Short-term Mental Health Services
The Office of Student Counseling and Wellness Services (SC&WS) has a diverse professional staff that works from a variety of theoretical perspectives. SC&WS provides short-term individual, couples, and group counseling services, consultation, and prevention services that facilitate students’ academic and life goals and enhance their personal growth and well-being. Our staff, of licensed mental health professionals, can work with you to identify more effective strategies both to cope with difficult situations and achieve goals set with your counselor.
All enrolled A&M-SA students are eligible to receive an initial consultation (ICON) appointment to assess your needs. The ICON is used to make treatment recommendations based on your symptoms, severity, appropriateness of services, and availability of resources. At the conclusion of the ICON appointment, your provider will render a clinical recommendation based on services that are best suited to your needs. Counseling Services are as confidential as the law allows and are not part of a student's academic or university record.
Students present for services due to a variety of reasons; some examples include: anxiety, stress, depression, low motivation, substance use/abuse, and time management. Please refer to the below document to help us 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. Please click here to access our contact information.
Alcohol and Other Drug Concerns
The Counseling staff is dedicated to helping students make healthy choices about the use of alcohol and other drugs. We provide "Alcohol and Other Drug" education and support campus and community-wide prevention efforts. Student Counseling Services offers free short-term treatment options and supportive intervention to students. Information about community resources and tips for coping with someone else’s substance abuse are also available by clicking here.
Anonymous Online Mental Health Screenings
A&M-SA offers free and anonymous mental health self-screenings to currently enrolled students. Click the image seen below to to begin your free and anonymous mental health self-assessment. When you are done, you will be provided with Psychoeducational information regarding your results as well as various community resources. Please click here to get started!
Gender Identity | GLBTQ Concerns
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) people, coming out is a process of understanding, accepting, and valuing one’s sexual orientation/identity. Coming out includes both exploring one’s identity and sharing that identity with others. It also involves coping with societal responses and attitudes toward LGBTQ people. LGBTQ individuals are forced to come to terms with what it means to be different in a society that tends to assume everyone to be heterosexual and that tends to judge differences from the norm in negative ways.
The coming out process is very personal. This process happens in different ways and occurs at different ages for different people. Some people are aware of their sexual identity at an early age; others arrive at this awareness only after many years. Coming out is a continuing, sometimes lifelong, process.
While some anxiety related to sexuality is common among college students, the problems facing LGBTQ people are often more difficult than those facing others. Because positive role models are often difficult to identify, LGBTQ people may feel alone and unsure of their own sexual identities. Fear of rejection is greater among LGBTQ people due to the prejudices in society against them. Student Counseling Services offers a supportive and safe environment to explore these issues. Please click here for more information on GLBTQ support services.
Group counseling is often the most beneficial option for many student concerns. Group counseling is a form of psychotherapy that usually involves anywhere from two individuals to ten and one or two experienced group therapists. Most therapy groups meet every week at the same time for one or two hours. During that time, the members of the group discuss the issues that are concerning them and offer each other support and feedback. Interpersonal interaction is highly valued and encouraged. Group counseling may be particularly useful for students who are having difficulties in their relationships or who want to learn about themselves and their connections to other people. Please click here for more information regarding active groups, dates, and times.
Suicide Prevention Training | QPR
The Office of Student Counseling & Wellness Services offers the opportunity to become a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper, or also known as a QPR Gatekeeper. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in less than two hours. Please click here for training dates and times.
Victim Support Services
We aim to support victims of crime (and their loved ones) through advocacy, education and awareness. If you are a victim or family member of a victim of homicide, assault, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, robbery, or burglary, free counseling services are available to you. When you don't know where to turn, when you are feeling overwhelmed and you just need someone to talk to, we are here to listen and help. Our services are designed to meet your needs as a crime victim and assist you in your journey from victim to survivor. Please click here for more information regarding victim support services and/or sexual assault advocacy programs.
Care Report (Wellness Referrals)
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