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Counseling Services

The Student Counseling Center offers a full range of counseling services at no charge to all UT students who meet eligibility requirements.

Why do students seek counseling services?

Student Counseling Center services are a confidential process designed to help you address your concerns, make better decisions, learn effective coping strategies, improve your personal skills and acquire a better awareness of your thoughts, feelings and actions. While in counseling, you may also examine beliefs and ways of thinking about the world, reflect on patterns of behavior, increase personal confidence, and become more aware of the needs of others. Most students find only a few sessions are needed to address their concerns. If longer term counseling is needed, your therapist will discuss this with you.

Services

Staff members provide a variety of services for students, faculty and staff. Presenting problems range from mild situational stresses to acute psychiatric conditions and chronic dysfunctions.

Services available to students include drop-in consultation, individual, couples and group therapy, and crisis intervention. Services are provided on a time-limited basis with a 12-session limit per academic year for individual and couples services. Session limits do not apply to group therapy.

Group Counseling

In group therapy, a small number of students (usually about 8) meet weekly with one or two group therapists. Groups are often the best way for people to receive counseling services. In groups, members have the opportunity to share concerns and listen to each other, give and receive feedback, offer support to one another, express feelings, and learn more about how they interact with others.

If you are referred for group counseling, here’s what to expect: from triage, you will be referred for a Group Screening with the staff member who is leading the group. A group screening is an appointment in which you will meet with one or both of the group leaders and have a chance to get to know them and learn more about the group opportunity. They will help you identify 1-2 goals that you would like to work on and will answer any questions you might have related to the group. After that, they will confirm your first group appointment. Group counseling sessions typically meet for about 90 minutes and usually meet once per week.

Click to see a list of Fall 2017 Groups.

Individual Counseling

In individual counseling, students can work with a counselor to explore their concerns and work to better understand and resolve their difficulties.

If you are referred for individual counseling, here’s what to expect:  In your first meeting with your assigned therapist, you will have a chance to talk with them about your concerns and they will help you to identify 1-2 goals that you would like to work on in therapy and will collaborate with you to help you get the most out of your therapy experience. Individual counseling sessions typically last about 45 minutes and usually meet once per week.

Couples Counseling

The UT Student Counseling Center provides counseling to couples where at least one partner is a UT student who meets eligibility requirements. Couples can be dating long-term, short-term, lifetime-committed, or engaged. We provide counseling services to same-sex and heterosexual couples.

If you seek couples counseling, both partners will need to attend the initial couples screening.  In your first meeting with your assigned therapist, you will have a chance to talk with them about your concerns and they will help you to identify 1-2 goals that you would like to work on in therapy and will collaborate with you to help you get the most out of your therapy experience. Couples counseling sessions typically last about 45 minutes, meet once per week, and usually take place with both partners in the room together. There are times where each partner might meet individually with the therapist, especially at the start of the therapy experience.

Crisis Management

If you are in a crisis or have an urgent need to be seen, just call us or come by the Center during regular office hours. It’s helpful to review What Type of Counseling Appointment is Right for Me  so that we can arrange the appropriate service or appointment.

Here are some common reasons why a student might seek our Crisis Management services:

  • If you are not feeling safe
  • If someone close to you has died recently
  • If you have been sexually assaulted within the past 2 weeks
  • If you have not slept in 2 or more days

Referrals to on-campus or off-campus services

Staff members at the Student Counseling Center are knowledgeable about resources available to students both on-campus and within the community. If we are not able to meet your needs or if you just would rather see someone outside of the Student Counseling Center, we can help by making an appropriate referral.

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