Counseling Services

Union College provides counseling services to all of its students free of charge. Our professional staff, which includes graduate practicum and/or internship students, conducts all services with the utmost confidentiality and professionalism under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members, who are licensed psychologists.  


  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Couples or family counseling
  • Assessments

Counseling Referrals

Individual counseling is at the heart of the services offered by the Counseling and Testing Center. Most students come in for under six sessions and return if their difficulties persist. There are some students who come in for longer treatment while others come in for a single session and are referred out for additional services. Referrals to outside services may be provided as needed.

People see counselors when they find they need a little extra emotional support for a variety of reasons, including anxiety, depression, loneliness, stress management, loss of loved one. In addition there might be an issue with drugs or alcohol, food, and/or a sexual issue of which people often have difficulty finding they can control. People also see counselors because they “just don’t feel right” or because they are ready for personal growth and insight. 

Center Staff
Please contact any of the following individuals for information or counseling center referrals. All information will be kept confidential. Services are free to all students


Joni Caldwell, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Director of Counseling Services


Melissa Griffith
Graduate Practicum Student                               


Kathy Blaydes-Walczak, PhD
Licensed Professional Counselor


Justin Kitts
Dean of Students



The Center for Counseling is dedicated to providing quality psychological services to students of Union College. It is the intention of the Center to protect your confidential information as required by law and in keeping with your rights. Our standards are informed by Kentucky law.

All information is private and will not be shared with anyone beyond the Center for Counseling staff. There may be times when a student is receiving services from both the Center for Counseling and Student Health Services. Information may be disclosed between these two offices under the same State statutes.

No information, including the fact that you are receiving counseling, will be shared with relatives, professors, or university authorities without your written permission. The only exceptions are:

  • If there is risk of self-harm or to another person; counselors have a legal and ethical duty to do whatever is necessary to protect life;
  • If there is a report of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse or risk of such abuse to children; the counselor is obligated by law to report this to authorities.
  • If a court of law orders a counselor to release information, the counselor is bound by law to comply with such an order.
  • If you are under 18 years of age, the Center for Counseling will not contact your parents, but by law parents can request information from your file with or without your written permission. 

Occasionally, situations arise which would interfere with an effective professional counseling relationship such as having a counselor as a current professor or the counselor having previous information about you from another source such as family or friends. In these cases, you will be assigned to a different counselor to protect your privacy and information will not be shared with the counselor with whom you have outside contact.

Kentucky Suicide Prevention Bulletin