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
  • Relationships
  • Gender identity
  • Eating disorders and body image
  • Sexual assault and violence
  • Self-image
  • Stress​

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

Group counseling helps people deal with a broad range of concerns, from reactions to life stress to severe or chronic mental health issues. The Health & Counseling Center offers Personal Exploration Groups, which offer a safe place for individuals to connect with others, develop self-awareness, give and receive support, and try out new ways of interacting with others so that they can build more satisfying relationships outside the group. At various times, the Health & Counseling Center also offers groups centered on particular themes or on developing life skills. In all groups, the importance of confidentiality is emphasized.

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.