Stephen F. Austin State University

Services Offered

Services Offered

Counseling services are available to any enrolled SFA student. Our services are free and confidential. That means only you and your counselor will know why you are here and the information that you discuss.

Initial Consultations

The initial consultation is the first step in meeting with your counselor. To schedule your initial consultation drop in or give us a call at (936) 468-2401. Prior to your appointment you will be emailed intake paperwork. It is important that you read and complete this. You may request a specific counselor (see Our Staff for information about our counselors), or you may be placed with the counselor who has the earliest opening available.

During this thirty minute consultation your counselor will review with you the limits of confidentiality, share with you what services are offered through our office, learn from you why you are seeking counseling and together you will come up with a plan. Our services can not realistically meet the psychological needs of every individual and so in such situations we will discuss with you options for referrals both on and off campus.

Individual Counseling

We offer short-term individual counseling with a focus on helping you to improve your daily functioning and reach academic success. Counseling is a collaborative process, involving a non-judgmental, supportive counselors who will work with you to set goals and establish strategies to meet those goals. All of our counselors are considered "generalist counselors" and so we are able to address a large range of concerns. We do receive 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

Grief

Relationship difficulties

Sexual assault

Stress management

Racial discrimination and/or trauma

Couples Counseling

Sometimes it is hard to get along. We are here to help you navigate the difficulties you might be having with your partner or maybe even your 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 Counseling

Group therapy can be highly effective and often has benefits that individual counseling does not. Depending on the particular issue you are struggling with group therapy can be a great way to get the support you are needing and work collectively towards the healing you desire. We understand that the thought of 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 something you do not want to. We find that students do start to feel safe and really enjoy group after the first few sessions.

Currently we have population and topic specific groups in addition to general process groups. Groups meet each week during the Spring and Fall semesters. If you are currently meeting with one of our therapists speak to them about your interest in group therapy. If not, schedule an initial consultation to get more information.

Crisis Services

If students have an urgent psychological concern we recommend that they come up to our office to meet with a counselor immediately. Our office if open Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am-5pm. Please contact Counseling Services at (936) 468-2441.

*Students may experience a wait time to see a counselor.

If you believe you are in an emergency please dial 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Additional crisis resources include-