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Support. Connect. Empower.

We are licensed mental health care professionals with extensive multicultural training. Our goal is to help you achieve academic and personal growth while promoting a healthy campus learning environment. Our staff represents a diverse range of identities, backgrounds and theoretical orientations, with many intersecting identities. We utilize a holistic approach to student development and foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding where everyone feels welcome.

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Counseling :: Emergency Resources

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Emergency Resources

Are you experiencing a crisis? Concerned for the safety of another student?

The Counseling Center offers immediate assistance to students experiencing mental health crises. We’re here to listen. Your health and safety are our number one priority. Call us at 903.886.5145.

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Counseling Center :: Services

What We Do


We provide individual, couples, and group counseling. We also provide crisis intervention and psychiatric medication management for ongoing counseling clients.

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Consultation and Referral

We consult with students, parents, faculty and staff. We work to create and maintain meaningful connections with campus partners, and serve a major role in the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for crisis response.

Outreach and Prevention

We offer psychoeducational programming on various mental health topics, skill-building workshops, suicide prevention gatekeeper training, anonymous mental health screenings, campus-wide mental health programs, and more. Request an outreach event.

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Training and Education

We serve as a training site for master’s and doctoral level mental health professionals while also engaging in staff development and continuing education. Learn more about our graduate training program.

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Counseling Services

What is Counseling?

The American Counseling Association defines counseling as a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals.

Counseling Center :: Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a personal opportunity to receive support and experience growth during challenging times. Individual counseling can help you deal with many personal topics including:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance misuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Stress management

Call 903.886.5145 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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Counseling Center :: Couple Counseling

Couples Counseling

Over time, every couple will experience fluctuations in their level of closeness and harmony. Couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds ranging from basic concerns of stagnation to serious expressions of aggressive behavior. Overall, couples counseling can slow your downward spiral and establish realistic expectations and goals for a healthy relationship.

Call 903.886.5145 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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Counseling Center :: Group Counseling

Group Counseling

A significant benefit of group counseling is the understanding that you are not alone in the life challenges you’re facing. Being involved in a group of peers who are experiencing similar situations increases your understanding of struggles surrounding the topic and illustrates the variety of possible solutions available. Groups typically have up to eight participants and one or two group leaders. Discussions revolve around common topics including:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Grief and loss

Call 903.886.5145 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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Counseling Center :: Find a Counselor

Meet our Counselors

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Counseling Center :: Lion House Calls

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Receive Care Anywhere*

You can access our counseling services face-to-face or from anywhere. Online or over the phone, our counselors are here for you. Schedule one-on-one appointments, participate in workshops or join a group counseling session remotely. As a student, our services are available to you at no cost, including:

  • New client appointments
  • Ongoing counseling appointments
  • Crisis triage
  • Drop-in hours
  • Psychiatric evaluation

*You must currently be in the state of Texas to receive counseling services.

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Counseling Center:: Educational Outreach

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We are eager to share educational resources with your classroom or campus organization. We customize our outreach services to meet your specific group or classroom presentation needs. Frequent topics include:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Academic stressors
  • Creating boundaries and healthy relationships
  • Anxiety, social anxiety, and depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Finding balance

Please request outreach events at least two weeks in advance to ensure our ability to accommodate your needs. Zuzi Gomez-Chang is available for any questions you have.

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Counseling Center::JED Campus

JED Campus

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A&M-Commerce is proud to partner with the JED Campus initiative.

JED Campus is a national program designed to ensure schools have the strongest possible mental health safety nets by evaluating and strengthening their mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs. Offered by the JED Foundation, the program focuses on decreasing suicides, increasing help-seeking behavior and lowering substance abuse numbers.

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Counseling Center- Statement of Philosophy

About Us

Our Mission

Support. Connect. Empower.

We provide mental health services to assist in maximizing your potential for personal growth and academic success. We strive to complement the university’s academic mission by initiating interventions to promote a healthy campus environment and meet the psychological and educational needs of the university community. Our challenge is to nurture and support you while addressing the evolving issues and concerns ever-present in a diverse university community.

Our Vision

We will provide holistic, individualized mental health and wellness services operating from four pillars of service, including clinical services, outreach and prevention, consultation, and clinical training for future mental health professionals. With cultural humility, our purpose is to deliver innovative, empirically proven, trauma-informed support in support of a diverse student body.

We will provide holistic, individualized mental health and wellness services operating from four pillars: clinical services, outreach and prevention, consultation and as a training site for future mental health professionals. With cultural humility, our purpose is to deliver innovative, empirically proven, trauma-informed support as we serve a diverse student body.

Core Values

  • INTEGRITY AND ETHICS: We provide services based on the highest professional standards. We anchor our efforts in integrity, adhere to ethical expectations of conduct and safe-guard your therapeutic relationship and well-being. The cornerstone of our practice is maintaining the confidentiality of those we serve.
  • PROFESSIONALISM AND SERVICE EXCELLENCE: We pursue excellence as a guiding principle in our work. We strive to provide high quality, culturally competent, evidence-based programs and services in a proactive, timely and flexible manner. We are committed to remaining current in our practices by engaging in ongoing professional development.
  • DIGNITY AND RESPECT: We value the inherent worth and dignity of all people, honor the right and responsibility of individual choice, and respect and care for each other and those we serve.
  • DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: We serve as advocates for social justice, embracing and celebrating diversity. We support a campus culture that encourages safety, inclusiveness, respect and awareness. We enhance the campus climate by seeking new approaches and strategies that instill an inclusive university experience.
  • COLLABORATION AND TEAMWORK: We seek to understand one another. We practice open, empathic and authentic communication and seek-out partnerships and opportunities for teamwork in support of enhanced services to students.
  • INNOVATION AND STEWARDSHIP: We strive to be thoughtful and responsible with resources by utilizing sustainable approaches and valuing creativity as a conduit to provide innovative services relevant to student needs.

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Counseling Center :: FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Counseling Center be open during this time?

As the current pandemic related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the Counseling Center is here for you. These are unprecedented times and there is ample anxiety and concern over this rapidly changing illness. The Counseling Center is currently open and utilizing distance counseling for clients for all services including crisis triage, drop-in hours, psychiatric evaluation and regular counseling appointments. If you are a current client, you and your provider will work out your appointment schedule. If you are a new client, you can schedule an online intake appointment by calling the Counseling Center at 903.886.5145.

The Counseling Center uses a HIPAA compliant platform to provide distance counseling and the Counseling Center staff has received the required additional training to be able to provide distance counseling within the State of Texas. Laws governing licensed clinical professionals prohibit the delivery of services outside of Texas. Watch this space as well as the Counseling Center website for more information related to current services or distance counseling.

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Who can use the Counseling Center?

All currently enrolled students at A&M-Commerce.

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Do I need an appointment to see a counselor?

Counseling sessions are scheduled by appointment. You may call us at 903.886.5145 to schedule your appointment. The center also provides drop-in hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During drop-in hours, you may consult with an on-duty counselor, explore options and/or schedule the next appointment.

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Why counseling?

People come for counseling because they want to feel better about themselves, or perhaps a relationship. Counseling can be as simple as sharing your thoughts and feelings in confidence with a trained counselor, someone who is objective and a good listener. This is often helpful when you have important decisions to make. Sometimes counseling may help you change your behavior so you can deal more effectively with a problem or become more aware of the strengths and resources that you can use to your benefit.

At other times, counseling may help by giving you certain types of information, teaching you new skills, or helping you see yourself and others in a different light. Successful counseling may mean you will become aware of feelings and behaviors that are not particularly comfortable to you or effective for you. With the help and support of a trained counselor, you can learn to confront such feelings and behaviors and make changes that will lead to a more satisfying life.

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What is counseling?

Mental health counseling is the assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social or psychological problems and difficulties, and creating a sense of well-being.

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When do you offer counseling services?

We are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Appointments between 5:00-7:00 p.m. may be available on some days.

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Counseling Center :: Contact Us

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Contact Us

  • Halladay Student Services, 203
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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