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.
Meet the University Counseling Center Staff
Steve Byrnes, Psy.D.
Director, University Counseling Center
Dr. Byrnes is clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a clinician and health care administrator. He has also provided training and supervision to psychology, psychiatry, family practice and internal medicine residents while serving as training faculty within residency programs. In addition, he has provided direct care to a number of law, medicine and graduate students. Dr. Byrnes is also an Air Force veteran who served on active duty for 20 years as a psychologist. He also has spent many years training physicians and psychologists to work together in primary care settings using integrated behavioral health care models. His clinical areas of interest include post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depressive disorders, and treating impaired health care providers. Dr. Byrnes has been the University Counseling Center director since January 2015.
Shontay 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.
Jay Winig, M.S.W., LCSW, CRADC,
Coordinator, Drug and Alcohol Services
Jay Winig has provided individual and group therapy, as well as support services, at the University Counseling Center since 2008. He received his Master’s of Social Work from the University of South Florida and has been a licensed clinical social worker for more than 20 years. He is also a certified substance abuse counselor. Winig is a graduate of 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). 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 presented locally and nationally on issues unique to young fathers, substance abuse and college mental health.
Christina Tisher, Ph.D., LPC
Coordinator, Clinical Research, Graduate Student Wellness, and Disability Outreach
Christina Tisher has been a licensed professional counselor (LPC) since 2000. She has served students in higher education since 2008 and joined the University Counseling Center in March 2016.
Dr. Tisher earned an Associate degree in Deaf Communication Studies, a Bachelor of Educational Studies degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, a Master of Arts in Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Saint Louis University.
Dr. Tisher 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 relationships.
Jennifer Scott, LCSW
Coordinator, Case Management and Student-Athlete Services
Jennifer Scott is a licensed clinical social worker providing case management and clinical services at the University Counseling Center. Her focus includes treating student athletes and high-risk clients, as well as creating SLU's suicide prevention program: C(QLC) and U Matter. She is also the handler for the UCC therapy dog, Hoonah.
Scott received both her undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate degrees (MSW) from Washington University in Saint Louis. In her post-graduate work in substance abuse, she acquired skills for effective treatment approaches to depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and crisis management in both the individual and group setting. Her treatment approach is influenced by both cognitive-behavioral therapy and her education as a social worker.
Prior to entering the social work field, Scott was the assistant swim coach at Oberlin
College. It is her experiences in the social work field and on the pool deck that
have fueled her passion for rejoining the university setting and providing her services
to the Saint Louis University community.
Janice Adamek, LPC, NCC
Coordinator, Eating Disorder Treatment Services
Janice Adamek is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. She received her B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College (Illinois) and her M.A. 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.
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), 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.
Pagina Brown, MA, LPC, NCC
Pagina is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor.
She received her B.A. in psychology, and her B.A. in 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. Pagina has experience in working with people who have been in the
foster care system and/or have been adopted.
Yuima Mizutani, M.Ed., NCC, LPC
Yuima Mizutani is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. She received her B.A. in psychology from J.F. Oberlin University in Japan and her M.Ed. in clinical mental health from University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in counseling at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Mizutani is originally from Yokohama, Japan. She has lived in St. Louis since 2010. Because of her international background, Mizutani has been trained in and is passionate about working with international students, third culture individuals, immigrants and refugees. She has lectured on the mental health needs of these populations at international workshops and conferences. She utilizes person-centered and cognitive behavioral techniques to help students. Mizutani works with students dealing with various mental health challenges including PTSD, anxiety, depression, relationship/family conflicts, grief, academic pressure and identity confusion. She believes counseling is a journey to explore life goals and develop self acceptance.
Yoshiko Hall, Psy.D.
Coordinator of Multicultural Services
Dr. Hall is a licensed clinical psychologist with eight years of experience working
in university counseling centers. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Biola University,
an M.S. in Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University, and a Doctorate
in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Before arriving at
SLU, she served as a coordinator of multicultural services at Baylor University Counseling
Services where she worked to meet the needs of historically marginalized student populations.
In addition, she facilitated mindfulness meditation groups and maintained Mind Body
Lab, a self-facilitative relaxation room. Her clinical interests include issues with race
and ethnicity, immigration, social justice, faith and spirituality, mindfulness-based
interventions and relational difficulties.
Luke Evans, M.S.
Luke Evans is a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at Saint Louis University. He completed his B.A. in Psychology and a co-major in Neuroscience at Miami University (OH) and received his M.S. in clinical psychology from SLU. His research interests include the relationship between exercise and mental health and ways to improve self-efficacy. He has worked with individuals across the lifespan, but is primarily interested in working with adolescents and emerging adults. He has experience helping individuals improve many aspects of their lives, including difficulties with depression, procrastination, studying/organization, general anxiety, performance anxiety, identity development, sleep issues, substance abuse, learning disorders, ADHD, emotion-regulation issues, and relationship issues. He also has experience working with college athletes to enhance their athletic performance. As a therapist, Luke believes in incorporating elements from various evidence-based techniques (such as cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing) to individualize treatment and address each of his clients' unique needs. Luke recognizes the importance of communication and collaboration in the therapeutic relationship, and is committed to helping clients enhance their performance, functioning, and mood across multiple life domains.
Hoonah is the University Counseling Center's animal assisted therapy dog. Originally bred to be a bait dog, Hoonah was rescued with his siblings as a young pup after being dropped off at Stray Rescue of 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. After completing the program and passing his therapy dog test, Hoonah earned his Canine Good Citizen and Certified Helper Dog credentials. Here at SLU, Hoonah participates actively in therapy sessions and outreach events on campus. If you are interested in having him visit your organization or group, contact email@example.com.
Watch this video to learn a bit more about SLU's therapy dog, Hoonah.