Group Counseling

Working on therapy goals within a group setting can be a highly supportive and productive way to address personal concerns.  Students who share common concerns meet weekly as a group with one or more counselors to explore a specific topic and develop coping skills.  Group offerings vary each semester and lists are updated a few weeks before the semester begins.  Group counseling services will be provided both via HIPAA-compliant Zoom video and in-person at the San Marcos location of the Counseling Center. 

If you are interested in a group call 512-245-2208 to be added to the group list. A group leader will contact you to schedule a pre-group consultation.  Please consider activating your voice mail if you would like a message to be left when you are unavailable. 

There is no additional charge to participate in group therapy.  Groups are available to currently enrolled Texas State University students. Confidentiality in group therapy is respected.

Interested in Group Counseling?

  • Groups are offered during the Fall and Spring Semesters
  • All Groups are In-Person, at the Counseling Center, San Marcos Campus, unless noted.
  • Once groups are closed, we do create an interest list for many of the group topics offered.   Students can call the Counseling Center to be placed on that interest list.  These students will be called during the beginning of the next semester to be scheduled for a group consultation.
  • Students are also encouraged to check back during the 1st week of classes to see what the actual groups will be with the accurate schedule for that semester.

How to sign up for group

  1. Check your schedule to confirm you are available on the day and time that the group meets. Groups meet weekly and attendance is important for both group connection and for you to get the most out of the group therapy experience.
  2. Call the Counseling Center (512-245-2208) and ask to be scheduled for a group consultation.
    • If you are interested in more than one group, please schedule first with your top choice and the group leaders will arrange for a second group consultation.
    • If you are new to the Counseling Center or haven’t been here this school year, please note that the group consultation will be one hour to allow for general screening questions to discuss your clinical needs as well as facilitate a discussion about the group experience.
  3. At the group consultation, group leaders will discuss group structure and focus, agreements that all group members make in terms of their participation and will be able to answer any questions you might have about group therapy.
  4. If the preferred group is closed:  Many of these groups are offered each semester.   Please check back as the schedule will be updated the 1st week of the Fall or Spring Semester.
  5. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact the Counseling Center, in person at LBJSC 5-4.1, by phone at 512-245-2208 or via email at counselingcenter@txstate.edu. 
  • Groups-Spring 2024

    • MONDAY

      • This group is designed to provide you with a safe space to process and grieve the death of a loved one.  Each meeting will offer the opportunity for members to share their personal stories of loss while receiving support.  The group will address expectations of the grief process, common responses to loss, coping skills, and self-care options.  Group often helps reduce isolation that can be experienced when grieving and creates compassionate connections with others.

        Facilitators: Claudia Carroll, Ph.D. and Erik Nelson, M.A., Doctoral Intern

         

      • This group is for students who have been impacted by dysfunction in their family due to drug, alcohol use, or mental health issues.  Members will gain support, understanding of how family patterns impact them and skills for developing healthier relationships.

        Facilitators: Alyssa Fernandez, PsyD. and Austin Nader, M.A., Doctoral Intern

    • TUESDAY

      • This support group is for students that identify on the autism spectrum or with a similar disorder.  This will be a safe place for members to process their personal challenges, associate with other students in similar situations, and gain support and skills to navigate college life.  A formal diagnosis is not needed to participate in this group.

        Facilitators:  Clare Duffy, Ph.D. and Abby Bowling, B.A., Practicum Counselor

      • This group is designed to provide support for graduate and professional students who may be struggling with any of the following: navigating the landscape of graduate school, work/life balance, stress management, coping with the politics of grad school, academic challenges and finding time for fun and relaxation. Other topics may be determined by the needs of the group participants. VIRTUAL

        Facilitator: Claudia Carroll, Ph.D.

      • It can be empowering to join with others to discuss the impact that your sexual, romantic, and/or gender identities have on crucial aspects of your life.  This group will allow members to share life experiences, examine issues related to your LGBTQIA identity, explore, and define your personal identity, improve your relationships with others, and be part of an inclusive and supportive environment.

        Co-Facilitator:   Seth "Skye" Savoie, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Resident

        Clinical Supervisor: Hillary Jones, PsyD.

    • WEDNESDAY

      • Being a student often means “beating yourself up” when you feel like you have failed.  The Self-Compassion Group is intended to help students develop kinder relationships with themselves.  The group will be offered twice during the semester for 5-6 sessions at a time.  Topics will include increasing mindfulness of difficult emotions, calming the inner critic, and recognizing our common humanity.  We will talk about ways to accept our mistakes, increase self-forgiveness, and explore new, self-nurturing behaviors.

        Facilitator: Rebecca Gonzalez, Ph.D.

      • This support group is for students diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Group provides a safe space in which members can process current challenges, develop strategies for effective management of bipolar symptoms, and support each other in navigating the demands of their academic work, relationships, and personal lives. 

        Facilitator:  Bernie Ramsey, PsyD.

      • This group is designed for students who are struggling with connecting with others and are seeking a supportive environment to work on improving communication and social skills. Topics addressed are thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with social anxiety, problematic shyness, and assertiveness that may be preventing you from having healthy, meaningful relationships. An emphasis is placed on applied practice of skills discussed in group.  

        Facilitator: Richard Martinez, Ph.D. & Kit Singleton, B.A., Practicum Counselor

    • THURSDAY

      • Do you want to learn better ways to manage panic and worry? This group will focus on increasing your understanding and knowledge about anxiety, as well as improving skills to help you cope with anxiety and provide support to others who may be experiencing similar difficulties. 

        Facilitator: Alyssa Fernandez, PsyD. 

      • Do you feel overwhelmed with emotions and their unwanted consequences? Are you confused and have difficulties with coping in the moment? Through the Master the Moment group you will better understand your emotions, identity unhelpful emotional patterns and increase problem solving skills. 

        Facilitator: Gilbert Lopez Jr., LCSW and Jordan Jones, B.A., Practicum Counselor

      • Moving to a different country to study can be both enriching and challenging at times. The international student support group offers a safe and confidential space for international students to process their similar experiences of studying abroad and being away from home. In this group, students can process experiences of navigating different culture norms, communication,  adjustment concerns, interpersonal relationships, minority stress, academic performance, and homesickness. Members of the group be able to offer and receive support, form meaningful connections, and learn ways to foster resilience, self-care, and healthy adjustment. 

        Facilitator:  Erika Williams, Psy.D., Post Doctoral Resident

        Supervisor: Richard Martinez, Ph.D.

      • The process of engaging in any creative activity is healing.  In this group students use a variety of art modalities to express thoughts, feelings, concerns and hopes.  In the process of artmaking and talking to each other, students gain self-understanding, and develop a sense of community. No previous art experience or skills is necessary.

        Facilitator:  Richard Martinez, PhD

      • Hip Hop music is an engaging and entertaining form of expression that can be used to promote healing. In this group, Hip Hop music and lyrics will be used to build emotional awareness, process personal experiences and challenges, increase self-understanding, and build meaningful connections.

        Facilitator:  Tamyra Johnson, M.A., Doctoral Intern

        Supervisor: Claudia Carroll, Ph.D.