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Group Counseling

Group Counseling


For the health of all Bobcats, all group counseling services during Fall 2022 will be provided via HIPAA-compliant Zoom video. 

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.

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.


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  • Groups - Fall 2022

    • Moving Through Grief- Surviving the Death of a Loved One

      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.

      Mondays, 1-2:30PM

      Facilitator: Nirvana Ramtahal, Psy D., Postdoctoral Resident

    • LGBTQIAP+ Support and Empowerment

      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.

      Mondays, 3-4:30PM

      Facilitator:  Hillary Jones, Psy.D.

      Co Facilitator: Erika Williams, M.A., Doctoral Intern

    • Mind over Matter: Mindfulness Essentials 

      The practice of mindfulness has been linked to happiness, health, and psychological well-being.  Research suggests that as little as twenty minutes of mindfulness practice daily reduces stress.  This group is designed to help you transition from living life on “automatic pilot” to living life in the present moment.  This 3-week mindfulness group offers you the opportunity to develop self-acceptance, patience, and compassion.

      Mondays,  3-4:30PM

      Facilitator: Gilbert Lopez Jr., LCSW

    • Graduate Student Support

      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.

      Tuesdays, 3-4:30pm

      Facilitator: Claudia Carroll, Ph.D.  


    • Master the Moment: Enhancing your Emotional IQ

      Do you feel overwhelmed with emotions and their unwanted consequences? Are you confused and have difficulties with coping in the moment? Through the B.O.K.O. Emotional Intelligence Skills group you will better understand your emotions, identity unhelpful emotional patterns and increase problem solving skills.

      Tuesday, 3-4:30PM

      Facilitator: Gilbert Lopez Jr., LCSW

      Co Facilitator: Virginia Prestwood

    • 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. 

      Wednesdays, 1-2:30PM

      Facilitator:  Cordell Spears, Psy.D.

    • 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.

      Wednesdays, 3- 4:30PM

      Facilitator: Alyssa Fernandez Psy.D.,

    • Building Social Confidence

      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.  

      Wednesdays, 3- 4:30PM

      Facilitator: Richard Martinez, Ph.D.

    • Facing the Fear- Overcoming Anxiety and Panic

      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. 

      Thursdays, 10 -11:30AM

      Facilitators: Cordell Spears, Psy.D.

      Co- Facilitator: Seth Savoie, M.S., M.A., Doctoral Intern

    • Art- Healing Through Creativity

      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.

      Thursdays, 3 - 4:30PM

      Facilitator:  Richard Martinez, PhD

      Co- Facilitator: Melissa Glass, M.A., Doctoral Intern

    • Self-Compassion 

      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.

      Thursday, 3-4PM

      Facilitator: Rebecca Gonzalez, Ph.D.

      Co Facilitator: Enrique Aguayo, .Md. Ed.