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Greetings and Welcome!

Thank you for visiting the Department of Counseling at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s website. With a vision statement that promotes the values of creativity, diversity, and relational development, our faculty is committed to providing our students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences that can position them to provide quality counseling services in diverse settings. Our faculty are seasoned counselors and counselor educators with a broad range of clinical, academic, and supervisory experiences.  In addition to training future counselors, we are also dedicated to the practical application of counseling, such as work in private practice, consulting with area agencies, and providing treatment in hospitals.

As professional counselors, we are committed to training our students using a developmental, contextual model. Focusing on mental health and wellness, this model distinguishes professional counseling practice from other medical/mental illness disciplines.  We offer special classes within our training programs, including but not limited to:  grief and loss counseling, substance abuse and addictions counseling, couple and family counseling, advanced multicultural counseling, and counseling older adults.

I feel fortunate to serve the department and am pleased by the leadership of our faculty. Within our core tenure track faculty of 11, we have among us six current or former ACA division presidents, one ACA-President elect, a national division founder, an ACA Presidential appointed Treasurer, and two representatives to the American Counseling Association Governing Council.  Additionally, our faculty members hold office in a number of state and local associations. UTSA is also the home of an ACA division peer- reviewed journal, the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Simply stated, we are an energetic team, dedicated to making a positive difference. We look forward to hearing from you.


Thelma Duffey, Ph.D
Professor and Chair
Department of Counseling
The University of Texas at San Antonio