Counseling


The counseling program at COA strives to meet the emotional and mental health needs of all students, by offering confidential individual counseling to those who are experiencing difficulties that impact their personal and/or academic lives. Entering college can be accompanied with multiple transitions, opportunities and challenges. Our experienced, caring staff can provide you with psychological, emotional and developmental support as you move through your time at COA.

A COA counselor can assist you through a confidential process in dealing with such issues and problems of life as: making difficult life choices; managing conflict in personal, family or school life; coping with stress and anxiety; dealing with depression or anxiety; improving a troubled relationship; grieving losses; healing the wounds of emotional, physical or sexual abuse; addiction recovery; eating disorders and any situation that you feel prevents you from functioning.

We have five counselors holding office hours on-campus during the term. The Counseling Office is located on the first floor of Deering Common. To sign up for a 45-minute appointment with one of our counselors, click here:

After you've clicked the button and selected an appointment, you will be prompted to create a Schedulicity username and password. You will only have to register once. The online system is completely confidential and only your counselor will be able to see that you've booked an appointment. After signing up for a time slot, you and the counselor will receive a confirmation email.


Please be aware that there is a $10 copay for each appointment. If this presents a financial hardship for you, please contact Lauren Rupp or Sarah Luke. If you feel that you would benefit from speaking with a counselor, lack of funds should not prevent this support.

Students experiencing a mental health crisis and needing immediate assistance should call 1-888-568-1112. This is a 24 hour statewide hotline with supportive, trained counselors at the other end of the phone. Callers can talk to counselors about anything.

Please contact Lauren Rupp, Coordinator of Wellness and Campus Engagement, should you have any questions. She can be reached at ext. 5671 or lrupp@coa.edu.

Counseling Hours

  • Dennis Kiley
    Monday, 8:30am-12:30pm
  • Kip Young, LADC
    Tuesday, 8:30am–10:45am
  • Lori Alley, LCSW
    Wednesday, 10:00am–2:30pm
  • Andrea Gabel-Richards, LCSW
    Thursday, 8:00am–11:45am
  • Bronwyn Umphrey, LCPC
    Friday, 12:30-4:30pm

Scheduling an appointment

  • COA utilizes a confidential, online scheduling software to book counseling appointments. In order to make an appointment with one of our counselors, please click the "Schedule Now" button in the middle of the page.

Study Skills

Liz Holbrook Rabasca will be on campus each Thursday evening from 6:30 – 9:30 pm to offer supportive study skills, including organizational tips and time management skills. She works out of the Counseling Office on the first floor of Deering Common. She is best contacted by email.