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pendletonKathy Pendleton, PhD
Director

Kathy holds a B.S. and M.S. in Family Services from Eastern Illinois University, as well as an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology/College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville.   Prior to coming to the University of Louisville Counseling Center, Kathy was Assistant Director of the Disability Resource Center for eight years.

 



brownVincent Brown, LCSW
Senior Counselor

Vince is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work. He has served at the Counseling Center since 2002.  Mr. Brown has worked in the mental health field for nearly thirty-seven years, working with teens, adults, couples, and families.  Prior to coming to The University of Louisville, he was employed by Norton Hospital.

 



kalawskiJuan Pablo Kalawski, PhD
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.

 

pinckneyMichelle A. Pinckney, 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 1.jpgGabrielle Billings
Counselor

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 Communication 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.

 

AbbyNordquist 1.jpgAbigail Nordquist LMFT
Counselor Intermediate

Abby earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Midwestern State University in 2004, and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University in 2008. Prior to coming to UofL, Abby worked with individuals, couples, and families in a university clinic setting; with children and families in foster care and adoption; and with individuals and couples in private practice. She specializes in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an experiential and person-centered approach that helps people use emotions to explore, make sense of, or transform themselves and their experiences. She strives to make the therapy room a safe space where students feel comfortable exploring and working through any type of issue or concern.

 

allenTanisha Allen
Program Assistant








Additional Resources

 

Sandra Robertson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

        
Roberta Schaffner, M.D.
Psychiatrist

Gordon Strauss, M.D.
Psychiatrist



     

 


 

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