Free and confidential services for SFA students
We often work with individuals who are struggling with difficult life circumstances and concerns, as well as those with severe mental illness. Everyone has difficulties at some point in their lives, and sometimes engaging in counseling is a good way to obtain support to overcome challenges.
Counseling is not a sign of weakness. Attending counseling is a sign of willingness to understand and surmount any challenges present in your life. It takes courage to explore sensitive feelings and difficult experiences.
We don't give advice. Giving advice (that is, telling you what to do) is not the function of a professional counselor. Your counselor can help you process your thoughts and feelings, understand any challenges or concerns, brainstorm ideas and evaluate options, and give an alternate perspective or way of thinking, but ultimately you are responsible for any decisions you make.
Many scientific studies have shown that counseling can be effective in working with a variety of problems. However, a commitment is necessary for change to be seen. You can talk with your counselor about the commitment you'll be expected to make in terms of time, effort and goal setting.
Explore our site to learn details about our services as well as several self-help resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is medication an option for treatment?
Counselors do sometimes work alongside doctors and/or psychiatrists in treating different psychological problems; however, medication often isn't necessary or helpful.
The ultimate choice to take medication is yours; nobody can make this choice for you.
Can my counselor give me permission for an emotional support animal?
No, Counseling Services can't write an emotional support animal letter.
We recommend that you speak with your primary care physician about this. In some cases, you PCP can write you a letter so that you may have your animal on campus.
Can my counselor help me decide my major?
No, each student is appointed a specific academic advisor to assist with deciding/changing a major.
To find your advisor or make an appointment, follow the steps below:
- Log into mySFA.
- Click on "Advising" in the menu.
- In the "My Advisor" portal, go to your assigned advisor.
- Click on "Schedule an appointment with your advisor."
Counselors are happy to meet with you to discuss any emotional distress you may be experiencing during your decision-making process, but they can't advise you regarding which major to choose or which courses to take.
Can my counselor arrange academic accommodations for me?
No, Counseling Services can't determine if you need academic accommodations. Contact Disability Services to discuss options.
In keeping with our philosophy of promoting positive mental health and safety, Counseling Services assists SFA students in overcoming obstacles to their personal and academic goals. We accomplish this through individual and group counseling for students and through outreach, presentations, training and consultation for the campus community.
Counseling Services subscribes to the following ethical standards:
- American College Personnel Association, College Student Educators International
- American Counseling Association
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Board of Certified Counselors
- Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council
- Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors
- Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners