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.
Rod Hoevet, Psy.D.
Coordinator, Clinical Training & Staff Development
Dr. Hoevet is a licensed clinical psychologist and is responsible for selection and supervision of the UCC graduate trainees. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the SLU Psychology Department. He has degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Loyola University in Maryland, and the University of Denver. He has worked with a wide variety of patient populations around the country, has written articles, published papers and given professional presentations on various mental health subjects.
Dr. Hoevet is a strong believer in psychotherapy as a powerful mechanism to genuine and lasting change for a multitude of problems. His treatment philosophy and approach target the underlying causes of problems, not the symptoms produced by them. He aims to help the patient uncover the complex, deep and often well-established roots of the problem. The result is a true, lasting, internal change, rather than temporary symptom-relief or behavioral changes.
Jay Winig, MSW, LCSW, CRADC
Coordinator, Drug and 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 19 years. He is also a certified substance abuse counselor. Mr. Winig recently graduated from the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program at the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and is currently enrolled in the Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Program. 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 and Sexual Assault Services
Ms. Jacques is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who received her B.S. from Washington University in Saint Louis and her M.A. in counseling from Saint Louis University. She joined the University Counseling Center in April 2014. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual, family, career and academic counseling. Her experience includes working with students on such issues as depression and anxiety, suicide/crisis intervention, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and LGBTQ needs. Therese is SafeZone trained.
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.
Arathi Srikanta, LMSW
Program Director, Health Promotion and Education
Ms. Srikanta received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master's degree in social work from Washington University. She has over 9 years of mental health and health administration experience working for both private and non-profit organizations. At SLU, she is currently working on campus prevention initiatives related to sexual assault, drug and alcohol, mental health and suicide, as well as general wellness promotion. She advises the SLU Wellness Peer Educators and Responsibillikens. In her free time, she loves to explore Saint Louis and spend time with her two dogs.
University Counseling Center of Saint Louis University
3711 West Pine Mall
Wuller Hall, 2nd Floor
Saint Louis, Missouri 63108