A student’s journey on the hilltop is a period of profound growth and transitions, filled with exposure to many new and different things. Navigating these changes can be challenging and students may struggle from time to time.

The Health & Counseling Center's (HCC) clinical staff guides students through difficulties by helping them to understand their situation and develop a plan of action with available resources so they can become the best version of themselves.   

Hilltopper Helpline

Licensed counselors will be available 24/7/365 to provide immediate support for student concerns and refer any student who needs regular counseling to the HCC. Call 833-434-1217 to access the helpline.

Treatment Options Through the HCC

At this time, counseling services are offered remotely and in-person (where possible, following current health and safety protocols). Enrolled students are eligible for counseling services, which include:

Individual Counseling Services

  • Individual Counseling
    • Single Session
    • Stabilization & Referral
    • Short Term Counseling
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Long Term Counseling*
    • Specialized Treatment / Assessment*
    • Psychiatry*

*Referral off campus via case management

To get started with an HCC clinician, please call 512-448-8538 during business hours for an initial phone Triage Appointment. This is a brief conversation with a mental health professional to assess the situation and explore the most appropriate treatment option, which may include phone/video sessions, crisis services or referrals/resources.

If a student’s concern requires counseling beyond the scope of the HCC's resources, community resources will be provided through case management services.   

Please note: If you currently reside outside Texas, and we determine that you would benefit from ongoing counseling, we will make every attempt to connect you to services in your own state. Licensing laws do not allow mental health professionals to practice outside of the state in which they are licensed.

Crisis services will continue to be offered at the HCC during business hours (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Student Support Groups

For Spring 2022, the HCC is offering several support groups.  All groups will begin meeting the week of February 7, 2022.

Click here for group descriptions

If interested in joining a group, please call the HCC during business hours at 512-448-8538. If you would like to request a specific group/topic or would like more information about a group, please email Dr. Michael Hershberger, Psychologist/Group Coordinator.

Topical Online Well-being Workshops

Stay tuned for upcoming workshops from the HCC. Check out our partners at Recreation & Wellness Health Education for workshops, health outreach, and education.

Training Opportunities

The HCC offers practicum training for doctorate-level graduate students in APA or regionally accredited clinical and/or counseling psychology programs. Learn about the training opportunities.

Understanding Counseling

This helpful graphic explores the common myths about counseling. Counseling is the practice of discussing and exploring issues with a trained professional in a safe and confidential environment to find ways to appropriately address the situation.