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Professional Counseling


The Graduate Program in Professional Counseling at Texas State University is designed to provide the necessary training and course work to meet most academic requirements for credentialing and professional work in schools and mental health agencies. We believe that a well-prepared counselor is involved in and committed to a process of intentional growth that promotes pro-social autonomy, lifelong learning, and ethical behavior. These ideals are fostered within a dynamic and multi-modal learning setting in which diversity, critical thinking, self-in-context, scholarship, praxis, and the creation and integration of knowledge are celebrated.

       The Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University received its initial national accreditation in 2000 from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). All three emphasis areas of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling are accredited with CACREP through 2023, and will be undergoing the usual reaccreditation process in 2023.

       The M.A. Degree in Professional Counseling offers three concentrations within the program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC); Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC); and School Counseling (SC). Each concentration meets the academic requirements for licensure and certification set forth in Texas. Depending on concentration, graduates are eligible to apply to become a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, or Certified School Counselor in Texas.  

       All students in the Professional Counseling Program are assigned to individual faculty advisors, according to the concentration under which they have been admitted to the program. Students are encouraged to meet with their individual faculty advisor early in their matriculation to plan their course of study, as well as during their time in the program. As the program's Graduate Advisor, I work in conjunction with faculty advisors and Texas State's Graduate College to assist students in moving through the program to graduation.

       On behalf of the Professional Counseling Program, we look forward to working with you throughout your professional journey!

Kathy Ybañez-Llorente, Ph.D., LPC-S

Program Coordinator and Graduate Advisor

Contact Information:

Administrative Assistant:

Courtney Graham Webb

Department Email:

Location: Education 4012

Phone: (512) 245-2579




Fall 2022 - IN PERSON on San Marcos campus   Saturday 9/17/2022   10am-12noon      

REGISTRATION LINK  included in email to all students.  

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Spring 2023 - IN PERSON on Round Rock campus   Friday, January 20, 2023    12pm - 2pm  


The Graduate College at Texas State University has also created an online New Student Orientation Canvas page (NGSO) that will help you become oriented with graduate studies at Texas State.  Please take some time to visit their website: