Student Services

University life can be a demanding and stressful experience. The Counseling Center offers groups, workshops, and short term counseling to support student's growth and assist students with mental health, academic and/ or other personal concerns that might interfere with academic performance or a sense of personal well-being while at UK.



The Counseling Center assists students in developing a life of meaning and purpose by promoting psychological, interpersonal, academic, and career wellbeing. We support healing, recovery, and growth by offering services that are high-quality, equitable, inclusive, strengths-based, and student-centered.


Scope of Practice:

The UK Counseling Center (UKCC) provides a range of short-term mental health services to UK students.

For students with personal growth concerns, problems of daily living, and little to no symptomology, the UKCC offers drop-in services such as Let’s Talk, skill-building workshops, online wellness apps, and groups.

For students in distress or in need of additional assistance, the UKCC offers brief individual, relationship, and group therapy.

Typically, individual and relationship therapy occurs on a bi-weekly basis for 4-6 sessions. There is a yearly limit of 10 sessions. Some exceptions may be made for students with limited access to mental health care.

UK students who live out of state may attend skill-building workshops and utilize online wellness apps and Talkspace.

The Counseling Center provides 24/7 urgent/crisis care by phone at (859) 257-8701.

The UKCC does not provide the following services:

  • Weekly, long-term care
  • Testing/evaluation for learning disabilities/ADHD, disability claims, custody claims, or other legal proceedings
  • Intensive outpatient therapy (e.g., regularly-scheduled individual sessions which occur more than once per week, and/or have a duration longer than 1 hour)
  • Mandated therapy by a court, attorney, or judicial body
  • Intensive treatment such as for substance use disorders and eating disorders
  • Documentation for Emotional Support Animals
  • Appointments outside UKCC hours of operation
  • Therapy when a student is already engaged in therapy with another provider
  • Therapy for students who reside out of the state of KY
  • Specific treatments for less common diagnoses