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About Us


Flagler College Counseling Services is dedicated to providing high-quality and culturally competent mental health services to all students. We strive to enhance the student experience by supporting students in the development of the skills, attitudes and behaviors essential for personal growth, psychological well-being and academic success.


Flagler College Counseling Services will have a transformative impact on the emotional well-being of the Flagler campus community. We will promote a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff and administration that embraces diversity and encourages trust, respect and collaboration. Counseling Services will meet the highest professional standards and be accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Meet Our Staff

Kathy O'Keefe Payne, M.A. 
Director of Counseling Services 

Kathy O’Keefe Payne currently serves as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the Flagler College Counseling Center. Previously, she served Flagler College as the Director of Alumni.

Kathy earned her B.A. from Flagler College. She earned her master’s in counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando, in Orlando, Florida. She is licensed to practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida.

Kathy’s areas of professional interest include grief, anxiety, depression, time management, and interpersonal relationship.

Mary Tinlin, M.Ed. 
Coordinator of the CARE Program

Mary Tinlin currently serves as the Associate Director of Counseling Services. In her 27th year with the College, she has previously served as Residence Life Coordinator, Director of Student Activities, Assistant Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Counseling and Residence Life and Associate Dean of Counseling Services.

She earned her M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Florida and her BA from Michigan State University.

Mary’s areas of clinical and professional interest include body image and self-esteem concerns, family issues, LBGTQ issues, relationship issues, and resiliency and coping skills.