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Counseling Services

Individual Counseling

In individual counseling, you can receive help for any social, emotional, or educational issues they choose. You will have the full attention of one of our staff members in a one-to-one atmosphere of understanding, warmth, and insight. And, it’s a conversation with and for you – what you think, what you feel, what you need, and what you choose for your life. Your counselor can be an excellent sounding board, compassionate listener, and skillful expert in problems of living.

Sessions typically last 50 minutes once each week or every other week. The number of sessions varies, depending on your goals.

Couples Counseling

Change, conflict and adjustment are a part of every close relationship; and so is communication. Counseling can help you understand and improve a troubled relationship or enhance an already good one.

Couples may seek marital, premarital, divorce, sexual adjustment, alternative life-style counseling or counseling to improve friendships. Services are available to a student and her or his partner or friend. Both parties must be Tarleton students to qualify for services.

Sessions typically last for 50 minutes and are scheduled once per week, or every other week, depending on your needs and schedule.

Crisis Counseling

Assistance is available for students experiencing crisis situations. During office hours, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday, please call the Counseling Center at (254) 968-9044 or come to the center located on the first floor of Traditions North. After hours you can still call us and you will be automatically redirected to ProtoCall, staffed by counselors who can help guide you through your crisis situation. You can also call Pecan Valley Crisis Hotline at 1-800-722-5987. If you need to speak to someone face-to-face immediately after hours, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. 

For more information see Emergency and Crisis information.

Wait List

During particularly busy times of the semester, we may be unable to schedule you with a counselor immediately. We will try to inform you as accurately as possible how long you may have to wait for a counselor at Student Counseling Services. If you wish, we will also review other options for you, such as referral to other agencies on campus, community mental health agencies, and private practice counselors.

Therapy Groups

Therapy groups typically have around 5 members and no more than 10 members plus the facilitator(s). Before joining one of these groups we ask that you make an appointment with one of the facilitators to see if the group will be a good fit for you. These groups meet weekly and we ask for consistent attendance in order to create a stable therapeutic environment.

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The Healing Circle

Mondays 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This group is designed for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. The group will focus on healing, empowerment, coping, forgiveness, self-care, hope, and support. 

If interested, contact Michelle Jacobs or Kelyn Green at (254) 968-9044.

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Grief Group

Wednesdays 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A group for those who have experienced loss.

If interested, contact Christopher Stanley-Stevens at (254) 968-9044


We offer free consultation services to those who are concerned about their friends, co-workers, families and loved ones. Sometimes it is difficult to know how best to help someone or whether behaviors you're noticing are warning signs of something serious. Contact us to set up an appointment. 

Outreach and Prevention Programming

The counseling center is committed to supporting the success of the students at Tarleton State University. This includes providing Outreach and Prevention programming aimed at teaching skills, de-stigmatizing mental health, increasing understanding of our diverse populations and diverse needs, and reducing stress, anxiety, depression, suicidality, substance abuse, domestic violence and more.

For more information see Outreach and Prevention Programming