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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

Please note: CMHC groups and workshops are not eligible for currently enrolled UT Austin students to observe for class assignments.

Drop-In Meditation Groups

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

8/23 - 12/6 (not meeting during Fall Break)

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.


Drop-In Discussion Groups

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

Please note: Groups taking place in person at the Counseling and Mental Health Center will observe the center’s current COVID-19 protocols.

Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m. CST

9/29 - 12/8 (not meeting 10/20, 11/17, or 11/24 during Fall Break)

Geeti Mahajan, LCSW, C-IAYT

CMHC Main Conference Room (5th floor SSB)


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Come have tea, talk and practice yoga with fellow Iranians looking for a way to connect with one another and engage in yoga practice for stress reduction. This group is led by an Iranian American psychotherapist/yoga therapist.

Participants can meet and mingle in the SSB lobby from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The group facilitator will escort students to the 5th floor at 5:30. Please note that elevator and stair access to the 5th floor is restricted after 5 p.m.

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

For questions or more information - Contact Contact Geeti Mahajan.

  DROP-IN
Asian Voices @ UT

Tuesdays, 5 to 6:15 p.m. CST

8/30 - 12/6 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Amy Tao-Foster

Belmont Hall Room 220a


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

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.

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

For questions or more information - Contact Amy Tao-Foster.

Fridays, 11 a.m. to Noon CST

9/23 – 12/2 (not meeting on 10/21 and during Fall Break)

Gareth White

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group is open to anyone who identifies as a big person. We will spend time thinking, feeling and talking about what it is like to move through the UT campus and world in our bodies. The focus of this group will be body positivity, self-love and compassion. There is always time to be kind to your body.

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

For questions or more information - Contact Gareth White.

Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. CST

9/14 - 12/7 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Tina Alexander

GWB 3.128


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

For questions or more information - Contact Tina Alexander.

Fridays, 2 to 3 p.m. CST

9/9 - 12/2 (not meeting during Fall Break)

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.

Wednesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. CST

9/14 - 11/30 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Kimberly Bird and Emma Siegel

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.

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 Kimberly Bird.

Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. CST

Series 1: 9/7-9/28
Series 2: 11/2-11/16

Alexandra Okeke-Banks, RYT

SSB 5.218 (CMHC Main Conference 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.

Wednesdays, 2 to 3 p.m. CST

9/14 - 11/30 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Mike Andorka and Saul Castro

SSB 3.200 Conference 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 students who identify as first generation college students. The definition of “first generation” at UT includes students from families where neither parent or guardian has a four-year degree or higher from a university or college. Students whose parents received a college degree outside the US also identify as first generation.

This drop-in experience is designed to help first generation Longhorns connect, learn about shared experiences and get support from CMHC and each other. Students may also learn about campus resources that can enable them to become more successful and discuss other topics that feel relevant.

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

For questions or more information - Contact Mike Andorka.

Tuesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. CST

8/30 to 12/6 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Hannah Powers

Virtual


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly discussion group is open to all students who identify as Neurodivergent (ND) including Autistic and/or diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, Sensory Perception Disorder (SPD), Tourette's, or a Learning Disability.

The purpose of the group is to create an open, welcoming, respectful, and confidential space where students can connect and talk openly about their experiences of being ND students at UT. Common topics that may be discussed in the group include self-advocacy to professors or medical providers, dating, social relationships, how to comfortably navigate campus, and more.

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 Hannah Powers.

Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. CST

8/29 - 12/12 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Joanna Menendez

GWB 1.138


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 below to receive weekly reminder emails about the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Joanna Menendez.

Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. CST

9/14 - 11/30 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Amelia Zique

WCP 2.112 (GSC Conference Room)


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

LGBTQIA2+ Voices in Support is a drop-in space to talk with peers about queer issues in a supportive environment with the goals of building perspective, solidarity, resilience and community. All queer identities are welcome. Privacy will be respected, and no records of individual attendance are maintained.

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

For questions or more information - Contact Amelia Zique.

Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. CST

9/14 - 11/30 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Amelia Zique

WCP 2.112 (GSC Conference Room)


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

LGBTQIA2+ Voices in Discussion is a drop-in space with a specific topic each week that will be discussed, sometimes with guest speakers in attendance. Please request the schedule of topics via email. Privacy will be respected, and no records of individual attendance are maintained.

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

For questions or more information - Contact Amelia Zique.

Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST

10/7 – 12/6 (not meeting 11/11 or during Fall Break)

Hannah Yeo Garza and Hannah Nazir

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is open to all students who identify as multi-racial and/or multi-ethnic. The group aims to develop a sense of belonging and community among group members who might experience feelings of isolation and/or perceived rejection when attempting to claim one of their identities. Group will offer a mixture of peer support, interpersonal exploration and resources. Issues discussed may include imposter syndrome, racial stress, stigma, intersectionality, relationships, family dynamics and challenges and strengths associated with navigating two or more racial/ethnic groups and/or cultures.

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

For questions or more information - Contact Hannah Yeo Garza or Hannah Nazir.


Identity-Based Support Groups

Please note: Groups taking place in person at the Counseling and Mental Health Center will observe the center’s current COVID-19 protocols.

Fridays, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Amy Tao-Foster and Katherine Sadek

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for female and non-binary students of color who are 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 at (512) 471-3515.

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon CST

Tina Alexander and Stephanie Dodoo

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for female and non-binary students of Black/African descent 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 at (512) 471-3515.

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

Mike Andorka and Terrill Taylor

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group provides a supportive space for all male-identified individuals. Due to the lack of emotional training in development, men tend to have difficulties identifying, expressing and coping with negative emotions, including sadness, guilt and shame. The goal of this group is for members to learn how to better cope with difficult emotions. In addition, the members will learn how to support others by relating and supporting versus 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.

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

Joey Hannah and Denzel Wilson

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for queer and questioning men/masculine people including any identity on the queer spectrum (i.e., gay, bisexual, trans, questioning etc.).

In this process and support group, members will explore themes important to themselves. The gathering will create a safe and encouraging atmosphere for discussions around the development of queer identity, queer community, dating and intimacy, and processing intersecting 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.

Mondays, 2 to 3 p.m. CST

Gareth White

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is a supportive place for queer and questioning women. This can include any identity on the queer spectrum (i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning 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.

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

Arna Erega

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This is a group for international students of all genders, ages, majors and academic classifications. The group offers a safe and empowering environment in which international students can explore personal concerns and challenges they have experienced in the U.S. so far. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and to give and receive supportive feedback. Common concerns discussed may include personal and interpersonal challenges, social isolation, difficulties making meaningful friendships, adjustment and acculturation, homesickness, family pressures and expectations, mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, culturally specific pressures 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.


Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Groups

Please note: Groups taking place in person at the Counseling and Mental Health Center will observe the center’s current COVID-19 protocols.

Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

9/1 - 12/8 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Kathy Melo Li and Brittany Sievers

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly drop-in group is open to all students seeking a supportive environment to explore their relationship with substances. Students looking to make changes to their substance use, or no changes at all, are welcome. Concerns might include substance misuse, learning about safe substance use practices, moderation, increasing awareness and insight about current use, 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 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 a 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 Brittany Sievers and/or Kathy Melo Li.


Voices Against Violence (VAV) Groups

Please note: Groups taking place in person at the Counseling and Mental Health Center will observe the center’s current COVID-19 protocols.

Mondays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. CST

Kimberly Bird and Talya Feldman

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


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 are actively seeking healing around 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. The focus is on increasing self-awareness, exploring the impact of family experiences and validating that interpersonal violence is 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, 2 to 3:30 p.m. CST

Joanna Menendez and Hannah Yeo Garza

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


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.

Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. CST

Kristen Pearson and Paula Ramirez

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group provides a supportive environment for women and non-binary students with experiences of sexual assault, sexual abuse, relationship violence and stalking to focus on current impact and experiences. The group will explore trauma reactions, coping strategies, creating safety in relationships and integrating individual experiences into our 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.

Mondays, noon to 1 p.m. CST

9/12 - 12/5 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Hannah Nazir

Virtual


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

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This is a weekly, drop-in, gender-inclusive support group that is open to all students who identify as survivors of interpersonal trauma. Interpersonal trauma may include experiences of sexual assault, emotional and physical abuse, dating/domestic violence, family of origin violence, etc. The group will provide an opportunity for members to build community and 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 Hannah Nazir

View details on our Wellness Workshops and Events page.


Mindful Eating Groups

Please note: Groups taking place in person at the Counseling and Mental Health Center will observe the center’s current COVID-19 protocols.

Tuesdays, noon – 1 p.m. CST

8/30 - 12/6 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Hannah Yeo Garza

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly group is open to all students seeking a supportive community to explore their relationship with their food and body, including those who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder and those who are currently in treatment. The group provides a nonjudgmental and confidential environment to explore how disordered eating thoughts and behaviors may impact various areas of their life. Students are welcome to bring their lunches to session.

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 Hannah Yeo Garza.

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Food and Feelings

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

Joan Long and Rachel Goold

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who are struggling with disordered eating and body image concerns. Members will engage in the exploration of underlying issues tied to food and body image concerns, learn ways to cultivate the mind/body connection and develop new ways of coping with emotions, thoughts and behaviors associated with disordered eating. The group is semi-structured with a focus on peer support and group discussions.

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.


Group Services for Graduate and Professional Students

Please note: Groups taking place in person at the Counseling and Mental Health Center will observe the center’s current COVID-19 protocols.

Thursdays, 3 to 4 p.m. CST

9/1 - 12/1 (not meeting during Fall Break)

Danielle Sirles, PhD and Denzel Wilson, MA

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, PhD and Saul Castro, MA

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.

2 Sections

Tuesdays FULL

Pam Moore, PhD and Terrill Taylor, MA


Wednesdays FULL

Pam Moore, PhD and Mary Eberlein, PhD


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.

Fridays, 2 to 3 p.m. CST

8/26 - 10/7

Maria Timm

Virtual


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group is open to anyone who feels disconnected, alone in their experiences and longing for connection with others who may feel similarly. Examples of those who might benefit from this group include first generation students, students who have families, students of color and students juggling multiple life roles.

Participants are invited to share experiences and receive support and coping tools. Potential group topics will be mutually agreed upon during each session and may include anxiety around cold-calling/public speaking, perfectionism, feeling like an imposter, time and stress management, career concerns, identity issues and burnout.

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.

View details on our Wellness Workshops and Events page.

View details on our Wellness Workshops and Events page.


Other Support and Skill-Building Groups

Please note: Groups taking place in person at the Counseling and Mental Health Center will observe the center’s current COVID-19 protocols.

Fridays, 10:30 to 11:50 a.m CST

Mike Andorka and Yaritza Carmona

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This 4- to 5-week group is for students who experience anxiety or depression. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidenced-based treatment for these concerns. 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 - 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.

2 Sections

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

Mark Zentner and Tasha Castellon

CMHC - SSB 5th floor


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

Kathy Melo Li

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This structured group employs strategies from mindfulness and acceptance based therapies and is for students who are feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or having difficulty enjoying life. Skills focus on learning to be more present, self-compassionate and able to handle intense emotions effectively. Members will participate in experiential exercises and complete homework assignments, with the goal being to develop a toolkit from which to pull whenever difficult life circumstances arise. The group is an eight-week commitment.

Students must be enrolled in individual therapy throughout the course of the group.

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 to 3:30 p.m. CST

Alicia Garces and Talya Feldman

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


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.


Understanding Self and Others Groups

Please note: Groups taking place in person at the Counseling and Mental Health Center will observe the center’s current COVID-19 protocols.

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

Danielle Sirles and Tina Alexander

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.

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

Kate Czar and Madison Blaydes

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group 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.


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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