Student 101: Talk it out with a counselor

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 Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

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Confidential help is available for students.

By William A. Peters

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

This college offers free counseling for students on the first floor of Moody Learning Center.

The counselors are required to have a minimum of a master’s degree in counseling and are licensed by the state of Texas to provide therapeutic counseling on a variety of personal and mental health issues, said Dr. David Rodriguez, personal counselor.

The personal counselors are there to help any student who needs it. Asking for help as an adult is hard and carries a stigma. With life comes strife, and students don’t have to face it alone.

Rodriguez said needing help isn’t a sign of weakness or doesn’t mean one is less intelligent. A person could be a genius at math, writing or anything, but if having personal issues, stressed out or depressed, it is going to affect academics.

Much like physical health, mental health requires maintenance, Rodriguez said.

People don’t go from being fine one day to having a breakdown the next. Stress and anxiety build up and personal issues eat at everyone.

“Anxiety isn’t going to go away; there will always be things that stress us out; it is part of being alive,” Rodriguez said.

He said sometimes it is necessary to talk it out and get feedback or discover the source of anxiety. Managing anxiety and learning how to deal with it is what counseling is for.

There are also confidential group counseling sessions available for those who would prefer to work with others in similar situations and navigate the issues they face. The current groups this semester are LGBT, veterans’, single parent and a poetry group.

Conversations students  might have with counselors are completely confidential, and it is not part of the academic record.

Students can see a counselor by walk-in or appointment. The services are free and available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on the first floor of Moody Learning Center.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 210-486-0334.

For more information about group counseling, call 210-486-1620.

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