Counseling and Training Clinic at TAMU-CC Offering Free Counseling Programs to Community

Published: January 20, 2016

Counseling and Training Clinic at TAMU-CC Offering Free Counseling Programs to Community

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Counseling and Training Clinic at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will begin two free counseling programs in early February designed to help community members overcome obstacles in their personal lives and build up their self-image.

The programs can help individuals who are struggling with issues ranging from trauma and negative self-perceptions to difficulty coping with emotions such as fear and sadness. The start date of both programs is Tuesday, Feb. 2.   

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral-Therapy Program: The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral-Therapy Program (TF-CBT) is a 10-week program which helps teenagers who have experienced a traumatic life event such as separation from their family, witnessing domestic violence, or being the victim of emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

Through this program, the Counseling and Training Clinic hopes to educate teens about the causes of trauma, provide stress management training and help support their expression and management of feelings. In addition, the program seeks to help them cope with self-deprecating thoughts, promote their participation in responsible behavior and develop positive self-perceptions. Caregiver-child sessions are available.

There is participant compensation available for those who are eligible and complete the program. Interested families should schedule an intake appointments prior to Tuesday, Feb. 2, the start date of the program, but the program will be accepting new members as capacity allows.  For more information on this program or to sign up, contact Dr. Stephen Lenz, TF-CBT Program Coordinator, at 361.825.3467; or by email at Stephen.Lenz@tamucc.edu.

  • Personal Skills Group: The Personal Skills Group helps participants cope with difficult emotions, such as anger, fear, sadness and anxiety, while helping them improve personal relationships and learn and practice mindfulness. The group is based on dialectical behavior therapy, a treatment approach that emphasizes building on strengths to foster positive behavior and self-image.

For more information on this program or to sign up, call the Counseling and Training Clinic at 361.825.3988. They will make an intake appointment and provide more details on the schedule. Intakes will be ongoing throughout the semester.

The Counseling and Training Clinic offers counseling services to individuals, couples, families and children in the Coastal Bend community free of charge. All sessions are completely private and confidential and are supervised by fully trained and licensed professionals. For more information, go to http://cnep.tamucc.edu/ctc.html.