Welcome to the Counseling Center
Beginning Monday, October 26th the Counseling Center is scheduling enrolled students seeking an initial consultation with a one-time, hour long session. The Counseling Center does not have the capacity to add ongoing appointments at this point in the semester. You will need 90 minutes. Thirty minutes are needed to complete on-line data entry prior to the appointment and an hour will be spent meeting with the clinician to focus on problem solving more immediate issues. These sessions will be held through Telemental Health and do not require you to come into the center. The clinician will help you identify resources for the remainder of the semester and possibly over the winter break. If you will be enrolled in spring classes and we determine therapy at the Counseling Center would be beneficial, you will not have to repeat this process when you call to schedule an appointment when classes begin.
The Counseling Center continues to offer Crisis and Urgent consultations daily during business hours.
In light of recent events that again highlight continued racism, oppression, and systemic violence around the nation, the Counseling Center would like to reaffirm our role as a supportive resource to the Texas State community. We understand that these tragic and traumatic events will impact some students more deeply, specifically our Black student community. Talking about events, acknowledging the resulting feelings, and focusing on helping others may assist with reducing the negative emotional impact. Talking with a mental health professional can also be a useful step in addressing the resulting anger, pain, and confusion.
Resources that may be helpful include the Steve Fund, the Racial Trauma Toolkit, and the Counseling Center's Racial Trauma, Racial Violence, and Antiracism Resources page. A recorded version of the Counseling Center's webinar "Radical Healing in Response to Racial Trauma" can be viewed here.
Telemental Health services are available to currently enrolled Texas State students. Please see How to Make an Appointment for additional information about accessing services.
The Counseling Center staff is here to help. We invite you to read our Diversity Statement as one affirmation of our commitment to providing culturally responsive care.
Staff members are available to provide urgent/crisis support and routine appointments to enrolled students as they navigate college transitions and other life experiences. For the health of all Bobcats, services are by appointment only. If you need urgent/crisis support, want to schedule or change an appointment, or want to consult with a clinician, please call 512-245-2208 (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm).
During the COVID-19 period, telemental health (phone of HIPAA-compliant Zoom video) will be the most frequently used method for counseling. Clinicians will work with students to determine whether their individual counseling needs are best supported using telemental health or limited in-person services following CDC distancing guidelines. Also, to follow CDC distancing guidelines, all group counseling services will be provided via HIPAA-compliant Zoom video.
We recognize this pandemic impacts our Bobcat community's overall sense of well-being. We have compiled a list of mental health related COVID-19 resources and support materials that will be updated frequently and shared through our social media accounts.
If you feel you are in immediate danger or crisis, call 911 or seek medical assistance. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, interpersonal/ domestic violence, or a recent sexual assault you can call the Counseling Center during normal business hours at 512-245-2208.
After-hours you can call the suicide prevention hotlines (please identify self as Texas State student) : Hill Country MHDD 1-877-466-0660 (San Marcos Campus) or Bluebonnet Trails 1-800-841-1255 (Round Rock Campus).
Please see our Crisis Information for an expansive list of crisis hotlines and chatlines for suicide prevention, interpersonal/domestic violence, and sexual assault survivors.
For the most updated information regarding COVID-19, please see the Texas State Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Summary. All official university-wide communication about COVID-19 will come via email.
The health of our clients and our staff is our priority. Each of us must act responsibly for the benefit of our entire community. If you are sick or become sick, you should stay home and avoid close contact with others. If you have any concerns that you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, you should call the Student Health Center or your medical provider immediately.
There are no additional fees for Counseling Center services which are confidential and provided by trained professionals to currently enrolled Texas State students while classes are in session.
Counseling Center Services include brief individual, group, and couples counseling, consultation and crisis response, and workshops about coping with stress and other mental health topics.
Individual counseling at the Round Rock Campus is also available on a limited basis.
Therapy Assistance Online, an interactive, dynamic, and easy-to-access online program is available to the Texas State community and provides skill building exercises in support of anxiety, depression, and other common concerns.
Texas State is committed to the holistic well-being of its students. In an effort to encourage Texas State students to call Emergency 911 in case of a drug or alcohol related medical emergency, a student will be granted amnesty from formal university disciplinary procedures if:
-The student requested medical assistance in response to the possible alcohol or drug overdose of another person;
-The student was the “first” person to make a request for medical assistance;
-The student remained on the scene until medical assistance arrived; and
-The student cooperated with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel.
The reporting student will be expected to provide an account of the episode/event to a university official regardless of the amnesty standard being applied