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University Counseling Center Staff

The compassionate and professional staff of the Saint Louis University Counseling Center are ready to assist you. We offer many services to the SLU community and are happy to offer consultations, answer questions and provide direction. 

Steve Byrnes, Psy.D.
Director, University Counseling Center

Dr. Steve ByrnesDr. Byrnes is clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a clinician and health care administrator. He has also provided training and supervision to psychology, psychiatry, family practice and internal medicine residents while serving as training faculty within residency programs. In addition, he has provided direct care to a number of law, medicine and graduate students. Dr. Byrnes is also an Air Force veteran who served on active duty for 20 years as a psychologist. He also has spent many years training physicians and psychologists to work together in primary care settings using integrated behavioral health care models. His clinical areas of interest include post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depressive disorders, and treating impaired health care providers. Dr. Byrnes has been the University Counseling Center director since January 2015.

Shontay Kimmins, BS
Senior Patient Care Coordinator

Shontay KimminsShontay Kimmins has been with the University Counseling Center since 2006. She received the Team Spirit Award in 2010 for her invaluable contributions to the Student Health and Counseling Services department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Harris-Stowe State University. She is a Saint Louis native, the mother of two children, a dedicated volunteer to the community and a local event coordinator.

Jay Winig, M.S.W., LCSW, CRADC, Coordinator, Drug and Alcohol Services

Jay WinigJay Winig has provided individual and group therapy, as well as support services, at the University Counseling Center since 2008. He received his Master’s of Social Work from the University of South Florida and has been a licensed clinical social worker for more than 20 years. He is also a certified substance abuse counselor. Mr.Winig is a graduate of the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and the Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic programs at the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. He has also received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Mr.Winig believes in close collaboration with his patients to help them achieve desired outcomes. He has practiced in South Florida, New York City and St. Louis. He has presented locally and nationally on issues unique to young fathers, substance abuse and college mental health.

Therese Jacques, LPC, Coordinator, LGBTQ and Sexual Assault Services

Therese JacquesTherese Jacques is a licensed professional counselor with a master's degree in counseling from Saint Louis University and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington University in Saint Louis. She is SafeZone trained and an ally to the SLU LGBT community, facilitating an LGBTQ support group during the academic year. She serves as a primary point of contact and advocate for survivors in the University community affected by sexual violence.

Ms. Jacques' experience includes such issues as depression, anxiety, suicide/crisis intervention, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and relationship issues. She has implemented outreach to students that want to explore healthy interpersonal boundaries by providing “Coffee Talk,” which is a brief, confidential, consultation during the fall and spring semesters. It is available on a drop in basis during scheduled hours. Some therapeutic approaches she uses include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Ms. Jacques approaches treatment from a humanistic viewpoint and believes in supporting students with a wraparound philosophy in order to reach their full potential. She is a member of both the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) and American Counseling Association (ACA). She is a native New Yorker.

Christina Tisher, LPC, Coordinator, Multicultural and Disability Outreach Services

Christina TisherChristina Tisher has been a licensed professional counselor (LPC) since 2000. She has served students in higher education since 2008 and joined the University Counseling Center in March 2016.

Ms. Tisher earned her Bachelor of Educational Studies degree at the University of Missouri - Columbia and her Master of Arts in Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary. In addition, she holds a certificate of proficiency and an associate degree in American Sign Language.

Ms. Tisher believes in treating the whole person and views therapy as a collaborative effort between counselor and student. She is passionate about helping students become empowered and aligning their inner and outer worlds with truth. She also enjoys facilitating the development of truth-based self-talk that supports healthy self-esteem and relationships.

Jennifer Scott, LCSW, Coordinator, Case Management and Student-Athlete Services

Jennifer ScottJennifer Scott is a licensed clinical social worker providing case management and clinical services at the University Counseling Center. Her focus includes treating student athletes and high-risk clients, as well as creating SLU's suicide prevention program: C(QLC) and U Matter. She is also the handler for the UCC therapy dog, Hoonah.

Ms. Scott received both her undergraduate (BA) and graduate degrees (MSW) from Washington University in Saint Louis. In her post-graduate work in substance abuse, she acquired skills for effective treatment approaches to depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and crisis management in both the individual and group setting. Her treatment approach is influenced by both cognitive-behavioral therapy and her education as a social worker.

Prior to entering the social work field, Ms. Scott was the assistant swim coach at Oberlin College. It is her experiences in the social work field and on the pool deck that have fueled her passion for rejoining the university setting and providing her services to the Saint Louis University community.

Janice Adamek, LPC, NCC, Coordinator, Eating Disorder Treatment Services

Janice AdamekJanice Adamek is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. She received her B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College (Illinois) and her M.A. in expressive therapies: clinical mental health from Lesley University. She has training in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders in addition to experience working with anxiety, mood regulation and adjustment issues.

Ms. Adamek believes in the importance of helping clients balance individual responsibility within the context of their life experiences. She uses evidence-based and creative arts approaches to working with her clients. These include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and mindfulness approaches. She also aids the client in strengthening coping skills through nonverbal forms of self-expression, such as visual art, music and movement.

Daniel Wilkinson, Ph.D., Coordinator, Training and Assessment

Daniel WilkinsonDr. Wilkinson obtained his B.A. in psychology from Webster University in St. Louis, his M.S. in clinical psychology from Missouri State University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University. After completing his doctorate, he subsequently earned his MBA at Webster University.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Wilkinson has worked in a variety of settings and brings a strong generalist background to the clinic. This diversity of experience has included work in primary care and in other medical settings at two VA hospitals, caring for active duty personnel on a military base and experience in two university counseling centers.

Dr. Wilkinson uses a cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) approach with his clients. Although a generalist, Dr. Wilkinson has significant expertise with behavioral medicine, depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress. He also provides supervision to clinical psychology trainees and psychological assessment for clients of the clinic. 

Ashley Hansen, M.S., Graduate Assistant

Ashley HansenAshley Hansen is a clinical psychology Ph.D. student who received her B.S. in psychology and kinesiology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Additionally, she completed her M.S. in sport and exercise psychology at Lund University, Sweden and the University of Leipzig, Germany. She has worked with adolescents and adults, providing assessment and psychotherapy services. Specifically, she has experience working with collegiate student-athletes in the area of clinical sport psychology and performance enhancement. She has received training in evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. She utilizes a holistic approach when working with clients and strives to help individuals achieve personal growth and live healthy and happy lives.

Noel Elrod, M.S., Graduate Assistant

Noel ElrodNoel Elrod is a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Saint Louis University. She completed her master's degree here at SLU, and is currently writing her dissertation on effects of LGBT experiences in the U.S. Military. Her clinical interests include PTSD and military psychology. She has experience in a range of different areas, including anxiety, depression, substance use, post traumatic stress disorder, stress management, emotion regulation and relationship difficulties. She has been trained in evidence-based techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She is committed to helping individuals achieve their goals and live fulfilling, healthy lives.

Zach Soulliard, M.A., Graduate Assistant

Zach SoulliardZach Soulliard is a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Saint Louis University. He completed his B.A. in psychology-secondary education at Susquehanna University, and his M.A. in applied psychological research at Penn State Harrisburg. Zach has worked with various clinical populations, including adolescents in residential treatment and adults with autism spectrum disorders in group therapy. His main clinical interests focus on LGBTQ individuals and affirmative therapy. He also has a broad range of experiences and interests in body image, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Zach’s perspective in therapy focuses on each client’s cultural identities, along with skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is dedicated to helping individuals reach their fullest potential by highlighting their strengths in therapy.


HoonahHoonah is the University Counseling Center's animal assisted therapy dog. Originally bred to be a bait dog, Hoonah was rescued with his siblings as a young pup after being dropped off at Stray Rescue of St. Louis. The staff immediately recognized Hoonah was meant for great things and he was placed into the Advanced Puppies for Parole program where he learned the skills necessary to become a therapy dog. After completing the program and passing his therapy dog test, Hoonah earned his Canine Good Citizen  and Certified Helper Dog credentials. Here at SLU, Hoonah participates actively in therapy sessions and outreach events on campus. If you are interested in having him visit your organization or group, contact