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Groups

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

**Please note: CMHC groups are not eligible for individuals to observe for class assignments.

Drop-in Meditation Group

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

1/30 - 4/23 (not meeting during Spring Break or on 3/19)

Kate Czar

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in mindfulness group begins with gentle guided meditation, may include a period of silent meditation, and ends with discussion to process the experience and offer support. The drop-in format of the group is a great way to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

The group is open to students with any level of meditation experience.

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 Kate Czar.


Drop-In Support Groups

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

Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m. CST (every other week; not meeting during Spring Break)

2/13, 2/27, 3/26, 4/9, & 4/23

Danyelle Davis

RLP 1.302D


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Embark on the journey of adulthood with confidence. Join our drop-in group designed just for College of Liberal Arts students. Here, you’ll tackle challenges, navigate unspoken norms and unravel sticky situations that come with growing up. Share your experiences, seek advice and dive into the nuances of this transitional phase. This space provides a supportive environment to voice your concerns and aspirations. Our goal is to offer a safe, non-judgmental platform where you can develop life skills and find your footing on this exciting new path.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

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 Danyelle Davis.

Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

1/17 - 4/24 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Tina Alexander

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

The group engages in safe 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.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

Registration – Click below to enter your name and email address. The facilitator(s) will send a follow-up email containing the Zoom link.

For questions or more information - Contact Tina Alexander.

Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

1/31 - 4/24 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Hannah Yeo Garza

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group offers a nonjudgmental, supportive environment for folks to explore their relationship to their bodies, all from a perspective that recognizes the intersections among diverse identities and experiences. Each session focuses on a group-determined topic, encouraging inclusive and engaging discussions. Grounding assumptions and guidelines for the space are articulated each week in order to establish vulnerability, trust, and accountability.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way for students to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

Registration – Click below to enter your name and email address. The facilitator(s) will send a follow-up email containing the Zoom link.

For questions or more information - Contact Hannah Yeo Garza.

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

1/29 - 4/15 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Kimberly Bird and Dea Radovancevic

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group is for students 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.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way for students to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

Registration - Click below to enter your name and email address. The facilitator(s) will send a follow-up email containing the Zoom link.

Thursdays, 3 to 4 p.m. CST

2/1 - 4/25 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Danielle Sirles and Seth Nowlin

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group offers a supportive space to explore the highs and lows of navigating complicated romantic relationships and break-ups. Topics for discussion include managing complex feelings (e.g., grief, anger, relief, regret, happiness, loneliness and uncertainty), setting healthy boundaries, improving communication, increasing self-awareness and much more.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way for students to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

Registration – Click below to enter your name and email address. The facilitator(s) will send a follow-up email containing the Zoom link.

For questions or more information - Contact Danielle Sirles.

Tuesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

1/30 - 4/30 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Joanna Menendez

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly drop-in group is for students who are willing to engage in respectful conversations and to honor group members' privacy.

The group provides a safe and supportive atmosphere in which participants can engage in inviting and authentic discussion around students' experiences as Latine 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.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way for students to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

Registration - Click below to enter your email address and receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.

For questions or more information - Contact Joanna Menendez.

Two Sections:

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

1/31 - 4/24 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Amelia Zique

WCC Conference Room


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

1/31 - 4/24 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Amelia Zique

WCC Conference Room


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is a space where participants can seek out and offer support, solidarity, and community to one another. Drop-in office hours with Amelia Zique are scheduled 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after each session. For email reminders about groups, see below.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way for students to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

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 noon CST

2/2 - 4/26 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Hannah Yeo Garza

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

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.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way for students to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

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.

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

2/2 - 4/26 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Laura Dupuis and Henry Aguayo

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in support group is for students who have been impacted by the death of someone by suicide or other traumatic circumstances. This is an opportunity for connection and community. Group participants will explore their grief responses, understand issues that may complicate the grieving process, and receive education about grief. Participants may or may not have personally known the person who died.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way for students to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

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 Laura Dupuis.


Psychoeducational Drop-in Groups

Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m. CST (every other week)

2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, and 4/16

Cassy Moreno

RLP 1.302D (On 4/16 the location is BEN 1.118)


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Are you struggling with feeling under pressure from test anxiety? Join this psychoeducational group once or as often as you’d like. It is designed just for you, offering practical insights and skills to conquer test anxiety. Together we will:

  • Spot the causes of test anxiety, whether they arise internally or externally.
  • Acquire and apply techniques to cultivate more balanced thinking patterns
  • Pinpoint and exercise strategies to alleviate test-related stress.

This group is a great way to access mental healthcare in a structured, psychoeducational format.

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

2/7 - 4/17 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Kim Orchowski

CMHC (SSB 5th floor)


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

No previous art experience is necessary or required.

This five-week group offers participants a chance to learn and explore new ways of coping with stress, grief, anxiety, depression and/or trauma through different weekly visual art activities. Participants are invited to engage in self-exploration and self-expression through a variety of art materials—without the expectation to do so verbally. The sessions facilitate increased emotional awareness/identification, relaxation, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, stress management, self-confidence, connections, and joy. Focusing on the process of art making, as opposed to the end product, is encouraged to challenge perfectionistic tendencies and practice mindfulness.

Supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring supplies/materials/small found objects they already own. The following art materials are NOT permitted: X-Acto blades, oil paints or pastels, spray paint or toxic chemicals/solvents.

The series is activity-based and may include brief discussion of concepts/skills. Since the modules can be completed in any order, students can start the group at any time of the semester.

This group is a great way to access mental healthcare in a structured, psychoeducational format.

Wednesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. CST

1/17 - 5/24 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Luis Martinez

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

In this group, CMHC staff will guide you through the process of finding a counselor outside of UT. Join this psychoeducational group once or as often as you’d like. If you are considering therapy but are unsure whether it’s for you, don’t know how to pay for counseling or are wondering how to find the right counselor, this group can help. Participants will learn the basics of accessing mental health care in the community, including:

  • Why people see counselors
  • How to use your insurance for mental health care
  • Low-cost counseling options
  • Searching for, selecting, and contacting counselors

This group is a great way to access mental healthcare in a structured, psychoeducational format.

Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. CST

1/30 - 4/30 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Abby Simpson

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This four-session psychoeducational group allows participants to learn concepts and skills for:

  • managing emotions that feel out of control,
  • increasing your ability to relax
  • dealing with painful thoughts and feelings,
  • and improving relationships with others.

The series is primarily informational with brief group discussions about the skills. Participants are asked to attend the group series for 4 weeks in a row. Since the modules can be completed in any order, students can start the workshop at any time of the semester.

This group is a great way to access mental healthcare in a structured, psychoeducational format.

Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. CST

1/31 - 5/1 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Kathy Melo Li

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Learn about mindful substance use and how to use informed decision-making in this group specifically designed for college students. Explore techniques for harm reduction, understand substance effects and create a thoughtful usage plan. Join this psychoeducational group once or as often as you’d like.

This group is a great way to access mental healthcare in a structured, psychoeducational format.

Thursdays, 2 to 3 p.m. CST

1/25 - 4/25 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Hannah Powers

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Discover Neurodivergence 101, where participants learn about Neurodivergence and getting tested for ADHD/Autism. Whether you're curious if you are Neurodivergent, uncertain about testing procedures, or seeking extra resources, this group is for you. Join this psychoeducational group once or as often as you’d like.

During our time together, you will explore the essentials including:

  • Understanding Neurodivergence
  • Grasping the evaluation process
  • Learning how to connect with ND-affirming experts
  • Answers to key questions and resources for finding more help and support

This group is a great way to access mental healthcare in a structured, psychoeducational format.

View details on the UHS Nutrition Services page.

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

2/9 - 4/26 (not meeting during Spring Break or on 3/21)

Joey Hannah, PhD

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Please note this group is only for graduate students.

In this 4-session group, participants learn concepts and skills for:

  • regulating emotions when they feel out of control
  • communication skills for building healthy relationships
  • managing time, sleep, and energy (includes mindfulness skills)
  • having a healthier relationship with your emotions and acting on your values

This group is a great way for graduate students to access mental healthcare in a structured, psychoeducational format. Since the modules can be completed in any order, students can start the group at any time of the semester.


Yoga Groups for Mental Health Support

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

2/2 - 5/10 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Maria Timm, RYT-200 and Halin Chung

Jeffers Courtroom – TNH 3.140


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Scales and Savasana is a drop-in style rotating yoga group for students in the School of Law. Participants will learn stress-reduction techniques and practice confidence-building poses designed to build resilience and flexibility, in the legal realm and beyond. This group may be particularly helpful for those experiencing feelings of imposterism, as we will focus on accessing internal strength through empowering poses.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment. Attend one or all group sessions and repeat sessions if desired.

Participants should arrive wearing comfortable workout clothing. Yoga mats will be supplied, but students are welcome to bring their own. No prior yoga experience necessary. This group is open to all fitness and ability levels. Modifications will be offered for accessibility.

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

2/6 - 4/23 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Ayesha Akbar, RYT-200 and Paula Ramirez, RYT-200

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly drop-in yoga group is for students who have experienced trauma and are looking for support with their own healing experience.

Trauma-informed yoga focuses on themes of grounding, choice, connection with one's body, trauma/stress response and regulation. Through the practice, participants will also learn mindfulness skills to practice being in the present moment with intention.

No prior yoga experience is necessary. Open to all fitness and ability levels. Click below to receive more information about this group.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

Thursdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. CST

1/25 - 4/25 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Geeti Mahajan, LCSW, C-IAYT

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in yoga group is for students who experience anxiety that makes it difficult to focus, quiet the mind, or generally enjoy life. Students typically join this group to learn tools to reduce stress and soothe the body and mind in healthy ways.

Each session focuses on a physical yoga practice, in which participating students will learn yoga techniques to manage stress and anxiety. Participants will simultaneously learn mindfulness skills to practice paying attention to the present moment with intention, a key component to easing an anxious mind.

No prior yoga experience is necessary. This group is open to all fitness and ability levels. Students can join at any point during the date range indicated above. This group is a great way to access mental healthcare in a structured, movement-based format.


Substance Use Groups

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

Brittany Sievers and Tia Kelley

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Do you find yourself continuing the party while others have called it a night? Or perhaps using substances a bit more even after you’re home? If you're concerned about your substance use and considering making changes, join The After Party, a supportive group for students aiming to enhance their mental health by assessing and improving their relationships with substances. Explore with us how substance use affects your mental health, goals and relationships.

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

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

2/7 - 4/24 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Sarah Levinn

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.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment. 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 - Click below to enter your name and email address. The facilitator(s) will send a follow-up email containing the Zoom link.

For questions or more information - Contact Sarah Levinn.

See “Psychoeducational Groups” category of this page for details.

Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Brittany Sievers and Lauren Sanchez

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

If you've experienced substance misuse in your family or close relationships, this group is here for you. Whether you grew up with caregivers misusing substances or have loved ones currently struggling, we understand the impact it can have on your well-being. You may be seeking healing and support from these experiences or even struggling with your own substance use. In this safe and understanding space, we'll explore the impact of your loved ones' use on your mental health, personal goals and relationships. Together, we'll work on setting healthy boundaries and finding ways to rely on others in a supportive manner. Join us to receive support and connect with others who can relate to your journey.

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


Voices Against Violence (VAV) Groups

Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. CST

Kimberly Bird and Lauren Jennings

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students 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 and mental health support 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, 1 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Hannah Yeo Garza and Ayesha Akbar

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This 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.

Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Joanna Menendez and Pilar Ciria

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Nuestras Historias is a counseling group open to students who self-identify as Latine women of all ages. This group offers a safe and empowering environment in which members can give and receive supportive feedback to each other while reflecting on the intersection of identities and navigating being survivors of interpersonal trauma, such as sexual assault/abuse, dating/relationship violence, or abuse within family of origin. This group also encourages members to courageously practice new, more effective ways of relating to each other and to themselves as they move forward in their healing. Bilingual dialogue is welcome (not required) if it supports members well-being 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.

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

Kristen Pearson and Reagan Leibovitz

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group provides a semi-structured and supportive environment for students with experiences of interpersonal violence, encompassing sexual assault or abuse, relationship violence or stalking. It focuses on understanding and addressing the current impacts and experiences of participants. The sessions explore trauma reactions, coping strategies, creating safety in relationships, integrating individual experiences into our identities, and creating connections among group members.

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, 3:30 to 5 p.m. CST

Joanna Menendez and Pilar Ciria

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This is a group for undergraduate and graduate self-identified Latine 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, 11 a.m. to noon CST

2/5 - 4/29 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Hannah Nazir and Paula Ramirez

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This is a weekly drop-in group open to students who identify as survivors of interpersonal trauma and are seeking support around healing and mental health. 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 participants to build community and engage in safe and confidential discussions that pertain to their experiences as survivors.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

Registration - Click below to enter your name and email address. The facilitator(s) will send a follow-up email containing the Zoom link.

For questions or more information - Contact Hannah Nazir

See “Yoga for Mental Health Support” category of this page for details.


Mindful Eating Groups

Fridays, 1 to 2:30 p.m

Ayesha Akbar

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is open to students who want to explore their connection with food and their bodies. We'll have candid conversations about diet culture, Eurocentric beauty standards, and the pressures from ourselves and our families about appearance and body image. We'll also dive into how disordered eating intersects with trauma and work on recognizing and challenging harmful messages and expectations about our bodies. Students of all sizes are welcome.

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.

See “Drop-in Support Groups” category toward the top of this page for details.

Mondays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST

1/22 - 4/29 (not meeting during Spring Break)

Chloe Ropner and Joan Long

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This weekly drop-in group is open to students seeking a supportive space to explore their relationships with food and the body. This group provides a nonjudgmental and confidential environment to further understand and be curious about disordered eating thoughts and behaviors and their impact on mental health. Join this space as needed throughout the semester for additional support. The drop-in format of the group is a great way to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

Registration - Click below to enter your name and email address. The facilitator(s) will send a follow-up email containing the Zoom link.

For questions or more information - Contact Chloe Ropner or Joan Long.

Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Joan Long and Seth Nowlin

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students navigating the journey of eating disorder recovery. Together we will embrace a flexible approach to recovery that is focused on risk-reduction, diverse perspectives and creating a culture of support. Join this space to gain skills and understanding in managing the daily practice of recovery and what it means to you.

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 to 11:30 a.m. CST

Chloe Ropner and Pilar Ciria

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students looking to learn more about their relationships with food, their bodies and themselves. Group members will learn about the intersections of disordered eating and trauma, emotional regulation, and discuss coping strategies. The goal of the group is to create a supportive and open environment where together we can address both individual and societal influences on our relationships with food and self.

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

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.

Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. CST

1/24 - 4/24

Pam Moore

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group is for graduate and professional students. Holding this role can be challenging when facing rigorous academic work, pressures for success, and lack of sleep and time. Graduate and professional 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 feel relevant to participants.

The drop-in format of the group is a great way to access mental healthcare without having to make a weekly commitment.

Registration - Click below to enter your name and email address. The facilitator(s) will send a follow-up email containing the Zoom link.

For questions or more information - Contact Pam Moore.

Tuesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. CST

Pam Moore

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for graduate and professional students. Holding this role can be challenging when facing rigorous academic work, pressures for success, and lack of sleep and time. Graduate and professional 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 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.

See “Yoga for Mental Health Support” category of this page for details.

See “Psychoeducational Groups” category of this page for details.


Other Support and Skill-Building Groups

Mondays, 3 to 4 p.m. CST

Mike Andorka

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This 6-week group is for students who experience anxiety. 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.

Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. CST (not meeting during Spring Break)

Heather Gutentag

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Welcome to this group designed just for you – a Longhorn who is actively seeking education, coping skills, processing, and healing while navigating friendships, family and romantic relationships.

You'll have the opportunity to learn and identify your attachment style, discover how to enhance communication skills within relationships, and explore ways to meet your attachment needs. The primary focus is on increasing your self-awareness and delving into strategies for fostering healthier and more positive connections within relationships.

Get ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth as you navigate the complexities of relationships and develop the tools to build fulfilling connections. This group is here to support and empower you every step of the way.

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

Hannah Nazir and Tina Alexander

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

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

  • identify and change thoughts associated with feared situations
  • practice facing social fears in a safe and supportive environment, and
  • build communication and social skills to help increase comfort and self-confidence in social or performance situations.

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, 3 to 4:30 p.m. CST

Kim Bird and Caroline Weppner

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This counseling group is for students interested in exploring themselves and their behaviors in relationships. During weekly sessions, topics may include exploring healthy relationships and related themes, expectations, boundaries, assertiveness and communication. As part of the group process, participants will engage in exploration of the feelings, thoughts and behaviors that they experience in relationships. The purpose of this group is to engage in a process of self-exploration with the support of peers who are interested in learning tools for healthier relationships.

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

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

Kate Czar

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This brief (4 or 5 weeks) structured, skills-based group is designed to help participants improve their relationships with themselves by finding a healthier balance between self-kindness and self-accountability. Students often seek out this class to help overcome challenges such as depression, social anxiety, low self-esteem and perfectionism. Participants can expect to learn and practice mindfulness meditation techniques, which help cultivate the kind of self-compassion that helps us be more self-accepting but also more successful in life.

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

2 sections:

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

Joanna Menendez and Kristen Pearson

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


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

Kathy Melo Li and Reagan Leibovitz

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


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.

Mondays, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. CST

Kathy Melo Li and Han Na Lee

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for female and non-binary students of color 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, 3 to 4 p.m. CST

Hannah Powers

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group welcomes individuals who identify as Neurodivergent (ND), including those with a formal diagnosis and those who are undiagnosed. Our goal is to create a space for connection and discussion focused on sharing resources, tips, and advice on managing life as an ND person. Additionally, we encourage speaking about experiences related to navigating college life and relationships.

All discussions, psychoeducation, and coping skills will revolve around ND culture, perspectives and strengths.

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 Emily Manning

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.

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

Mike Andorka

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group provides a supportive space for all male students. 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.

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

Joey Hannah

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students of all genders who hold any identity on the queer spectrum (e.g., 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.


Understanding Self and Others Groups

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

Danielle Sirles and Emily Manning

CMHC – SSB 5th floor


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group provides an 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.

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

Kim Bird and Caroline Weppner

Virtual


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group provides an 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.

You may also like to review the current SHARE communities being offered, which are non-clinical, student-facilitated groups that should not be considered a replacement for therapy.



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