Counseling Services

Counseling & Wellness

KCU provides students, residents and fellows access to on-campus counseling services, provided by licensed full-time psychologists and therapists. The University also partners with an external student assistance program to provide 24/7 mental health support.

Your emotional wellness and mental health is a priority for our faculty, administration and staff. 

In the ongoing effort to meet your needs, we've created a multifaceted approach to mental health, wellness and academic support. We encourage you to take advantage of these services, secure in the knowledge that counseling referrals and sessions are confidential and are not recorded in your file. 

Our counseling and wellness services include: 

  • Full-time psychologists and counselors available for individual, couples and group therapy on both campuses
  • Kansas City University is partnered with TimelyCare to deliver a virtual health and well-being platform for students, residents and fellows. TimelyCare provides 24/7 access to virtual care from anywhere in the United States at no cost. Students, residents and fellows are eligible for 12 scheduled counseling sessions annually. Visit or download the TimelyCare app from your app store and register with your ([email protected]) school email address to get started.
  • Continuous monitoring of academic performance by a committee of psychologists, learning specialists, student services specialists, academic specialists and advisors. This committee tracks and trends student academic performance and provides counseling and tutoring interventions to help struggling students.
  • Faculty advisors
  • Peer mentorship and peer supporters trained in mental health first aid
  • Panels for you and your significant other to help transition and cope with medical school
  • Wellness seminars are offered throughout the semester, including workshops on test anxiety, relationships and Imposter Syndrome
  • Intramural activities and a student gym

KCU Counseling Contacts

Kansas City Campus

Joplin Campus

Beth Epley, PsyD
Director, Counseling Services
[email protected]
Office: 816-654-7223
Smith Hall 320

Kristen Sager, PhD
Psychologist, Counseling Services
[email protected]
Office: 816-654-7213
Smith Hall 327

Sathya Baanu Jeevanba, PhDPsychologist, Counseling Services[email protected]Office: 816-654-7224Smith Hall Room 301

Brandi Norman, PsyD
Associate Director, Counseling Services
[email protected]
Office: 417-208-0731
Student Services Room #1619

Caitlin Overfelt, Ed.S, LPC
Campus Counselor
[email protected]
Office: 417-208-0743
Student Services Room #1621

Chiwoo Choi, MA, LPC
Campus Counselor 
[email protected]
Office: 417-208-0762
Student Services Room #1616

All counselors are bound by confidentiality and ethical standards set by their professional organization(s).