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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. 

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
3:00 - 4:30 pm (starts 9/17) Consent forms & Phone Screening Out or Questioning 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
2:00 - 3:30pm
(starts 9/18)

Registration Closed - FULL GROUP
Registration with S. Denny Adventure Therapy
Facilitator: Susan Denny, LPC
(Classroom for First meeting)
A 10-week group focused on building relationships, problem solving, communications, values explorations and building resiliency in a safe community. The group will be held at a private outdoor area on campus, and will utilized nature and activities to use the developed skill. In collaboration with Outdoor Pursuits, the group will go on a 3-day backpacking trip to Colorado Bend State Park on Nov. 14-16. Participants must commit to the group and the trip. The group has a fee of $95, that will be due prior to the start of the course.
2:00 - 3:30pm
(starts 10/2)
Consent forms #RelationshipGoals
Facilitator: Melissa Hernandez, LCSW, DSW
(Group Room)
A group for individuals who want to explore and strengthen their relationships with others. Topics will include: Healthy Relationships, Communication Strategies, Anger Management, and Problem Solving.
3:30 - 4:30pm
(starts 9/04)
Consent forms & phone screening Mindfulness Toolkit
Facilitator: Cristina Villegas-Hernandez, LCSW
(Classroom)
This three-part workshop series will introduce you to the benefits of mindfulness. The workshops will cover: mindfulness principles as well as formal practices (guided/breathing exercises, and informal practices (mindful walking, eating, & adult coloring). Join us in learning mindful tips and assist you in balancing college life.
Wednesday
11:00am - 12:30pm
(starts 9/28)
Facilitator Screening Managing the Distress Within
Facilitator: Cristina Villegas-Hernandez, LCSW & Kristen Lopez, LMSW (Group Room)
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.
3:00 - 4:30pm
(starts 9/12)
Consent Forms Art Therapy
Facilitator: Kristen McElroy, LPC, LCDC (Classroom)
Art therapy provides a supportive environment to engage in self exploration and dialogue through the use of artistic expression. No artistic talent or skill required
5:00 - 6:30pm
(starts 9/26)
Consent Forms Parent Support Group
Facilitator: Kristen Lopez, LMSW (Group Room)
This group is for student parents to meet, discuss the challenges of balancing school and parenting, and build a parenting support network.
Thursday
10:00 - 11:30am
(starts 8/30)
Screening & Consent Forms A.S.P.I.R.E
Facilitator: Richard Blask, PhD
(Group Room)
A processing group for adult students (roughly mid-twenties and older). Common issues discussed include self-esteem, interpersonal challenges, family and other relationships, and sexuality.
2:00 - 3:00pm
(starts 9/05)
N/A SMART Recovery
Facilitator: Kristen McElroy, LPCI, LCDC
(Group Room)
SMART- (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Students will learn techniques to manage substance use issues by helping them build and maintain motivation, cope with urges, manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and live a balanced life. ***The SMART Recovery meeting is being provided through the Center for Collegiate Recovery Program.***
3:30 - 4:30pm
(starts 9/06)
Consent Forms Anxiety Toolkit
Facilitator: Nathan Miller, PhD
(Group Room)
This three-part workshop series designed to help students struggling with anxiety related concerns. The series will help students understand anxiety, recognize their triggers and symptoms associated with: general anxiety, test anxiety, and social anxiety. Students completing workshops will leave with helpful anxiety management strategies.
3:30 - 4:30pm
(starts 9/27)
Facilitator Screening Managing the Distress Within
Facilitator: Elizabeth Cosgrove, LPC & Hazel Lane, PsyD
(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.
Friday
2:00 - 3:30pm
(starts 9/18)
Facilitator Phone Screening Breaking the Silence
Facilitator: Melva Torne-Boyd, PsyD & Susana Martinez, PsyD
(Group Room)
Primary focus of this support group is to offer an opportunity to meet other survivors, sharetheir stories, and increase feelings of being supported. Facilitators will assist members to tap into their own coping skills and learn new ones.

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