Personal Counseling

Short-term Counseling Services

University Counseling Center staff provide short-term individual counseling services to help students address personal problems that interfere with meeting the demands of college life and their academic success. Counselors can work with you to aid you in increasing self-awareness, improving self-confidence and acceptance, enhancing your ability to cope during changes and challenges, improving your decision making and communication abilities, and teaching you strategies to replace hurtful or self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and actions with healthy, adaptive, alternatives. Such counseling is a highly individualized process focusing on specific areas of concern you and the counselor identify together.

Services are available to TAMUCC students who are currently enrolled and whose needs match our services.  Our experience and national research indicate that most students who seek short-term counseling services are able to get the assistance they need after completing one to six counseling sessions.  TAMUCC students may receive up to 15 counseling sessions per academic year.  Students are responsible for keeping all scheduled appointments and must cancel appointments 24 hours in advance.  Missed appointments and late cancellations will be counted toward the fifteen session limit.  If your needs are outside of the scope of UCC resources, we will help you to access other appropriate campus or community resources.

Psychological Screenings and Assessment

Psychological screenings and assessments are used to aid the counseling process. Assessments are used to assist in the development of a personalized plan of action for counseling by identifying a student's strengths and those skills that could be further developed. Assessments are also used to gather cognitive, emotional and behavioral information prior to a medication evaluation by our consulting psychiatrist. 

The University Counseling Center does not conduct psychological evaluations for the purpose of determining disability status and also does not make accommodations recommendations for persons who have been diagnosed with a disability.  For this reason, we cannot provide documentation for students seeking authorization for an emotional support animal, even if the student is a current or former University Counseling Center client.    The University Counseling Center can provide students with a referral to a community provider for a disability evaluation.  An off-campus psychologist or psychiatrist can evaluate a student’s disability status and determine if based on the student’s condition, an emotional support animal is medically necessary.   Alternatively, students may choose to consult with their primary physician.