Contact

Email Policy

The staff of Counseling Services welcomes your contact.

Before emailing, please consider the following information to help you decide on the best method for reaching us:

  • Email is not appropriate for personal counseling. 
    If you are a UHCL student seeking personal counseling, please visit our office or call to make an appointment with one of our counselors.

  • Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. 
    While we will do our best to keep your communications private and will not disseminate them without your permission, our university administration, like many other employers, reserves the right to monitor our email usage and might therefore see the text of your message. If you are in any way concerned about the contents of your email being read by someone other than the person you are contacting, you might want to consider alternate ways of contacting that person.

  • Replies are sent to the sender's email.
    When we reply to your email, we will respond to the address from which it is sent. If you do not wish others who may have access to the email account you are using to also have access to our response, please consider another means of communication.

  • We cannot respond immediately.
    While we check our email often, you have no way of knowing if one of us is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or other reason. This means that your message may not be received immediately. If time is of particular concern for you, you might want to consider calling the office instead.

We hope that these guidelines are helpful to you as you decide how best to reach our staff. We take your time and confidentiality very seriously and therefore consider it imperative that you understand the limitations of our use of email technology. If you would like to use email to contact one of us, please click on their name in the section below:

  Cynthia A. Cook, Ph.D.
 

Cynthia A. Cook, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Executive Director of Counseling, Health and Career Services

Dr. Cook has been on staff at UHCL since 1999. 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 clinical specialties include couples therapy and relationship issues, women’s issues, managing stress and anxiety, spirituality, and vocational counseling.

  Kimberly A. James, Ph.D.
 

Kimberly A. James, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Director and Clinical Director

Dr. James has many years of experience in university settings as a licensed psychologist in counseling centers and experience as a student life dean focusing on the unique needs graduate students. Dr. James has additional clinical experience in a variety of settings that include primary and secondary schools, community mental health agencies, inpatient psychiatric and Veterans Affairs hospitals. Areas of interest include organizational management, intercultural/intracultural relationships and dialogues, career counseling, body image and self-esteem, and health and fitness.

  Jonathan Schmalz-Benson, Ph.D.
 

Jonathan Schmalz-Benson, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Director and Training Director

Dr. Schmalz-Benson has been at UHCL since 2015. He has experience in university counseling, outpatient community mental health, and VA hospital settings. He enjoys working with clients with various concerns to assist them in leading meaningful and vital lives.

  Jason Boothe, Ph.D.
 

Jason Boothe, Ph.D.
Psychologist (supervised by Cindy Cook, Ph.D.)
Outreach/Group Coordinator

Dr. Boothe has trained and worked in numerous settings, including VA hospitals, community mental health clinics, pain management clinics, and college counseling centers. 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.

  Consulting Psychiatrist
  Christina Tjok M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist
  Doctoral Psychology Interns
 

Dashaun Dunn, M.A., M.S.
Doctoral Psychology Intern

Charnel Hollier, B.A.
Doctoral Psychology Intern

Leonette Lee Copeland, M.S.
Doctoral Psychology Intern

  Counselors
 

Berenice Rodriguez, M.Ed.
Counselor
Supervised by Leslye Mize, Ph.D., LPC-S

Stacy Shields, Ph.D.
Counselor
Supervised by Cynthia Cook, Ph.D.

Contact
  • Counseling Services

    Phone: 281-283-2580
    Fax: 281-283-2602
    www.uhcl.edu/counselingservices

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

    Regular office hours:
    Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.

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