University of Houston-Victoria

Counseling Center

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center offers a range of services related to mental health counseling for students, as well as educational events regarding health and wellness topics. If you are seeking support, it is our goal to ensure you a safe place where you are able to express yourself and your thoughts without judgement. Services are free and confidential. 

Individual Therapy

Meet with a counselor for regularly scheduled individual sessions, typically once every two weeks. This service involves one-on-one sessions with a counselor. Students can get individual help for a variety of concerns. These include adjusting to college, psychological challenges (i.e. depression, anxiety), processing through traumatic experiences, and many other types of support depending on the need of the individual.

Couples Therapy

Meet with a counselor and your partner. Only one member of the couple needs to be an eligible UHV student. This service allows for the couple to work on the relationship instead of the individual mental health concerns. Couples counseling can also help friends or roommates resolve communication and relationship problems.

Group Therapy

Meet with other students and a counselor(s) to discuss problems and concerns.

Group therapy is sometimes the best approach for the following goals:

  • Improving relationships.
  • Overcoming fears related to social anxiety.
  • Building strategies for managing stress.
  • Reducing anxiety, worry, and nervousness.
  • Managing problems with mood, such as depression.
  • Processing through traumatic experiences.
  • Developing anger management skills.
  • Increasing knowledge of and the ability to manage difficult emotions.

To join a therapy group, you will first complete brief paperwork and meet with one of our counselors. Email us at counselingcenter@uhv.edu if you are interested in joining a current group.

Assessments

Limited and focused mental health, alcohol, and drug screenings are available. Please call or email ahead of time for an appointment.

Consultation

If you are worried about someone who is a current UHV student, we are happy to discuss the matter with you. Faculty, staff, students and others are welcome to call the Counseling Center or visit in person to consult with a counselor about available resources and options.

A consultation could also occur with a student who wants advice on a particular situation, but does not need ongoing therapy sessions. Additionally, consultations may occur as a follow-up service to former clients.

Crisis Services

For help during a mental health emergency, visit our office and be seen immediately during regular business hours. After hours, call the Counseling Center at (361) 570-4135 to speak to a counselor. A member of our team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For life-threatening mental health emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. In the event of an emergency on campus after regular hours or during university holidays, please call Campus Security at (361) 570-4357.

For mental health emergencies, other resources are available locally and nationally. They are:

Houston Area Services

UHV has partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) to provide counseling services for currently enrolled students attending classes in the Houston area. To make an appointment, contact UTHealth at (713) 500-3327 or toll-free at (800) 346-3549 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The services are free and confidential.

Outreach

The Counseling Center offers a variety of workshops and programs designed to promote wellness and support a positive campus climate. Outreach is focused on mental, physical and sexual health. Topics include healthy relationships, stress management, suicide prevention, anxiety, healthy eating, depression and more. For more information, visit our health educator in person or our programming calendar on JagSync.   

Self-Help Resources

The Counseling Center offers self-help tools aimed at helping students overcome struggles. These resources are interactive in nature, provide progress measures, and can be done at the student’s own pace. For full details, visit our Therapy Assistance Online website.

Victim Advocacy

This service is available to students who have been involved with interpersonal violence, sexual assault, or stalking. A counselor can meet with the student to provide resources, support, and/or accompaniment (such as when attending a sexual assault exam or a court hearing). For full information on sexual misconduct related issues, visit the UHV Title IX and Equal Opportunity website.