By Aubrey Kleinfeld and Caroline Triscik

Aubrey Kleinfeld: Supporting Student Mental Health

“Change and loss travel together, and there is so much loss that’s happened. Even just in imagining what it’s like returning to campus social distancing and wearing masks, and returning to campus that has that familiarity, but then also is so different than when you left.” — Aubrey Kleinfeld

Listen in on our interview with Aubrey Kleinfeld, licensed professional counselor at a university counseling center, as we discuss the mental health needs of students and faculty in an unusual new semester.

As the new academic year is underway, many colleges and universities are preparing for the influx of mental health needs that will come along with their returning students. With student mental health in mind, I am grateful to share this interview with licensed professional counselor Aubrey Kleinfeld on her work at a university counseling center. Aubrey offers her thoughts on the complex mental health concerns as students return to campus, as well as ways faculty can be prepared to resource students and care for themselves as the new year begins. Having worked alongside Aubrey last year during my graduate counseling internship, I knew she would be able to bring the professional knowledge and experience of the mental health field to our community. Especially valuable were the practical suggestions and insight she offers for our own personal emotional and spiritual lives as we get ready to navigate the unchartered waters of this new year. I am so appreciative of Aubrey and our conversation as she invites us to become more aware of the present joy that is around us and to stay attuned to Jesus as the source of our strength.

— Caroline Triscik

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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Photo by Meghan Yabsley from StockSnap.

About the Author

Aubrey Kleinfeld serves as a Licensed Professional Counselor at her alma mater, Messiah University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Messiah and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University. She has been honored to practice counseling for the last 14 years, the last three at Messiah and the other eleven at a local community agency. She lives with her partner, Josh and their three daughters in York, Pennsylvania. They enjoy reading, hiking, cycling, and watching the sun rise and set.


Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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