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Personal Counseling

Personal counseling appointments are a free service available Monday through Friday to all Gatton Academy students in Florence Schneider Hall. Appointments can be scheduled with Dr. Christopher “Pokey” Bowen, L.P.C.C. or through WKU’s Counseling and Testing Center. 

Pokey is a licensed counselor by the state of Kentucky and works hard to provide the best counseling services possible for students. Some students may feel more comfortable seeing one counselor over the other or even seeking services outside of Florence Schneider Hall.

All personal counseling sessions are kept confidential. The exception to this rule is if there is a danger to self or others. The rules of confidentiality are explained in more detail upon a student’s initial appointment and are available to parents by contacting Pokey via email. 

Pokey is trained to work with students who present a variety of concerns. Because of this, there is no concern too big or too small. Some of these concerns may include academic performance, stress and anxiety, personal and/or familial relationships, personal identity and growth, and adjusting to life at Gatton.

Starting in the Fall of 2016, the academy implemented a weekly lunch time roundtable group activity that rotates through different themes each week. This program, “Chew ‘n Chat” is a great way for students to get to know each other as well as bring a friend to an informal group counseling meeting. These art based activities are also a great way for students to connect with their artistic side while at Gatton.

Students will first work with their Residential Counselor on their floor as well as Beth Hawke to alleviate any immediate concerns. If necessary and best for the student, Pokey will be called and will come to the dorm for emergencies.

Parents have the option to disclose directly to Pokey the mental health history of their student. If needed, Pokey can work hand in hand with the home counselor to ensure the best continuation of care for the student. 

Please feel free to reach out to Pokey directly for any current or future questions, comments or concerns. Our contact information can be found on the right-hand side of this page.

Questions about our Personal Counseling Program?

pokeyDr. Christopher "Pokey" Bowen
Assistant Director,  
Counseling Services


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 Last Modified 7/28/21