Student Counseling Service Events

Group counseling is a form of psychological treatment which involves 4 to 8 students meeting with 1 or 2 trained counselor(s), typically once a week for 1.5 hours.  Group members talk about a variety of issues including exploring relationships and enhancing coping skills.  Group members share information about themselves, gain insight into their own thoughts and behaviors, and provide feedback and support to others. Group leaders facilitate productive communication in the group. Group counseling has unique benefits and, for some issues, is the recommended treatment.

Fall 2018

Campus Events




Campus Events

The SCS will be hosting its second Suicide Awareness Walk to highlight the importance of erasing stigma often associated with suicide.  During the walk, students will hear from our Student Body President, play games, win prizes, and learn how to support those who may be currently struggling on our campus. Students, Faulty, and Staff please join us in Rudder Plaza September 19th at 7:00pm!


Accepting Emotions

Thursdays, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

This two-series workshop is designed for students struggling to understand the nature of their painful emotions and accept them as a valid part of their experience. The workshop will cover three primary skills – recognizing the emotion, understanding the value of the emotion, and accepting the emotion as part of their journey. Homework between sessions 1 and 2 will be an expected part of the experience.


Anxiety Toolbox

Mondays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mondays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thursdays, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Fridays, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Anxiety Toolbox is a fast-paced, 3-session workshop intended to help increase your understanding and knowledge about anxiety.  The goal of this workshop is to provide you with life-long tools you can use while facing anxiety-triggering situations.  This intervention is not intended to “get rid of” your anxiety but designed to provide you with a jumping board from which to integrate skills into your daily life in the service of reducing anxiety.  Pre-registration is required to participate in the workshop.


Career Assessment Workshop: Using the Strong Interest Inventory to Help Identify Career Interests

Friday, 11/9, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 11/28, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to match interests with academic majors and occupations. Registration and completion of the interest inventory are needed 3 business days prior to the workshop.


Career Assessment Workshop: Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to Help Identify Personality Characteristics

Tuesday, 11/6, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.   

Thursday, 11/29, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Learn how to incorporate your personality into career planning. Registration and completion of personality measure are needed 3 business days prior to the workshop.


Conquering Finals

Monday, 11/26/18, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 11/27/18, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 11/28/18, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, 12/3/18, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 12/4/18, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This workshop will help students explore a healthy approach to the end of the semester and final exams by developing study strategies for final exams, exploring time and stress management practices and self-care as the semester draws to an end. Students will be provided handouts on preparing for exams and managing time. Pre-registration is required to participate in the workshop.

Developing a Study Plan for Finals

Tuesday, 11/27/18, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 12/4/18, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Each student will actively create a study plan using the Exam Action Planner worksheet and SMART goals for at least one of their finals. Pre-registration is required to participate in the workshop.


Getting Unstuck

Mondays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Fridays, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Getting Unstuck is a fast-paced, 3-session workshop intended to help increase your understanding and knowledge about depression, and gain skills.  The workshop will provide you with some life-long skills and tools to recognize and manage depressive symptoms you may be experiencing. Pre-registration is required to participate in the workshop.


Test Anxiety

Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Fridays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

The Test Anxiety workshop is a fast-paced 2-session workshop intended to help increase your understanding and knowledge about test anxiety. This intervention is NOT intended to “get rid of’ your test anxiety but is designed to provide you skills to help you manage your test anxiety. Pre-registration is required to participate in the workshop.


Understanding Worthiness Workshop

Tuesday, 10/16, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Thursday, 11/1, 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Wednesday, 11/14, 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

Tuesday, 11/27, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Thursday, 12/6, 2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

This 50-minutes workshop is designed to help participants begin to understand the concept of worthiness. We will explore this by looking at the areas of self-esteem, self-compassion and perfectionism. Pre-registration is required to participate in the workshop.









Embracing Your Self-Worth Group

Mondays, 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Thursdays, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

This 8-week semi-structured process group is designed for those who struggle with feeling worthy, accepting themselves, and understanding what it means to care for themselves. Topics that will be explored include self-esteem, self-compassion, shame/vulnerability and authenticity. Members will be asked to participate in structured exercises such as journaling and mindfulness.  A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.

Facilitators: Kristie De La Garza & Danielle Broxon (Mondays); Kari Keller & Samantha Morel (Wednesdays); Bethany Smith & Corey Kuhn (Thursdays)


International Students Group

Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Would you like to learn more about U.S. cultures and practice English speaking skills? Problems with adjustment or stress management? Feeling lonely? Having relationship difficulties? Fearful of asking for help? Problems with concentration and sleep? Not performing well in school? You are not alone. Discuss your experiences with other international students and offer support to others. Meet people who understand. Join the group free. Pre-registration is required.  Please contact us to schedule a meeting to discuss how you can benefit from the group.

Facilitators: Dr. Gisela Lin & Dr. Kathy Roblyer


LGBTQ+ Group

Mondays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

This process group provides a therapeutic “safe place” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students to explore issues of concern. Topics often discussed include identity development, coming out to family and friends, relationships and dating, gender transitioning, social stigma, religion, and queer life in College Station. A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.

Facilitators: Iris Carrillo & Jesmond Fair


Managing Anxiety Group

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Thursdays, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Is anxiety and stress adversely affecting areas of your life such as your academic performance and social interactions? If so, join us for a weekly group designed to help you increase awareness of your personal reactions to stressors, learn anxiety management techniques, practice breathing and relaxation exercises, and gain support from others.  A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.

Facilitators:  Angel Clover & Ben Spear (Tuesdays); Carrie Klemt; Michelle Robichaux; Ambika Kasbekar & Esther Wright (Wednesdays); Carrie Klemt (Thursdays); Danielle Pompili & Jarett Reynolds (Fridays)


Mindfulness Drop-In

Fridays, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

This drop-in group will provide opportunities to learn about stress reduction and practice mindfulness meditation and relaxation skills. The group is open to students with an interest in exploring relaxation skills and mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in the present moment, on purpose, and in an open, non-judgmental way. Participants will engage in structured, skills-based activities under the guidance of a clinician. Please note that this is not a primary form of therapy/treatment for any specific condition and is a skills building group only. A referral by an SCS clinician is required to participate in this group. Please call the front desk (979-845-4427) at least 2 hours prior to the start of group (by 11 a.m. on the day you plan to attend) to reserve a spot, and arrive a few minutes early. Group will start promptly at 1 p.m.

Facilitator: Ana Popovska


Mature Aggie Women Support and Personal Growth Group

Wednesdays, 4:00 –5:30 p.m.

This group provides a safe and supportive environment for female students to explore and work on academic and personal issues. Issues and topics are determined by group members, but often include adjustment to A&M; personal, romantic, peer and professor relationships; self-confidence and self-esteem; stress management; and finding balance and perspective in the complex personal and academic life experienced by graduate or undergraduate women who are older than the typical undergraduate age. A screening appointment is required to participate in the group.

Facilitator: Nancy Welch


Promoting Emotional Balance

Mondays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Many students experience intense, overwhelming emotions that feel out of control which can negatively impact ones academic performance and personal relationships. This 6-week semi-structured group draws from a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approach and is designed to teach students skills to manage and regulate emotions more effectively. In a supportive environment, students will learn to shift emotions and behaviors to improve academic performance, successfully navigate relationships, and fully engage in life.  Specifically this group will focus on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Facilitators: Connie Langellier & Kari Keller


Returning Veterans Group

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Are you having a hard time readjusting to college life? Is reconnecting with family and friends who may not understand your experiences challenging? Do you find yourself depressed, angry, or anxious at times and in ways that did not occur before deployment? This group is for students who are returning to A&M after deployment and/or combat. It provides support, understanding, and suggestions to help students deal with the readjustment challenges unique to returning veterans. Screening is required to participate in this group.

Facilitator: Nancy Welch


Thesis/Dissertation Support Group

Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

This group is for graduate students struggling with the process of writing a thesis or dissertation. Group topics include issues of competence, procrastination, anxiety, goal-setting, and bureaucratic struggles. A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.

Facilitator: Brian Williams  


Understanding Self and Others Group

Mondays, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Thursdays, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Fridays, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

In this group, through interactions with other group members, you will better understand yourself and your relationship patterns, and develop ways of changing these patterns to improve your relationships.  You will have opportunities to observe your own and others’ emotions, behaviors, and reactions as they occur. A screening appointment is required to participate in this group.

Facilitators: Michelle Morris & Warren Wright (Mondays); Robert Carter & Miranda Nadeau (Tuesdays); Christina Ingram & Alexandria Ambrose (Wednesdays); Ambika Kasbekar & Megan Bond (Thursdays); Jason Hindman & Victoria Henderson (Fridays)


Women of Color

Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

This group provides a safe and supportive environment for female students from U.S. ethnic groups (e.g., Latina/Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Native American, etc.) and other countries to explore issues of concern.  Presenting concerns vary, but may include issues related to race/ethnicity/culture, family of origin, relationships, trauma, and academics.  This group also helps members consider the impact of race/ethnicity/culture on developmental, identity (e.g., sexual orientation, gender, religion, class, citizenship status, etc.), and transnational (e.g., migration, documentation, acculturation) concerns. A screening appointment is required to participate in the group.

Facilitators: Camille Bell & Esther Wright