Free TAMIU Stress Center Open to the Public
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If you are stressed, depressed or just out of sorts, there is a new
facility in town to help you find the path to wellness.
The recently opened Texas A&M International University Community
Stress Center, located at 1319 Corpus Christi, offers free counseling
to adults and adolescents aged 13 and older. Office hours are 1 to 4 p.m.,
Monday through Thursday.
Dr. Bonnie Rudolph, associate professor and interim chair of the Department
of Behavioral, Applied Sciences and Criminal Justice, explained two graduate
students from the Masters of Arts and Counseling Psychology (MACP) program
staff the Stress Center, under Dr. Rudolph's supervision.
She said clients of the Stress Center have the security of knowing that
in addition to the practicum counselors, all sessions are reviewed by
Rudolph, a licensed clinical psychologist, who provides instruction and
feedback to the students.
Rudolph said a variety of counseling and educational opportunities are
available at the Stress Center.
"First, we provide an assessment interview, which usually lasts
an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half. The interview is designed
to identify the problem and the proper service for the individual. Problems
to be addressed can include family, work, or relationships issues,"
She said another important aspect of the assessment interview was determining
if the Stress Center was the right place for the individual.
"If we determine our Center is not the correct place, we can offer
referral services, and connect the client to area assistance," said
She said clients who use the Center will usually be treated with short-term
therapy, which consists of six sessions with the practicum counselors.
She said while other options may be tried, short-term therapy is the first
choice of the Stress Center.
Other offered services include psychological tests and psycho-educational
groups, which can help people deal with life issues such as anger management,
time budgeting, divorce, death of a parent or loved one, explained Rudolph.
Career counseling is also offered.
She said the Stress Center, which has long been a dream, was made possible
through the generous donation of space.
"Jessie Hernandez, a graduate of the MACP ('02), gave us a room
in his building, which houses La Familla, his own center," said Rudolph.
In addition, she noted the donation of her own time to review each session
and provide supervision and the University's support, allowing her to
give time to the project.
Rudolph explained TAMIU hopes to expand the Stress Center through other
"I hope other licensed individuals in the community will volunteer
to assist the Center. I don't know of any other Centers in town that provide
the same short-term psycho-counseling for free," said Rudolph.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the
TAMIU Community Stress Center at 956.285.0854. Additionally, Dr. Rudolph
can be reached at 326.2638.
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