Southwestern University

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides confidential, short-term individual and group counseling.


Counseling Center


Prothro 200

Counseling Center

Counseling and Health Center Team


Welcome to the Counseling Center!

We are so glad you are here.

It can be vulnerable to consider coming to therapy and we understand that. The Counseling Center staff is here to support you.

Students may seek counseling for a wide variety of concerns including, but not limited to, adjustment to college, motivation, depression, anxiety, relationships with peers or family, sexuality, alcohol or drug use, body image, racial trauma, oppression, suicidal thoughts, self-esteem, mood swings, disordered eating and stress.

The Counseling Center also provides educational outreach programs on topics such as stress management, mindfulness, eating disorder prevention, alcohol education, sexual assault risk reduction, perfectionism and relationship skills. Referrals to off-campus professionals are available for psychiatric care and for long-term counseling. 

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.



*NEW* Walk-In Hours for New Appointments 

Are you a new client looking to start individual therapy? Feel free to walk-in to the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong LearningSuite 200 during our walk-in hours to complete your initial triage appointment.

Fill out your paperwork ahead of time to expedite your time in your waiting room OR allot 20-30 minutes to complete paperwork when you arrive. Forms required include Demographics and Personal History. Forms can be found here:

Walk-in Hours:

  • Mondays 1pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesdays 10am - 11:30am
  • Wednesdays 10am - 11:30am
  • Thursdays 1pm - 2:30pm 

For other inquires or returning clients, feel free to give us a call. 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 the majority of 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: