Cumberland University

Counseling Center and Disability Services

The staff of the Counseling Center views counseling as another form of learning where students are able to learn more effective means of resolving concerns and developing strategies for achieving personal and professional goals.  Counseling can assist those who are experiencing various personal problems and difficulties.  Some of the concerns commonly addressed include adjustment to college, relationships, stress, depression, loneliness, anxiety, and self-esteem.  If student needs are better served by other resources, referrals will be made to an appropriate community resource.

The best way to schedule an appointment is to sign up for a time slot on the Counseling bulletin board outside of Labry 225. Appointments may also be scheduled by calling (615) 547-1397. or by emailing


   Juanita Kissell 

   Director of Counseling and Disability Services

   Office: Labry 225

   Phone: (615) 547-1397


   Juanita Kissell joined Cumberland University in August 2012.  Because she did not know what she wanted to be when she grew up, Juanita received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from Hanover College,then a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Southern Methodist University, and then a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University.  She has now figured out that she just does not want to grow up!

Juanita has worked as a college counselor for 13+ years, and as a counselor for 22+ years. She and her husband have lived in multiple states including Indiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and Minnesota, in additional to Juanita’s childhood homes in Kentucky and Delaware. One visit to her office will tell you that she is an M&Ms fanatic. Her job duties at Cumberland include providing free counseling to Cumberland students,   overseeing and administering disability services, teaching a psychology class, providing mental health and alcohol/drug awareness programming, and assisting faculty, staff, and administration with student mental health   issues that affect the campus as a whole.


   Kailani Joy Swenson

   Graduate Assistant, Disability Services

   Office: Labry 226

   Phone: (615) 453-6341


   Kailani is thrilled to join the Counseling & Disabilities Department as the Graduate Assistant. She will be supporting the disability services program while earning her MBA at Cumberland. A California native, she recently moved to Lebanon with her fiancé, Volunteer Assistant for Baseball and fellow Graduate Student. In 2009, Kailani started her own marketing & communications consulting firm, based in California, and she continues to consult remotely for technology companies across the country. In addition to working with Silicon Valley startups and leading high tech companies, Kailani has also supported numerous non-profit groups including Cleantech Open, Ride Able, West Coast Green, Sunday Friends and San Francisco Green Drinks. Kailani received her Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Oregon in 2008, majoring in International Business with an emphasis in Environmental Studies & Latin American Studies.


In Case of Emergency...

Please do not rely on e-mail for help in a crisis or emergency situation. If you are in a crisis, please come to the Counseling Center  in Labry Hall 225 or call 615-547-1397 during business hours. If no one is available or if it is after hours, for a mental health crisis call 615-449-0500, or for an emergency call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.