Mental health counseling for employees Five free sessions for you or a family member
Statement from Work+Life Connections We believe black lives matter.
Our hearts go out to communities of color and the UK community at large. We know many UK staff and faculty are experiencing deep pain, racial trauma, grief, anger and loss. Systemic racism and oppression persist as public health threats to UK staff and faculty of color. We affirm our ongoing commitment to racial justice, and stand with our brothers and sisters who are suffering.
We will do our best to provide same-day or expedited mental-health services to staff and faculty who have been impacted by racial trauma.
Talk to an experienced professional
The Work+Life Connections employee counseling center offers confidential services including short-term counseling, professional assessment and referrals.
Our team of therapists are here to help you. Please consider making an appointment if you have concerns related to any of these areas:
- Mental and emotional health including depression, anxiety and grief
- Family matters including parenting, separation and divorce
- Work situations including challenges with performance and communication
- Alcohol and drugs
- Communication and relationships
- Challenging situations including crisis, grief and change
- Making sense of new diagnoses, whether emotional or physical conditions you or someone close has received
- Uncertainty if you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency, such as imminent danger of causing harm to yourself or others, immediately call 911, or visit your nearest hospital emergency room.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday and offered on your computer using Zoom or over the phone. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes.
New or first-time clients
New or first-time clients can schedule an appointment online by clicking the blue Schedule button next to one of our therapists. Read about our therapists to help you choose the best fit for you.
Children and teens
If you are scheduling for a child or teen 18 years or younger, please have the last four digits of their social security number available when making the appointment.
If you are age 18 and out of high school, you must make the appointment yourself. No one else can make the appointment for you.
If it's been more than a year since your last appointment, please contact us by phone or email to update your info.
Choose a therapist
Find a therapist to work with for your five free sessions. Each therapist has several areas of focus as well as the breadth of experience in working with anyone.
Eric Wilkinson, MSW, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist
"I'll emphasize your strengths, interests and values."
Works with diverse ages, genders, races, economic classes, ethnicities and sexualities
Rhonda Henry, MSW, CSW
Mental Health Therapist
"I create a safe and supportive environment for our work."
Background in advocating for those impacted by interpersonal violence
Currently available Telehealth appointments
If you're in Kentucky, we offer counseling appointments from the comfort of your home, either through Zoom video or a phone call.Read more
Another option LiveHealth Online
LiveHealth Online is also available to all UK employees regardless of location. $25 co-pay is waived through December 31.Read more
Frequently asked questions
All faculty, regular and STEPS employees (FTE .50 or greater), spouses, sponsored dependents, unmarried children up to the age of 26 (or older if disabled before the age of 26) and UK retirees are eligible for counseling services from HR Work+Life Connections.
Graduate and professional students, please go to the UK Counseling Center for individual appointments, support groups and special services designed for you.
Our counseling for individuals is a free and confidential benefit that allows up to five free sessions per employee, per fiscal calendar year (July 1 through June 30). This means a total of five sessions are allotted to each employee to use for themself or to share with a spouse or sponsored dependents. This does not mean each member of the employee’s family gets five sessions.
Our counseling service provides short-term therapy, assessment and referrals. We have found our service to be comparable to those at benchmark institutions.
We also offer a sliding-fee based scale for individuals who would like to continue their sessions beyond the five free visits. Please contact our office for additional information about this option.
Sessions generally last 45 to 55 minutes.
Generally, appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, each therapist begins and ends their day at different times so we can provide appointments as early as 7:00 a.m. and as late as 6:00 p.m. throughout the workweek. When scheduling, please check the different appointment times for each therapist.
All information is confidential unless otherwise mandated by law. Your information is not part of your personnel files, nor is it part of your medical record.
Not at this time. We only work one-on-one with individuals or to conduct group crisis intervention.
Bring in a therapist to speak to your group
We'll work together to create a presentation or workshop that works for you and your colleagues or you could choose from our list of sessions. We offer sessions on a variety of topics including:
- Mental health
- Remote work
For UK health insurance members Specialist visits, outpatient and inpatient services
UK health insurance plans offer different coverage levels for you to see a variety of specialists including music therapists, medical acupuncturists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other counselors. You'll also find different coverage levels for outpatient and inpatient mental health services including substance abuse treatment.
For details and costs specific to your plan, look at your health insurance plan coverage table:
For all UK employees Marriage and family counseling
You’re offered five complimentary in-person appointments with a marriage and family therapist-in-training at the UK Family Center.
The UK Family Center is a non-profit professional therapy clinic staffed by the College of Agriculture‘s family sciences masters program, and their REFER program offers this benefit to employees.
For graduate and professional students Individual counseling and support groups
The UK Counseling Center offers services specifically for graduate and professional students.