Southwestern University

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides, confidential, short-term individual, group, and couples counseling concerning personal issues. 


Counseling Center




Prothro 200

Counseling Center

Counseling Center


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.

Our Philosophy

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 

After Hours

If an immediate crisis is happening and you need to talk to someone from our office, they can be reached through Southwestern University Police (512) 863-1944), or the campus operator (512) 863-6511). If the crisis is life threatening, please call your local emergency services (911).

What’s the First Visit Like?

Our office is observing strict social distancing protocols and sessions will be conducted virtually. Before your session, 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: