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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.

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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.

Jason Boothe, Ph.D.

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Jason Boothe, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Associate Director and Clinical Director

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.

Stefanie Denu, Psy.D.

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Stefanie Denu, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Director and Training Director

Stefanie Denu joins UHCL Counseling Services as a licensed clinical psychologist supporting students through individual and group treatment modalities and supporting 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. Her 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.

Amanda Hedrick, LCSW

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Amanda Hedrick, LCSW
Case Manager/Staff Therapist

Amanda brings a variety of experience including child welfare, palliative care, domestic violence support, and advocacy work to UHCL counseling services. She supports UHCL students by assisting them in navigating various resources on and off campus. Clinical interests include grief, trauma, health/medical issues, multicultural issues, inner child work, and gender identity development. Amanda uses a collaborative empowerment approach when working with clients.

Monica Martinez, LMSW

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Monica Martinez, LMSW
Outreach Coordinator/Staff Therapist

Monica is excited to be part of the UHCL Counseling Services staff.  Monica is a licensed social worker who has worked in a variety of counseling centers, institutions of higher education and community programs.  In addition to seeing students, Monica coordinates mental health outreach efforts with on and off campus partners.  Monica uses a collaborative and empowerment counseling approach with students to provide comprehensive, caring and supportive services.

Kwang Kim, PMHNP-BC

Kwang Kim, PMHNP-BC
Consulting Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Doctoral Psychology Interns

Michael P. Huttar, M.A.
Doctoral Psychology Intern

Annita Palizi, M.A., M.Sc.
Doctoral Psychology Intern

Jennifer K. Shub Levy, M.S.
Doctoral Psychology Intern

Support Staff

laura velieLaura Velie

savannah baker

Savannah Baker

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  • Counseling Services

    Phone: 281-283-2580
    Fax: 281-283-2602

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

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

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.