Work+Life Connections Counseling

Work+Life Connections Individual and Family Counseling

Individual counseling through Work + Life Connections is a voluntary, confidential benefit that offers five (5) free sessions with our licensed and certified therapist. All faculty, regular staff (FTE 0.50 or greater), spouses, sponsored dependents, unmarried children up to the age of 26 (or older if disabled before the age of 26) and UK retirees are eligible. Please note that "Family Counseling" does not include couples or marriage counseling. We encourage you to contact the REFER Counseling Service (UK Family Center) for counseling provided by UK graduate students or a local, licensed marriage and family therapist.

The following are some reasons you might want to schedule an appointment for counseling:

  • Depression, anxiety, grief and other mental health concerns
  • Parenting, divorce, separation or family concerns
  • Stress management/relaxation skills for individuals or groups
  • Work performance difficulties
  • Alcohol or drug concerns for self or family
  • Dealing with and learning about new emotional or physical health diagnosis
  • Communication issues
  • Crisis and grief counseling (for individuals and departments)

Our Team:

Ann Bassoni, LCSW
Work+Life Connections Therapist
Phone: (859) 257-9433


Appointment Info

Appointments are available Monday - Friday and offered in-person or over the phone (for those outside of Lexington and surrounding areas). Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. 

New/first time and returning clients can schedule an appointment online by clicking the blue button above. Please note that if you enter a phone number when scheduling online, you will receive a text reminder. Please read the information here before using this online option for the first time. 

Note to returning clients: If it's been more than a year since your last appointment, please contact Lisa below to update your info. 

If you would prefer to contact us directly to make an appointment, please call or e-mail Lisa at the information below. 
Lisa R. Collins
Work+Life Connections Assistant
Phone: (859) 257-8763

Mental Health Kit

If you are seeking more information about general mental health, you can download the following information sheets:

Mental Health Screening Tools

Taking a screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. The following screens are available via Mental Health America:

  • Depression Screen - for individuals who are feeling overwhelming sadness
  • Anxiety Screen - will help if you feel that worry and fear affect your day to day life
  • Bipolar Screen - for individuals who have mood swings - or unusual or extreme shifts in mood and energy
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Screen - for those who are bothered by a traumatic life event
  • Alcohol or Substance Use Screen - will help determine if your use of alcohol or drugs is an area to address
  • Youth Screen - for young people (age 11-17) who are concerned that their emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem
  • Parent Screen - for parents of young people to determine if their child's emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem
  • Psychosis Screen - for young people (age 12-35) who feel like their brain is playing tricks on them (seeing, hearing or believing things that don't seem real or quite right)

Free Downloads

  • Relaxation Downloads - Relaxation audio can help guide you to relax. List to audio downloads from a variety of categories.
  • Guided Imagery Downloads - Allows you to visualize and mentally practice positive changes and accomplishments.

Crisis Hotlines

If you are experiencing an emergency call 911 now! 24 hour hotlines are available to assist you with a variety of situations:

  • Comprehensive Care Crisis Line: 1-800-928-8000 (24hrs/day)
  • Bluegrass Domestic Violence 24 hour crisis line: 1-800-544-2022
  • Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center 24/7 hotline: 1-800-656-4673 or (859) 253-2511
  • Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Hotline: (859) 245-5258 or Toll Free 1-800-752-6200
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: (859) 276-2917
  • Al-Anon: (859) 277-1877
  • Narcotics Anonymous: (859) 253-4673
  • LFUCG Division of Police: (859) 258-3600
  • University of Kentucky Police: (859) 257-1616
  • Fayette County Sheriff's Office: (859) 252-1771