Our Motto

Professional counselors committed to leadership, advocacy, and the promotion of professional excellence.

Our Mission

TCA leads, educates and advocates to advance the counseling profession, to increase access to professional counselors, and to promote wellness.


Our Vision

TCA is the trusted resource and voice for professional counselors in Texas.


Our Values

  • Accountability
  • Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Unity

TCA is the Professional Home for Counselors in Texas

The Texas Counseling Association (TCA) is a member driven organization focused on the betterment of the counseling profession in Texas. Our members work in a variety of settings including in private practice; at elementary and secondary schools; on college campuses; in criminal justice settings; at community mental health centers, hospitals, nursing homes and managed care facilities; as well as counselor educators and graduate counseling students. 

 TCA Divisions

The Texas Counseling Association (TCA) hosts 12 area specific divisions that are available to purchase with your TCA membership. Each one of these volunteer led groups focuses on sub-topics impacting professional counselors in Texas. Joining one of TCA's division will help you to get information and opportunities on how to effect change for topics that directly impact your practice. 

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 Local Chapters

TCA has 30 chapters at the local level. Each create forums for professional counselors to network, discuss challenges, and obtain continuing education in the areas in which they live. By joining one of TCA's chapters you will have access to other colleagues and professional development in your area.

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Our History

The Texas Counseling Association can trace it's roots back to 1935-1945 when interested counselors would meet during the Annual Convention of the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA). On November 29, 1947, a group of counselors convened for the first time as the Guidance Section at the annual TSTA Convention. This meeting dealt mainly with the establishment of guidance programs in public schools. In 1948, the decision was made to develop a counseling association. By 1950, the Texas Guidance Association (TGA) constitution was completed, and an organization was born. The following year, the Deans of Women and Mental Hygiene Groups joined the association. In 1954, the association began its efforts to become a state branch of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA). On April 9, 1963, TGA accepted the APGA state charter recognizing it as the Texas Personnel and Guidance Association (TPGA). In 1992, Texas followed the lead of the national association, and the name was changed to the Texas Counseling Association (TCA).