About Us

The Counseling Center is a place that provides free and confidential counseling services to address mental health concerns and to promote personal growth for currently enrolled UTRGV students.

Counseling is a process that enables a person to grow in a way that s/he chooses. Students may want to change their behavior, thoughts, or lifestyle to increase self-awareness or to remedy a problem. The counselor’s responsibility is to assist the student as s/he works toward achieving those goals for personal growth and development.

Does counseling work?

Research has shown that, in most cases, counseling helps people feel better and resolve problems such as depression, anxiety, sleep difficulty, and other emotional or behavioral difficulties. For college students, counseling helps with emotional adjustment and is associated with improving academic performance. With more serious conditions, it may work best in combination with medication treatment or other forms of help.

How does it work?

Therapists help by listening and discussing issues without judgment. They also encourage problem-solving, educate about and connect students to other resources, and assist students in developing healthier coping skills.

Who provides counseling services?

Counseling services are provided by either licensed mental health professionals or graduate-level interns under the supervision of a licensed counselor.

What counseling services are available for students?

Learn more about our services.

Staff Directory

Counseling Center

Brownsville and Edinburg Campus
Christopher Albert Profile Photo

Christopher Albert, Ph.D.

Brownsville Campus
Rosie Camero Profile Photo

Rosie Camero
Administrative Assistant I

Leah Ellis Profile Photo

Leah Ellis, M.Ed., LPC-S
Supervising Clinical Therapist

Elsa Garcia Profile Photo

Elsa Garcia, M.Ed, LPC Intern
Supervised by Andrew Perez, LPC-S
Clinical Therapist

Maria Alejandra Mazariegos Profile Photo

Maria Alejandra Mazariegos, M.Ed., LPC
Clinical Therapist

Edinburg Campus
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Janie Arguelles
Administrative Assistant II

Addie Wieland Profile Photo

Addie Wieland, LCSW, CCTP
Supervising Clinical Therapist

Andrew Perez Profile Photo

Andrew Perez, Ph.D., LPC-S
Supervising Clinical Therapist

Felix Murad Profile Photo

Felix Murad, M.Ed, LPC, NCC
Clinical Therapist

Annette Alisson Profile Photo

Annette C. Allison, DSW, LCSW
Clinical Therapist

Carmen Villegas Profile Photo

Carmen Villegas, M.S., LPC Intern, LCDC I
Clinical Therapist


Collegiate Recovery Program

Brownsville and Edinburg Campus
Krystal Klein Profile Photo

Krystal Klein, MS, LPC Intern, LCDC
Assistant Director
Collegiate Recovery Program/Counseling Center
Brownsville and Edinburg Campus


Cross-Divisional Collaboration

Edinburg Campus
Valerie Rivera Profile Photo

Valerie Rivera, LCSW, CCTP
Social Worker
School of Medicine