Welcome to the Counseling Center

Welcome to the Counseling Center!

The University of Louisville Counseling Center provides short term individual, group, and couples counseling, crisis intervention, and psychological testing. Our clients seek services for a variety of areas of concern, including psychological, personal/social, academic, and career issues. Counseling Center professionals provide consultation to faculty and staff members, as well as participate in outreach, training, advocacy, program development, and research. Our counselors work in conjunction with the University community to promote a healthy campus environment that maximizes academic success and student retention.

The mission of the Counseling Center is to provide services and programs that support the psychological well-being, holistic development, and retention of University of Louisville students. The Center seeks to promote an environment that is conducive to positive personal growth and educational achievement. We are committed to diversity in the provision of services and in supporting the University community, while honoring the unique needs and concerns of individuals and traditionally underrepresented groups. We are dedicated to achieving excellence in all aspects of service provision, consultation, training, and research.


Statement of Support for Transgender Students
The Counseling Center would like to emphasize our support of transgender students and of the entire LGBTQ community on campus.  Our therapists are welcoming and equipped to work with students on their unique journeys of identity development, honoring the self, healing wounds, and building resilience.  We acknowledge that people identify across the gender spectrum and each individual deserves a space in public life, including but not limited to a safe place to use the bathroom.  Because of this, we made sure to include a restroom in our lobby that welcomes all identities.
We encourage our students to engage in regular self-care activities.  This may be things like listening to gender affirming music, hanging out with supportive or queer-identified people, contacting the LGBTQ Center on campus, taking a walk outside, eating well and getting good sleep, engaging in books and media that educate or support your identity, getting involved in local organizations, going to a mindfulness workshop, or even allowing for breaks from news and social media.
We are here for you.


We would like to offer our unconditional support to the members of our community who are suffering as a result of racial discrimination and social injustice. We know that experiencing race based trauma directly is painful and can result in significant distress. Additionally, we recognize that witnessing or hearing about violence against those within a group with which we identify can also be traumatizing; this is called vicarious trauma. Race based trauma, whether vicarious or directly experienced, can result in significant problems including: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety, depression, sudden shifts in behavior and relationships, persistent feelings of danger, avoidance, not feeling connected to your body or to others, physical exhaustion, feelings of anger or hopelessness, having what seems like big emotional reactions to situations, difficulty with concentration and focus.

We want to encourage you to engage in regular self-care activities that address your mental and physical health, to connect with others for support, and to come to the Counseling Center if you need to talk to someone about your mental and emotional well-being, including the effects of race-based trauma.


This section will describe information relevant to appointments at the Counseling Center.


This section provides responses to commonly asked questions regarding the Counseling Center.

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This section will offer information about the group therapy options the Counseling Center has available for students.
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Mindfulness Workshop

Mindfulness Workshop, guided
When May 12, 2017 01:30 PM to
Jun 02, 2017 01:30 PM
Where Cardinal Station, Suite 201
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Contact Kimberly Cherry, LMFT, at Kimberly.cherry@louisville.edu for registration!

We still have spots available for our group starting May 12th!

 This is your life, Don’t Miss it!

Click here to sign up! https://louisville.edu/healthpromotion/services/mindfulness-meditation

4-week mindfulness skills workshop          

~Learn and practice ways to deal with thoughts and feelings

~Minimize stress

~Increase Attention

~Be more present in your life

~Thrive through life's ups and downs

~Beginners and experiences meditators welcome!

Fridays at 1:30pm, May 12, May 19th, May 26th, and June 2nd.

@ University of Louisville Counseling Center
215 Central Ave
Contact Kimberly Cherry, LMFT at Kimberly.cherry@louisville.edu or 502.852.6585 for questions
Or go to Health Promotion website to register for a workshop  https://louisville.edu/healthpromotion/services/mindfulness-meditation
Kimberly Cherry is a licensed therapist with extensive training in mindfulness practices and uses this as a context for her clinical work.  She is passionate about bringing this training to students who are interested in learning ways to incorporate mindful living into their lives.  Research on mindfulness meditation shows that those who practice these skills tend to experience less stress and anxiety, improved mood and attention, better test scores, greater self-esteem and even more kindness and compassion. There are a variety of mindfulness activities presented in this workshop that come from several traditions to provide a basic introduction to participants.  Join us in discovering what this practice might offer you!
If you’re interested in looking further into research on this practice, these sites offer a good start:

***Other Koru Mindfulness Workshops offered through Health Promotions. See http://louisville.edu/healthpromotion for additional dates/times.


This section details the outreach programming that the Counseling Center provides for the UofL community.
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Referring Students in Distress

University students often encounter a great deal of stress during the course of their academic experience. While some students cope with the stress that these years bring on their own, an increasing number of students find that the pressures of life are unmanageable or unbearable. Thus, it may be helpful for some students to be connected with psychological resources to improve mental health and facilitate growth. As faculty members, teaching assistants, or staff, you may encounter students who are distressed in your offices or your classrooms. In these moments, it is important to be informed of the role you can play in identifying and referring students who are distressed.

Signs/Symptoms of a Student in Distress

Guidelines for Interacting with a Student in Distress

How to Refer a Student in Distress to the Counseling Center

Services Offered at the Counseling Center

Additional Resources

For more information, please reference the Helping Students in Distress Folder produced by the Dean of Students Office available under the Faculty and Staff tab.


Signs/Symptoms of a Student in Distress

  • Excessive procrastination and very poorly prepared work, especially if this is inconsistent with previous work.
  • Infrequent class attendance with little or no work completed.
  • Dependency, e.g., the student who hangs around you or makes excessive appointments to see you during office hours.
  • Listlessness, lack of energy, or frequently falling asleep in class.
  • Marked changes in personal hygiene.
  • Repeated requests for special consideration, e.g., deadline extensions.
  • Impaired speech or garbled, disjointed thoughts.
  • Homicidal threats.
  • Behavior which regularly interferes with the decorum or effective management of your class.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • High levels of irritability, including unruly, aggressive, violent, or abrasive behavior.
  • Inability to make decisions, despite repeated attempts to clarify and to encourage.
  • Dramatic weight loss or weight gain.
  • Bizarre or strange behavior which is obviously inappropriate to the situation, e.g., talking to "invisible" people.
  • Normal emotions that are displayed to an extreme degree of for a prolonged period of time, e.g., fearfulness, tearfulness, nervousness, etc.


Guidelines for Interacting with a Student in Distress

  • Talk to the student in private.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Show concern and interest.
  • Reflect and paraphrase what the student has told you.
  • Avoid criticizing or sounding judgmental.
  • Consider the Counseling Center as a resource and discuss the referral with the student.
  • If the student resists help and you are worried, contact the Counseling Center to discuss your concerns.
  • Involve yourself only as far as you want to go. Extending yourself can be a gratifying experience when kept within realistic limits.


How to Refer a Student in Distress to the Counseling Center


  1. Suggest that the student call or come in to make an appointment. Give the student the Counseling Center's telephone number and location.
  2. If you wish to assist the student directly, call the receptionist at the Counseling Center while the student is in your office and hand them the phone. Students must make their own appointments, but you can write down the appointment information (date, time, counselor, and location) for the student.
  3. If the situation is an emergency (imminent danger to self or others), call ULPD or 911. In a crisis situation, follow #2 above, and state that "the student is in crisis and needs to be seen immediately." If the Counseling Center is closed, please refer to the information on our Emergencies page.
  4. Sometimes it is helpful for you to escort the student over to the Counseling Center, or call us to let us know you are encouraging a student to come to our office.
  5. Please note that due to confidentiality constraints, we are unable to "follow up" with you about whether a student has been seen or how they are doing, without that student's written consent.
  6. If you are concerned about a student but are uncertain about the appropriateness of a referral or what to say, feel free to call the Counseling Center at 852-6585 for a consultation. Thank you for helping support our students and their success!


This section provides the contact information for the Counseling Center.

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Urgent Care, Crises, and Emergencies

This section will detail what resources are available to students to utilize during emergency situations.
Urgent, Crisis, and Emergency Information

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Self-Care Fair 2017

When Apr 06, 2017
from 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where George J. Howe Red Barn
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Join us on April 6th for our annual Self-Care Fair.  The event will include free food, free stress-reducing activities (including massages, corn hole and other games, and playing with puppies), a free photo booth, lots of giveaways (shirts, water bottles, and more), opportunities to learn about relaxation techniques, support of multiple campus departments and groups, and many other interactive booths. College can be a stressful time period and we encourage all students to engage in self-care to better your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.


Counseling Center
Cardinal Station
215 Central Ave., Suite 201
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Office Hours

Summer 2017

M-F 8:00a to 5:00p


M-F 8:30a to 4:30p

Closed on University holidays and closings. We observe delayed starts and early closings set by the University.


tel (502) 852-6585


Note that email cannot be used to make appointments.