Welcome to the Counseling Center!

Resources and 

Self-Care Tips

Our walk-in Urgent Consultation hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

In case of a life-threatening emergency (including thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else), call:

University Police (ULPD) (502)852-6111
 Emergency Psychiatry at the University of Louisville Hospital
(502) 562-3120
  Hope Now Hotline (502) 589-4313
  Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255



We are now accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services!


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.


Increased Demand for Services: Information & Resources

*Click here for self-care tips and resources for mental health services*

Dear Campus Community,

The University of Louisville Counseling Center’s (ULCC) first and foremost priority is to provide effective and ethical psychological care to the students of the UofL campus community.  During the 2017-18 academic year, we scheduled over 6800 individual, couples, and group appointments with students. We also conducted over 250 urgent consultation/walk-in crisis sessions.  In addition, we reached over 3100 students, faculty, and staff through campus outreach.

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented demand for services. This has been a trend at college and university counseling centers across the country.  In light of our commitment to caring for the student body, we have taken several steps to continue to provide support:

We are continuing to offer urgent consultations on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm for students who find themselves with an urgent concern or in crisis. In addition, we are urging students to consider joining one of our treatment or support groups, as they are all typically open and accepting new students throughout Fall and Spring semesters. Group is an effective treatment modality for a range of common presenting issues. A full list of groups and descriptions can be found on our website: louisville.edu/counseling/groups. We are continuing to schedule students for individual therapy as we are able.

The Counseling Center was recently granted funding through Dr. Bendapudi’s Student Success Initiative for an additional counselor position. We are grateful for the support for mental health on campus and see this funding as a testament to the University’s commitment to caring for students’ psychological well-being.

We are collaborating with Student Advocacy in researching the implementation of “pop-up” workshops at several locations on campus that will address some of the most common presenting issues among the student body, including anxiety, stress management, depression, coping strategies and adjusting to change.

For those students who are interested in beginning individual therapy and would prefer not to wait, we will continue to provide a list of self-care tips and resources, some of which offer free services or fees on a sliding scale. Many students are eligible for mental health care via their insurance coverage. Those with a student insurance policy through United Healthcare can contact the Insurance Advocate at Campus Health, Camille Smith, at 852-6519 or stuins@louisville.edu for assistance, or visit www.uhcsr.com. Students whose parents/guardians/partners/spouses are UofL employees may be eligible for services through UofL’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Students can contact EAP for more information by calling 589-HELP (4357) or visiting www.humandev.com. We are happy to assist students with contact information for other insurance providers.

We, at the UofL Counseling Center, are deeply invested in our students’ psychological well-being, as it is a critical component of student success. Based on data from our most recent feedback survey, 95% of respondents were satisfied with their overall experience at ULCC, 97% would refer a friend to us, and 93% felt that their experience at ULCC would contribute to a more fulfilling life after leaving the University of Louisville. We remain committed to finding strategic and creative ways to continue to help students get the support that they need in our offices, across campus, and in the community.  We welcome your input and suggestions and are thankful for your support and understanding.


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

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Emotional Support Animals

Decisions on whether to provide documentation to be included in an ESA request are made on a case-by-case basis, by your therapist. Some things to keep in mind:

  • To begin the process of applying for an Emotional Support Animal in university-owned or university-controlled housing, students must contact the Disability Resource Center  http://louisville.edu/disability/. Students living off campus should contact their landlord, property owner, or rental agency for information regarding their process for requesting a service animal (SA) or ESA accommodation.
  • The Counseling Center is here to provide psychological treatment and support to students, and to help them build coping strategies. An ESA is not a substitute for treatment.
  • A therapist may consider completing the paperwork for an ESA request when the student is an active client of the Center. Requests for documentation will be considered in the context of the treatment plan, and will be provided only if the clinician is able to do so ethically and within their bounds of professional practice.
  • ULCC will not complete ESA documentation for students who present to the Center with a request but are not in counseling at ULCC.
  • We do not accept students who are seeking services for the sole purpose of obtaining an evaluation and/or recommendations for an ESA accommodation, but we will see students for therapy that is within our scope of practice. We do not provide “one-time assessments” or walk-in services solely for ESA documentation.
  • The Counseling Center does not make the determination on whether an ESA request is approved. The Disability Resource Center determines and coordinates all accommodations on campus. UofL does not have the authority to make a determination regarding off-campus or unaffiliated housing requests; those decisions are made by the respective landlord, property owner, or rental agency. 






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

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Groups & Workshops

This section will offer information about the group therapy options the Counseling Center has available for students.
Group and Workshop Information
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Hours of Operation

Our Fall 2019 hours of operation are:

Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: closed

Walk-in triages and urgent consultations are available M-F from 8:30am-4:30pm, first come, first served.

**Please note that the Counseling Center is open year-round with the following exceptions:
University holidays: these dates do not necessarily coincide with the Academic Calendar—please click here for dates.
• University closings: schedule changes for inclement weather/ "snow days," late starts and early dismissals. Note that we are not considered a “clinic,” and are closed/delayed when classes and offices are cancelled/delayed due to inclement weather or other emergencies. We will reopen when classes resume/offices reopen.
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Meet the Staff


Aesha L. Uqdah, Psy.D.
Director, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Aesha L. Uqdah completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a B.A in Psychology, and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2009 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and her clinical interests in include multicultural/diversity issues, LGBTQ concerns, anxiety & depression, health psychology, and stress management. Dr. Uqdah uses Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Multicultural theories and interventions in her clinical work. She is a native Chicagoan and comes to the University of Louisville from the University of Kentucky, where she was a Senior Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator. Dr. Uqdah is excited about advocating for the Center and forming relationships throughout campus to help U of L continue to provide the very best services and care to all students.


Juan Pablo Kalawski, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

I began my psychology studies in Chile, my native country. I later obtained my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. My approach to therapy emphasizes taking the time to listen to you and working together to understand your problems. I try to offer comfort when needed and encourage my clients to open up to new experiences. I have a special interest in emotions. In particular, I am trained in Alba Emoting™, a psychophysiological method to help recognize and modulate one’s own emotions. Alba Emoting is based on specific breathing, postural, and facial patterns. I am fluent in Spanish and English.


Michelle P. Johnson, LPCC, LMFT
Counselor Intermediate

Michelle earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky. She holds a B.A. in Psychology (1998), a M.S. in Counseling Psychology (2002) and a M.S. in Family Studies with emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (2007). Her experience in the mental health field began at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington as a Mental Health Associate working with the acute psychiatric population. Her interest and experience include issues around substance abuse, domestic violence, incarceration and parole and other mental health issues that impede normal functioning. She also has experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, families and couples. She very much enjoys working with college students as they continue to develop and transition into a different phase of life and attempt to achieve a healthy life balance.


Gabrielle Billings, LCSW
Counselor Intermediate

In addition to her work at U of L, Gabrielle has worked as a therapist at both LifeSpring in Indiana and Seven Counties Services in Louisville. Throughout her career, she has helped guide people of all ages and backgrounds through the process of dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse and issues surrounding grief and trauma. Gabrielle has worked with individuals, families and couples. Prior to becoming a therapist, Gabrielle worked in a variety of fields, including an internet start-up in Lexington, Kentucky, and as an English teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Fukushima, Japan. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Gabrielle's goal is to help every student who walks through her door feel safe and secure discussing and working to resolve whatever issues have brought them to counseling.


Geetanjali Gulati, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Geeta received a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi, while living in her native country of India. Geeta then came to the United States to complete her doctoral work in Clinical Psychology. She received her doctoral degree from Spalding University in 2000 and has since been working at Seven Counties Services in various capacities including crisis intervention counselor, therapist and supervisor for doctoral psychology students. Geeta specializes in working with substance abuse, brain injury, personality disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She uses a combination of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her work. She speaks Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu in addition to English.


Ruby Casiano, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist and Training Coordinator

Ruby comes to the University of Louisville from the University of Northern Iowa where she worked as a staff psychologist for four years. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She has two BAs –in English Literature and Psychology, a M.Ed. in Community Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. While finishing her doctoral training, Ruby completed a pre-doctoral internship at Texas Woman’s University’s Counseling Center in Denton TX where she specialized in the areas of university mental health, trauma, women’s issues, diversity/multi-cultural training, and therapist training and supervision. As a therapist, she considers herself a generalist, but has specific interest and experience working with complex trauma, family of origin issues, LGBTQ mental health and identity development, and interpesrsonal struggles. Ruby’s work is influenced by how the important relationships in an individual’s life influence how they navigate their world and she uses the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for her work with students. Ruby also coordinates the Center's practicum training program. 


Sarah Kolb, Ph.D.

Dr. Sarah Kolb completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Louisville, and obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She has a wealth of experience providing therapy to children and adults in a variety of outpatient settings, and has also worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital with individuals experiencing severe mental illness and acute stressors. Her clinical interests include trauma, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, LGBTQ concerns, and mood and anxiety disorders. She is trained in EMDR, a specialized treatment approach to trauma. She places a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and strives to take a collaborative approach with her clients. She is committed to helping individuals through the struggles which bring them to counseling, as well as towards emotional growth and overall wellness. She is excited to be a part of the U of L community again!


Susan Schroeder, LPA

Susan received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and earned an undergraduate degree in Business, Marketing from the University of Kentucky with a Minor in Psychology. She has worked in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings serving individuals, couples and families for the past 25 years.  Susan is dedicated to helping each student realize their treatment objectives utilizing an eclectic therapeutic approach with emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  She works collaboratively with the student to identify obstacles that interfere with the achievement of academic and other life goals.  She believes that it is important for the student to feel in control of the therapeutic pace and process.  Her areas of specialization include the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood instability, grief & loss, trauma and relationship conflicts.  Susan welcomes the opportunity to help students develop effective ways to manage their concerns in a confidential and caring environment.


Rachel Evans, ATR, LPCC

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio University in Athens, OH prior to coming to the University of Louisville, where she earned her Masters in Counseling with a concentration in Art Therapy. Prior to joining the UofL Counseling Center staff, she most recently worked as a counselor at Appalachian State University, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Rachel was previously employed as an art therapist in a community mental health setting where she gained great experience working with a diverse, underserved population with a wide range of needs. Her clinical areas of interest include anxiety, depression, identity development, LGBTQ concerns, self-esteem, family of origin, and substance abuse issues. Rachel takes a warm, person-centered approach to her work in order to understand and best serve the needs of the individual. When she is not at work, Rachel enjoys making time for her own various creative pursuits including painting, drawing, ceramics, knitting and sewing.


Moriah LeCorgan, LPCA, NCC, TCADC


Missy Hutchinson

Clerk, Sr.


Mindfulness Workshop

Mindfulness Workshop, guided
When May 12, 2017 01:30 PM to
Jun 02, 2017 01:30 PM
Where Cardinal Station, Suite 201
Contact Name
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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.

Outreach and Interview requests

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!

Self-Care Fair 2017

When Apr 06, 2017
from 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where George J. Howe Red Barn
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502.852.6585
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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.


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

Office Hours

Fall 2019

Mon: 8am-5pm

Tues: 8am-5pm

Wed: 8am- 6pm

Thurs: 8am- 6pm

Fri: 8am- 5pm

Sat & Sun: closed


Mon-Fri 8:30a to 4:30p (first come, first served)

Closed on University holidays and closings.

We observe all delayed starts and early closings set by the University.


(502) 852-6585

FAX                        (502) 852-0291



Note that email cannot be used to make appointments.