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UHD Student Counseling Services’ New Virtual, After-Hours Office

Are you a student who needs a safe place where you can open up and speak freely and honestly? 

Meet Dr. Deborah McGinty, UHD’s newest counselor! She monitors the waiting room of the new virtual counseling office Monday–Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and the first and third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Dr. McGinty will see “drop-ins” while she is not seeing scheduled clients—students only, please. Interested? Visit this link during those hours.  If she is with a client, the wait may be longer than 5-10 minutes.McGinty

A Licensed Professional Counselor and a LPC Approved Supervisor, McGinty has more than 20 years of experience in higher education with previous experience as a Dean of Student Development and Director of Counseling. She has worked in private practice for 15 years and is currently an adjunct faculty in counseling.  She earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Prairie View A & M University and a doctorate in Counselor Education from Texas Southern University. 

Dr. McGinty provides therapy for adults addressing a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, stress, mood disorders, family issues, grief, and relationship concerns. She uses a holistic approach in counseling from several treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.