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, BS
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.
Jay Winig, MSW, LCSW, CRADC
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.
Jennifer Scott, LCSW
Coordinator, Case Management 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
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).
Rachelle Smith, Ph.D., LPC
Coordinator, Multicultural Services & Community Interventions
Dr. Smith is a licensed professional counselor who received a Master's degree in Counseling and Family Therapy as well as a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She has presented on the relationship between mental health and social justice locally, regionally and nationally. Dr. Smith adamantly believes in the principles of service to the community and advocacy. Not only has she included these concepts in her published works, but she also believes that they are integral aspects of her counseling identity.
Dr. Smith is dedicated to working with clients who want to live a healthy, balanced and peaceful life, but are not sure how to make that happen. She has counseled diverse populations within the Saint Louis community for over a decade and specializes in working with issues such as loneliness, stress management, anger management, diversity and multicultural concerns, family concerns, challenging breakups, self-esteem, anxiety management, grief and loss and spirituality concerns. She believes that each of her clients has the potential to change and she appreciates the opportunity to accompany them on their journey to well-being.
Lea Caver, MS
Ms. Caver is a clinical psychology practicum student who received her BA in psychology from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She is currently in her 4th year student in the Ph.D. clinical psychology program. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults, providing assessment and counseling services in a variety of areas, including depression, trauma, sexual & racial identity, stress management, anxiety, interpersonal relationship concerns and phobias. She has received training in evidence-based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Interpersonal Therapy for Depression.
It is her desire to help her clients achieve a happy, fulfilling and productive life.
Michelle Jaques, BA
Ms. Jaques is a clinical psychology Ph.D. student who received her BA in psychology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. She has worked with a range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults, to whom she has provided both assessment and psychotherapy services. Specifically, she has expertise in academic/career counseling, family & relationship concerns, stress & anxiety management and depression). She is well trained in evidence based models, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
She is dedicated to helping individuals achieve their highest potential and live healthy, balanced lives.
University Counseling Center of Saint Louis University
3711 West Pine Mall
Wuller Hall, 2nd Floor
Saint Louis, Missouri 63108