University of Indianapolis, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests:  Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Sport Psychology, Substance Abuse, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Multicultural/Diversity Issues, Grief and Loss

Rae Lyn Glover, Ph.D.
First position after internship:  Staff Psychologist at University of Kentucky Counseling Center
Graduated from the University of Kentucky Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program
Clinical/Research Interests: Interest in post-traumatic reactions, mood and anxiety disorders, suicide prevention, self-esteem issues, life transition difficulties, social justice issues, Appalachian health disparities, and working with those that are underprivileged and underserved. Integrative approach to therapy with a foundation in Humanistic approaches incorporating Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness interventions.

Shannon Smith, Ph.D.
First position after internship:   Post-Doctoral Resident at Shoreline Psychological Services, LLC, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Graduated from Florida State University, Combined Counseling and School Psychology Ph.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests:  ADHD, learning disabilities, trauma, gender and sexual identity, life transitions, multiculturalism, and relationship concernsl

Kari Sulenes, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Executive Director integrated wellness and leadership development program
Graduated ffrom Pacific University Clinical Psychocogy Psy. D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests: Workplace diversity and wellness, Yoga, Mindfulness, Gestalt Therapy, DBT therapy, Multicultural Psychology, Feminist Psychology,  identity development, interpersonal distress, trauma, loss, transition 

2015-16 Psychology Interns

Amber Carter, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Staff Psychologist at University of Kentucky Counseling Center
Graduated from Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, Clinical Psychology Psy.D program
Clinical/Research Interests: Client-Centered theory and therapy, Multicultural/Diversity issues, Life transitions, First-generation college students, Mindfulness, Parenting issues

Caroline Carter, Psy.D
First position after internship:  Staff Psychologist at the Los Angeles Gender Center
Graduated from Azusa Pacific University, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program 
Clinical/Research interests: Gender and sexual diversity, Religious and spiritual identity, Social justice and advocacy, Multiculturalism, Treatment of depression and anxiety. Integrative approach incorporating Time Limited Dynamic, Attachment, Systems, Feminist, and Multicultural perspectives.

Grant Goodman, Ph.D. 
First position after internship:  Postdoctoral Fellowship at Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services
Graduated from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program 
Clinical/Research Interests: Interpersonal Therapy, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, Group Process, Identity Development,  ADHD and Learning Disabilities

Derek Mueller, Psy.D.
First position after internship: Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Counseling and Psychological Services at Washington State University
Graduated from Pacific University, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research interests: Gestalt Therapy, Multiculturalism/Diversity, Organizational Psychology, Adult Identity Development, Grief and Loss, Group Therapy, Sustainability and Environmental Psychology

 

2014-2015 Psychology Interns

Catherine Crew, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Psychologist Resident at Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics
Graduated from 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, Psy.D.
First position after internship:  Postdoctoral Resident at Medical University of South Carolina
Graduated from 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 Psychology Interns

Elizabeth Aranda, Ph.D.
First position after internship: Post-Doctoral Fellowship at San Jose State University Counseling Center
Graduated from 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, Psy.D.
First position after internship: Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Roger Williams University
Gradauted from Pacific University’s Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
Clinical/Research Interests:  Attachment theory, Gestalt therapy, Group process, Mindfulness, Multiculturalism, Transition to adulthood

 

2012-2013 Psychology Interns

Katie Crowell, Ph.D.
First position after internship:Faculty position at Pacific Lutheran University
Graduated from Utah State University Combined Clinical-Counseling-School Ph.D. program
Clinical/Research Interests: Minority Stress, Multicultural issues, LGBT issues, Mentorship, Training, Eating disorders, Identity development

Sarah Judkins, Psy.D.
First position after internship: Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Gonzaga University Counseling Center
Graduated from Xavier University Clinical Psy.D. program
Clinical/Research Interests: Group therapy, Trauma survivors, Couples therapy, Anxiety and Depression, Consultation