Centre College Counseling

Counseling provides free and confidential mental health counseling to interested Centre students.  Counseling is available by appointment when classes are in session.  The office is located in the Parsons Center for Student Health and Counseling, which is across the street from the swimming pool and next to the football stadium.  Office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Appointments are scheduled through the appointment request link.

Phone:  859-238-5530 or 859-238-5740

Email:  counseling@centre.edu

Your confidentiality is our priority.  Counseling sessions are completely confidential within the limits of the law.  Legal exceptions to confidentiality apply when there is a serious risk of harm to self or others or when there is current abuse that falls under mandatory reporting requirements.  Counseling is a confidential campus resource for students who have experienced sexual violence or sexual assault or dating violence.  Counseling records are kept separately from health records and academic records.  If you have questions about confidentiality, please contact Centre Counseling.  Additionally, confidentiality will be explained to each student in person during the first session. 

For information about mental health symptoms or to complete a mental health screen, please use our ULifeline page.

Ann Goodwin

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Director of Counseling
Parsons Center
Work Phone: 859.238.5740


Education and Licensure

Bachelor of Arts, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1994
Master of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, George W Brown School of Social Work, St. Louis, MO,2005

LCSW, State of Kentucky, since 2010

LCSW, State of North Dakota, 2008-2011



Ann has been part of the Centre Counseling team since 2013 and has been the Director of Student Counseling since 2015.  Ann’s experience prior to coming to Centre College includes providing therapy through a community mental health agency and a rape crisis/domestic violence agency.  Ann has also previously provided assessment and treatment through an intensive in-home family services program.  Ann has worked for various non-profits including United Way and Community Impact.  Ann lived and volunteered in Nicaragua for two years before attending graduate school and studied abroad in France for one year in college.


In addition to providing therapy, during her tenure at Centre, Ann has served as co-facilitator of the Centre Ally Training since 2014.  Ann is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.


Joel Klepac

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Parsons Center
Work Phone: 859.238.5760


Education and Licensure

Bachelor of Arts, Asbury College
Master of Marriage and Family Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary

LMFT, Kentucky Board of Licensure of Marriage and Family Therapists, 2016



Joel has been part of the Centre Counseling team since 2015.  Joel’s experience prior to coming to Centre College includes NGO work in Romania with children at risk for 8 years.   Since moving back to the USA and completing a masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, he gained experience working at Eastern State Hospital with severe and persistent mental illness clients, in teaching parenting and relational skills classes in the Fayette county detention center, and doing individual, family and group therapy for in a community mental health setting.  For three years before coming to Centre Counseling, he also facilitated intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment for community members and people paroled with drug related charges.


In addition to providing therapy at Centre College, Joel has participated in an Associated Colleges of the South Grant for education around supporting neuro diverse students and has lead a support group for students with Dyslexia and/or ADHD.   He has also completed 11 days of training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in a year long program and teaches and facilitates workshops at Centre college and in the greater community. 



Michael Spears

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Parsons Center
Work Phone: 859.238.6518


Education and Licensure

Bachelor of Science, Brescia University, 1999
Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Eastern Kentucky University, 2005

Certification in School Counseling, 2007

LPCC, State of Kentucky, since 2007



Mike joined Centre Counseling services in the fall of 2015. Mike began his career providing mental health therapy to at-risk youth and their families.  Mike then worked as a high school counselor until 2011.  In 2011, Michael became the Regional Director (for Boyle county and surrounding counties) for KVC, an intensive in-home mental health agency.  While at KVC, Mike served as a clinician and clinical supervisor. 


In addition to providing therapy on campus, Mike is a certified trainer in QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Training and is a trained facilitator for Green Dot Bystander Intervention.  


Crystal McPherson

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Parsons Center
Work Phone: 859.238.6544


Education and Licensure

Bachelor of Arts – Social Work Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 2006 Master of Social Work and Counseling, Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Ky 2015

CSW, State of Kentucky, since 2016



Crystal has been part of the Centre Counseling team since August 2018.  Crystal’s experience prior to coming to Centre College includes providing therapy to diverse populations in a variety of settings including in-home, and in school.  For the last thirteen years, Crystal has provided unique interventions for individuals and families in poverty in  her role the Executive Director Family Services

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Extensive information about drugs of abuse, public education information and the latest research and news about drug abuse.

Information about starting an AA chapter, daily reflections and an online bookstore.

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