Trained mental health professionals serving as “Counselors-in-Residence” are available to meet with students close to home in the residence halls. Services offered include:

  • One-on-one appointments
  • Drop-in consultations
  • Group sessions
  • Interactions through hall programs

While located in a designated hall, counselors can meet students from any residence hall. There is no cost and no session limit.

Common session topics include homesickness, school stress, depression, anxiety, coping skills, developing healthy habits, family struggles, roommate and relationship problems, trauma, racial injustice, and COVID-19 stress and loss.

Meet the Counselors

All counselors are second-year graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Aiswary Ganapathy Devendra Rajan

Portrait of Aiswary Ganapathy Devendra Rajan

Harper Dining Center, Room 115


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
-Maya Angelou

Coming to therapy can be hard and scary and I strive to create an environment for students that allow them to feel safe as we collaborate and work towards healing.

As an international student from Malaysia, I received my B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2020 in Actuarial Science and Psychology. Currently, I am working toward a certificate in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies including my favorites, King Kong and Jurassic Park. I also enjoy having dinner at Mughil's Indian Cuisine with friends and family.

I offer therapy in Tamil, Malay, and English.

Natalie Henton

Portrait of Natalie Henton

Selleck, Room 7019


My name is Natalie Henton and I am excited to be a Counselor in Residence serving Selleck, Knoll, Eastside, University Suites and Courtyards. I am beginning my second year of the UNL Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate program where I have had the opportunity to gain experience working with couples, families and individuals in a therapeutic setting.

My passion for helping others developed from my time as an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska where I majored in Child, Youth and Family Studies. My goal is to help students feel more connected on campus, to give students a space to process their experiences and to help students access any resources that are needed.

Outside of being a graduate student and a therapist, I enjoy taking my dog on walks, learning to cook new recipes, and spending time with the people I love most! I look forward to having the opportunity to work with many UNL students and I can't wait to have everyone back on campus this year!

Lydia Nielsen

Portrait of Lydia Nielsen

Abel/Sandoz Welcome Center, Room 132


Listening to and supporting others as they navigate the stresses and joys of life has always been my passion. I consider it an honor to walk alongside others and have them trust me with their unique story, which is why I think my job as a therapist is the absolute best! I want my clients to feel the freedom to experience all of their emotions in the therapy room because I believe that all of our emotions are valuable.

I studied English and Psychology during my time as an undergraduate at UNL, and am now earning my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a former Resident Assistant, I am so excited to be back in the world of Housing, supporting residents!

I am a firm believer in the power of humor and not taking yourself too seriously. When I am not seeing clients or in class, you can find me spending time with my husband and friends, listening to music, reading a mystery novel, playing pickleball, cuddling with my dog, or laughing at a good meme.

About the Program

Since its launch in 2019, the program has seen increased use with more than 382 individual counseling sessions taking place in spring 2021. In addition to supporting residents, the counselors also provide consultation to resident assistants and residence directors.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Women Investing in Nebraska, the program expanded to three residential complexes in Fall 2020. The program operates in partnership with University Housing, the Marriage and Family Therapy program, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Student Advocacy and Support.