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DTS Counseling Services provides confidential support for Dallas Theological Seminary’s community, addressing depression, anxiety, stress, grief, loneliness, low self-esteem, cultural adjustments, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. Services include short-term counseling, couples and family therapy, support groups, assessments, and referrals. Therapists are equipped to address spiritual concerns, recognizing the intersection between spirituality and emotional health to enhance overall well-being.

Click the link above (also here) to schedule a meeting with one of our counselors for non-urgent concerns.

Need help booking? Contact the Counseling Center at 214-887-5175.

In a crisis, reach out to DTS Campus Police at 214-887-5590 or  For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911.

If experiencing suicidal thoughts, call or text 988. 

NTBHA Crisis Hotline: 866-260-8000.

Our Counselors

DTS Counseling Services provides short-term individual and couples counseling, during which our counselors assess your needs and offer appropriate treatment options. These may include referrals to off-campus specialists for longer-term care if necessary. Please be aware that if you reside outside Texas, our Dallas or Houston campus counselors cannot provide services due to licensing restrictions. Whether you choose to visit us in person or contact us by phone, our counselors collaborate with you to determine the most effective course of action. Our counseling team comprises licensed professionals and supervised trainees.


Current DTS students, staff, faculty, and immediate family (spouse and children) can access DTS Counseling Services Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Initial three sessions are free; subsequent sessions cost $25 per individual. Services are delivered by licensed professionals or supervised trainees, though eligibility may vary based on severity, appropriateness, and resource availability.


Information you share during contact with counseling services will be treated with the strictest confidentiality as allowed by law. In accordance with ethical and legal standards, this information will not be disclosed to anyone without your written consent, except in very specific circumstances as required by law. Counseling records are entirely separate from your academic record.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can benefit from counseling?

Just about anyone can benefit. No problem is too big or small. Listed below are just a few examples of some common concerns which bring students to DTS Counseling Services:

  • Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression

  • College adjustment issues such as homesickness, academic problems, and long-distance relationships

  • Interpersonal difficulties, including roommate conflicts, family problems, romantic relationship concerns, problems with assertiveness, and other issues

  • Bereavement and grief related to the loss of a loved one (such as relationship breakups, deaths, parental divorce, or other major losses)

  • Questions/confusion about identity, self-image, sexuality, gender, or religious concerns

  • Concerns about body image, food, eating, or weight, as well as treatment for eating disorders

  • Experience with sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse, or other trauma

  • Thoughts of suicide, death, or hurting others

  • Behaviors that can be harmful to you, like drug or alcohol abuse or cutting

When Should I See a Counselor?

Our counselors are trained to intervene or provide support for a countless number of issues, far too many to list in any comprehensive way. While counseling might be helpful in numerous situations, there are some conditions in which we would strongly encourage you to seek counseling services:

  • You are unhappy on most days or feel a sense of hopelessness

  • You worry excessively or are constantly on edge

  • You are unable to concentrate on your schoolwork or other activities

  • You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired

  • You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight

  • You have experienced a loss (e.g., a relationship breakup, a parent’s death)

  • You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs.

  • You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life

  • You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else

How can I get the most out of my counseling appointment?
  1. Define your goals. Think about what you would like to get out of counseling. It might be helpful to write a list of events, relationship issues, or feelings that you think are contributing to your distress. Take time before each session to consider your expectations for that session. Self-exploration and change involve hard work, and sometimes painful feelings are stirred up in the process of healing. Counselors are trained to pay close attention to these issues and will probably encourage you to discuss these feelings openly.
  2. Be an active participant. This is your counseling experience, so be as active as you can in deciding how to use the time. Be honest with the counselor and give her or him feedback about how you see the sessions progressing.
  3. Be patient with yourself. Growth takes time, effort, and patience. All of your coping skills, behavior patterns, and self-perceptions have been learned and reinforced over a long period of time, so change can be difficult and slow at times.
  4. Ask questions. Ask questions about the counseling process, any methods used by the counselor, or about any other services at DTS Counseling Services. Your counselor is there to assist you.
  5. Follow your counselor’s recommendations. Take the time between sessions to complete any activities suggested by your counselor. Counseling is intended to improve your life in the “real world,” so making efforts to try out and practice new behaviors, approaches, or ways of thinking could be a crucial element to the success of your counseling experience.
What Happens During my Counseling Appointment?

If you and your counselor determine that individual counseling at DTS Counseling Services is the treatment recommendation that best meets your needs, you will then be offered the first available appointment that matches your schedule. If you have particular counselor preferences, this might increase the time you have to wait for your first appointment. Your appointment will usually be scheduled within a few days to a few weeks. (Please note that if you are in need of immediate help, inform our staff so that we can connect you to the appropriate DTS Counseling Services resources immediately.)


In your first appointment, your counselor will obtain information about your current concerns, relevant history and goals. Your counselor also will review relevant DTS Counseling Services policies and procedures, such as confidentiality.


For subsequent or follow-up sessions, you will meet with your counselor for 45-minutes, weekly for a specified period of time. If you would like additional counseling beyond what DTS Counseling Services can provide, then we will work with you to find a counselor in the community.


Early on, you will work with your counselor to set goals for your counseling sessions. Establishing clear goals will provide direction as well as help you to monitor your progress in counseling. If you have any questions or concerns about the counseling process, don’t hesitate to bring these up with your counselor, who will be pleased to discuss them with you. The exact direction of your counseling experience will depend on the issues you bring into counseling, your counselor’s perspective, and the goals you set for your work together.

What if I have to cancel my counseling appointment?
Call the front desk at (214) 887-5175 as soon as possible after you become aware that you cannot come to your appointment. You can leave a message on the voice mail if you are calling outside of business hours.
What is "Self Care" and does it really matter?

Beginning your seminary journey is undoubtedly exciting, yet it also brings its fair share of challenges. Enter self-care: an indispensable ally in navigating the rigors of academic life. It transcends mere indulgence; it’s a daily commitment to nurturing your well-being, both academically and personally.

Self-care isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity validated by research. It fortifies your health, enhances your resilience, and propels your success, both in and out of the classroom.

But how do you seamlessly integrate self-care into your routine? From prioritizing restorative sleep to incorporating invigorating workouts, and from pursuing hobbies to immersing in nature’s serenity, there’s a tailored self-care regimen for everyone.

Let’s redefine productivity. By embracing self-care as a cornerstone of your daily agenda, you’re not only investing in your personal wellness but also laying the groundwork for sustained academic and professional achievements.

Are you ready to elevate self-care to a strategic priority? Let’s embark on this transformative journey together.

Who is Eligible for Counseling at DTS

Current DTS students, staff, faculty, and immediate family (spouse and children) can access DTS Counseling Services Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Initial three sessions are free; subsequent sessions cost $25 per individual. Services are delivered by licensed professionals or supervised trainees, though eligibility may vary based on severity, appropriateness, and resource availability.

Further Resources

Telephone Help Lines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline English: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) español: 1-888-628-9454 English: español: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990 (English and español) SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746 SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746 TTY: 1-800-846-8517 English: español:
Baylor Scott & White Health 3500 Gaston Avenue Dallas, TX 75246-2017 844.74.BSWMD Link: UT Southwestern Psychiatry Clinic 6363 Forest Park Road, 7th Floor, Suite 749 Dallas, Texas 75390 214-645-8500 Link: Parkland Behavioral Health Center 6300 Harry Hines Boulevard, 7th Floor Dallas, TX 75235 214-590-5536 Link:

The links provided on the following pages are intended to serve as potentially helpful informational resources. This site contains links to websites not administered by DTS Counseling Services. Dallas Theological Seminary is not responsible or liable for the accuracy or the content of linked pages. While these resources may contain helpful information, always consult your mental health professional regarding the best treatment approach for your particular situation.

Anger Management
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