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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.

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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 is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisor endorsement, or PCC-S. In 2003, she graduated from Kent State University with a B.A. in Psychology, and later in December 2007 graduated with her Master’s in Education in Community Counseling. Emily has been licensed as a Clinical Counselor since March 2008. She has also completed additional doctoral level work in order to be a designated clinical supervisor in her field in order to assist and guide others to become proactive and ethical counselors in the state of Ohio. While attending school, Emily worked in the Kent State Department of Residence Services for seven years at the Kent Campus, and focused her attention on student success and wellness programming. Emily was involved with Living Learning Communities, Honors, and First Year Experience. Since licensure, she has logged over 100 hours of continuing education on a variety of topics about mental health and higher education.

Prior to her work at Kent State University at Stark, Emily worked at Coleman Professional Services in Portage County for 5 years. She worked exclusively in the agency’s Access Office which is a 24-7 mental health crisis center and hotline hub. While there, she specialized in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. 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. Emily has presented multiple times at the state-wide All Ohio Counselors’ Conference and also at the Crisis Intervention Team International conference on a variety of topics including crisis intervention, suicide prevention, officer safety, mental health at college campuses, and community collaboration to support mental health recovery initiatives.

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.

Emily has always kept close relationships with Kent State University and is thrilled to be back working directly with the student population.


Counseling Center Location:
11 Campus Center
Lower Level





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