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The experienced counseling professionals at Saint Louis University University Counseling Center provide care and consultation to Saint Louis University students. Our staff members are highly trained clinicians who can assist with a variety of issues, such as adjustment to college life, troubling changes in mood and chronic psychological conditions. We are fully accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS).

Knieba Jones-Johnson, Interim Director UCCKnieba Jones-Johnson, LMFT

Director, University Counseling Center

Knieba Jones-Johnson is a licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical supervisor who has over 25 years in the counseling field, specifically working with marginalized communities and individuals impacted by complex trauma. Prior to becoming the director of the UCC, Knieba’s role at SLU was as the director of therapeutic support of Shut It Down, a program aimed to dismantle the school-to-prison nexus by helping educators, school administrators and district officials understand the intersections between race, equity, trauma and mental health. In addition, she was the program director for the Felony Drug Education Class at the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney’s Office. Before moving to St. Louis in 2016, Knieba served as the clinical supervisor for a mental health agency and non-public school in Los Angeles, California, where she managed a clinical internship program and provided professional development workshops and trainings on racism and violence, mindfulness, self-care and community wellness. As a clinician certified in several evidence-based practices (TF-CBT, CBITS, MAP and Seeking Safety to name a few), Knieba has worked in a number of milieus- including residential treatment, private practice, in-home, multiple school districts, locked psychiatric facilities for adolescents and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University. Knieba has also been a certified trainer for the Crisis Prevention Institute, a speaker for the Southern California Trainer’s Network, and a member of both ABPSI and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Knieba received her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in psychology with a minor in African American studies and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She enjoys yoga, hiking, interior design, event production, football and traveling.

Shontay KimminsShontay Kimmins, B.S.

Senior Patient Care Coordinator

Shontay 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 St. Louis native, the mother of two children, a dedicated volunteer to the community and a local event coordinator.

Janice AdamekJanice Adamek, M.S., LPC, NCC

Assistant Director/Coordinator, Eating Disorder and Expressive Therapy Services

Janice Adamek is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. She received her B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College and her M.A. in expressive therapies 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. Janice 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.

Kyle Clinkingbeard, LCSWKyle Clinkingbeard, LCSW

Coordinator, Student Athlete and DBT Services

Kyle Clinkingbeard is a licensed clinical social worker who received his B.A. and M.S.W degrees in social work from Saint Louis University. While an undergraduate student, Kyle was also a sprinter with SLU's track and field team. Before coming to the University Counseling Center, Kyle provided therapy at a residential and outpatient substance abuse facility, and then transitioned to providing therapeutic services at a forensic psychiatric hospital. He has advanced training to work with individuals struggling with substance use, self-harm, mood disorders, psychiatric symptoms and anxiety/depression. Kyle specializes in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and has experience using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He believes in the dialectics of life: completely accepting us for who we are, while also asking ourselves to change.

Jamell JacobsJamell Jacobs, M.Ed., LPC

Coordinator, Health and Wellness Outreach Services

Jamell Jacobs is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. She received her B.S. in elementary education from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville and her M.Ed. in professional counseling from University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jamell views her role as a therapist as being a supportive partner in her clients' journey to become their best self, which is a daily process. She has experience helping individuals and families struggling with anxiety, anger management, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem, occupational stress, parenting, communication and relationship issues, trauma, and addiction recovery. She uses a holistic approach focusing on developing a healthy mind, body, and spirit, using primarily cognitive-behavioral therapeutic techniques.

Pagina BrownPagina Brown, M.A., LPC, NCC

Coordinator, Disability Outreach Services

Pagina Brown is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. She received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology, from University of Missouri - Columbia and her M.A. in counseling and guidance from University of Missouri - Kansas City. Pagina sees a wide variety of students and has specialties in treating attention deficit disorders, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma concerns and depression. She has advanced training and certification as an autism spectrum disorder clinical specialist. Pagina also has experience working with people who have been in the foster care system and/or have been adopted.

Michelle Fienup, M.Ed, LPCMichelle Fienup, M.Ed., LPC

Coordinator, Sexual Assault and LGBTQIA+ Services

Michelle Fienup is a licensed professional counselor and a national certified counselor. She received her B.A. in psychology and her master’s in education from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Michelle views her role of therapist as being a partner to her clients on their journey to become the best version of themselves..which is an ongoing process. Michelle has experience working with individuals who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, PTSD, sexual assault or abuse, gender or sexual identity, relationship and communication issues. Michelle has worked with members of the LGBT+ community, veterans, military service members, survivors of sexual assault and abuse, as well as members of the larger community. Michelle uses a client centered approach, believing that the client has the answers within themselves and may need a partner to help them to bring those answers into their consciousness.

Tyrone Ford, Coordinator, Substance Abuse ServicesTyrone D. Ford, M.S.W., LCSW

Coordinator, Substance Abuse Services

Tyrone D. Ford is a licensed clinical social worker in both Missouri and Illinois, practicing for more than 14 years. With a dual-bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University, he considers himself a servant leader, believes everyone should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their circumstances, and everyone deserves an opportunity to thrive. He has advanced training and specializes in clinical practice with families, adults and youth. He has worked on research projects including effective intervention strategies for youth victims of violence. He has experience working with persons who suffer from substance use challenges, homelessness, post-traumatic stress, and anxiety. He is well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including trauma-focused CBT, depression management, motivational interviewing and child adolescent behavior disorders.

Rebecca A. Weiser, LCSW

Rebecca A. Weiser is a licensed clinical social worker in both Missouri and New York. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Kenyon College and her M.S.W from New York University. She began her career working with couples and families residing in the New York City shelter system for unhoused individuals and went on to provide care in an inpatient forensic psychiatric unit. She has also worked with criminal defense teams to provide mitigation services to defendants awaiting sentencing. She has experience working with individuals dealing with mood, psychotic, personality, and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress and acute stress disorders, as well as issues with life and relationship stress, communication skills, self-esteem, affect regulation, and existential anxiety. She believes that individuals should be defined not by their mistakes but rather by their capacity for growth. Her therapeutic style centers on a recognition of the human need for connection, communication and understanding. In session, she draws from various modalities, including supportive and strengths-based psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as she feels that clients benefit from a customized therapeutic approach.