This section provides the contact information for the Counseling Center.
Aesha L. Uqdah, Psy.D.
Dr. Aesha L. Uqdah completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 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.
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 A. Pinckney, LPCC, LMFT
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
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.
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.
Kimberly Cherry, LMFT
Kimberly (She/Her/Hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. Kimberly has previous work experience in contexts of community mental health, foster care organization, school system and university counseling clinic. She is committed to supporting individuals with an array of emotional difficulties and beginning therapy by building a healthy and supportive therapeutic relationship. Her clinical interests are in the areas of trauma, identity development, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ issues, relationships, mood, and anxiety. Her integrative approach to therapy includes specialized training in mindfulness practices as well as trauma-focused treatments such as EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Kimberly’s approach to therapy is collaborative with the goal of supporting clients toward thriving by providing a safe space for self-exploration, awareness, acceptance, healing and wellbeing.
Ruby Casiano, Ph.D.
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. Ruby’s work is influenced by how the important relationships in an individual’s life impact how they navigate their world and she uses the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for her work with students.
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, 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 obtained 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, 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.