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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, mental health screening and 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 

Choose a therapist

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June 3 Statement from Work+Life Connections

Human Resources and the Work+Life Connections employee counseling center joins the rest of the University of Kentucky community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the race-based tragedies that have been occurring across our nation.
911For emergencies

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.

More help 24/7

Therapy sessions

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.

Adults

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.

Existing clients

If it's been more than a year since your last appointment, please contact us by phone or email to update your info.

Contact

Work+Life Connections Counseling offers five free therapy sessions per year for you or a family member.

Meet our team

 

Work+Life Connections Counseling

College or Department
Human Resources
Hours
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
Phone Number
(859) 257-8763
Email Address
worklife@uky.edu

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.

amba228's picture Ann M. Bassoni, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist

"I'll meet you where you are in life."

Works with adults, children and elders

Specialties:

  • Parenting and children
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Mood
  • Self or family substance use
  • Grief
  • Suicide awareness and prevention

Schedule appointment

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cabo233's picture Cindy Bowling, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist

"I know you are the expert on you."

Trained in EMDR therapy to process trauma

Specialties:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • LGBTQ+
  • Life transitions

Schedule appointment

etwilk00's picture 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

Specialties:

  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Parenting and children
  • Life goals
  • Trauma and grief

Schedule appointment

rlsmit1's picture 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

Specialties:

  • Life transitions
  • Relationship challenges
  • Identity issues
  • Navigating individual and community trauma
  • Work-life satisfaction

Schedule appointment

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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.

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Another option LiveHealth Online

LiveHealth Online is also available to all UK employees regardless of location. $25 co-pay is waived through December 31.

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Office Breckinridge Hall Rooms 203 and 204

Our offices are located in Breckinridge Hall on UK's campus, though we're not seeing clients in-person due to COVID-19. Currently, we're offering appointments by telehealth.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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:

  • Grief
  • Mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-care
  • Parenting
  • Remote work
  • Resilience
Consider bringing us in for team meetings, staff and faculty retreats, group orientations or any gathering.

More mental health benefits and events

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:

HMO
PPO
RHP
EPO
Saver
Indemnity
Medicare Advantage

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.

Mental health information and tools

Fact sheets

Get the facts about conditions and support from Mental Health for America.

Screenings for conditions

Use a quick and easy screening to see if you're experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Digital tools and apps

From free audio downloads to websites to apps, there is a range of digital tools available to manage stress.