Students meet individually with a trained professional to discuss a variety of issues Some common concerns addressed in counseling include stress/anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, depression, academic performance, and substance use.
Individual counseling is designed to focus on short-term goals in order to facilitate students’ college success and adjustment. The Counseling Center utilizes a brief counseling model. Appointments are typically scheduled every 2 to 3 weeks. While there are no 'set' number of individual sessions for each client, the average is about 4 sessions. Some clients only need 2 or 3 sessions. Together, the counselor and student set goals and determine the approximate number of sessions that may be needed. In order to serve as many students as possible, the Counseling Center observes a college career upper limit of 15 individual sessions for enrolled Texas State students.
Counseling sessions typically last 50 minutes. At each session, the counselor and student will set the next appointment time and date.
In some situations students may benefit from more frequent, longer-term, or specialized care. In these cases a student will meet with the Counseling Center Referral Specialist to consult about which resources may be most beneficial. The Referral Specialist assists students in making initial contact with an outside provider or agency and can provide follow up support.
For Combat Veterans, a Readjustment Counseling therapist from the Austin Vet Center is available for appointments on Thursdays at the San Marcos campus.