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Groups and Classes

Business Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm CST
Appointment-scheduling hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm CST
Phone: (512) 471-3515 - Student Services Building 5th Floor
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All groups are free and confidential.

Group Information


College students often face overwhelming emotions, difficult relationships and adjustments, and academic problems for which a group may be the best support option – often being more beneficial than one-on-one counseling. Groups offer a unique setting in which peer interactions facilitate self-improvement and the alleviation of suffering. Participants often feel less alone in their struggles, with the group providing a sense of community.

CMHC offers therapy groups, therapeutic classes, and skill-building workshops that address a range of student needs. Some students are initially hesitant to participate in a group, but those who join consistently find them to be a beneficial and positive experience.

New groups start each semester. Most therapy and support groups have five to ten members. Classes and workshops, which are more educational and skill building in nature, may be larger. The number of sessions per group varies, concluding before finals. Usually, students meet in advance with the facilitator(s) to discuss their interest. Students can attend others on a drop-in basis.

If you are interested in a group that is full, can call (512) 471-3515 or come by CMHC Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm to discuss your needs.

If you don’t see a group that's relevant or helpful to you, Submit a suggestion or request to the CMHC Group Coordinator for other groups you’d like to see CMHC offer.

For questions about CMHC groups, contact Dr. Kate Czar at  (512) 471-3515.

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Groups and Classes


Drop-In Discussion Groups

See other categories on this page for additional drop-in group options.

Mondays, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. CST

6/6 - 8/1 (not meeting on 7/4)

Tina Alexander

Virtual


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to Black-identified students, regardless of nationality or racial/ethnic background. The group engages in safe, engaging and authentic discussion around students' experiences as Black and African American students on the UT campus.

From race relations to career development and from cultural appropriation to sexuality and dating in the Black community, students are welcome to discuss any topic that is relevant to their experiences. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the current sociopolitical climate, the psychosocial impact of racial injustice, systemic issues that historically and currently marginalize and oppress the Black community, religious and spiritual development and identity development in the Black community.

Registration – Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Tina Alexander.

Fridays, 2 to 3:30 p.m. CST

6/3 - 8/5

Arna Erega

Virtual


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This discussion group is for international students who are preparing for the transition from their roles as full-time students to professional environments such as internships, externships, or part- or full-time employment. The purpose of the group is to create a safe environment where international students can discuss their successes and challenges with these transitions and job searches. Participants will have the opportunity to talk about their experiences, process stress, frustration, anxiety, receive peer support and learn skills to better cope along the way.

This group is drop-in based, and students can attend one, some or all sessions.

Registration – Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Arna Erega.

Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

6/16 - 8/4

Kimberly Bird

Virtual


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This semi-structured drop-in group is for students who want to reflect on family concerns, understand one's family structure from a culturally informed perspective and learn skills to navigate healthy interactions with family members.

Educational information will be provided each week on a specific topic that relates to family experiences (e.g., self-esteem, family dynamics, interpersonal conflict, familial pressure and/or lack of a support system at home). Participants will also have the opportunity to share and receive support around their own personal family experiences if desired.

Registration – Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Kimberly Bird .

Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

6/8 - 8/3 (Group will not meet on 6/22)

Bryce Moffett and Alexandra Okeke-Banks

Virtual


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group is for students who are parents or caregivers. Being a caregiver and a student can lead to juggling many challenging responsibilities while running on little to no sleep. This group is designed to provide a safe, confidential atmosphere and the opportunity to receive support and feedback from peers. Topics discussed may include finding balance, self-care as a caregiver, mindful parenting, asking for and accepting support, letting go of “parent guilt,” and any other topics that feel relevant to participants.

This group is drop-in based, and students can attend one, some or all sessions. Feel free to schedule an appointment with group facilitators to explore whether the group may be a good fit for you.

Registration – Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Bryce Moffett or Alexandra Banks.

Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

6/14 - 7/26

Joanna Menendez

GWB 1.138 (Seminar Room)


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

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 and can drop in for one, some or all group sessions. Click the link below to receive reminder emails about the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Joanna Menendez.

Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

6/8 - 8/10

Amelia Zique

WCP 2.112 (GSC Conference Room)


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is a supportive summertime drop-in space for queer folk. The group provides a safe and supportive atmosphere in which participants can engage in authentic discussions around their experiences as queer students on the UT campus and in the world. All topics that are relevant to students’ experiences can be discussed, and privacy will be respected.

Registration - Not necessary. Participants are not required to participate each week and can drop in for one, some or all group sessions. Click the link below to receive reminder emails about the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Amelia Zique.

Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. CST

6/7 - 8/9
7/2 - 8/2: There will be no Mindfulness Meditation Group offered during these dates.
8/9: Mindfulness Meditation Group begins again

Geeti Mahajan

Virtual


Join us for this virtual mindful meditation group, which begins with gentle, mindful movement, followed by guided meditation, and ends with discussion to process the experience and offer support.

The group is open to students, faculty and staff with any level of meditation experience. Participants can join the session at any time as late arrivals or early departures are accommodated.

Please note, this is not a traditional therapy group, and you do not need to be a CMHC client to enroll. Participants can join at any time during the semester. The facilitator will email you instructions for the Zoom prior to the upcoming session. Be sure to sign up in advance.

Registration - Please follow the link below to enter your email address. This will allow the group facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the virtual group at the scheduled day and time.

For questions or more information - Contact Geeti Mahajan.

Tuesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. CST

6/7 - 8/9

Alexandra Okeke-Banks, RYT

GWB 2.206 (Multipurpose Room)


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Through discussion, examination, processing, community and yoga, this drop-in group provides an open space for students with BIPOC identities. Yoga engages individuals in mind-body connection, mindfulness and grounding. It can also assist with coping and processing issues related to identity-based trauma. Students can participate in one, some or all workshop sessions. No prior yoga experience is required.

Registration - Not necessary. Participants are not required to participate each week and can drop in for one, some or all group sessions. Click the link below to receive reminder emails about the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Alexandra Okeke-Banks.


Voices Against Violence (VAV) Groups

Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Hannah Yeo Garza and Joanna Menendez

Virtual


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.

Mondays, noon to 1 p.m. CST

6/6 - 7/25

Kristen Pearson and Hannah Nazir

Virtual


Please note that this group is not a formal therapy group.

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.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Kristen Pearson or Hannah Nazir


Mindful Eating Groups

Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

6/8 - 7/27

Joan Long and Hannah Yeo Garza

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly group is open to all students seeking a supportive recovery community, including those who are currently in treatment, in recovery or have not yet sought treatment for an eating disorder. The group provides a nonjudgmental and confidential environment to explore how eating disorder thoughts and behaviors may impact relationships, coping, academics, etc.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Joan Long or Hannah Yeo Garza.


Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Groups

Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. CST

6/7 - 8/2

Tina Alexander

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly drop-in group is open to all students seeking a supportive recovery community. Students at any stage of the recovery process are welcome to participate, including those with concerns regarding emerging substance misuse, moderation, relapse and maintaining long-term recovery. The group is grounded in harm reduction and provides a non-judgmental and confidential environment to explore how substance use as well as sex, gambling, and/or screen technology may be impacting relationships, coping, academics, and more. We acknowledge that different goals work for different people.

Please note this group is drop-in based, and students can attend one, some or all sessions. Feel free to schedule an appointment with the group facilitator to explore whether this group may be a good fit for you.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Tina Alexander.


Group Services for Graduate and Professional Students

Thursdays, 3 to 4 p.m. CST

6/9 - 8/11

Danielle Sirles, PhD and Cam Davis, M.S., M.S.

Virtual


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group is for Black graduate students (any level of a master’s, doctoral or professional program) navigating the demands of graduate or professional school while coping with race-related stress. This group is designed to provide a safe, supportive, affirming and confidential environment to discuss experiences and receive support. Topics may include microaggressions, loneliness, burnout, racial battle fatigue, perfectionism, imposter syndrome and intentional self-care among other topics that feel relevant for participants. Active work on a thesis, dissertation or other professional writing is NOT required for participation.

Registration – Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Danielle Sirles.

Tuesdays, 2:30 to 4 p.m. CST

Mark Zentner and Trevor Waagen

Virtual


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.

Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

6/9 - 8/11

Maria Timm

Virtual


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This is an opportunity to process the stresses and triumphs of the past semester and to develop skills, strategies and resilience for the Fall.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Timm to explore whether the group may be a good fit. This group is drop-in based, and students can attend one, some or all sessions.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Maria Timm.


Understanding Self and Others Groups

Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m. CST

Renissa Arnold and Kathy Melo Li

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Real Talk is open to students of color who identify as women or non-binary. This group offers a safe and empowering environment in which members can give and receive supportive feedback while reflecting on the intersection of race and gender. Real Talk also encourages members to courageously practice new, more effective ways of relating to each other and to themselves. Common concerns discussed will include personal growth and self-care, relationships, mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety, culturally specific pressures and expectations, 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, 10 to 11:30 a.m. CST

Tina Alexander and Joanna Menendez

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group offers a safe and empowering environment in which students of color can explore personal concerns and give and receive supportive feedback. Participants are encouraged to courageously practice new, more effective ways of relating to each other and to themselves. Common concerns discussed may include personal growth, self-care, relationships, mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, culturally specific pressures and expectations, first-generation college student experience and any other topics that feel relevant.

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.


Coping Skills Groups

Thursdays, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. CST

6/30 - 7/21

Gretchen Rees and Lauren Sanchez

Virtual


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. Participants practice new skills together and are asked to spend some of their own time practicing as well.

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.


If you don’t see a group that's relevant or helpful to you, submit a suggestion or request to the CMHC Group Coordinator for other groups you’d like to see CMHC offer.



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