Learn more about the Drake University Counseling Center staff below. To contact or schedule an appointment with our counselors, please call our office at 515-271-3864.
Jackie K. Robinson
Office Manager, She/Her/Hers
Broadlawns Drake Student Counseling Center
Toll Free 1-800-44-DRAKE
Kayla Bell-Consolver, MS, LMHC
Kayla has worked in the mental health field since 2016. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Drake University in 2016 and received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Drake University in 2019. Kayla currently serves as the President of the Iowa Mental Health Counselor's Association, member of 2022 class of One Iowa’s LGBTQ Leadership Institute, and member of the National Physical and Mental Health Subcommittee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a QPR Gatekeeper instructor, which is a suicide prevention practice that teaches you effective ways to prevent suicide. She utilizes EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kayla specializes in trauma informed practices, especially as it relates to LGBTQ+ and BIPOC experiences.
She believes that individuals often have the tools within themselves to heal and utilizes therapeutic tools to help individuals uncover this to enhance their sense of self and ability to feel secure, confident, empowered, and peaceful within their lives. Kayla has experience in PTSD, depression, anxiety, stressors related to BIPOC experiences, LGBTQ experiences, relationship issues, low self-esteem, and grief and loss. In her free time, Kayla enjoys dancing, playing the clarinet, playing basketball, lifting weights, and coloring.
Kayla is a certified One Iowa approved inclusive provider for the LQBTQ+ community.
Eli Lawrence MSSW, LISW, LCSW
Assistant Director, They/Them
Eli Lawrence, MSSW, LISW, LCSW (they/them) graduated Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Plan II Honors, University of Texas at Austin (2005) and Master of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin (2009) and began over a decade of renal, hospice, and long-term care work in the Central Texas area. They received the Woolens Foundation Scholarship (2007) and the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education Award (2009). Prior to joining Drake, they worked for a non-profit, Texas Health Action, as Clinical Supervisor of Behavioral Health for Waterloo Counseling Center serving the LGBTQIA+ community, people living with HIV/AIDS, and their loved ones.
They are a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (2020) and earned a certificate of specialization in gerontology through Johns Hopkins University (2008). Their therapeutic areas of specialization include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, PTSD, LGBTQIA+ related, chronic illness, and relationships. Their therapeutic style is relational and collaborative with a client-centered trauma informed framework. They trust that the client is the expert in their own lives and with encouragement and practical skills the journey to wellness can be navigated.
As a transgender non-binary Queer person their passion for creating inclusive healing spaces fuels their dedication to the communities we serve. In their free time they enjoy time with family and friends, playing billiards, and travel.
Tyler Jacobs-Lewis, MS, tLMHC
Tyler has worked in the mental health field since 2017. Tyler graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He received his master's degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2022 from Drake University. Tyler's clinical interest areas are Trauma and Grief. Tyler is TF-CBT and EMDR trained. Tyler believes in understanding a client and their whole story. Therapy is collaboration, exploration, and learning. Through these tenets, clients can feel safe to explore their story on their terms. In his free time, Tyler enjoys hanging out with family and friend, traveling, listening to music, watching tv, and hanging out with his cats.
Tyler is a certified One Iowa approved inclusive provider for the LQBTQ+ community.
Sydnee Feuerhelm, MS, LMSW
Sydnee has been a social worker and mental health therapist since 2022. She completed her graduate degree in social work at the University of Iowa. She is now a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker (LMSW). Sydnee worked for two years at the Broadlawns Psychiatric Urgent Care, specializing in mental health crisis. She practices from a trauma informed and strengths based approach. Sydnee has been trained in treating trauma, with a specialized endorsement in trauma work that was completed at the University of Iowa. Sydnee is a certified One Iowa approved inclusive provider for the LQBTQ+ community.
She utilizes a client centered approach while also integrating internal family systems practices, motivational interviewing and polyvagal theory. Sydnee has experience working with a wide array of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, dissociative disorders, and personality disorders.
In her free time, Sydnee enjoys crafting, reading, cooking, spending time with family, and all things related to Marvel.
Student Therapist/Intern, She/Her
Alex is currently a practicum student from Drake University, completing requirements for her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling. Alex graduated from the University of Iowa with her undergraduate degree in psychology in 2016. Alex loves to incorporate mindfulness techniques and body movement in sessions and uses a humanistic approach.
Alex likes to teach dance classes, hang out with her dogs, travel, and work out in her free time.