Counseling Services are provided by Student Counseling to help promote student academic and personal success. We need your help to make the services we offer maximally effective. All students experience occasional difficulties coping with the challenges of life and health science education, and many come on their own initiative for assistance in managing stress, life transitions, and other issues. In your unique position as a faculty, staff member, or fellow student you may be the first to recognize that personal difficulties are affecting a student's academic performance.
What's available through Student Counseling Services
We see students in individual, couple, and group counseling for a wide variety of concerns: depression, anxiety, loneliness, concerns about academic performance, eating disorders, relationship concerns, sexuality issues, suicidal feelings, psychotic behavior, etc.
It is important to note, however, that Student Counseling Services has a variety of other services which may be of use to UTMB students.
Please note that all counseling services are provided at no fee to UTMB students and and are completely confidential within the limits of Texas law (see our Confidentiality Policy ).
The decision to refer a student for counseling is first based upon your own observations, i.e., an individual who shows signs and symptoms of emotional, academic, or career choice difficulties. For example, you might notice yourself doing more "personal counseling" than academic or career advising. Or you might notice a student who has difficulty getting along with others, or is always alone.
Each of us experiences emotional problems in a different way, but some common indicators you might observe include:
If you notice these warning signs, here's how you can make a referral for counseling. Tell the individual, in private and in a straightforward and matter-of-fact manner, of your concern. Be specific regarding the behavior patterns you have observed. Suggest that he/she consider talking with a counselor. If the student agrees, depending on your sense of urgency you may:
We can usually see a client the same day when necessary. If you are unsure about whether to refer, call us. Our counselors are always willing to discuss your concerns and possible courses of action.
If the student reacts as though you are implying he/she is "sick" or "disturbed", you might reassure him or her that counseling is used by many students who are having situational or temporary difficulties. Many students face normal developmental concerns due to insights they get about themselves as a result of their new experiences at UTMB. At times due to environmental pressures, students may feel acute anxiety, sadness, or depression. For these problems, as well as crises or developmental concerns, it is helpful to gain the perspective of an unbiased source. A counselor can help individuals understand their difficulties and cope more effectively with them. You might also remind the individual that Counseling Services are free of charge and completely confidential.
Because communication between a counselor and a client is confidential, we cannot discuss a client's situation, or reveal that counseling is being received, without the client's written consent. If you wish follow-up information on someone you have referred, please ask that individual to provide us with permission to speak with you. If you do not hear from us, it is likely that permission has been denied.
Occasionally a student may appear to be extremely upset or distraught. Crisis or emergency situations may involve an individual threatening or attempting suicide, posing a threat to self or others, or appearing unable to care for him/herself. If a student is acting in a troubling manner or seems to be losing control, there are several points to keep in mind.
Services available to faculty and staff members
And a final note
We look forward to continued effective collaboration with faculty and staff to promote the retention, academic success and personal development of all UTMB and Galveston College healthcare professionals in training. Your understanding and support of students and the services we offer are important to their success.