DreamStar Free Online Counseling
DreamStar Free Online Counseling (DFOC) features online dream sharing groups, and dreamwork-assisted individual counseling. We also offer standard individual, couples, and family counseling. If you are interested in receiving services from DFOC, please fill out our Intake Form and Symptom Checklist. However, please note that due to the recent interest generated by DFOC, you may be placed on a waitlist.
History: DreamStar Free Online Counseling Servicestm (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 parrow 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 has served over 190 individuals, and logged over 1250 hours of direct counseling work between June and August. 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.
Due to DFOC’s resounding success, UTRGV recently requested Dr. Sparrow to replicate the DreamStar site model for the UTRGV Clinics. Dr. Sparrow then created a a new site at www.utrgvcounselingclinics.com, which now serves as the intake platform for UTRGV Counseling and Training Clinics. Dr. Sparrow will continue to manage DreamStar Free Online Counseling, which has an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UTRGV.
If you wish to receive services from DFOC counselors, please complete our Intake Form and Symptom Checklist. Once you submit the forms, we will contact you shortly thereafter with further instructions.