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Group Counseling

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.

If a group is closed, check in January 2020 for Spring semester groups. 


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  • Groups - Fall 2019

    • 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

      Next group starts October 28th, 2019

      Facilitator: Sergio Barrios, LCSW

    • This group is designed for students who are struggling with connection with others and are seeking a supportive environment to work on improving communication and social skills. Topics addressed are thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may be preventing you from having  healthy, meaningful relationships. An emphasis is placed on applied practice of skills discussed in group.

      Mondays, 1:30 - 3:00

      Facilitator: Richard Martinez, PhD

    • This three-session group helps individuals increase awareness of their emotions, build basic coping skills, and clarify potential personal growth goals. This is done through educating participants on psychological pain and distress, practicing coping skills, and engaging in exercises to explore values.

      Mondays, 3:30 - 5:00

      Next group starts November 4th, 2019

      Facilitator:  Erica Mathis, PhD, Post-doctoral resident

    • Getting Unstuck focuses on helping you understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding depression, (2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and (3) addressing how you can begin to make changes to thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression. By the end of the three sessions, you will have your own individualized plan for getting unstuck.

      Tuesdays, 10:30-12:00

      Next group starts  November 19th, 2019

      Facilitator: Heather Aidala, PsyD

    • 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.

      Fridays, 1:30-3:00

      Facilitator: Hillary Jones, PsyD and Shana Varnell, PsyD, Post Doctoral Resident

    • Students meet to share their struggles and concerns with the opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness, learn how they relate to others, and try new approaches (e.g. boundary setting, assertive communication, sharing their emotions).

      Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00

      Facilitator: Richard Martinez, PhD

    • 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 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

      Facilitator: Mark Provence, 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. The group will meet weekly.

      Wednesdays, 10:30-12:00

      Facilitator: Mark Provence, PhD

      Co Facilitator: Colleen Conklin, MA

    • 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

      Facilitator: Cordell Spears, PhD

      Co-Facilitator: Tiffany Adeigbe, MS, Practicum Student

    • 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

      Facilitator: Joanne Salas, 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, understanding of how family patterns impact them and skills for developing healthier relationships.

      Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:00

      Facilitator: Kate Cotnam, M.Ed., LPC

    • This three session group helps individuals increase awareness of their emotions, build basic coping skills, and clarify potential personal growth goals. This is done through educating participants on psychological pain and distress, practicing coping skills, and engaging in exercises to explore values.

      Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30

      Next group starts  November 7th, 2019 

      Facilitator: Erica Mathis, PhD, Post-doctoral Resident

    • 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 help you cope with anxiety and provide support to others who may be experiencing similar difficulties.

      Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30

      Facilitator: Rebecca Gonzalez, Phd

      Co- Facilitators: Nyla Harris, Med, Practicum Student

    • 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 to be part of an inclusive and supportive environment.

      Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30

      Facilitator: Clare Duffy, PhD

      Co Facilitator: Katie Kainer, MA

    • 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

      Facilitator: Joanne Salas, Phd

      Co Facilitator: Uriel Navarrete, MA

    • Anxiety Toolbox is a fast -paced, 3 session  seminar intended to help increase your understanding and knowledge about anxiety. The goal is to provide you with some skills to recognize and manage symptoms you may be experiencing.

      Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:30pm

      Next group starts November 5th, 2019 

      Facilitator: Laurie Westfall, LCSW



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