Skip to Content

Group Counseling

Group Counseling


For the health of all Bobcats, all group counseling services during Fall 2020 will be provided via HIPAA-compliant Zoom video. 

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.


Expand or Collapse all.
  • Groups - Fall 2020

    • Students of Color Support and Empowerment Group

      This group is intended to be a safe space for students of color to receive support, cultivate an inclusive community, and gain wisdom from each other. Issues discussed in this group will vary based on members’ preferences but some examples include: navigating spaces as students of color, microaggressions, systemic racism, sexism, intersectionality of identities, mental health stigma, interpersonal experiences, academic experiences, imposter syndrome, and techniques for self-care and self-compassion.

      Mondays, 1:30-3:00 PM

      Facilitators: Cordell Spears, Psy D and Rebecca Gonzales, Ph D

    • 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.

      Mondays, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

      Facilitator:  Mark Provence, PhD and Charles Ray, M.S., Practicum Counselor

    • This group has as a goal to function as a support for Senior students that are going to graduate at the end of the current semester. This group will help students to cope with the stress related to ending their student life at Texas State University while transitioning into the marketplace.

      Tuesday, 1:30-3:00 PM

      Facilitator: Sergio Barrios, LCSW

    • Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional Families- Breaking Free to Be Me

      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.

      Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 PM

      Facilitator:  Kate Cotnam, LPC and Tiffany Adeigbe, M.S., Doctoral Intern

    • Self-Compassion Group

      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 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

      Facilitator:  Mark Provence, PhD and Jordan Seidel, M.A., M.S., Doctoral Intern

    • Support for Managing Bipolar Disorder

      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, PhD

    • Building Social Confidence

      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. Topics addressed are thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with social anxiety, problematic shyness, and assertiveness that may be preventing you from having healthy, meaningful relationships. An emphasis is placed on applied practice of skills discussed in group.  

      Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 PM

      Facilitator: Richard Martinez, PhD

    • Facing the Fear- Overcoming Anxiety and Panic 

      Do you want to learn better ways to manage panic and worry? This group will focus on increasing your understanding and knowledge about anxiety, as well as improving skills to help you cope with anxiety and provide support to others who may be experiencing similar difficulties. 

      Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 AM

      Facilitators: Katie Kainer, PsyD, Postdoctoral Resident, and Simone Ducloux, Practicum Counselor


    • LGBTQIAP+ Support and Empowerment Group

      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, 10:00-11:30 AM

      Facilitator:  Hillary Jones, PsyD 

    • Graduate Student Support Group

      This group will provide a space for graduate students to come together to discuss the challenges of graduate school, not only with regard to academia but also how other identities/roles/interests (e.g., partner/spouse, parent, social and familial relationships, hobbies) are impacted by being in graduate school. Group leaders will also incorporate the introduction of applicable coping skills.

      Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 PM

      Facilitators: Erica Mathis, PhD, and Shana Varnell, PsyD


    • Understanding Self and Others

      Do you want to express yourself better in your interpersonal relationships? Do you want to build stronger and more meaningful relationships with others? Do you feel anxious, lonely, or isolated in the midst of so many people? Do you want to make changes but are uncertain how to do so? These are common experiences for many students. This group is designed to create a safe environment for students to better understand who they are, gain insight into interpersonal relationship patterns, and try different ways of relating with other people all within a safe and confidential setting. Supportive space will also be fostered for discussion and exploration of current concerns and themes such as trust, intimacy, anxiety, anger, sadness, and isolation.

      Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 PM

      Facilitators: Richard Martinez, PhD, and Chrissy Ammons, M.A., Doctoral Intern


    • RIO Group (Recognition, Insight & Openness)

      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.

      Fridays, 10:30 – 12:00PM

      Facilitator:  Erica Mathis, PhD

    • Sexual Trauma Support Group

      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 PM

      Facilitator: Shana Varnell, PsyD

    • Quarantine Support Group

      In these uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have found it difficult to adjust to the changes that have greatly impacted our lives. In this group, members will have a safe space to process their current challenges, gain support from and connection with other members, and develop skills for coping with the stress and isolation of social distancing and quarantine.  

      Fridays, 1:30-3:00 PM

      Facilitator: Katie Kainer, PsyD, Post-Doctoral Resident

Student Feedback on Group Experience