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While You Wait for an Initial Appointment

You may have been asked to call back on a day when you have flexibility to schedule an Initial Consultation (ICON). In the meantime you can:

Try a Self Help program with interactive tutorials

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) provides:

  • Support for managing common concerns including anxiety, depression, relationships and stress.
  • An accessible and interactive online program
  • Skill building exercises

Remember your Physical Health affects your Mental Health

The mind and body are connected. Taking care of your physical health through proper sleep, exercise, nutrition, hydration and limiting use of mood altering substances will help build a foundation for overall well-being.

Try the Student Recreation Center both to make a reservation for their on-site activities as well to use their online services and videos.

Visit the Student Health Center for a physical health assessment when needed.

Attend a Student Recovery Alliance group to connect with students in recovery for social support.

Explore the Counseling Center website

Check out our Self Help & Resources tab:

Find support and resources specific to coping during COVID-19 or in response to Racial Trauma/Violence.

The Counseling Center staff have recorded timely and beneficial presentations that you can view at your own pace and learn coping skills.  

Phone Apps to help you stay on track with positive mental health strategies

Mental Health Screening to understand any symptoms you are experiencing

Connect with Others

Interpersonal connections can be an important way to reduce isolation and build community.  Student Involvement offers a number of ways to connect with others through organizations and activities.

Join a therapy group

Learn more about our confidential weekly open and short-term groups.  Group is 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. 

Get Emergency help when needed

If you are experiencing a crisis and need emergency help, don't wait.

  • The Counseling Center is available if you are experiencing a safety concern or have experienced a recent traumatic event (suicidal thoughts, recent loss or trauma, thoughts of hurting others). Call us Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and indicate your need for crisis support.
  • After hours, call the crisis hotline for Texas State students at 877-466-0660.
  • Call 911 if you have a life threatening emergency.
  • We also maintain a list of diverse crisis support resources.

Seek Counseling in the Community

If you would rather start counseling immediately, there are qualified mental health professionals in the local community.  

  • Call to make an appointment with our Referral Specialist or use our list of referrals resources for assistance locating a local provider and understanding your healthcare coverage.
  • Use  Psychology Today to find a qualified counselor.

Establish a Routine

Check out our Transforming Stress page:

  • Daily relaxation can improve mood, decrease anxiety, improve concentration and problem solving and increase energy to build tolerance to stress.

Brilliant Bobcats Online is a series of 5-modules designed to help you learn academic, time management and study skills.