Professional counseling is offered in a variety of forms, and the type of service that may be most appropriate for you is based on multiple factors including:
- which issues and concerns you are facing
- scheduling considerations
- and availability of resources.
Our counselors help students identify goals and potential solutions to problems that cause distress, leading to improved self-esteem and increased coping skills, social connectedness and optimal mental health.
These services are brief interventions with the focus on individualized care. Available to current SFA students, our services are free, confidential and delivered in person and via a telehealth platform. That means only you and your counselor will know why you're here and the information that you discuss.
Initial consultation (your first appointment!)
The initial consultation is the first step in meeting with your counselor. We recognize that schedules can get busy and sometimes waiting for your first appointment can be difficult. Offered as a walk-in service or an appointment Monday through Friday, an initial consultation is 30 minutes.
Walk-in appointments are are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
During this time, your counselor will review with you the limits of confidentiality, share which services are offered through our office, and learn why you are seeking counseling. Together, you'll come up with a plan!
If our services can't realistically meet the psychological need, we'll discuss options for both on- and off-campus referrals.
We offer brief individual counseling with a focus on helping you improve your daily functioning and achieve academic success. Counseling is a collaborative process that involves a nonjudgmental, supportive counselor who works with you to set goals and establish strategies to meet those goals.
All our counselors are considered "generalist counselors," which means we're able to address a large range of concerns. We do receive specific training on a variety of topics, including:
- addiction issues
- adjustment issues, including adjusting to college life
- anxiety and depression
- eating disorders
- gender identity and sexual orientation
- relationship difficulties
- sexual assault
- stress management
- and racial discrimination and/or trauma.
Couples counseling (for partners and roommates)
Sometimes, it's hard to get along. We're here to help you navigate the difficulties you might be having with your partner or roommate. In couples counseling, we can help give you the tools to better communicate and resolve conflict as we strive to create an environment where you feel safe to express yourselves to one another.
Group therapy can be highly effective and often offers benefits that individual counseling doesn't provide.
Depending on the particular issue you'e struggling with, group therapy can be a great way to get the support you need and work collectively toward the healing you desire.
We understand that sharing your thoughts and feelings with a group can be intimidating. It may be important for you to know that you control what, how much and when you share with the group. Your counselor will never force you to reveal information you're uncomfortable sharing. We find that students do start to feel safe and really enjoy group after the first few sessions.
Groups meet weekly.
QPR suicide prevention training
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. The good news is that suicide is a highly preventable tragedy when individuals in the community are aware of the signs of suicidal behavior and know how to respond appropriately.
QPR: Gatekeeper Training is a 90-minute workshop that provides information and interactive experiences on the "Question, Persuade, Refer" technique. QPR isn't a form of counseling or treatment. It's intended to offer hope through positive action.
Our workshops are open to all SFA students, faculty and staff. Upon completion of the training, each participant each participant is certifies as a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.
To view the training schedule, visit the Lumberjack Wellness Network Presentations page.
Urgent crisis services
If you have an urgent mental health concern during business hours, we recommend you come to our office to meet with a counselor immediately. Our office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of university holidays. Contact our office at 936.468.2401 and let us know you're coming to reduce potential wait time.
If you believe you're in an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
24/7 crisis resources
- 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: call/text 988
- Burke, the local mental health authority: call 1.800.392.8343
- Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
- Trans Lifeline: call 1.877.565.8860
- The Trevor Project (LGBTQIA+): call 1.866.488.7386 or text 678678
- Veterans Crisis Line: call 988 and press 1 or text 838255
- Student Mental Health Resources webpage