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.



Chelsea Reeves 
Graduate Assistant, Disability Services
Office: Labry 226
Phone: (615) 453-6341

Chelsea Reeves is a Cumberland University alumnus.  She attended Cumberland from 2012 through December 2015 when she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Additionally, she obtained minors in Criminal Justice and Sociology because of her fascination with the criminal mind.  She ran on Cumberland’s cross country team, which encouraged her to further her education in Psychology to understand how mental barriers may be broken to achieve a higher goal.  

Currently, she is working toward her Master of Education online here at Cumberland while employed as a Graduate Assistant for Disability Services.  She is always happy to help others and gain knowledge in the process.  Ultimately, her goal is to eventually teach a Psychology class of her own focusing on human interaction, the brain, and abnormal psychology.  


Nicholas Stinson 
Graduate Assistant, Disability Services and Student Life
Office: Labry 226
Phone: (615) 453-6341

Nicholas Stinson is new to Cumberland University, serving as the Graduate Assistant for both Disability Services and Student Life.  Before coming to Cumberland University, he attended Huntingdon College, in Montgomery, Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management while also playing soccer. When he was not in class or on the field, he interned at Pike Road School, where he was the assistant PE teacher and assistant soccer coach.

Once he graduated from Huntingdon, he became a full-time PE teacher, until he got the opportunity to join Cumberland.  He plans to get his Master’s degree in Sports Management to further his career in youth sports. He is an avid sports fan; Atlanta Falcons, Duke basketball, and Chelsea FC are my favorite teams, but he’ll go to any sporting event. One major event on his bucket list is to travel to a World Cup one day, or maybe, when the United States hosts the games, he will road trip around the country.




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.