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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Personal Counseling/Psychotherapy

A student can meet with a counselor for personal, emotional, behavioral or relationship problems. Students can receive support for difficulties adjusting to college, juggling obligations, alleviating problems and/or learning to cope adaptively.  The goal of counseling is to help you resolve concerns and reach your goals in the pursuit of a more satisfying, fulfilling life.  Counseling sessions are made by appointment.


Students are eligible for 6 free individual counseling sessions each semester (to include the initial consultation session). There is a $10.00 fee per visit for session 7 and any additional sessions during the current semester. Missed or late cancelled sessions will count toward the 6 session limit.

All group counseling is free of charge.

Psychological Assessment

Psychological Assessment is conducted for ADHD and Learning Disorders. The first step in the process is a free screening appointment. During the screening visit, your history and symptoms will be reviewed. Screening results will be discussed with you. If the screening results are positive you will be in a position to make an informed decision about whether testing is a good option for you.

ADHD Assessment

  • Free initial screening
  • $308 for students
  • No-show or missed appointment fee: $40

Learning Disorders Testing

  • Free initial screening
  • $364 for students
  • No-show or missed appointment fee: $40

Professional Approaches

Each counselor has his or her own counseling approach and style. Just as no two people are alike, no two providers are alike. Each provider has a style or approach that is unique. However, for all staff the goal of counseling is to help you resolve the issue(s) that brought you in. In addition, all staff maintain the highest ethical standards and practice. The exact type of assistance you receive will be based on collaboration between your counselor and yourself. Some issues may require treatment and/or monitoring that is beyond the scope of what our office can accommodate. In these cases, referrals to appropriate services will be provided.

Career Counseling

Career selection and planning is a lifelong process that involves developing self-awareness and understanding the realities of the working world. Counselors are available to help students with this process by appointment.

Career Assessments and Career Resources are often recommended to assist students in gaining awareness and understanding of their interests, personality and values. Career Assessments including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can help with this process.

My Plan, a comprehensive web-based career planning program, is available in The Career Development Center located in 216 Davis Hall. For assistance with My Plan, job search skills, resume writing, interviewing skills and job market information, visit The Career Development Center.

Group Counseling

Why Join a Group?

CAPS offers two kinds of groups: Interpersonal Process and Psychoeducational Groups. When issues involve relationships (family, romantic, peer), interpersonal process groups can be very effective. Members can try out new ways of relating to others that can be applied to relationships outside of the group. Psychoeducational groups provide more structure and focus on skills building and learning new strategies to meet your goals. These small, co-ed groups (6-10 students) will meet weekly to enhance interpersonal skills and general well being. The group provides opportunities to gain self-awareness, explore personal and relationship issues, and give and receive feedback in a safe environment. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, please call 817-272-3671.

I’m interested in group therapy, how do I get started?

It is normal to have questions about your group experience. CAPS offers group screening appointments so you can meet with group facilitators, discuss concerns and goals, and learn more about the group. Group leaders will collaborate with you in deciding if group is the right step for you. For more information, call 817-272-3671.

Please be aware that an initial consultation appointment will also be needed, therefore contacting CAPS as soon as possible will ensure the opportunity to complete the consultation and screening process.

Spring 2015 Group Schedule - Location: Ransom Hall 310

MAVS Process Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Experience new ways of relating to others, share personal concerns, and receive support and feedback. Mondays 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Begins Feb 16th, Contact: Michael Arnold. Contact required before joining group.

Cognitive Behavioral Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Discover how thoughts, actions, and feelings are connected and can help you reach your wellness goals. Thursdays 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Begins March 19th, Contact: Vickie Goins. Contact required before joining group.

Wellness Clinic – Open to all currently registered UTA students. Short-term group to gain coping strategies to navigate college life. Wednesdays 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Begins Feb 18th, Contact: Cindy Manzano. Contact required before joining group.

Free from Distraction Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Build skills related to issues such as time management, focus, procrastination, and self-esteem. Tuesdays 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Begins Feb 3rd, Contact: Thomas Johnson. Contact required before joining group.

Self-Leadership Group -  Open to all currently registered UTA students. Explore how to achieve greater balance and harmony within yourself and your environment through a focus on strengths, validation, and respect. Short-term group. Wednesdays 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Begins April 1st, Contact: Katie Winikates. Contact required before joining group.

Think. Grow. Change. Open to registered UTA students through CAPS referral. Lean how to balance qualities of acceptance and change, and explore new coping skills that can be applied to your daily life. Wednesdays 3:00pm-4:30pm, Begins Feb 18th, Contact: Shae Fawcett. Contact required before joining group.

CAPS Event Calendar

Discover new ways of promoting your emotional wellness!

Renew, Relax, Revive: Learn mindfulness and meditative techniques to manage stress. Most Mondays (12:15pm-12:45pm), Tuesdays (12:45pm-1:15pm), and Fridays (2:15pm-2:45pm). Final Spring Semester Date: May 15!

Interested in becoming involved with CAPS outreach?

Contact Cindy Manzano 817-272-3671 to explore how you can support student wellness!

Interested in starting a new chapter of Active Minds? Contact us to discuss!

Online Screening

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Online Mental Health Screening