NEW! Telehealth appointments
To meet the needs of our employees and to care for our UK community, we are offering all counseling appointments online-only until further notice, either through Zoom video or a phone call. We strongly recommend use of Zoom video for appointments to provide the highest quality of services and assessment. Continue to request appointments as you normally would using the buttons below. Your appointment confirmation email will include details and instructions for connecting with Zoom or a phone call.
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.
Additional crisis phone lines include:
- New Vista (formerly Comp Care) Crisis Line: (800) 928-8000 (24 hours a day)
- UK Counseling Center Crisis and Emergency Assistance: (859) 257-8701 and dial "1" at the prompt (after hours)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (24 hours a day)
- Crisis resources by text: Crisis Text Line, text “go” to 741-741
- Crisis resources by online chat: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Zoom and phone counseling are considered telehealth services. Telehealth services may not be appropriate, or the best choice of service for reasons including heightened risk of harm to oneself or others; lack of access to, or diﬃculty with, communications technology; signiﬁcant communications service disruptions; or the need for more intensive services.
In these cases, your counselor will help you establish referrals to other appropriate services. Schedule your counseling appointment below by selecting one of the therapists. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment by phone, please call Work+Life Connections Counseling at 859-257-8763, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
EMDR is an evidence-based therapy that helps people heal from traumatic and overwhelming experiences. If you are experiencing fear, terror, overwhelming shock, guilt or grief related to COVID-19, the Work+Life Connections team is now offering EMDR for all UK employees to assist with recent traumatic events and/or prepare for ongoing therapy intervention.
You may also need additional support with managing emotions and physical body sensations that can result from experiencing something traumatic or outside the realm of "normal." Please contact Work+Life Connections if you are having a strong reaction with frequent or recurring thoughts that interrupt your daily life and believe you can benefit from therapy. These thoughts may include:
- "I'm afraid I will get the virus or I have COVID-19."
- "I am responsible for infecting my family members."
- "I am afraid I will infect someone and be responsible for their death."
Each of us will have a range of emotions and responses as we continue to move through experiences that are outside of our regular, "normal" life. If you are experiencing any of the above emotions, recurring thoughts, or responses, EMDR and therapeutic procedures such as Instant Stabilization Procedure (ISP) could help you feel calmer and improve overall well-being. Please call the Work+Life Connections counseling office at 859-257-8763 to make an appointment or schedule an appointment with Cindy Bowling, LCSW.
Individual and family counseling
Individual counseling through Work + Life Connections is a voluntary, confidential benefit that offers five free sessions with our licensed and certified therapist. All faculty, regular staff (FTE 0.50 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. Please note that "Family Counseling" does not include couples or marriage counseling. We encourage you to contact the REFER Counseling Service (UK Family Center) for counseling provided by UK graduate students or a local, licensed marriage and family therapist.
The following are some reasons you might want to schedule an appointment for counseling:
- Depression, anxiety, grief and other mental health concerns
- Parenting, divorce, separation or family concerns
- Stress management/relaxation skills for individuals or groups
- Work performance difficulties
- Alcohol or drug concerns for self or family
- Dealing with and learning about new emotional or physical health diagnosis
- Communication issues
- Crisis and grief counseling (for individuals and departments)
Eric Wilkinson, MSW, LCSW
Work+Life Connections Therapist
Phone: (859) 562-2592
Cindy Bowling, MSW, LCSW
Work+Life Connections Therapist
Phone: (859) 257-8763
Rhonda Henry, MSW, CSW
Work+Life Connections Therapist
Phone: (859) 323-0665
Ann Bassoni, LCSW
Work+Life Connections Therapist
Phone: (859) 257-9433
Our offices are located in 203 and 204 Breckinridge Hall. For more information about our location go to UK Campus Map and click on "Find a location." In the Location Search box, enter Breckinridge Hall.
New/first time and returning clients can schedule an appointment online by clicking the blue button above. 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). Please read the information here before using this online option for the first time.
If you are scheduling for a child/teen, please have the last four digits of his/her social security number available when making the appointment.
If it's been more than a year since your last appointment, please contact us below to update your info.
If you would prefer to contact us directly to make an appointment, please email or call us.
Telehealth also available through your UK-sponsored health insurance
Connect with a healthcare provider online. Using LiveHealth Online you can visit with a professional face-to-face through private and secure high-definition video on your smartphone, tablet or computer with a webcam. It’s easy to use, private and super convenient. You can get the care you need at home, at work and when you’re on the go.
- Psychology - https://www.livehealthonline.com/psychology
- Psychiatry - https://www.livehealthonline.com/psychiatry
Mental Health Kit
If you are seeking more information about general mental health, you can download the following information sheets:
Mental Health Screening Tools
Taking a screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. The following screens are available via Mental Health America:
- Depression Screen - for individuals who are feeling overwhelming sadness
- Anxiety Screen - will help if you feel that worry and fear affect your day to day life
- Bipolar Screen - for individuals who have mood swings - or unusual or extreme shifts in mood and energy
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Screen - for those who are bothered by a traumatic life event
- Alcohol or Substance Use Screen - will help determine if your use of alcohol or drugs is an area to address
- Youth Screen - for young people (age 11-17) who are concerned that their emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem
- Parent Screen - for parents of young people to determine if their child's emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem
- Psychosis Screen - for young people (age 12-35) who feel like their brain is playing tricks on them (seeing, hearing or believing things that don't seem real or quite right)
- Relaxation Downloads - Relaxation audio can help guide you to relax. List to audio downloads from a variety of categories.
- Guided Imagery Downloads - Allows you to visualize and mentally practice positive changes and accomplishments.
- Mind Tools - This website teaches 64 skills that help you change your environment to reduce stress and relax when you're under pressure.
- Helpguide.org - Simple tips to get stress in check and regain control of your life.
- Stress Management Blog - This blog discusses common causes of stress and different ideas of managing stressors related to family, work, and being a student.
- 10 New Strategies for Stress Management - This article from Psychology Today details 10 of the best research-based strategies for managing stress.
- Pacifica - Daily tool based on cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation and wellness techniques. App available for iOS and Android.
- Calm.com - Experience the life-changing benefits of mindfulness and meditation to bring clarity, joy, and peace to your daily life. App available for iOS and Android.
- Breathe2Relax - Learn about and use diaphragmatic breathing, which is proven to reduce stress. App available for iOS and Android.
- Headspace - Practice the basics of meditation and mindfulness with Take10, Headspace's free introductory series. Subscription required for longer and new meditations. App available for iOS and Android.
- Aromatherapy 101: Nourishment From Nature - Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits and continue to be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety. Information was compiled by Amy Rodquist-Kodet, MA, CHWC, Health Coach for UK Health and Wellness.
- 6 Domains of Pleasurable Activities - 234 Pleasurable activities, organized into 6 categories.
If you are experiencing an emergency call 911 now! 24-hour hotlines are available to assist you with a variety of situations:
- Bluegrass Domestic Violence 24 hour crisis line: 1-800-544-2022
- Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center 24/7 hotline: 1-800-656-4673 or (859) 253-2511
- Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Hotline: (859) 245-5258 or Toll Free 1-800-752-6200
- Alcoholics Anonymous: (859) 276-2917
- Al-Anon: (859) 277-1877
- Narcotics Anonymous: (859) 253-4673
- LFUCG Division of Police: (859) 258-3600
- University of Kentucky Police: (859) 257-1616
- Fayette County Sheriff's Office: (859) 252-1771