Brenda Lovstuen, Ph.D. Director

This is my seventeenth year as Director of Counseling at Cornell, and I’m also a Cornell alum. I have worked with people of all ages but especially like working with college students and the multiple opportunities to do so here on a small campus. One such opportunity is through being a certified instructor for the internationally known RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Basic Self-Defense Program, which I co-teach with local police officers most semesters. I am a licensed psychologist and a "generalist" (vs. a "specialist"), meaning I work with a wide range of concerns. Some of the concerns I work with most frequently include depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationships, sexual assault, academic problems, self-esteem, and assertiveness, and I am happy to meet with students regarding any mental health related issue and help them identify options and resources for resolving their concerns.

Rachel Slezak, M.S., Counselor

This is my first year providing counseling at Cornell College and as an Iowa native I am excited to be a part of this community. I hold a Master of Science in Art Therapy with a Concentration in Counseling from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to my time at Cornell I provided counseling and crisis intervention to adults of all ages in Oregon and especially enjoyed working with college-aged individuals. During sessions I espouse a person-centered approach to provide empowerment through deeper understanding of self and relationship. I also work with students to address a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, substance use and trauma. I utilize art therapy, behavioral therapies along with other techniques and am glad to be a safe and non-judgmental resource for students regarding mental health or other concerns.

Kate Slater, Practicum Counselor

I am a Palo Alto University graduate student, working toward a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. My areas of interest in counseling include health & wellness, time management, relationships, transitions, grief & loss, depression, anxiety, and stress. 


Please note that the Counseling Center does not consider contact via e-mail as confidential communication. Additionally, staff members may not check e-mail with regularity or frequency, and do not access email outside of Counseling Center hours. You are welcome to e-mail staff members with questions about our services. However, be advised that your communication might not receive a timely response. For the most timely and confidential communication, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Counseling Center at (319) 895-4292; the Counseling Center is located in the Ebersole Building and is open when school is in session from  8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday (weeks 1-3 of each block); and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday - Friday (week 4 of each block).