Why We Are Here

Who said college was going to be easy?

Each year, the Office of Student Counseling provides services to undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The Office is staffed by licensed counselors and the services rendered to students are free, voluntary, and confidential. The Office staff is dedicated to assisting students in their pursuit of personal and academic growth, to helping students gain a better understanding and appreciation of themselves, and to supporting students as they make important decisions about their lives.

What is counseling?

Counseling, most simply stated, is an interaction between a person who is "stuck" in some way and in need of help, and another person who is trained in helping people get "unstuck." The reasons for coming are many, and the counseling strategies employed also vary from counselor to counselor. The one constant is that the counselor focuses all energies on trying to help the student. It doesn't always work, but our student evaluation forms suggest that most students who seek counseling believe that it has been helpful to them. And if you feel uncertain about whether counseling is for you, we encourage you to make an initial appointment and discuss any reservations you might have with one of our counselors. There is no obligation to continue.

At your first appointment...

You and a counselor will discuss the issues that led you to schedule an appointment. The counselor will talk to you about how the Office is best able to provide the kind of help you need. When the Office is unable to provide the type of service you need or request, we will refer you to an appropriate outside agency and assist you in obtaining services there.


Dr. Rick Ertell, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Counseling and Disabilities

Dr. Rick has been with TAMUG since 2011. He has worked in secondary education since 1997 and has served in the capacity as a counselor in higher education since 2007.

Daisey McCloud, Assistant Director of Counseling and Career Services

Daisey McCloud has a Masters degree in Counseling from Houston Baptist University. She has been at TAMUG since 2008.

Ken Bailey, MA, Director of Counseling and Career Services

Mr. Bailey has a Masters degree in counseling from Marshall University. Ken has worked at TAMUG since 2002 and has been in student services for over fifteen years.

Diane Manley, Student Development Specialist

Diane started at TAMUG in October 2011. She has a Masters degree in counseling from University of Houston - Clear Lake and works with TAMUG's substance abuse programs and in all counseling areas.

Audrey Hamilton, Senior Office Associate

Audrey has worked at TAMUG since 2006, and has been in the counseling office since 2011. She earned her Associate of Applied Science-Accounting in December 2010. She currently sits on several boards.

Contact Us

If you think you might be interested in learning more about and/or taking advantage of one or more of our services, please contact us:

Office location:
Building 3030
Seibel Student Services Center, Suite 104
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (409)740-4736
E-mail: studentservices@tamug.edu
After Hours/Emergency Contact:
(409)740-4545 or 911