DreamStar Free Online Counseling Servicestm offers standard individual, couples and family counseling, various groups for adults and children, as well as online dream sharing groups and dreamwork-assisted individual counseling. If you are interested in receiving services from DFOC, please fill out our Client Application Form.
History: DFOC was created in response to the need for counseling and community support spawned by the coronavirus pandemic. In spring of 2020, the UTRGV Counseling and Training Clinic had to halt all of its office appointments temporarily in order to observe the required social distancing. Consequently, our graduate intern counselors were unable to see clients and earn the hours required for their practicum and internship courses.
In response to this dilemma, the UTRGV Counseling Department asked Dr. Scott Sparrow to create the DFOC site in hopes that it would 1) serve the counseling and dream sharing needs of a community in crisis, and 2) permit UTRGV student interns to earn their direct hours by leading dream sharing groups, and counseling individuals who are willing to receive services in an online format.
In the immediate aftermath of DFOC’s launch, student counselors have served over 850 individuals since April, 2020, and provided over 5000 hours of free counseling! All counselors working through this site are current students in the UTRGV masters degree counseling program. As unlicensed counselors in training, they are supervised by their UTRGV Internship professors and Dr. Sparrow. Their supervisors will, on occasion, visit the group as an observer, in order to ensure the highest level of professionalism and skillfulness from our students.
If you wish to receive services from DFOC counselors, please complete our Intake Form. And please consider donating $5 for each counseling service you receive, even though our services are free to those who cannot afford the recommended donation. Once you submit the forms, we will contact you shortly thereafter with further instructions.