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Student Health & Counseling Services

Counseling

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You came to UTHealth to make a difference,

and you worked hard to get here.

Training for the next step in your career is exciting – and it can be stressful. Balancing work and studying, dealing with changes in relationships, and adjusting to life in a new place can be tough. Whether experiencing problems such as homesickness, school-related stress, trouble regulating sleeping or eating habits, conflicts with peers or family, or more serious mental health issues, many students find they benefit from a visit to the Student Counseling Center.

Our staff provides support for students enrolled in UTHealth’s Medical, Nursing, and Dental schools, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Biomedical Informatics, and School of Public Health, as well as MD Anderson’s School of Health Professions.  Problems we work with range from the everyday stresses of juggling school, work, and relationships to more chronic issues, such as dealing with health-related conditions or disabilities. We see students struggling with difficult feelings or situations, making important life decisions, living away from home, or adjusting to a new country or culture. Whatever a student’s past experiences, values, or beliefs, we enjoy helping students find the help they need.

Team Work

We provide mental health services as part of the Student Health Clinic. Our staff includes a psychiatrist and a psychologist, both of whom have extensive experience in working with both “garden variety” and severe mental health issues. Counseling is provided in a private, comfortable setting and, because our offices are within the Clinic, a team of physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals is available to help as needed.  Our staff takes a holistic approach to treatment, and they believe in working closely to provide and monitor medical and psychiatric care.  Students like the convenience of being able to stop by for immunizations or a medical check-up on the same day as they receive counseling services – they call it a “one-stop shop!”

How We Can Help

The Student Counseling Center provides: short-term, solution-focused individual and group therapy; psychiatric care; and consultation, outreach, and educational programs within the UTHealth community. Our staff is skilled in using a variety of treatment modalities.  If additional services are needed, students are assisted in making connections with community agencies, providers, and support groups.

Mental health services are available at no charge to students throughout the school year.

Services are confidential. Unless a student has provided written permission, no information about a student’s interactions with our providers is released to anyone outside the Counseling Center unless required by law, or in the rare instance of an emergency situation.

It’s all strictly confidential

– no information is shared with your family, friends, or school without your permission. 

It’s free

for currently enrolled students

And it’s close by.

6410 Fannin St. Suite 130 Houston, TX 77030

 

For information or to make an appointment, contact:

UT Student Counseling

713-500-5171 (8 am–5 pm)

713-500-5173 (After Hours)

Crisis Hotline: 713-500-IMUT (4688)

 

Other Helpful Numbers:

UT Police Dispatch: 713-792-2890

For suspicious, threatening, or violent behaviors:

713-792-STOP (7867)

Psychiatry

Our Psychiatrist, Dr. Sudhakar Selvaraj, is available at Student Health on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 4:30pm. An on call Psychiatrist is available after hours if needed. Please call our after hours number at 713-500-5173 if you need assistance after 5pm.

Counseling

Dr. Mary Ann Robinson is our licensed Psychologist. She has experience in numerous setting such as hospitals, schools, and universities. Dr. Robinson counsels on a variety of topics including but not limited to stress management, personal conflicts, and family related problems. She is available Monday-Friday from 9am to 4:30 at Student Health.

To schedule with Dr. Selvaraj or Dr. Robinson, please call Student Health at 713-500-5171.

Please do not hesitate to call. Urgent appointments are available upon request. 

 

Biographies

selverajDr. Sudhakar Selvaraj, MD, PhD, is the Psychiatrist at the UTHealth student counseling services and Assistant Professor at the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth McGovern Medical School. He qualified in medicine in India and completed psychiatry training and PhD at Oxford and at Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Dr. Selvaraj is also interested in research with a focus on underlying mechanisms that causes the mood disorders and thereby improving treatments for mood disorders. For more information please see https://med.uth.edu/psychiatry/faculty/sudhakar-selvaraj/”.

At the student counseling, he provides assessment and treatment of a range of adult mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, mood swings, attention disorder, stress related problems, paranoia etc.

robinson2Mary Ann Robinson, Ph.D., LSSP
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Associate Director, UTHealth Student Counseling Center
Assistant Professor, UTHealth McGovern Medical School
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety/Stress management
  • Relationship issues
  • Mood disorders
  • Consultation
  • Multicultural issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Family therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Psychological assessment
  • Trauma recovery
  • Gender-related issues
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Individualized therapy techniques for ages three to adult
  • Training and supervision