Personal Counseling

KCAI has on-campus counseling services available to students free of charge. The appointments are weekly, but are limited and available on a first come, first served basis and are available during the fall and spring semesters (when college is in session). Please note that KCAI counseling services are therapy services and not medication management.  

You also have the option of meeting with Gina Golba, Dean of Student Affairs, or Joe Timson, Assistant Dean of Students, for immediate assistance. The counselors are for ongoing support, but the Dean and Assistant Dean are available for crisis or distress situations where you feel like you need to talk to someone right away. Gina may be reached at 816-802-3397 and Joe can be reached at 816-802-3419. You may also contact security at 816-931-6666 or 911 for emergency situations.

If you wish to see a mental health professional off-campus, please visit the KCAI Student Handbook at as there are is a listing of professionals nearby.

To request an appointment, please click HERE.

Overview of personal counseling services

KCAI has contracted psychotherapists and supervised counseling interns on-campus during the academic year. Counselors meet with students weekly for a variety of presenting concerns.

Students may be concerned about:

  • Transitioning to KCAI from high school
  • Transferring to KCAI from a different college, junior college or art school
  • Adjusting to life at art school as a non-traditional student
  • Homesickness
  • Eating concerns/body image
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual orientation/gender Identity
  • Suicide prevention and warning signs
  • Time management concerns
  • Self-esteem
  • Surviving a difficult critique with your self-esteem intact
  • Just having a difficult time

For more information, contact:

Gina Golba
Dean of student affairs

Additional information

Kansas City CARE Clinic - Midtown location

3515 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111

Kansas City CARE Clinic - Prospect location

5119 E. 24th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127

UMKC Community Counseling and Assessment Center (Fees are determined on a sliding scale basis)
UMKC – School of Education

615 E. 52nd St.
CCAS provides reduced fee counseling and neuropsychological testing/assessment.

For recommendations about additional off-campus counseling options, contact Gina Golba, who can provide a list of private practitioners who have worked with KCAI students.

Kansas City Free Health Clinic – For a medical/physical health appointment
3515 Broadway, Ste # 100
Kansas City, MO 64111

If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call the crisis hotline (see below), call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 

24-hour suicide/crisis line: 1-800-273-TALK

Local resources if you are having thoughts of suicide and need to go to the hospital

Research Mental Health Services

816-235-8162 (Intake Coordinator) or 816-444-8161 (Research Psychiatric Center)
2316 E. Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64132

Shawnee Mission Medical Center

9100 W. 74th St.
Kansas City, KS 66204

KU Med

3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160

Two Rivers

1-800-225-8577 or 816-382-6300
5121 Raytown Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64133

Center for Behavioral Medicine

100 E. 24th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Truman Medical Center ER - Behavioral Health

100 E. 24th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108

St. Luke's Hospital Emergency

816-932-2000 or 816-932-2171 

MOCSA – Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault

24-hour Crisis Line:
Missouri: 816-531-0233
Kansas: 913-642-0233

Other Resources

If you are concerned about someone and would like to access online information, visit (click on the link “For Concerned Others”).

The ULine – For mental health on college campuses

The Jed Foundation – Preventing Suicide on college campuses

LGBT Community Center of Kansas City – For LGBT individuals and allies

UMKC’s LGBT office – For LGBT activities and resources

The LGBT Affirmative Therapists Guild of Greater Kansas City

Local AA/NA groups and resources

Drug rehabilitation resources and locations

Guide to College Student Mental Health

Love is Respect

Additional online help:

The Unabridged Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection:

Gina Golba
Dean of student affairs
Mineral Hall

Faculty and staff who are interested in accessing the Employee Assistance Program to learn about the services offered, visit or call 913-982-8398 or 800-624-5544.  To obtain the online login code for KCAI faculty and staff contact the EAP directly.

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