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Counseling Services

Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Counseling Center

At Counseling Services, our focus is your success – both at Kent State University at Stark and beyond. Located in the Lower Level of the Campus Center, Counseling Services offers students individual therapy sessions, educational workshops and training programs for students and the campus community.
Comfortable, professional, and private, Counseling Services offers students the opportunity to pursue free, confidential individual therapy. Sessions are available all year, allowing students to focus on regaining balance, empowerment, promoting healing, and self reflection to make changes in their academic and personal lives. When things are becoming difficult, not going the way you want, or when you feel that other people don’t understand or don’t know how to help – Counseling Services is here for you!
No matter what is bothering you – burn out, family issues, relationship problems, anger management, stress, worry and anxiety, a recent loss, self esteem issues, sexual identity, drug or alcohol problems, or any other mental health related concern – Counseling Services will help you find what best fits your needs to enhance your success and improve your life.

Upcoming Counseling Events:

  • National Eating Disorders Screening Day (students, faculty & staff)
    Walk-in, free, anonymous screenings with immediate feedback and referrals
    Thursday, Feb. 26
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Counseling Center | Campus Center

  • ALICE Training (students, faculty & staff)
    Wednesday, March 4
    10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Main Hall Auditorium
  • ALICE Training (students, faculty & staff)
    Thursday, March 12
    5:30 - 7 p.m.
    Main Hall Auditorium

  • ALICE Training (students, faculty & staff)
    Monday, March 16
    3:30 - 5 p.m.
    203 Main Hall

  • ALICE Training (students, faculty & staff)
    Tuesday, March 31
    3 - 4:30 p.m.
    Main Hall Auditorium

  • Mental Health Resource Fair (collaboration with Active Minds student organization)
    Wednesday, April 1
    12 - 2 p.m.
    Campus Center

  • ALICE Training (students, faculty & staff)
    Thursday, April 2
    9 - 10:30 a.m.
    203 Main Hall

  • ALICE Training (students, faculty & staff)
    Monday, April 13
    5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Main Hall Auditorium

  • ALICE Training (students, faculty & staff)
    Tuesday, April 21
    2:30 - 4 p.m.
    Main Hall Auditorium

  • Dogs on Campus (collaboration with Active Minds student organization)
    Wednesday, April 22
    12 - 1 p.m.
    Fireplace Lounge | Campus Center

  • ALICE Training (students, faculty & staff)
    Monday, April 27
    12 - 1:30 p.m.
    Main Hall Auditorium


Emily RibnikEmily Ribnik
Professional Clinical Counselor & Supervisor

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about the Counseling Center. Knowing when and where to go for help is the biggest step in personal growth, and we are here to support you however we can. I look forward to seeing you and being part of your journey!

Emily has been Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory endorsement, or PCC-S, since March 2008.She is a two-time graduate of Kent State University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Education in Counseling. She is currently a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision Ph. D. program at Kent State University. Along with her classes, Emily has logged over 200 hours of continuing education on a variety of topics related to mental health, higher education, student success, veterans and emergency psychiatric care.  

While a student at the Kent State, Emily worked in the Department of Residence Services for seven years and focused her work on student success and wellness planning.After her work in Kent, Emily worked at Coleman Professional Services in Portage County for five years.She worked exclusively in the agency’s Access office, a 24-7 mental health crisis and hotline center. While at Coleman Professional Services, Emily was active with the Portage County Suicide Prevention Coalition and was also both certified in and a coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a training program for police officers and other first responders to enhance their skills with crisis intervention and working with mental health clients in out in the community. She has been a featured speaker at CIT trainings in Ohio, Michigan and Florida, and has presented multiples times at the Crisis Intervention Team International conference. She has also been a presenter multiple times at the All Ohio Counselors’ Conference, and has presented at the American Counseling Association and American College Counseling Association national conferences on a variety of topics including collaboration with law enforcement, suicide prevention, officer and clinician safety, mental health at college campuses, trauma, and working with veterans. Currently she is the founding president of the Ohio College Counseling Association, a new organization for the state in 2014.  

She is a certified instructor for A.L.i.C.E. (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate), a training seminar for faculty, staff and students about awareness for prevention of and how to survive an active shooter. Currently, she leads A.L.i.C.E. training workshops at multiple Kent State University campuses, but focuses the majority of her work at Kent State Stark. Her trainings are specialized to the unique aspect of the campus and the community.

Along with her work, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, and has been involved in the professional dog showing world since her late teens. A CrossFitter, she enjoys bringing coaching concepts into her counseling sessions and works with students to achieve success both on and off campus.

Alma MooreAlma J. Moore
Professional Clinical Counselor & Supervisor

I realize that it's not easy taking that first step toward seeking help, especially when you're not sure it's going to make a difference. You're considering it, though, and that's progress. Let's take that next step together.

Alma is a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervisory endorsement, or PCC-S. She graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 1984 with a B.A. in Business Administration and in 1999 with a Master of Business Administration. She worked in financial services management for 15 years before pursuing a career in mental health counseling. She graduated with a M.A.Ed. in Clinical Counseling from Malone University in 2004. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development at Kent State University and has taught master’s practicum courses in the Counseling and Human Development Services program and worked in the Counseling Center at Kent State University. She is working on her dissertation which focuses on the use of supervision contracts with counselor trainees, clinical supervisors and counselor education faculty.

Alma has worked in community mental health providing direct service, clinical and administrative supervision, and as a clinical director. Alma has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She has worked with youth in foster care and those involved with the juvenile court system. She has also worked with youth and adults with substance abuse/addiction issues.

Alma enjoys working with clients of all ages, and has especially enjoyed counseling the college student population at Malone University and Kent State University.

Counseling Services Internship

Counseling Center Location:

11 Campus Center
Lower Level




Schedule Counseling Appointment

When you submit your request, your information goes directly to Emily Ribnik, PCC-S. She will contact you by phone within 1-2 business days to discuss scheduling your
first appointment.

Inclement Weather Statement:
If the campus and all of its offices have been closed due to inclement weather, all counseling appointments are canceled and staff will contact students to reschedule.


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Free Online Mental Health Screening
Kent State University offers free online screening for anxiety disorders and depression. This anonymous free screening is available to all Kent State University students.



Crisis Intervention

Crisis Text Line


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline