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Group Counseling

Working on issues within a group setting can be a highly supportive and productive way to address personal concerns.  Students who share common concerns meet weekly as a group with one or more counselors to explore a specific topic and develop coping skills.  Group offerings vary each semester and lists are updated a few weeks before the semester begins.

If you are interested in a group call 512-245-2208 to be added to the group list. A group leader will contact you to schedule a pre-group consultation.  Please consider activating your voice mail if you would like a message to be left when you are unavailable. 

Groups are free to currently enrolled Texas State University students. Confidentiality in group therapy is respected.

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Mindfulness Group

The practice of mindfulness has been linked to happiness, health, and psychological well-being.  Research suggests that as little as twenty minutes of mindfulness practice daily reduces stress.  This group is designed to help you transition from living life on “automatic pilot” to living life in the present moment.  This 5-week mindfulness group offers you the opportunity to develop self-acceptance, patience and compassion.

Mondays, 10:30am-12:00pm

Facilitator: Sergio Barrios, LCSW  

Building Social Confidence

This group is designed for students who are struggling with connecting with others and are seeking a supportive environment to work on improving communication and social skills.  The group addresses topics such as thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may prevent you from having healthy, meaningful relationships and helps you develop skills to have the relationships you want.

Mondays, 1:30-3:00pm

Facilitator: Kim Litwinowich, PsyD

Your Mind, Your Heart, and Your Work

This group is open to students of all majors, including those who may have declared a major and/or those who are currently undecided. This group is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students and seeks to teach individuals the key components of the career problem-solving and decision-making process. The focus of the group will be on understanding and processing emotions and thoughts which may  interfere with the career decision-making process (including depression, hopelessness, anxiety, and perfectionism). Group participants will engage in a variety of activities including career assessments, decision-making exercises, and individualized learning/action plans.

Mondays, 3:30-5:00pm

Facilitator, Mary Buzzetta, Post-Doctoral Resident

Support for Managing Bipolar Disorder

This support group is for students diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Group provides a safe space in which members can process current challenges, develop strategies for effective management of bipolar symptoms, and support each other in navigating the demands of their academic work, relationships, and personal lives. 

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30pm

Facilitator:  Bernard Ramsey, PsyD

Self-Compassion Group

Being a student often means “beating yourself up” when you feel like you have failed.  The Self-Compassion Group is intended to help students develop kinder relationships with themselves.  The group will be offered twice during the semester for 5-6 sessions at a time.  Topics will include increasing mindfulness of difficult emotions, calming the inner critic, and recognizing our common humanity.  We will talk about ways to accept our mistakes, increase self-forgiveness and explore new, self-nurturing behaviors.

Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm

Facilitator:  Mark Provence, PhD, Post-Doctoral Resident

Women's Sexual Trauma Support Group

This group will provide a safe space to explore emotional, physical, and relational impacts of surviving sexual trauma. Group goals are to improve healthy coping skills and to address common issues of recovery, including regaining a sense of safety, dealing with reactions from family and friends, and reducing shame and self-blame.

Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30pm

Facilitator, Hillary Jones, PsyD


Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional Families - Breaking Free To Be Me

This group is for students who have been impacted by dysfunction in their family due to drug, alcohol use, or mental health issues.  Members will gain support, an understanding of how family patterns impact them and skills for developing healthier relationships.

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm

Facilitator:  Molly Serafin, M.Ed., LPC

Defusing Stress

This group is intended for students seeking extra skills and support for overcoming stress.  Topics include mindfulness meditation, guided breathing, self-compassion, coping and self-care, guided imagery, helpful and unhelpful thinking patterns, and positive psychology.  Group members are required to be registered as counseling center clients and may attend the group on an as-needed basis.

Thursdays, 10:30am-12:00pm

Facilitator: Mark Provence, PhD

Facing the Fear - Overcoming Anxiety and Panic

Do you want to learn better ways to manage panic and worry? This group will focus on improving skills to help you cope with anxiety and provide support to others who may be experiencing similar difficulties. 

Thursdays, 1:00-2:30pm

Facilitator: Cordell Spears, Post-Doctoral Resident

LGBTQIAP+ Support and Empowerment Group

It can be empowering to join with others to discuss the impact that your sexual, romantic, and/or gender identities have on crucial aspects of your life.  This group will allow members to share life experiences, examine issues related to your LGBTQIA identity, explore and define your personal identity, improve your relationships with others, and be part of an inclusive and supportive environment.

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm

Facilitator: Clare Duffy, PhD

Moving Through Grief - Surviving the Death of a Loved One

This group is designed to provide a safe space for students who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Each meeting will offer students the opportunity to share their personal stories of loss while receiving the support of fellow group members.  The group will address expectations of the grief process, coping skills and self-care, and common responses to loss such as anger, sadness, loneliness, confusion and guilt. The group will meet weekly.

Thursdays, 5:15-6:45pm

Facilitator: Pamela Moore, PhD