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Potential Benefits of Group Counseling

Business Hours:
Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Appointment-Scheduling hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
Phone: (512) 471-3515 - Student Services Building 5th Floor
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All groups are free and confidential.

  • Discover that you're not alone in how you feel
  • Learn from others who have similar problems
  • Gain multiple perspectives on your concerns from different group members
  • Feel more connected to others as group cohesion develops
  • Become more aware of yourself through genuine feedback from others
  • Pick up new interpersonal skills that you can use in your daily life
  • Internalize the lessons you've learned by helping others in the group

Groups and Classes


Drop-In Meditation Group


Tuesdays,  12:15pm - 12:50pm
Meets in the SSB 5th Floor
Staff

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is open to students, faculty and staff whether they have never meditated or have been practicing for years. The group can offer support for a new practice or an ongoing one. Chairs, cushions, and bolsters are available to help participants sit comfortably. Participants typically meditate for 25 minutes, take a break to ask questions, and continue meditating for the remaining time. Accommodations are made for late arrivals, so running late should not be a deterrent to participation. Those wanting to learn meditation should can contact one of staff below and plan on arriving 15 minutes early.

Registration – Not necessary. Participants are not required to participate each week or for the entire session time and can drop in at their convenience.

For questions or more information – Contact Karl Chiang or Cary Tucker.


Support Groups


Wednesdays,  1:30-3:00pm from June 12 – July 10, 2019
CMHC, 5th Floor of the Student Services Building (SSB)
Kearney/Zhao

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who are struggling with their relationship with food and/or body image. The group provides a place for students who are part of the queer community and/or identify as a person of color to explore and understand how their struggles may be impacted by identity (e.g., ethnicity, gender, sexuality), Students will be able to challenge unhealthy thoughts that may contribute to negative relationships with food and/or body image and learn coping strategies to promote recovery from these negative relationships.

To register or for more information – Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at  (512) 471-3515.

Tuesdays,  1:30-2:45pm from June 18 – August 6 (no meeting week of July 4)
CMHC, 5th Floor of the Student Services Building (SSB)
Foster/Negroni

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for female and gender non-binary students who are holding the stressors, expectations, pressures, and triumphs of being in a multi-generational immigrant family while navigating UT. An underlying goal of the group is to provide an affirming and supportive atmosphere for members to discuss their experiences around burnout, imposter syndrome, perfectionism, body image, stigma, isolation, intergenerational and historical trauma, acculturation, interpersonal relationships, and family dynamics. The group will allow members to explore how these factors intersect with identity and how they can impact mental health.

To register or for more information – Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC no earlier than June 6, 2019 at (512) 471-3515. Referrals to the group will not begin prior to June 6.

Tuesdays   3:00-4:00pm
CMHC, 5th Floor of the Student Services Building (SSB)
Olson/Gerhart

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who identify alcoholism or drug addiction in a family member or loved one. The group provides information about the disease of addiction and allows students to explore how it has impacted their lives and how to move forward. The goal of the group is to allow students to find hope and support while learning how to manage their lives in healthy, balanced ways.

To register or for more information – Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515.

Mondays,  11:30 – 1:00pm
CMHC, 5th Floor of the Student Services Building (SSB)
Levinn

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for queer/questioning students seeking to explore gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, and other identities in an identify-affirming support system. Topics may include coming out, students’ feelings of inclusion or rejection based on identity, and navigating life outside of strict social categories.

To register or for more information – Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC no earlier than June 6, 2019 at (512) 471-3515. Referrals to the group will not begin prior to June 6.

Tuesdays,  2:15-3:45pm
CMHC, 5th Floor of the Student Services Building (SSB)
Zentner

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for doctoral students who are experiencing difficulties in the dissertation process. Topics that are commonly discussed include work-life balance, interactions with advisors and faculty, job/career decision-making, and motivation/strategies for making concrete progress on dissertations and other professional activities.  The group provides a place for mutual support, accountability, and goalsetting to move through internal and external barriers and move forward with their lives and careers.

To register or for more information – Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515.

Wednesdays,  1:00 – 2:30pm
CMHC, 5th Floor of the Student Services Building (SSB)
Andorka/Hannah

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for male-identified students struggling with mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and/or anger related concerns. Men are often socialized to restrict emotions and, at times, do not have the skills to cope with negative emotions. The group will allow members to identify, communicate, and cope with negative emotions as well as learning how to support one another emotionally, rather than engaging in problem-solving.

To register or for more information – Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515. no earlier than June 6, 2019. Referrals to the group will not begin prior to June 6.


Skill-Building Groups


Tuesdays,  2:00-4:00pm
CMHC, 5th Floor of the Student Services Building (SSB)
Czar/Rubin

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This four-week, interactive, structured, and skills-based group is designed for any student who wants to learn more effective coping strategies for anxiety, stress, and life in general. The emphasis is on concepts and practices related to mindfulness and changing unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior that contribute to anxiety and stress. Members practice new skills together and are asked to spend some of their own time practicing as well. A powerful aspect of this type of group is the chance to connect with others who have similar concerns and, therefore, feel less alone in one’s experience.

To register or for more information – Students interested in joining or learning more should call the CMHC at (512) 471-3515. to sign up for the Information Session on 6/11/19 to determine if the group would be a good fit.

Tuesdays,  2:00-3:30pm (June 11 – July 2, 2019)
CMHC, 5th Floor of the Student Services Building (SSB)
Muñoz/Stone

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This four-session group is based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills that assume people are doing the best they can AND that they could benefit from engaging in more effective responses to emotions and feelings. This group is for students who want to enhance their skills to cope with emotions effectively. Students who experience intense emotions can, at times, feel stuck and less in control. These skills help develop ways to become aware of one’s emotions, cope with and survive emotional crises, accept emotions and events that cannot be changed, select effective responses to strong emotions, and thrive by using emotions in more effective ways.

To register or for more information – Students interested in joining or learning more should call the CMHC at (512) 471-3515. to sign up for the Information Session on 5/28/19 to determine if the group would be a good fit.

Thursdays,  1:00-2:20pm
CMHC, 5th Floor of the Student Services Building (SSB)
Graham/Thiagarajan

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who experience intense, overwhelming emotions that feel out of control and difficult to manage. These emotions often leave the individual feeling misunderstood, invalidated, rejected, angry, or ashamed. They may develop barriers that provide temporary relief to manage these emotions; however, they often are not effective in the long-term.

DBT assumes that people are doing the best they can AND could benefit from new behaviors in many contexts. DBT helps enhance a student’s capabilities by teaching behavioral skills in areas such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills help develop effective ways to navigate friendships, families, and romantic relationships and manage specific challenges that arise.

To register or for more information – Interested students are asked to meet with a group facilitator to determine whether a particular group is a good fit for them. To set up a pre-group interview or to get more information, please call CMHC at (512) 471-3515. no earlier than June 6, 2019. Referrals to the group will not begin prior to June 6.





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