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Internship: Training Staff

Cynthia A. Cook, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center

  • Licensed by: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Doctoral Degree: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Counseling Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship: Texas A&M University Student Counseling Services
Dr. Cook has been on staff at UHCL since 1999 as the clinical director and training director prior to becoming director. She has had prior training experiences in other counseling centers, military settings, and community mental health. Dr. Cook believes strongly in the importance of developing a collaborative relationship with clients.
Her approach to clinical work involves integrating a variety of approaches based on the needs of the client, often informed by Relational-Cultural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. Her interests include couples therapy and relationship issues, women’s issues, managing stress and anxiety, spirituality, vocational counseling, multicultural issues, and training and supervision.
Jason Boothe, Ph.D.

Associate Director and Clinical Director

  • Licensed by: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Doctoral Degree: Fielding Graduate University, Clinical Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship: University of Houston-Clear Lake Counseling Services

Dr. Boothe has trained and worked in numerous settings, including VA hospitals, where he completed specialty rotations in general mental health, spinal cord injury (SCI), and complex trauma/PTSD units; community mental health clinics dedicated to working with refugees and asylees from other countries; pain management clinics, and college counseling centers.  His approach to therapy consists of a clinical integration with psychodynamic perspectives (relational and contemporary object relations theories) as the dominant organizational frame. 

Clinical interests include working with disability and chronic health/medical issues, trauma, mindfulness, interpersonal and relational concerns, identity development/existential concerns, multicultural issues, and group therapy.

Stefanie Denu, Psy.D.

Associate Director and Training Director

  • Liscensed by: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Doctoral Degree: Xavier University, Clinical Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship: University of Iowa-University Counseling Service

Stefanie Denu has trained in numerous university counseling centers and has worked to support students through individual and group treatment modalities and to support trainees in their professional development. She earned her PsyD doctoral degree from Xavier University and has previously worked in counseling centers at the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northeastern University. Her approach to therapy is based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that incorporates a mix of mindfulness and action-oriented strategies with a focus on creating a meaningful life while learning to cope with inevitable stressors along the way.

Stefanie's clinical and professional interests include eating disorders, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, identity development, and emotional distress related to chronic or acute medical illness.






  • Counseling and Mental Health Center

    Phone: 281-283-2580
    Fax: 281-226-7241

    SSCB 3103
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 331
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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    Regular office hours:
    Mon: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Tue-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.