Services Overview

Services we offer include the following: Scroll down to learn more about each section of our services.


Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, students will work with a therapist to explore their concerns and work to better understand and resolve their difficulties.

When a student is seeking or referred for therapy, here is what you can expect at your first visit. All new students will meet for a brief session to express their concerns with a therapist. Some students may find that this initial appointment is sufficient enough to resolve their presenting concerns, while others might need continued support. If the session constitutes an individual therapy referral, you will be scheduled for an intake session. At subsequent sessions, you can expect to discuss some of the reasons you scheduled your appointment and establishing and work towards goals for therapy. Individual sessions typically last 45 minutes and usually are weekly to every other week to less frequent as you progress through your treatment.

Career Counseling is also offered to all registered students and is structured to support you in identifying possible career options by exploring your vision, interests, skills, values, and life goals. Our staff works to help those undecided about their future, considering a career change, unsure about their major, or worrying about the job market.

Our center policy does limit individual sessions to 12 individual thearpy sessions per academic year. This is to ensure that we serve the greatest number of students on our campus. We do offer unlimited group sessions throughout the academic year for students to utilize.


Group Therapy 

Most groups are in person at the Counseling Center and will meet during the fall and spring semester. For more information on the specific groups, please call the Counseling Center.

What to expect if you are referred for group thearpy

  • From triage, you will either be placed into the group immediately, or you will be referred for a screening with the staff member who is leading an Understanding Self and Others group to determine if the specific group is deemed best for your treatment.
  • This screening will help you engage with the therapists leading the group and have an opportunity to learn more, set personal goals for the group, and ask any questions about the group opportunity.
  • After that, you will be scheduled for the next group meeting that meets approximately once a week.
  • If you enter the group session after 15 minutes, you will unable to join that occurring group and will be notified of the next available group for the week.


Common Questions About Group

Why do people join groups?
Group therapy can be helpful in many ways, but often people participate in group therapy if they are struggling with relationships and to address interpersonal concerns. If you have been referred to group by one of our therapists, it is because it is the most effective method for addressing your concerns.

How does group therapy work?
Group therapy is a unique experience for most people because the therapists and group members work hard to make it a safe and confidential place to explore relationships. During group therapy things that are reviewed are confidentiality of the group, expectations, and norms which are reviewed periodically throughout the group process.

Group therapy usually works because members behave in the group in ways that reflect how they behave outside of group and from there, the therapists and other members can help the individual change by giving feedback and insight to help improve their behaviors. These suggestions can be practiced so that members can see other options in a supportive and safe environment. Group therapy can also provide a space where members don't feel alone in their pain or struggles, even if interacting in group settings is difficult due to shyness or anxiety.

How can I get the most out of group?
Apprehension is common for people when beginning group therapy and that is okay. There are some things that you can do to maximize the chances that group will be a meaningful and healing experience for you such as being willing to participate and commit to group, being as genuine as you can be in group, thinking about what you would like to gain from group, knowing your limits in self-disclosure but finding ways to challenge yourself in order to grow in your treatment, trying to give others feedback and insight when you think it could be helpful for other member, and being patient with the group process and progress.

Fall 2024 Group Offerings

Emotion Management Group

Ms. Artice Carter and Dr. Ce’Ne Harris

Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30

 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), is an evidenced-based practice created to help clients dealing with intense emotions and self-destructive actions. This skills group can help with managing emotions, concentration, decision making and maintaining healthy boundaries. We use the following four skills to learn new behaviors: Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Come to the Counseling Center’s Emotion Management Group Wednesdays from 1:30pm - 2:30pm to learn more about how to manage emotions you have been struggling with. 

Anxiety Group

Dr. David Deason

Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 PM

Do you struggle with anxiety?  Do your worries weigh you down?  Come to the Counseling Center's Anxiety management group on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 PM.  We will learn about anxiety, discuss our experiences, and review strategies to manage anxiety better.

Sistah Circle

Dr. Jameice DeCoster

Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 PM

This is an empowering and supportive group for Black female-identified students.  This safe, confidential group allows for exploration of issues such as family, relationships, self-esteem, beauty, body image, and academic difficulties.  This is a place to share, cry, connect, inspire, learn, grow, support, listen, engage, encourage, empower, and equip other women. Come to the Counseling Center’s Sistah Circle on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 PM to connect and grow.

 LGBTQIA2S+ Support Group

Dr. Chris Carden

Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 PM

Are you a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and trans, queer and questioning, intersex, asexual or agender, two-spirit, plus other identities) community?  Do you need support?  Are you looking for a place to come to find answers to some of your questions?  Are there patterns in your thinking or interpersonal relationships you want to interrupt?  If you said yes to any of these questions, and you are a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community then please consider attending this group.  We’ll meet on Thursday evenings from 4:30-5:30 in the Counseling Center.  Join us to gain relief, feel community support, and receive assurance that no matter what, you aren’t alone.

If you are interested in any of these groups, please keep us in mind as you plan your Fall schedule.  These groups will have membership limits of 10 or so, so be sure to contact Dr. Chris Carden, at dccarden@memphis.edu if you are interested.  

Couples/Partners/Family Therapy

Couples thearpy is provided to students when at least one partner is service eligible for the semester. Couples can include roommates, partners, teammates, or other relationships that are experiencing concern or conflict.

 If you are seeking couples therapy, both partners will need to complete initial intake forms at their first appointment. At your first session with your therapist, you can expect to discuss your concerns about the relationship and establish goals for your therapy treatment. Couples sessions typically last 45 minutes, meet every other week, and take place with both members of the couple in the room. There may be times when each partner might meet individually with the therapist, especially at the start of the therapy experience.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment and Psychiatric Services

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Learning Disorder Testing and Evaluation

  • ADHD support is available under our free services to assist students that have been diagnosed to help them succeed academically
  • Testing sessions are approximately 6 hours that use a variety of assessment tools. This includes a follow up feedback session after summary and analysis is finalized. Clients should expect about 3-4 separate appointments approximately 1-2 hours each.
  • Assessments are finalized in approximately two weeks once testing is completed to streamline the process for students to obtain accommodations as needed.
  • L/D and ADHD assessment fees are between $400 and $500. 
  • Other psychodiagnostic assessment fees are $150.

Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management

  • When students are in ongoing treatment with a therapist and medications referrals are needed, uninsured students can be seen at our center.
  • Students in need of medication management and psychiatric support that have insurance are given referrals to community resources within their insurance plans.

Crisis Services

  • Students experiencing a crisis during business hours can
    • Visit our virtual waiting room
    • Come to Wilder 214
    • Crisis appointments are available between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and students can be seen briefly to assess for safety, schedule an appointment or refer as appropriate.
  • Students experiencing crisis after hours can

A licensed therapist is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week for our students in crisis.