Counseling Services On Campus

Counseling Services are free and available to all students.  

Parker University Counseling Center strives to meet a range of unique needs presented by college students. Committed to delivering quality care, the Parker University Counseling Center professionals provide a range of short-term mental health services to students. All students are welcome to request an appointment for an initial assessment to discuss their concerns. Clients in serious mental or emotional distress may be referred to providers trained in crisis management for stabilization.

When a student’s needs require a more intensive level of care, we partner with the student to find resources within the community. Situations that may require off-campus care include: a need, or request, to be seen at a higher frequency for individual therapy (sessions are typically every-other week); alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders, chronic thoughts and/or attempts of self-injury and/or suicide, and treatment for aggressive or violent behavior. Parker University Counseling Center does not provide psychological testing for disability services, documentation for courses, or documentation for an emotional support animal. The DFW area has many specialized mental health resources available for students who need different services and levels of care and the counseling staff can assist students in finding appropriate services. It is the responsibility of the student to follow through with treatment. 

We would like to welcome our new Counselor, Natica Blake, LPC!
If you are in crisis:
*If life threatening--call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room
*Contact 211 to find resources in your area (mobile crisis outreach team)
*Callor text crisis lines:
text CONNECT to 741741 
Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas--214-828-1000 or
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 988  text, talk or chat 
confidential chat at
Trevor Project (LGBTQI): 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678
Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 press 1 or text 838255
To schedule an appointment: Click here for the Counseling Request Form
and fill out the required fields to request an appointment. Students who submit a request will be contacted to schedule an initial consultation and discuss scheduling. 

Center Information

  • The objective of counseling is to help clients improve their well-being, alleviate their distress, resolve their crisis and increase their ability to solve problems and make decisions. Counselors enable and facilitate psychological growth and development by helping clients better use existing resources and skills or by guiding them in developing new ways to help themselves.
  • A counseling appointment typically lasts 50 minutes, and is free to Parker University students.
  • Your appointment times are reserved exclusively for you. If you cannot keep your appointment, please contact the office as soon as possible so that others may utilize the time. If you miss an appointment please contact the counselor to reschedule. 
  • If a crisis arises during the evening or weekend, call or text the crisis hotlines above. 
  • You have the right to decide if you desire counseling services. If you prefer a professional from the community, we shall provide you with the names of other qualified therapists. You have the right to terminate counseling at any time without any moral or legal obligation.
  • All information revealed by you to the counselor will be kept strictly confidential and will not be revealed to any other person or agency without your written permission except those situations which by law a counselor is required to report. These include: (1) if you threaten bodily harm or death to yourself or another person; (2) if you report the physical or sexual abuse of a minor child; (3) if you report the physical or sexual abuse of an elderly person (4) if you report sexual abuse or exploitation by a mental health provider. 
  • Any complaints against a counselor may be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs or though the counselor's professional licensing board.


As we dive into May, we're not just embracing the warmer weather, but also recognizing it as Mental Health Month. At the Counseling Department, we're dedicated to promoting mental health awareness, providing support, and fostering coping skills for all members of our community.

This month, we have an array of engaging activities planned to encourage mental wellness and self-care:

  1. Mindful Mondays: Kickstart your week with mindfulness exercises designed to help you start your week with clarity and focus. Join us every Monday morning for guided meditation sessions. Each Monday there will be a new mindful activity posted in the student newsletter and on our website.
  2. Therapeutic Arts & Crafts:  Unleash your creativity and reduce stress through art therapy. Join us for therapeutic arts and crafts sessions where you can explore various artistic mediums as a means of self-expression.       
  3. Wellness Workshops: Throughout the month, we'll be hosting interactive workshops covering topics such as stress management, test anxiety, time management and selfcare. These workshops are designed to provide practical tools for navigating life's challenges.
  4. Yoga: Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and join us for yoga sessions. Connect with nature, rejuvenate your body, and calm your mind as you practice yoga surrounded by the tranquility of the outdoors.
  5. Virtual Support Groups: For those who prefer virtual connections, we'll be hosting online support groups where you can connect with peers, share experiences, and receive support in a safe and inclusive environment.
  6. Self-Care Challenge: Join us in our self-care challenge and commit to prioritizing your well-being throughout the month. Each week, we'll provide prompts and activities to inspire you to incorporate self-care practices into your daily routine. These will be posted in the student newsletter and on our website.


🌟 Welcome to Mindful Monday! 🌟

Today, let's embark on a journey of self-discovery and inner peace as we explore the practice of mindfulness. But first, what exactly is mindfulness?

🧘‍♂️ What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and acceptance. It involves bringing awareness to our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment without judgment.

🌿 Why Practice Mindfulness? By cultivating mindfulness, we can develop greater clarity, focus, and resilience in the face of life's challenges. It allows us to step out of autopilot mode and respond to situations with intention and compassion. Research has shown that regular mindfulness practice can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while enhancing overall well-being.

🌻 How to Practice Mindfulness? Mindfulness can be practiced in many ways, including meditation, deep breathing exercises, body scans, and mindful movement such as yoga or tai chi. The key is to bring your full attention to the present moment, whether you're eating, walking, or simply sitting in stillness.

🌬️ Today's Exercise: Breath Awareness Meditation Join us today as we kick off our Mindful Monday series with a simple yet powerful breath awareness meditation. Take a few moments to find a comfortable position, close your eyes, and bring your awareness to the sensation of your breath.

💬 Reflection Question: What does mindfulness mean to you, and how can you incorporate it into your daily life?

Stay tuned for more mindfulness exercises and tips every Mindful Monday as we continue to explore the transformative power of mindfulness together!

Share your thoughts and experiences with us using #MindfulMonday and invite others to join you on this journey of self-discovery and inner peace.


🌟 Welcome to the Self-Care Challenge! 🌟

Self-care is not selfish—it's essential for nurturing your well-being and maintaining balance in your life. Join us in prioritizing self-care this month with our Self-Care Challenge! Each week, we'll provide you with simple yet meaningful prompts and activities to inspire self-care and self-reflection. This week we're focusing on physical self-care.

🌿 Week 1: Physical Self-Care Take time this week to nourish your body and prioritize your physical well-being. Whether it's going for a walk, preparing a healthy meal, or getting a good night's sleep, make choices that honor and support your body's needs.

💬 Week 1 Reflection: How does taking care of your physical health impact your overall well-being? What physical self-care practices bring you joy and vitality?


Click on Websites to obtain additional resources.


Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery Resources Dallas

Domestic Violence Resources

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

Learn specific skills and techniques in our Student Success Workshops

  • Stress Management and Using Temperament for Success 
  • Study Skills and Time Management 
  • Test Taking Skills 
  • Sleep Smarter—Be Smarter 
  • Overcome Test Anxiety
  • COVID Fatigue
  • National Boards Game Plan
  • Overcome Imposter Syndrome
  • Procrastination

Previous workshops are always available by Vodcast at this link: Student Success Workshop

Counseling  is available 24/7 through your telehealth app, under the MyBenefits tab, CampusCare.
The services include both counseling with a person on-call and appointments with a designated provider. As a Parker University student, you automatically become enrolled in a telehealth discount plan through CampusCare as part of your student fees.   

Students can visit or download the Work Mobile app to register themselves as well as spouses and dependent children. You will need to use the Member ID and Group Number provided in the email you received to register.  (This was sent from mybenefitswork@newbenefits to search your emails for these numbers) A member card will be mailed to the address you provide at enrollment. 

Answers to most other questions can be found in the information provided when you register.


If you have any questions or difficulty signing up, you may contact a customer service representative at 1-800-8304 Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.

If you cannot resolve your issue with customer service please e-mail:

Counselor Recommended Apps for Stress Management

  • Rootd - Panic Attack Relief
  • Calm - Sleep & Meditation
  • Medito: Meditation & Wellness
  • Headspace: Mindful Meditation
  • Calm Harm: Self Injury Reduction
  • Calm Fear: Anxiety Reduction


Living with Worry and Anxiety

Most college students deal with worry and anxiety. These practical and easy-to-read guides include specific and empirically validated activities and approaches to help with worry and anxiety that come with any situation. These graphic representations make these self-help treatment even more accessible and relatable. COVID-19 and our reactions to it are also discussed.

Guide to living with worry and anxiety Workbook

Many techniques are detailed for cognitive and physical symptoms of anxiety.


(.pdf, 1238K)

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

many techniques which help with any kind of anxiety and worry. Not just about COVID. Excellent resource! 

(.pdf, 550K)