Brenda Lovstuen, Ph.D. Director

This is my eighteenth 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, LMHC, Counselor

This is my second year as a Counselor at Cornell College. I hold an MS in Art Therapy and Counseling and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa. Prior to Cornell, I worked as a dual-diagnosis counselor at a community-based clinic and as a crisis clinician; I enjoy working with young adults and am very glad to be here. When meeting with me students can expect a warm, accepting, and creative environment. I gravitate towards solution-focused and strengths-based approaches to counseling and meet students where they are to help problem solve various issues and concerns. I often use CBT and ACT techniques to identify thoughts, behaviors, and values that encourage action towards meaningful change. Sessions can also include the use of art therapy as a way to promote self-expression and deepen self-awareness. Some common concerns I help address include depression, anxiety, trauma, sexuality concerns, addiction issues, self-esteem, and relationship problems.

David Drustrup, Practicum Counselor

I am a second year Ph.D. student in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. I have my master's degree in counseling from Northwestern University and have worked as a licensed mental health therapist in California before moving back to Iowa. My areas of interest in therapy include trauma, depression, suicidality, physical self-harm, sexuality, anxiety, mindfulness, anger, relationship & family issues, adoption, grief & loss, sexual abuse, and psychosis.

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).