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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.

Student Feedback on Group Experinece


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  • FALL 2018 GROUPS


      • 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, 10:30 - 12:00 pm

        Facilitator: Sergio Barrios, LCSW

      • 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, 2:00-3:30pm

        Facilitator: Richard Martinez, PhD


      • This group is 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.  Interested students should register at the counseling center and may attend the group on an as-needed basis.

        Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

        Facilitator: Mark Provence, PhD



      • 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.

        Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

        Facilitators: Hillary Jones, PhD and Colleen McCarthy, Psychology Post Doctoral Resident


      • 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.   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 - 5:00 pm

        Facilitators: Mark Provence, PhD 



      • 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.

        Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

        Facilitator: Cordell Spears, Postdoctoral Resident


      • The process of engaging in any creative activity is healing.  In this group students use a variety of art materials to express thoughts, feelings, concerns and hopes.  In the process of art-making and talking to each other, students gain self-understanding, and develop a sense of community. No previous art experience or skills is necessary.

        Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

        Facilitator: Richard Martinez, PhD


      • 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, 3:30-5:00 pm

        Facilitators: Molly Serafin, M.Ed and Kate Cotnam, LPC


      • This group provides a safe space for students with immigration concerns to meet and support each other. Students will have the opportunity to share personal stories, talk about feelings, learn ways of coping with difficult emotions, and share information or helpful resources.

        Wednesdays, 5:15 - 6:30 pm

        Facilitator: Joanne Salas, PhD



      • 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 - 2:30 pm

        Facilitator:  Kimberly Hickman, Psychology Post Doctoral Resident


      • 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 - 4:30 pm

        Facilitators: Clare Duffy, PHD


      • 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.

        Thursdays, 5:15 - 6:45 pm

        Facilitator: Pamela Moore, PhD



      • Would you like to better understand yourself and deepen your relationships with others?  This group will help you gain self-understanding through interacting with other group members in the “here and now.” You will learn to be authentic in sharing thoughts and feelings and to reflect on what you are experiencing and learning.  The goal is for students to gain an understanding of their relationship patterns that can improve their relationships outside of group.

        Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 am

        Facilitator: Joanne Salas, PhD