Contact Information:

Main Campus: Modular C, 166
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78224
Phone: (210) 784-1331

Email: StuCounseling@tamusa.edu

All appointments must be scheduled either in person or via phone

Please contact our office to set-up an appointment.

Initiating Services:

Please refer to the below document to help determine which services are most appropriate for your needs.  Enrolled A&M-SA students are welcome to initiate services through one of three types of consultation appointments.

This triage form was adapted from Texas State University’s Counseling Center.

Meet Our Staff:

The Office of Student Counseling & Wellness Services staff includes licensed clinicians as well as a case manager. Our licensed staff represent a variety of mental health disciplines to include a Psychologist and multiple Licensed Professional Counselors. Our staff also includes graduate student interns who are in the process of obtaining their degrees in counseling and psychology. For more information related to our Practicum & Internship Program, please click on the link provided here, Practicum & Internship Program.

Mary Buzzetta, Ph.D.
Director | Licensed Psychologist
      • Theoretical Orientation/Treatment Approach: I utilize an integrative approach and incorporate client-centered, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal concepts and techniques into my work with clients.
      • Areas of Interest: Student veterans, career/vocational concerns, grief and loss, life transitions, interpersonal relationships, trauma recovery, and supervision and training.
      • Fun Facts: I am a huge fan of Dancing with the Stars; I enjoy health and fitness and love attending group exercise classes such as kickboxing, weight lifting, and yoga. I’m adventurous and have previously gone skydiving, ziplining, and white water rafting.
Catherine Love, LPC, NCC
Healthy Relationships Program Coordinator (incl. Violence Prevention & Education)
Counselor
      • Theoretical Orientation/Treatment Approach: At the core of my counseling philosophy is the belief that we are striving to be the best versions of ourselves while creating a meaningful life.  My treatment approach integrates and embraces cognitive-behavioral, existential, relational-cultural, and strength-based concepts and techniques to empower my clients as we work together.
      • Areas of Interest: Identity Issues; Cross-Cultural Counseling, Phase of Life/Developmental Issues; Trauma Related Concerns (CPT, PE, WET, and EMDR, trained); Relationships; Mood Management 
      • Fun Facts: I sing to my dog, everyday. I love journaling. In my high school yearbook, people described me as kind, imaginative, and respectful.
Joanna Vela, LPC, LCDC
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinator
Counselor
      • Theoretical Orientation/Treatment Approach: My theoretical orientation is eclectic in nature integrating concepts from the Adaptive Information Processing Model, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Existential Therapy. I use a combination of techniques from these theories to provide treatment that is individualized to the student for his/her/their unique needs.
      • Areas of Interest: Substance Use Disorders, Trauma Recovery, Depression and Anxiety, Identity Development and Spirituality.
      • Fun Facts: I have been scuba diving with sharks. I like to knit and crochet. I enjoy Aggie Football, the Texas Rangers, and los Spurs.
Kathleen Frank, LPC, NCC
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Counselor
      • Theoretical Orientation/Treatment Approach: I utilize an integrative approach that includes Client-Centered, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Attachment Therapy into my work with clients.
      • Areas of Interest: Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ+, Phase of Life, Trauma, as well as Interpersonal Issues.
      • Fun Facts: I am a big fan of The Office! I like to learn new things, visit new places and take fun adventures.
Steve R. Pereira, Psychologist
Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator (e.g. undocumented/DREAMER, LGBTQIA+, military veterans)
      • Theoretical Orientation/Treatment Approach: In my work as a Latinx Psychologist, I integrate culturally responsive healing interventions to enhance psychological functioning. As a therapeutic tool, I collaboratively explore my clients’ intersections of identity, cultural beliefs, values, traditional healing practices, and personal strengths to help them face and embrace their ultimate concerns. My counseling approach to healing is comprised of Multicultural therapy, Existential philosophy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Relational-cultural therapy, Solution-focused brief therapy, Interpersonal process therapy and strength-based treatment modalities.
      • Areas of Interest: Social Justice Initiatives, Diversity and Multicultural Awareness, Latinx Psychology, Veterans and Military, LGBTQIA+, Undocumented/DACA, Spirituality, Indigenous Healing Practices, Mindfulness, Group Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Student Support Services.
      • Fun Facts: I enjoy working with the local community, my favorite word is sabiduria (wisdom), floating or swimming in a river is life, and playing Loteria (Mexican bingo) with my family always lifts up the spirit.
Gabriella Arredondo
Case Manager for Dean of Students and Student Counseling & Wellness Services
      • Provides support in facilitating campus and community resources based on the student's presenting concern(s).
      • Fun Facts: trying new recipes, running, being outdoors and spending time with my family!
Samantha Pena
Practicum Trainee
      • Theoretical Orientation/Treatment Approach: I apply relational strengths-based approaches while working from a Solution Focused Brief Therapy Model.
      • Areas of Interest: First Generation Struggles, Interpesonal Issues, Grief and Phase of Life Issues.
      • Fun Facts: I sang for 7 years (competitively as well) and I love boba tea.
Dulce Hernandez, M.S.
Practicum Trainee
      • Theoretical Orientation/Treatment Approach: I integrate Strength-Based and Relational approaches with Cognitive Behavioral techniques to guide my work  with clients.
      • Areas of Interest: First Generation Struggles, Phase of Life, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Interpersonal Issues.
      • Fun Facts: For self-care, I travel in and outside of the United States.

  • Making an Appointment:

    Please call our office to schedule an appointment, (210) 784-1331.

    You will be asked to complete some paperwork describing yourself and your reasons for coming to Counseling. Please allow for 30 minutes to complete our initial consultation (ICON) paperwork in office 166 of Modular C. The staff member-on-duty will review your paperwork and meet with you briefly. Appointments with a counselor or coordinator are generally scheduled within 1 to 2 weeks of this initial appointment depending upon availability, your needs and your schedule.

    After meeting with you, your counselor or coordinator will discuss with you the service(s) that are best suited to your needs. If you require assistance other than that which is available through Student Counseling Services, the counselor or coordinator will help you locate the most appropriate campus or community resources to assist you.

    In the event of a crisis, either call or stop by Student Counseling Services and you will be scheduled in the first available time slot (generally the same day).


    Do I Pay for Services?

  • The Office of Student Counseling & Wellness Services' programs are mostly paid for by your student service fees. Student Counseling & Wellness Services does charge a no show/late cancellation fee of $3.00. The fee will be rendered to your student account if you don't cancel your appointment within 15 minutes of the appointment start time. Fees are to be paid in the Business Office or online (MoneyConnect).


    After Hours & Weekends:

    On-campus, non-emergencies call the University Police Department at (210) 784-1900.
On-Campus, emergencies call the University Police Department at (210) 784-1911 or 911, immediately.
Need Emergency Assistance

What Can I Do While I'm Waiting for an Appointment?

Now that you've made the important decision to seek help, below are 16 (sixteen) ideas to take care of yourself while you are waiting for your counseling to begin. Not all of the ideas will work for everyone, but you can try a few of them every day to find ways to best help yourself. The first five are basics that are helpful for just about everyone. However, if are experiencing a crisis, are considering hurting yourself or someone else, or are considering using alcohol or other drugs to cope with an immediate crisis, please contact one of the following services: 

Call 911
Call Student Counseling Services as soon as possible (210) 784-1331


Suggestions for Coping While You Wait:

Compiled by Brigid Cahill, Ph.D. at the University of Rochester 

  • Be sure to eat regularly and in a healthy way. Skipping meals or overeating can wear down your coping resources. 
  • Stick to a routine - get dressed, go to classes, go to meetings. Keeping structure in your day can help things feel less overwhelming. 
  • Get as much sleep as you need - and avoid sleeping too much. Six to eight hours are what most people need. To help with sleep, go to bed and get up at the same time every day, avoid napping, and do not study in bed. 
  • Do some physical activity that you enjoy - walking, running, swimming, working out, playing sports, etc. Moderate physical exercise can help you feel better emotionally. Start small with walks around campus. 
  • Talk to friends and family who are supportive and positive influences. Isolating yourself can make things feel even worse. 
  • Try to do at least one fun or enjoyable thing each day. 
  • Practice relaxation activities, such as progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing, hot baths, massages, and yoga. 
  • Avoid using alcohol, other drugs, and caffeine for self-medication. 
  • Keep a journal - write down your thoughts and feelings. Remember, this is just for you - so it doesn't need to be perfectly written. It's an outlet for you to express some of the things going on inside you. 
  • Self-soothe using one or more of your five senses - watch the beauty of snow falling, listen to your favorite relaxing music, wear your favorite perfume, give someone a hug, eat strawberries, etc. 
  • Visualize a pleasant memory, a relaxing place, an image of yourself feeling better. These can be real memories or imagined events and places. Visualize with lots of detail, using each of your senses to create as vivid an image as possible. 
  • Give yourself permission to not worry about your problems for a while. Save your worries for one 20 minute period each day and only think about them then. Visualize blocking away your worries or sad thoughts - build a wall, bury them, lock them up. 
  • Use humor - spend time with people who make you laugh, watch a funny movie, read a funny book. 
  • Challenge negative self-talk - pay attention to negative messages you may give yourself and challenge their validity. 
  • Distract yourself temporarily from your difficulties - watch a movie, read a book, play a game. Give yourself permission to attend fully to something besides your worries and concerns. 
  • Attend to your spirituality - go to church/synagogue/mosque.

The preceding is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any conditions. It cannot substitute for a consultation with a physician or a mental health professional.

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