Counseling and Psychotherapy

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual Psychotherapy services are available for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, difficulty adjusting to life stressors, and interpersonal difficulties. Typically, individual psychotherapy consists of weekly or biweekly meetings that are 45 to 60 minutes in length. Treatment duration varies, most often lasting between 2 months and 1 year. Psychotherapy is provided by licensed counselors, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists, as well as advanced interns in these fields. Therapists use a range of techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and behavior therapy.

Psychotherapy appointments are made through the department’s appointment line, 210-450-6450. Services are provided in the 7th-floor clinic at Medical School and at the University Plaza clinic located at 7526 Louis Pasteur, Dr, 78249.

Group Psychotherapy

Group Psychotherapy enables individuals to learn and gain support from others who are struggling with similar issues, while also providing the expertise of a trained group psychotherapist. The Department currently offers the following groups:

Anxiety and Depression group. Offered each Wednesday from 1-2PM at the University Plaza Clinic. This group helps participants to identify effective coping techniques, build insight into factors that improve or aggravate symptoms and learn from one another. This an “open” group, meaning that current UTMedicine patients do not need to be scheduled to attend the group. Patients may simply come to the University Plaza Clinic, room 318, ten minutes before group start time to check in.

Mindfulness group. Offered each Thursday from 4-5PM at the University Plaza Clinic. This group provides education and experiential learning in mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing and building awareness and control over one’s thoughts. Mindfulness practice has a wide range of health benefits, including decreased stress, anxiety and depression, and improved mood.

Chronic Pain Group. Offered each Monday from 3-4PM at the University Plaza Clinic. This group is designed for those with chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and others. It teaches evidence-based approaches for managing chronic pain and helps people learn how to live a life of value, even with pain.

Specialty Psychotherapy Programs

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a structured treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This 12–18 week individual therapy has been shown to reduce PTSD symptoms in over 70% of patients. CPT is provided by specially trained clinicians. For more information, please call the CPT coordinator Elisa Medellin 210-562-5262.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment for people who experience strong swings of emotion, often including anger, and who may have difficulty in relationships. Often, these difficulties relate to difficult early family experiences. DBT therapy includes Group Skills Training and Individual Psychotherapy. For more information, please call the DBT coordinator at 210-567-5978.

The Living Room provides brief counseling and skills coaching to people who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis and would prefer to not go to the Emergency Department. The Living Room is available to all current patients of the UT Health Psychiatry from 8 AM–5 PM. For more information about this program, please call the Clinical Director, David Roberts, at 210-562-5263.

Cognitive Adaptive Training (CAT) is an evidence-based psychosocial intervention designed to bypass cognitive and motivational impairments associated with serious mental illness in an effort to improve functional outcomes. CAT interventions include environmental supports such as signs, checklists, alarms, pill containers, and the organization of belongings to cue and sequence adaptive behaviors in the client’s home. The interventions are individualized based upon a standardized assessment of each person’s needs and challenges. For more information, please call CAT coordinator Heather Busanet at 210-562-5253.

The Transitional Care Clinic (TCC) is dedicated to improving the quality of peoples’ lives by engaging them in mental health services, promoting growth toward personal goals, decreasing the need for psychiatric hospitalization, and linking them to long-term services. It provides short-term (about 3 months) medication, counseling and case management services for patients who are referred from designated San Antonio hospitals after treatment on an inpatient unit or in the emergency department. Patients can only access the TCC through direct referral from University Hospital. For more information about this program, please call the TCC Clinic Manager, Katie Thompson-Moyer, at 210-450-6450.

Telehealth Counseling for Military Caregivers

Tired? Tense? Stressed? Depressed?

Providing care to a loved one can be rewarding—and also tough. Let us provide care and support for you as you serve those who served our country.

Who is a Military Caregiver?
Anyone who helps a wounded, ill, or injured Service Member or Veteran with their medical or psychological care or with activities of daily living is a Military Caregiver. You may be a spouse, family member, loved one, or friend.

What does your program offer?
Up to 12 weeks of individual, 50-minute appointments to provide support and counseling. We can help you cope with stress, anxiety, sadness, loss, grief, anger, or other issues.

Who is eligible?
Any military caregiver who lives in the state of Texas.

What does it cost?
There is no cost to participate. No referral or health insurance information is needed.

Where do we meet?
Counseling is done through your computer or smartphone, at a time and place convenient to you.

Is it private?
All information is kept confidential. The telehealth platform we use meets strict federal requirements for patient privacy.

To participate or for additional information, please contact:
Erika Jonietz
(210) 450-8673

Conducted under the direction of:
Dawn Velligan, Ph.D., Program Director
Byron C. Hepburn, M.D., FAAFP, Director, Military Health Institute

The Military Caregiver Telehealth Initiative is supported by USAA.