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Groups and Classes

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.


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available this semester

Wellness Workshops & Events

For many concerns that college students face – like overwhelming emotions, difficult relationships and adjustments, academic problems – a group context is the best option for getting support. In fact, groups are often even more beneficial than 1-on-1 counseling. Groups, classes, and workshops offer a unique opportunity in which peer interactions facilitate self-improvement and the alleviation of suffering. Participants often find that they feel less alone in their struggles and that the group provides a sense of community.

At CMHC, we offer a wide variety of therapy groups, therapeutic classes, and skill-building workshops that address a range of student needs. Although some students are initially hesitant to consider participating in a group, those who join consistently find this form of support to be a very beneficial and positive experience.

New groups form each semester. Most therapy and support groups consist of about 5 to 10 members. Classes and workshops, which incorporate more education and skill-building, may be a bit larger. Most groups begin a few weeks into the semester and last 8 to 10 weeks (concluding before finals), though some may be shorter. In most cases, you have an opportunity to meet with the facilitator(s) to discuss your interest, while other groups can be attended on a drop-in basis.

If the group you’re interested in is full, you may wish to call (512) 471-3515 or come by CMHC Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm to discuss your needs.

If you have any questions about our groups, please contact Dr. Kate Czar, who oversees the group program, at (512) 471-3515.


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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 the 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.


Drop-In Discussion Groups


  DROP-IN
Asian Voices @ UT

Wednesdays,  5pm - 6:30pm
Meets weekly from 1/30 through 5/8/19.
Group will NOT meet on 2/5 or 3/20/19 during Spring Break.

Meets in Burdine Hall room 560
Tao-Foster/CAAS

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups, and this group does not meet at CMHC.
All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to all students who identify within the broad spectrum of Asian/Asian American backgrounds (e.g., East Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, etc.). 

The purpose of the group is to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere where students can connect and talk openly about their experiences of being an Asian/Asian American student at UT and what’s going on in their lives. Common topics that arise in the group include, but are not limited to, identity, academics, experience of racism, navigating between Asian and American values and expectations, and any other topics that feel relevant to participants.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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 Amy Tao-Foster .

Tuesdays,  3:15pm - 4:30pm
Meets weekly from 1/29 through 5/7/19.
Group will NOT meet on 3/19/19 during Spring Break.

Meets in Gordon-White Building (GWB), Room 4.112 (4th floor)
Dodoo/Bell

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups, and this group does not meet at CMHC.
All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to all Black-identified students, regardless of specific nationality or racial/ethnic background. The group provides a space for students to engage in safe, inviting, and authentic discussion around students' experiences as Black and African American students on the UT campus.

Students are welcome to discuss any and all topics that are relevant to their experiences, and privacy will be respected. Common topics include everything from how students experience race relations to career development and from students’ reactions to cultural appropriation to sexuality and dating in the Black community.

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 Stephanie Dodoo.

Mondays,  12noon - 1:30pm
Meets weekly from 1/28 through 5/6/19.
Group will NOT meet on 3/18/19 during Spring Break.

Meets at theGender and Sexuality Center in the Student Activities Center (SAC) Rm 2.112
DoDoo

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups, and this group does not meet at CMHC.
All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to students who are women of color of all ages. The group provides an opportunity to meet, share, increase community, and learn skills to navigate life successfully as a woman of color. It provides a safe, supportive, empowering, and liberating atmosphere for engaging in courageous and unique conversations at the intersection of race and gender. Common topics include, but are not limited to, relationships, culturally-specific family pressures and expectations, experience of racial stress, belongingness, and any other topics that feel relevant to participants. The group explores these themes from the lenses of women of color. 

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 Stephanie Dodoo.

Monthy on Fridays,  3pm - 4pm
February 22, March 29, April 26

Meets in the CMHC, SSB 5th Floor
Thiagarajan

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This session is for international students and provides a casual and welcoming space for participants to relax, share conversation, play games, and make new friends. The time allows students a chance to talk about their experiences adjusting to the U.S. and to share their thoughts and concerns about being an international student at UT.

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 Monica Thiagarajan

Tuesdays,  12:30pm - 2:15pm
Meets weekly from 1/29 through 5/7/19. Group will NOT meet on 3/19 during Spring Break

Meets in the Gordon-White Building (GWB) 1.138
Colón-Otero

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups, and this group does not meet at CMHC.
All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to all Latin- identified students, regardless of identities, nationality, or racial/ethnic background and/or immigration status. A willingness to engage in respectful conversation and honor group members’ privacy is the only other requirement to attend.

The group provides a safe and supportive atmosphere in which participants can engage in inviting and authentic discussion around students' experiences as Latinx students on the UT campus. Any and all topics that are relevant to students’ experiences can be discussed such as sociopolitical issues, immigration status or conditions, intersecting identities, academics, and more. Students’ privacy will be respected.

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 Sebastián J. Colón-Otero or Natasha V. Saldaña

Thursdays,  2:30 - 4pm
Meets weekly from 1/31 through 5/9/19. Group will NOT meet on 3/21/19 during Spring Break

Meets in the Multicultural Engagement Center in the Student Activities Center (SAC) Suite 1.102
Thiagarajan/Hashem

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups, and this group does not meet at CMHC.
All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to any and all students who identify as Muslim, regardless of any other identity. The purpose of the group is to provide a welcoming, safe, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere where students can connect and talk openly about any topic relevant to their experiences of being a Muslim student, including identity, school, community, balancing cultural and religious expectations, and much more.

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 Monica Thiagarajan

  DROP-IN
Queer Voices

Tuesdays,  12:30 - 2pm
Group will NOT meet on 3/19 during Spring Break.

Meets in Gender and Sexuality Center, SAC2.112
Hannah

Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups, and this group does not meet at CMHC.
All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to all queer UT students. The purpose of the group is to create an open, welcoming, respectful, and confidential space where queer folks can explore topics that impact daily living with support from peers. Common issues that queer folks face and might be discussed include, but aren’t limited to, academics, sexual and gender identity, relationships, coming out, or any other relevant topic.  If you are interested in participating, please come check out one of the group meetings, or feel free to contact a group facilitator below with any questions.

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 Joey Hannah or the GSC staff.


Identity-Based Support Groups


Every Other Thursday   12:30pm - 1:45pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Mahajan/Shyrock

Please note that this group meets every other week, with the exception of Spring Break. Meeting dates include: 2/21, 3/7, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, and 5/2/19.
All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for any student living with chronic illnesses or medical conditions that have a significant impact on their lives. The conditions may not be visible, and individuals can be in any stage of the illness or condition (e.g., recently diagnosed, struggling with determining a diagnosis, in remission, etc.). The group provides an opportunity for connection and community with other students who are managing a chronic condition as part of their college experience. The group will allow for peer support and provide coping strategies and resources in a friendly, welcoming environment. This group is being offered in partnership with UT Austin’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

To register or for more information – Students interested in joining or learning more should call CMHC at (512) 471-3515. To sign up for an Information Session on 2/14/19 to determine if this group would be a good fit.

Fridays,   3pm - 4:15pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Ruud

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Este es un grupo de apoyo para las hablantes del español. Se ofrece a las estudiantes subgraduadas y a las graduadas, con el objetivo de compartir y comentar sus experiencias en la Universidad de Texas en Austin. También se ofrece para las latinas internacionales y para las de la primera generación de estudiantes que asisten a la universidad. De igual manera, pueden acudir aquellas que se sientan cómodas comunicándose en español. Este grupo brindará un espacio en el cual se compartirán  experiencias y preocupaciones relacionadas con la universidad y, en general, con el proceso de adaptación a la institución. El grupo se enfocará en el manejo del estrés y en el aprendizaje de algunas estrategias para atenuar los efectos negativos del mismo.  

Favor de llamar a Dian Cuellar Ruud, Ph.D., LCSW,  512-475-6948 si desea más información.  

                                                           

This Spanish-speaking support group is open to international Latina students, first-generation Latina college students, and Latinas who may feel more comfortable communicating in Spanish. The group offers a space in which to share and discuss common experiences and concerns related to university and acculturation experiences as students at UT-Austin.  The group also focuses on stress management skills that help alleviate the negative effects of stress.

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. You can also call Dian Cuellar Ruud, Ph.D., LCSW directly at 512-475-6948.

Tuesdays, 11:30am - 1pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
White/Levinn

This group is a supportive place for queer women.  This can include any identity on the queer spectrum (i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, etc.) This is a process and support group where members can explore themes important to them. The group creates a safe and supportive atmosphere for discussions around the development of queer identity, queer community, dating and intimacy, and processing intersecting identities. It can also help support members around family issues and coming out or the decision not to.

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,  3pm-4:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Andorka

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This support group is for students who may feel like imposters when attempting to claim one of their racial or ethnic identities. Multi-racial (MR) and Multi-ethnic (ME) individuals are the fastest growing demographic in the US. Researchers have demonstrated that MR and ME individuals experience twice as much social exclusion when compared to that of any other racial/ethnic minority group. The aim of the group is to develop a sense of belonging. The group will provide psychoeducation, peer support, and interpersonal exploration in relation to students’ identities.

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.

Fridays,  1 - 2:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Colón-Otero

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for any UT student who self-identifies as trans and/or gender non-binary and is seeking a space for self-exploration and support. Topics may include transition-related matters, navigating campus, community, and the impact of transphobia on general wellness, as well as any themes that come up as relevant to group participants.

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.


Voices Against Violence (VAV) Groups


Wednesdays,  1pm - 2:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Leeds/Gonzalez

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students of any gender who identify as a survivor of physical, verbal, emotional and/or financial abuse within their family of origin (e.g. parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) and who is actively seeking healing around issues related to these experiences.

Recognizing that the healing process is different for each person, the group seeks to empower members through the exploration of each person’s unique experience as they connect and learn with other survivors in a supportive and safe atmosphere. Through the incorporation of creativity and empathy, the goal of the group is to provide members with a mutual sense of awareness and validation that these types of interpersonal violence are not their fault and that they are not alone.

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,  2pm - 3pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Leeds

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly, drop-in, gender identity-inclusive support group is open to all students who identify as survivors of interpersonal trauma.  Experiences of interpersonal trauma may include sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, family of origin violence, etc.  The group will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in safe and confidential discussions that pertain to their experiences as survivors.

To register or for more information – Not necessary. Participants are not required to participate each week and can drop in at their convenience.

Mondays,  12:30pm - 2pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Pearson/Ramirez

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This gender-inclusive group is for all students who identify as survivors of interpersonal trauma, such as sexual assault/abuse, dating/relationship violence, or abuse within their family of origin, and who are seeking connection and support in recovering from trauma. The group will offer ongoing support, facilitate healing, and create a safe and understanding atmosphere to explore the impact of these experiences as students move forward in their own healing.

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,  12:30 - 2pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Pearson/Shingle

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This women-only group is for students who are survivors of sexual assault/abuse, dating/relationship violence, or stalking and who are experiencing some type of trauma as a result. The healing journey following these experiences can, at times, feel overwhelming and isolating. This semi-structured group pays attention to both process and psychoeducation and is designed to offer support, facilitate healing, and create a safe and understanding atmosphere to explore the impact of these experiences. The group will explore trauma reactions, coping strategies, creating safety in relationships, and integrating individual experiences into participants’ identities.

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.


Other Support Groups


Tuesdays,  2:30 - 4pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Zentner/Grotzinger

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 their dissertations and other professional activities.  The group provides a place for mutual support, accountability, and goal-setting 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.

Fridays,  2pm - 3:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Hannah/Bauer

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This support group is for graduate students. Being a graduate student can be challenging when facing rigorous academic work, pressures for success, and lack of sleep and time. Graduate students often struggle to have people, time, and space in their lives to share authentically their feelings and concerns about life or conflicts within their programs. This group is designed to provide that safe, confidential atmosphere and the opportunity to receive support and feedback from peers. Topics discussed may include personal and professional relationships, self-esteem/confidence, personal and professional identity development, intersections of cultural identity, and any other topics that feels relevant to participants.

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.

Thursdays,  2 - 3:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Garces/Gonzalez

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is a supportive space for students who have had someone important pass away, whether recently or in the past. Participants may be having trouble dealing with this loss and/or functioning on a daily basis. The group provides support around feelings of loneliness or isolation related to the loss, and it is a chance to talk and connect with others about their experiences with grief.

The group will focus on learning about the grief process, expressing and accepting emotions around grief, experiencing a supportive environment to explore the relationship with the loved one who has passed and addressing issues around coping with grief.

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.

Thursdays,  2pm - 3pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Olson

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is open to any student interested in giving and receiving support to reduce harm around substance use. This weekly group provides a safe space to discuss cognitive and behavioral strategies that focus on moderating substance use and navigating situations in which substance use is involved in ways that reduce potential harm.  

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.


Mindful Eating Groups


Mondays,  3:45 - 5pm
Meets for 12 sessions from 2/18 through 4/29/19.
Group does NOT meet 3/18/19 during Spring Break.

Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Negroni/Muñoz

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This 12-session group is designed to introduce dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills for students struggling with eating or body image concerns. DBT is a type of therapeutic approach that helps people who experience intense surges of emotion that are hard to recover from or relieve. This group will provide connection with others who have similar struggles, equip members with useful skills, and empower participants to cope with painful feelings, triggering events, stressful situations, and unhealthy urges. Skills and concepts will include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

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.

Thursdays,  1:30pm - 2:45pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Negroni

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who are struggling with eating and body image concerns and who want to work toward improving relationships with food and body. Through group discussions and peer support, it gives members an environment in which to explore ways to decrease disordered eating behaviors, thoughts, and urges and to identify new coping skills and techniques.

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.


Mindfulness Groups & Classes


Mondays in April   10am - 12pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Czar/Taha

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 CMHC at (512) 471-3515 to sign up for the Information Session on 3/25/19 to determine if this group would be a good fit.

Mondays   10am - 12pm
Meets for 5 sessions from 2/11 through 3/11/19.

Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Czar/Taha

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This five-week, structured, skills-based class is for students who want to improve their relationship with themselves by finding a healthier balance between self-kindness and self-accountability. Excessive self-criticism can contribute to a number of challenges such as depression, social anxiety, and perfectionism, which ultimately can be debilitating and make it even harder to feel good about oneself.

This class explores how to treat oneself with greater compassion, while still striving for positive growth and change. This is accomplished, in part, by practicing mindfulness meditation techniques, which can cultivate the kind of awareness and self-compassion that can facilitate both self-acceptance and success in life. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in the present moment, on purpose, and in an open, nonjudgmental way.

To register or for more information – Students interested in joining or learning more should call CMHC at (512) 471-3515 to sign up for the Information Session on 2/4/19 to determine if this class would be a good fit.

Mondays,  2 - 4pm
Meets for 8 sessions from 2/11 through 4/8/19. Group does NOT meet on 3/18/19 during Spring Break.

Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Chiang

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This eight-session class is tailored for students who suffer from depression and anxiety. The class is not appropriate for students suffering from PTSD, schizophrenia, psychosis, or a dissociative disorder and could make symptoms worse. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based treatment for managing depressed mood and reducing the chances of depression returning. This structured, interactive and skills-based class will provide instruction in mindfulness-based practices, which can help participants change their habitual ways of relating to the thoughts and feelings that contribute to depression. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in the present moment, on purpose, and in an open, nonjudgmental way. This treatment is more effective if participants can attend the entire class from 2:00-4:00pm and come to all eight sessions.

To register or for more information – Students interested in joining or learning more should call CMHC at (512) 471-3515 to sign up for the Information Session on 2/4/19 to determine if this class would be a good fit.


Other Skill-Building Groups


Fridays,  12noon - 1:30pm
Meets for 4 sessions and will be offered twice in the spring 2019 semester. Please contact CMHC for details about the Information Session and group dates.

Section 1 now full. Please call CMHC if you're interested in Section 2 of the group starting later in the semester.
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Andorka/Kearney

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This six-week group is for students with anxiety and depressive disorders. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidenced-based treatment for these disorders. This group will review ACT principles including managing thoughts and feelings, mindfulness, cognitive defusion techniques, and commitment to goal-directed behavior. ACT uses metaphors and storytelling to provide education on ACT principles. The group provides a safe atmosphere that encourages peer support.

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

Mondays,  2 - 3:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Tao-Foster/Bandy

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who have difficulty speaking up in groups and/or initiating conversations, who worry about how others are evaluating them, and/or who find themselves more "in their head" than in the conversation. The group will focus on providing space for students who face similar challenges to meet one another as well as:

  • identifying and changing thoughts associated with feared situations,
  • practicing facing social fears in a safe and supportive environment, and
  • building communication and social skills to help increase comfort and self-confidence in social or performance situations

To register or for more information – Students interested in joining or learning more should call CMHC at (512) 471-3515 to sign up for the Information Session on 2/11/19 to determine if this group would be a good fit.

Mondays,  1pm - 2:15pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Bailey-Smith/Morrissey

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This 10-session group is for students who are experiencing general anxiety and who frequently worry and over-analyze, try to identify and prepare for worse case scenarios to avoid uncertainty and/or avoid important activities, social interactions, or responsibilities due to anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective treatment. Focusing on connections between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, it develops awareness of unhelpful thoughts and provides tools to create more realistic beliefs that can reduce anxiety. Sessions provide education to understand and manage anxiety, the practice of behavioral changes through weekly action items, and interactive group processing.

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,  4 - 5:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Graham

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is appropriate 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.

Thursdays,  12 - 1:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Thiagarajan/Stone

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is appropriate for students who experience intense, overwhelming emotions that feel out of control and difficult to manage. Often times, these emotions 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.

Thursdays,  2pm - 3:15pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Ruud/Rubin

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who struggle with problems related to anxiety. Many college students experience anxious thoughts and feelings that may dominate their daily lives, such as spending significant time worrying about the future and dwelling on the past or avoiding people or situations for fear of being judged as awkward or anxious. This group focuses on understanding anxiety and its impact, learning how to respond to anxiety symptoms versus reacting by avoiding and escaping the discomfort, and developing present moment awareness to guide attention towards what participants find most meaningful in life.

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.


“Understanding Self and Others” Groups (formerly called Personal Exploration Groups)


Mondays,  11am - 12:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Thiagarajan/Zhao

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is open to all graduate or non-traditional age undergraduate students age 23 and older. The group focuses on common concerns of non-traditional-age students and offers a safe and supportive environment in which members can gain powerful experiences through giving and receiving support and encouragement from others facing similar struggles. The group also allows members to practice new, more engaged and effective ways of relating to each other. Common concerns discussed in the group include, but are not limited to, personal growth and self-care, relationships, mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety, asserting boundaries, and other concerns that feel relevant to participants.

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,  2 - 3:30pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Gerhart/Hammond

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who wish to better understand themselves and their relationships with others. Participants are often curious about how other people experience them and are interested in building stronger relationships.

The group focuses on:

  • practicing communicating with other students in the moment,
  • strengthening the participant’s connection to feelings and developing deeper body awareness, and
  • building self-knowledge and skills to improve interpersonal connections.

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 - 2:15pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Long/Morrissey

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who wish to better understand themselves and their relationships with others. The group explores various aspects and identities of participants as well as the interpersonal process that occurs in relationships. Group “process” focuses on becoming better attuned to one’s own feelings and those of others in the group as they occur in the moment, beginning to better understand oneself and one’s relationship patterns, and developing ways to improve the quality of one’s 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.

Wednesdays,  12:30 - 2pm
Meets at the SSB - 5th floor
Osher/Taha

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who wish to better understand themselves and their relationships with others. It provides a safe and supportive atmosphere to practice communicating with others, deepen self-awareness, and work on improving interpersonal relationships. Common discussion topics include, but are not limited to, communication skills, in-the-moment experiences of thoughts and feelings, giving and receiving honest feedback, and interpersonal effectiveness.

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.





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