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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. Our staff come from robust and diverse backgrounds, making us highly qualified and competent to treat a wide variety of student issues.

Steve Byrnes, Psy.D.

Dr. Byrnes has been a licensed clinical psychologist for 23 years. He has been the University Counseling Center Director since January 2015. Dr. Byrnes has an extensive history of providing clinical treatment for a variety of conditions and managing health care organizations. He retired from the United States Air Force in 2011 after completing a 20-year career as an active duty clinical psychologist. He was one of a small group of psychologists who implemented the Air Force Medical Service project to integrate behavioral health into primary care. He has trained a number of health care organizations in this model across the country. Most recently, he was part of a team that brought this program to the Missouri Primary Care Association, creating an integrated behavioral health care system within the organization's many primary care centers.

Dr. Byrnes also brings to SLU an extensive involvement with treating Post Traumatic Stress. He was a contributor to a DoD/VA PTSD Clinical Practice Guideline working group that developed treatment standards for specialty mental health and primary care settings. He has also worked with hundreds of PTSD patients while deployed to Afghanistan and at military treatment facilities across the country. Dr. Byrnes has also treated many graduate, law and medical students/residents, and held faculty positions in graduate level psychology and medical education programs.

Shontay Kimmins, B.S
Senior Patient Care Coordinator 

Ms. 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 College. She is a Saint Louis native, mother of two children, coaches cheerleading and coordinates bridal and other events in the local area. 



Coordinator, Drug & Alcohol Services

Mr. Winig has provided individual and group therapy, as well as support services at the University Counseling Center since 2008. He received his Masters of Social Work from the University of South Florida and has been a licensed clinical social worker for 21 years. He is also a certified substance abuse counselor. Mr. Winig recently graduated from 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 worked with young fathers, HIV positive men and college students. He has presented locally and nationally on issues unique to young fathers, substance abuse and college mental health. 

Therese Jacques, LPC 
Coordinator, LGBTQ & Sexual Assault Services

Ms. Jacques is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who earned a Master's degree in counseling from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington University in Saint Louis. She joined the University Counseling Center in April 2014. Ms. Jacques is SafeZone trained and an ally to the SLU LGBT community. She also serves as the primary contact and advocate for those in the university community affected by sexual violence. Her experience includes working with students on such issues as depression, anxiety, suicide/crisis intervention, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and relationship issues.  

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 Jackson, LPC
Coordinator, Multicultural and Disability Outreach Services

 Ms. Jackson has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2000.  She earned a Bachelor of Educational Studies at the University of Missouri - Columbia and a Master of Arts in Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary.  In addition, she holds a Certificate of Proficiency in American Sign Language and an associate degree in (American Sign Language) Interpreting.  

Ms. Jackson 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 healthy relational boundaries. 

Ms. Jackson has served students in higher education since 2008 and joined the University Counseling Center in March 2016. 

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

 Ms. Scott is a licensed clinical social worker providing case management and clinical services at the University Counseling Center. She received both her undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MSW) degrees from Washington University in Saint Louis. Her passion for mental health and addiction issues directed her post-graduate career to the adult substance abuse population around the Saint Louis area. In her work, she acquired skills for effective treatment approaches to depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and crisis management in both the individual and group settings.

Ms. Scott's treatment approach is influenced by both cognitive-behavioral therapy and her education as a social worker. She believes in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms presented. Prior to entering the social work field, Ms. Scott was an All-American swimmer at Washington University and an assistant swim coach at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.  

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

Janice Adamek, LPC, NCC

Ms. Adamek is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. She received a BA in psychology from Wheaton College (IL) and an MA 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) and mindfulness approaches. She also aids the client in strengthening skills for coping and communication through nonverbal self-expression (i.e. visual art, music, movement). 

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

Dan Wilkinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Wilkinson obtained his BA 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 in Athens, Ohio.

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, work with active duty personnel on a military base and experience working in two university counseling centers.

Dr. Wilkinson uses a cognitive-behavioral treatment 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.  

Ashley Hansen, MS
Graduate Assistant

Ashley Hansen, MSMs. Hansen is a clinical psychology Ph.D. student who received her BS in psychology and kinesiology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Additionally, she completed her MS 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.


Leah Kaylor, MS
Graduate Assistant

Leah Kaylor, MS


Leah Kaylor is a student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Saint Louis University. She completed her Master's degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

She is writing her dissertation on sexual harassment and assault in the United States military.  Leah's clinical interests are working with victims of sexual assault and other traumatic experiences, and forensic psychology. 




Jadah Stephens, MS
Graduate Assistant

Jadah Stephens, MSMs. Stephens is a clinical psychology Ph.D. student who received her B.A. from Roosevelt University and her M.A. from Boston University. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults providing assessment and counseling services. More specifically, she has experience in a range of different areas, including, anxiety, depression, racial/ethnic identity development, stress management, emotion regulation, and relationship difficulties. She has been trained in evidence-based techniques, including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is committed to helping individuals achieve their goals and live fulfilling, healthy lives.





Hoonah, therapy dogHoonah is the University Counseling Center's Animal Assisted Therapy Dog. Originally bred to be a bait dog, Hoonah was rescued with his siblings as just a young pup after being dropped off at Stray Rescue here in 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. And after passing his therapy dog test, Hoonah earned his Canine Good Citizen credential.   Here at SLU, Hoonah participates actively in therapy sessions and outreach events on campus. He can be found taking long strolls on West Pine or sleeping under desks in the counseling center.

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