The Counseling Center provides, confidential, short-term individual, group, and couples counseling concerning personal issues.
***ATTENTION: The Counseling Center will remain open during Spring Break.
Students who have seen one of our counselors in the past are encouraged to reach out to that counselor or the front desk to discuss their current needs and explore options for ongoing care. Students who have never seen one of our counselors before should call the front desk at 512-863-1252 to be screened, as we will only be seeing new clients on an emergency basis. Walk-ins are strongly discouraged.***
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 25 minutes and therapy sessions usually last 50 minutes. All paperwork is to be completed on our patient portal:
The Counseling Center is excited to introduce a new series of psycho-educational workshops. These workshops are designed to teach skills to boost resilience, improve performance, and reduce stress. They are open to all Southwestern students and are an essential component of the therapeutic experience, so all students seeking counseling services will complete the workshop series. You can either make an appointment to attend these workshops or just walk in and attend at your convenience. Below is our calendar for Spring 2020.
|Week of||Mon 3:30 pm||Wed 1:00 pm||Thurs 2:30 pm||Fri 10:00 am|
|*No Workshop*||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication|
|1/27||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication||Mindfulness|
|2/3||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication||Mindfulness||Self-care|
|2/10||Relationships & Communication||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation|
|2/17||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication|
|2/24||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication||Mindfulness|
|3/2||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication||Mindfulness||Self-care|
|3/9||Relationships & Communication||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation|
|3/16||*No Workshops - Spring Break*|
|3/23||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication|
|3/30||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication||Mindfulness|
|4/6||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication||Mindfulness||*No Workshop*|
|4/13||Relationships & Communication||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation|
|4/20||Mindfulness||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication|
|4/27||Self-care||Emotion Regulation||Relationships & Communication||