Care Counselor

Counselors in Academic Residence Program (CARE) is a satellite program of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) that was created in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. CARE counselors are located within the colleges they serve. CARE counselors provide mental health support and are available to help with a variety of issues that may serve as a barrier to students’ academic success. Learn more about the Counselors in Academic Residence Program (CARE) and the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC).

Katie Ray, LCSW, is the CARE representative in the School of Nursing. Katie enjoys working with the students of the School of Nursing and has clinical expertise in the unique challenges of students and professionals in the healthcare profession.


Katie Ray, LCSW

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Office Location: NUR 2.408 
Phone: (512) 232-4701
Office Hours: Monday 3-4 p.m. and Wednesday 1-2 p.m.
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Ways to Schedule an Appointment

  1. Call Katie at 512-232-4701 and ask to schedule a CARE appointment. Be sure to leave a voicemail with your UT EID if no answer.
  2. Call the Counseling and Mental Health Center at 512-471-3515 and say you would like to make an appointment with your CARE counselor.
  3. Students may also be referred by Nursing faculty and staff.

Services Offered by CARE

  • Short-term individual counseling sessions
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Education about mental health issues for staff, faculty, and students
  • Streamlined referral process to mental health professionals in the Austin community
  • Consultation for academic partners

Logistics of CARE Services

  • Appointments are confidential. 
  • None of the information discussed will be shared without written consent. 
  • Counseling sessions at UT are now free. 
  • There is a $25 charge for missed or canceled appointments that are NOT canceled 24 hours in advance of the appointment.

Information for Faculty and Staff

Referring Students to CARE

Staff and Faculty can refer students to Katie. School of Nursing staff and faculty can fill out a Qualtrics CARE Referral form. Please let the student know you are doing this. When a referral is completed, Katie is able to send the student a secure message via our Electronic Health Record to reinforce the referral. This message includes information about CARE and CMHC services, including psychoeducation on counseling.

Click Here to Submit the CARE Referral Form

Consultation/Crisis Support

If you would like to discuss a student or situation with a mental health professional, please contact Katie at 512-232-4701, LEAVE A MESSAGE and she will get back to you as soon as she can. She receives alerts on her cell phone only when a voicemail is recorded. She can then call you back, even on days when he is located outside the School of Nursing. You can also call the Behavioral Concerns & COVID Advice Line (BCCAL) at 512-232-5050 if you have an urgent concern.