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Group Counseling

Group counseling is a valuable and effective service. Group participants often report having a rewarding and helpful experience.  Our groups are a great way meet new people, discuss the challenges you have been experiencing, and get a fresh perspective.  By joining one of our groups, you will build support, learn about yourself, but most importantly, you will be reminded that you are not alone. 

Clinicians at UTSA Counseling Services look forward to assisting you to find the right group. They will help you find a group that will promote healthy sense of self, address your specific concerns, and provide supportive environment. 

Fall 2019 Group Counseling Schedule

Groups are open to all registered UTSA Undergrad and Graduate students. You will need to speak with the group leader before accessing the group. Call (210) 458-4140 or stop by Counseling Services at RWC 1.810.

Day & TimeRequirementGroup NameWhat to Expect
Monday
2:30 - 4:00p
(starts 9/23)
Consent forms & Phone Triage Leading the Way
Gilbert Lopez, LMSW
Location: Classroom
Constructing resilience within First Generation college students. This group will provide peer support and focus on barriers that are prevalent to First Gen students. This group will address mental health concerns, adjustment issues and academic stressors. The group facilitator will guide participants through de-stressing activities, increase healthy coping skills and provide a safe space for students to share their everyday challenges.
3 - 4:30p
(starts 9/23)
Consent forms & Phone Screening Out or Questioning
Facilitator: Hazel Lane, PsyD
Location: Group Room
A process group focusing on topics related to gender and sexual identities. This group is open to members of the LGBTQ in all stages of identity formation from questioning to integration who seek a safe place to discuss issues unique to the LGBTQ population.
Tuesday
2:30 - 4p
(starts 9/24)
Consent forms & Phone Triage #RelationshipGoals
Facilitator: Da’Vet Williams, LMFT
Group Room
Relationships are inevitable. Whether it’s relationships with classmates, intimate partners, parents, siblings, or supervisors, relationships have the potential to significantly impact our daily lives. This group will provide a space for students to share, discuss, learn, and brain- storm about how to create more meaningful and/or healthier relationships.
3 - 4:30p
(starts 9/24)
Facilitator Screening Managing the Distress Within
Facilitator: Hazel Lane, PsyD & Elizabeth Cosgrove, LPC
Classroom
This group will focus on four skill modules that are designed to specifically assist individuals in better managing behavioral, emotional, and cognitive stability. The intent is to help students who may have difficulty with anger, or expression of anger, episodic depression, irritability or anxiety, or intense/chaotic relationships, stress and feelings of emptiness in order to help build on your life experiences.
Wednesday
3:30 - 4:30p
(starts 9/4)
Consent forms Anxiety Toolkit
Facilitator: Martha Chilchil-Zepeda, LPC
Group Room
This workshop is designed to help students struggling with anxiety related concerns. Student will understand anxiety, recognize their triggers and symptoms associated with: general anxiety, test anxiety, and social anxiety. Students completing workshop will leave with helpful anxiety management strategies.
Thursday
11 - 12:30p
(starts 9/26)
Consent forms I'm a Survivor
Facilitator: Melissa Hernandez, LCSW, DSW
Group Room
This group provides a place for students who may have experienced a traumatic event(s). Students can discuss current emotional impact, learn helpful ways to manage stress, and strategies on how to build a path moving forward.
2:30p
(starts 9/5)
Consent forms Anxiety Toolkit
Facilitator: Jennifer Cleveland PhD
Group Room
This workshop is designed to help students struggling with anxiety related concerns. Student will understand anxiety, recognize their triggers and symptoms associated with: general anxiety, test anxiety, and social anxiety. Students completing workshop will leave with helpful anxiety management strategies.
Friday
3:30 - 4:30p
(starts 9/6)
Phone Triage Upward Spiral: Managing Depression
Facilitator: Cristina Villegas-Hernandez, LCSW
Group Room
Workshop designed to help students understand depression, recognize symptoms, and discuss techniques that help in managing depression.
12 - 2:00p
TBD
In-person screening Adventure Therapy
Facilitator: Jason Dillard, LPCI & Susan Denny, LPC
Group Room
This 8-week group plus 3-day backpacking trip, focuses on building skills to increase resiliency, which includes working on building trusting relationships, increasing confidence, and stabilizing emotions when challenged. The group will be held at a secluded outdoor area on campus, and will utilize nature, technical skills and activities that promote resiliency. In collaboration with Outdoor Pursuits, the group will be going on a day backpacking trip to Colorado Bend State Park, November 8-10. Participants must commit to the group and the trip. The trip has a fee of $75, that will be due prior to the course start.

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