Our counseling services are designed to help students succeed at St. Edward’s and beyond.
We provide brief, strengths-based psychological support and crisis intervention to address the emotional, social, and academic needs of our students.
Counseling is a process. Successful outcomes are possible when you’re willing to explore concerns with your counselor, spend time between sessions reflecting on your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and take actions to meet your goals. A positive therapeutic relationship also impacts outcomes, so be sure to raise any feelings or concerns about the counseling process with your counselor.
Our counselors work with students to address a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to:
- Anxiety and depression
- Academic performance
- College transition
- Illness or death of a loved one
- Gender identity
- Eating disorders and body image
- Sexual assault and violence
The initial consultation will help the counselor determine how best to meet a student’s needs. A concern may be resolved in a single session or additional sessions may be scheduled. Additionally, a counselor may refer a student to group therapy or collaborate with other university resources.
If a student’s situation requires counseling beyond the scope of the Health & Counseling Center resources, a referent to professional services in Austin is offered.
Group counseling helps people deal with a broad range of concerns, from reactions to life stress to ongoing anxiety or depression. The Health & Counseling Center offers different group therapy experiences each semester. Some groups are more structured in nature and focus on specific topics or themes. Others are open processing groups that cover a broad range of issues and focus more on “here-and-now” interactions in the room. In all groups at the HCC, the importance of confidentiality is emphasized. For a list of our current group options, click HERE.
Biofeedback for Stress and Anxiety
Managing stress and anxiety is a major concern for many students. Clients can participate in 3-5 sessions of biofeedback to learn skills to relax, reduce anxiety, and improve their academic performance.
A Note About Confidentiality
The Health & Counseling Center maintains confidentiality for all students seen in the center in accordance with professional ethics and legal guidelines as required by state or federal laws. Counseling records are kept separate from educational records and no information is released without the student’s written consent. Information revealed in counseling, including the fact that you have made an appointment, is not disclosed to others without your written authorization for the release of that information.
Exceptions to this practice are:
- When the counselor believes you present an imminent danger to yourself and others
- When the life or the safety of a readily identifiable third person is endangered
- When a counselor believes that a readily identifiable child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation
- When disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings
Email is not a confidential medium for communication. Because we are concerned about protecting our client’s privacy, Counseling Services does not use email to discuss client’s clinical issues. In addition, Counseling Service staff members do not have 24-hour access to email and may check it infrequently. We ask that you direct any non-appointment related concerns to the office by calling Counseling Services at 512-448-8538.
The Health & Counseling Center offers practicum training for doctorate-level graduate students in APA or regionally accredited clinical and counseling psychology programs as well as an Internship training opportunity for students of St. Edward’s University’s Masters of Arts in Counseling program. Please click on the links below to find out more information about the training opportunities offered at St. Edward’s University’s Health and Counseling Center.