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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 Meditation Groups

Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST

1/18 - 5/3 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring 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

  DROP-IN
Asian Voices @ UT

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

1/25 - 5/3 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

Amy Tao-Foster

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 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 – 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 Amy Tao-Foster.

Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST

1/24 - 5/2 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

Tina Alexander and Renissa Arnold

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 p.m. CST

1/21 – 5/6 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring 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.

Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon CST

2/11 - 4/29 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

Kimberly Bird

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 want to process family concerns, understand one's family structure from a culturally informed perspective and learn skills to navigate healthy interactions with family members.

Topics that may be explored include self-esteem, family dynamics, interpersonal conflict, familial pressure and/or lack of a support system at home.

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 .

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

1/18 - 5/3 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

Arna Erega and Dilara Hasdemir

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 international students. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe and supportive environment where students can connect and talk openly about their experiences of living and studying in the United States. Common topics that will arise in the group include, but are not limited to, homesickness, cultural differences, academics, experiences of discrimination, identity changes and any other topics that feel relevant to participants

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.

Mondays, noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

1/31 - 5/2 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

Danielle Sirles and Johanna Loya

Virtual


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

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 - 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, 5 to 6:30 p.m. CST

1/25 - 5/3 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring 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.

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. If you wish to attend multiple sessions, a new sign-up is required each week.

For questions or more information - Contact Hannah Powers.

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

1/25 - 5/17 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

Joanna Menendez

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 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 - 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 Joanna Menendez.


Identity Based Support Groups

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

Tina Alexander and Shaina Hall

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group provides an affirming, empowering and supportive environment for Black women and Black non-binary students to practice coping through creative or expressive art activities (e.g., painting, sculpting, drawing, writing, collage). This semi-structured group will also include authentic group discussions on issues such as racial stress and issues that historically and currently marginalize and oppress the Black community, isolation/loneliness, sexuality, relationships, the intersection of race and gender, body image and hair, trauma, self-compassion and more. The group is an environment in which to be seen authentically and learn ways to cope, engage in wellness and build community. Students will be encouraged to share their work, offer support to one another and identify and discuss maladaptive coping strategies (e.g., substance misuse, self-harm). No artistic experience is required. Some materials will be provided.

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 (512) 471-3515.

Fridays, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. CST (***meets every other week)

Elana Bizer/SSD staff member Emily Shryock

Virtual


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 - 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 2:15 p.m. CST

Amy Tao-Foster

Virtual


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.

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

Mike Andorka

CMHC – SSB 5th floor (tentative)


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

Joey Hannah

Virtual


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

Virtual


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.

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

Hannah Yeo Garza and Hannah Nazir

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This support 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.

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, noon to 1:30 p.m. CST

Quintin Bailey

CMHC - SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Please note this group will take place in person at the Counseling and Mental Health Center, where masks and COVID-19 protocols are being observed.

This group for trans and non-binary students facilitates communal connections, interpersonal processing and support. Members will explore themes important to them, engage in new ways of relating and expand the understanding of one’s emotional world. The group facilitator will strive to create a space that welcomes all feelings, all experiences and understand them through an intersectional approach.

This group is open to students in any place of their gender journey.


Voices Against Violence (VAV) Groups

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

Kimberly Bird

Virtual


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.

Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m. CST

Aly Ramirez and Hannah Yeo Garza

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.

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

Kristen Pearson and Dea Radovancevic

CMHC – SSB 5th floor (tentative)


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.

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

Joanna Menendez

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This is a group for undergraduate and graduate self-identified Latinx women who have experienced sexual violence/assault.

Join us as we focus on providing support to members, normalize their experiences and explore healthy coping mechanisms. The facilitator may suggest a topic for each meeting, but members will have space to share anything they desire. Bilingual dialogue is welcome if it supports your wellbeing and empowerment.

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

1/24 - 5/2 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

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

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

1/31 - 5/3 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

Kristen Pearson and Ayesha Akbar

Virtual


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

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who have experienced trauma and are looking for support with their own healing experience.

The yoga practice will focus on themes of grounding, self-care, trauma/stress response and regulation. Through the practice, participants will also learn mindfulness skills to practice being in the present moment with intention.

This is a virtual group, and participants are required to keep their video on during sessions to ensure they are practicing yoga safely. No prior yoga experience is necessary. Open to all fitness and ability levels. This is not a traditional therapy group, and you do not need to be a CMHC client to enroll.

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 Ayesha Akbar


Mindful Eating Groups

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

Ayesha Akbar

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for non-binary individuals and women of color of all ages who are interested in improving their relationship with food and their bodies. It is appropriate for those who want to reduce disordered eating behaviors and/or thoughts as well as other compensatory behaviors such as bingeing, purging, restricting, or over-exercising. Group sessions will focus on familial and personal expectations regarding appearance and body. Members will discuss navigating dominant culture/Eurocentric beauty standards and cultural and familial connections to food. Goals will include learning skills to identify distorted expectations, challenging those expectations, and decreasing disordered thoughts and behaviors

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, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Joan Long and Chloe Ropner

Virtual


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.

Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon

TBD (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

Joan Long

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.

Check back soon to sign up for meeting information and Zoom link.

For questions or more information - Contact Joan Long.


Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Groups

Tuesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

1/25 - 4/26 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

Sarah Levinn and Tina Alexander

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly group is open to all students seeking a supportive recovery community. Students are welcome to participate at any stage of the recovery process, including emerging substance misuse concerns, moderation, relapse and maintaining long-term recovery. The group provides a non-judgmental and confidential environment to explore how substance use may be impacting 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 Sarah Levinn.


Group Services for Graduate and Professional Students

Fridays, 3 to 4 p.m.

2/4 - 5/6 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

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 or doctoral program) navigating the demands of graduate 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.

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

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, 2 to 3:20 p.m. CST

Pam Moore and Talya Feldman, M.A.

Virtual


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, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. CST

1/28 - 5/6 (Drop-in groups will not meet during Spring Break)

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.


Other Support and Skill-Building Groups

Section 1: Wednesdays 2 to 3:30 p.m., dates TBD (facilitators: Chloe Ropner and Kate Czar)
Section 2: Tuesdays 2:30 to 4 p.m., dates TBD (facilitator: Kate Czar)

TBD


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This five-week, interactive, structured, and skills-based class 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.

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

Hannah Yeo Garza

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This support group is open to all students experiencing body image concerns. The group provides a nonjudgmental and confidential environment for folx to explore their relationship to their bodies, the messages they might have received that have led to body shame and how to cultivate a more loving and empowered relationship to their body, themselves and others. The group will allow members to explore how body image intersects with identity and how negative body image 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.

Section 1: Tuesdays 2:30 to 4 p.m., dates TBD (facilitator: Kate Czar)
Section 2: Wednesdays 2 to 3:30 p.m., dates TBD (facilitators: Chloe Ropner and Kate Czar)

Dates TBD

CMHC – SSB 5th floor (tentative)


This five-week class is tailored for students who have experienced depression and would like to learn skills for managing depression as well as reducing the chances of it reoccurring.

Instruction will be provided in mindfulness-based practices and cognitive-behavioral concepts. These practices can help class members change their habitual ways of relating to the thoughts and feelings that contribute to depressive symptoms and episodes. This class is structured and interactive, and participants will be asked to practice what is learned in their daily lives.

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:
Section 1: Thursdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Facilitators: Ellie Jin and Johanna Loya)
OR
Section 2: Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m. CST (Facilitators: Mark Zentner and Kathy Melo Li)

Virtual (both sections)


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.

Tuesdays, 3 to 4:20 p.m. CST

Pam Moore

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group will provide a place to talk about transitioning back to school and work after dealing with complications of the past year, share the challenges related to how relationships (with self and others) have changed, discuss coping strategies and goals to help with re-entry challenges and reflect on grief, losses and post-pandemic growth with others who are having similar experiences.

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

Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. CST

Danielle Sirles and Carolyn Miles

Virtual


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.

Tuesdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Ellie Jin and Trevor Waagen

Virtual


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 allows members to practice new, more engaged and effective ways of relating to one another. Common concerns discussed include identity development, relationships (family, peers, partners), mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety, asserting boundaries, loneliness/isolation, and other concerns that feel relevant. Participants have the opportunity to give and receive interpersonal feedback (e.g., first impressions) and share in vulnerabilities.

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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