The Counseling Center provides, confidential, short-term individual, group, and couples counseling concerning personal issues.
Students may seek counseling for a wide variety of concerns, including adjustment to college, motivation, depression, anxiety, relationships with peers or family, sexuality, alcohol or drug use, body image, suicidal thoughts, self-esteem, mood swings, disordered eating and stress.
Referrals to off-campus professionals are available for psychiatric care and for long-term counseling. The Counseling Center also provides Biofeedback, Guided Meditation and educational outreach programs on such topics as stress management, eating disorder prevention, alcohol education, sexual assault risk reduction, perfectionism and relationship skills. The Counseling Center extends a warm welcome to all veterans and veteran dependents to Southwestern. You are invited to utilize our services at any time while enrolled.
We believe that the capacity to explore personal concerns or feelings, whether large or small, is a sign of strength. Our services are dedicated to helping students clarify the nature of their concerns and explore more effective ways of handling them.
Call us or come by our office at the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning, Suite 200. The appointment desk is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–5.p.m.
SU Counseling Center at 512.863.1252
What’s the First Visit Like?
When you come in to talk with a counselor for the first time, you will be asked to complete an information sheet that provides your counselor with background information about you. Then you’ll sit down and start a conversation to explore the problems you are facing and ways to make things better. The initial session will be around 30 minutes and therapy sessions usually last 50 minutes. All paperwork is to be completed on our patient portal:
We encourage all students to visit our Skills workshops and all new students coming to counseling should complete all four before beginning therapy. These workshops will teach you skills that you can use to either manage what is going on without therapy or make therapy more effective. You can either make an appointment to attend these workshops or just walk in and attend at your convenience. Below is our calendar for Fall of 2019.
|Week of||Mon 3:30 pm||Wed 9 am||Thurs 10:30 am||Thurs 2:30 pm|
|9/9||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships and communication|
|9/16||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships and communication||Mindfulness|
|9/23||Emotion Regulation||Relationships and communication||Mindfulness||Self-care|
|9/30||Relationships and communication||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation|
|10/7||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships and communication|
|10/14||*No workshop - Fall Break*||Emotion Regulation||Relationships and communication||Mindfulness|
|10/21||Emotion Regulation||Relationships and communication||Mindfulness||Self-care|
|10/28||Relationships and communication||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation|
|11/4||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships and communication|
|11/11||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships and communication||Mindfulness|
|11/18||Emotion Regulation||Relationships and communication||Mindfulness||Self-care|
|12/2||Relationships and communication||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation|