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COVID-19 UPDATES

Groups are being offered virtually via Zoom at this time. If you’re interested in one of the groups below noted to be “Drop-In” or “Open”, click the group title for more information about how to get involved.

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, 11:45am - 12:30pm CST

1/19 - 5/4

Geeti Mahajan


Please note that this group is not a therapy group.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is open to students, faculty and staff with any level of meditation experience. The group begins with a guided meditation for 15 minutes, followed by silent meditation for 10 minutes and ending with a 20 minute discussion to process the experience and offer support. Participants can join at any time – late arrivals or early departures are accommodated.

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.

Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30pm CST

1/22 - 4/30 (Group will not meet on 3/19 or 4/16)

Sara Hammond


Please note that this group is not a therapy group.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group is open to UT Austin students, staff and faculty and is intended to be a space where participants can initiate, develop and sustain mindful movement practices together. Participants can come and go as they please.

Practicing tai chi and chi kung can lead to strengthened mind-body connections, more present-centered awareness, increased capacity to cope with stress and improved feelings of well-being.

For safety reasons, participants must keep their videos on at all times during sessions, so the instructor can see their form to ensure they are practicing safely and can provide assistance as needed.

Registration - Please follow the link below to enter your email address. This will allow the group facilitator to provide you with a group agreement and a liability release to review, sign, and return electronically to CMHC. Once the liability release has been signed and returned, you will receive an email with the Zoom link through which you can access the virtual group at the scheduled day and time.

For questions or more information - Contact Sara Hammond.


Drop-In Discussion Groups


  DROP-IN
Asian Voices @ UT

Tuesdays, 4:45 - 6:15pm CST

1/26 - 5/4 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Amy Tao-Foster


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 .

Monday 3/29, 5-6pm CST – Hannah Powers

Tuesday 3/30, 12:30-1:30pm CST – Ellie Jin (This session is for AAPI women only.)

Wednesday 3/31, 12:30-1:30pm CST – Ellie Jin

Thursday 4/1, 1-2pm CST – Geeti Mahajan

Thursday 4/1, 4-5pm CST – Hannah Powers (This session is for AAPI women only.)


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This virtual discussion group is open to Asian and Asian American students seeking an opportunity for discussion, support and healing amidst the increase in anti-Asian discrimination and violence. Multiracial Asian students are welcome to attend.

Registration - Follow the link below to register 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 Contact Kate Czar.

Thursdays, 1pm - 2:30pm CST

2/4 - 5/6 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Connesia Handford


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.

Your 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 Connesia Handford.

Thursdays, 1pm - 2pm CST

2/4 - 5/6 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Stephanie Dodoo


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This virtual discussion group is open to international students who are experiencing increased distress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and sociopolitical climate. International students may be struggling with a unique type of isolation, uncertainty and stress due to distance from home or from the UT campus for those who have returned home. Other discussion topics may include dealing with travel restrictions, challenges related to online learning (e.g., potential language and time zone barriers) and navigating difficult changes in social environment.

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 Stephanie Dodoo

Mondays, Noon - 1:30pm CST

2/1 - 5/3 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Stephanie Dodoo


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 Stephanie Dodoo

Fridays, 2pm - 3:30pm CST

1/22 - 5/7 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Mike Andorka


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 - 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 Mike Andorka

Wednesdays, 5pm - 6:30pm CST

1/27 - 5/5 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Aaron Bandy


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 Aaron Bandy.

2/1 - 5/3 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Mondays, 11am - Noon CST

Aaron Bandy


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

For questions or more information - Contact Aaron Bandy.

Tuesdays, 11am - Noon CST

1/26 - 2/23

Kate Czar / Elana Bizer


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Many students are struggling with motivation and concentration more than ever during the pandemic. This drop-in group is a combination of discussion, mutual support and learning from one another. The facilitator will offer concrete concepts and strategies to help participants optimize their academic motivation, concentration and overall well-being. Topics will include dealing with procrastination, ways to enhance motivation, setting effective behavioral goals and improving focus and productivity. While there will be a weekly topic, meeting time will be used flexibly depending on participants’ expressed needs. Each session will end with a brief mindfulness or relaxation exercise.

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 Kate Czar or Elana Bizer.

  DROP-IN
Queer Voices

Tuesdays, 2pm - 3:30pm CST

2/9, 3/9, 4/6, and 5/4

Joey Hannah


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Queer Voices is a discussion and workshop series that is open to all queer UT students. The workshop purpose is to create an open, welcoming, respectful and confidential environment where queer students can get support from peers and explore topics related to mental health that impact daily life. The virtual meetings will focus on particular topics, and the facilitators will provide information and skills to address various concerns.

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the meeting date. This allows enough time to receive your Zoom link through which you can access the group.

For questions or more information - Contact Joey Hannah.

Fridays, 11am - 12:15pm CST

3/12 - 5/7 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Ellie Jin and Quỳnh-Hương N. Nguyễn


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 identify as transgender, non-binary or gender questioning. The purpose of the group is to create an open, welcoming, respectful and confidential environment where students can receive support from peers and explore topics related to mental health that impact daily life. Examples of discussion topics include exploring coming out challenges, examining experiences of transphobia, identifying strategies for maintaining safety, developing an identity-affirming support system 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 CMHC counselor Ellie Jin or GSC Assistant Director Quỳnh-Hương N. Nguyễn.


Identity Based Support Groups


Tuesdays 5pm - 6:30pm CST

Tina Alexander


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.

Thursdays, 2:30pm - 4pm CST

Tina Alexander


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for women and non-binary students of color who would like to practice coping through creative or expressive art activities such as painting, sculpting, drawing, writing or collage. This semi-structured group will include both creative expression activities and group discussion. Issues discussed may include identities, racial stress, emotions, isolation/loneliness, body image, self-compassion, relationships, trauma and more. Students will be encouraged to share their work, offer support to each other 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.

Thursdays, 1pm - 2:15pm CST (meets every other week)

Elana Bizer / SSD staff member Emily Shryock


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.

Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Connesia Handford


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This 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..

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, 11am - 12:15pm CST

Amy Tao-Foster and Donicka Suprice


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.

Mondays, 1:30-2:30pm CST

Gareth White


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.

Fridays 11am - 12:30pm CST

Hannah Yeo Garza and Hannah Nazir


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This support group is open to all students who identify as multi-ethnic, racial and/or cultural and who might experience “racial imposter syndrome” or feelings of isolation, disconnect or perceived rejection when attempting to claim one of their identities. Multi-racial (MR) and Multi-ethnic (ME) individuals are the fastest growing demographic in the US. Research demonstrates that MR and ME individuals experience twice the social exclusion as that of any other racial/ethnic minority group. The group aims to develop a sense of belonging and will provide psychoeducation, peer support and interpersonal exploration in relation to students’ identities.

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


Voices Against Violence (VAV) Groups


Thursday, 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST

Leah Leeds and Kat Grau


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

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

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

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

Tuesdays, 12:30pm - 2pm CST

Kristen Pearson and Sara Hammond


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students of any gender who identify as survivors of interpersonal trauma. The group combines yoga and discussion to support students in creating practices to improve their relationship with their bodies, themselves, and each other.

No prior yoga or counseling experience is necessary. This group is open to all fitness and ability levels.

For safety reasons, we ask participants to keep their video on during sessions, so instructors can see their form to ensure safe yoga practice and to provide assistance as needed.

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

Thursdays, 12:30pm - 2pm CST

Aly Ramirez and Hannah Yeo Garza


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, 1:00pm - 2:30pm CST

Kristen Pearson and Quintin Bailey


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, 2pm - 3pm CST

2/8 - 5/3 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Leah Leeds and Monica Rosario


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

For questions or more information - Contact Leah Leeds.


Mindful Eating Groups


Mondays 4pm - 5pm CST

1/25 - 5/3 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Clara Morrissey


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

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

Registration - Follow the link below to enter your email address by the evening prior to the group session. This allows the facilitator to provide you with the Zoom link through which you can access the group. If you wish to attend multiple sessions, a new sign-up is required each week.

For questions or more information - Contact Clara Morrissey.

Fridays, 2pm - 3:30pm CST

Joan Long and Maytal Eyal


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who are struggling with disordered eating and body image concerns. The purpose of this group is for members to improve their relationship with food, as well as their relationship with their bodies. In this group, members will engage in gentle yoga and mindfulness practices that allow for the development of new coping skills and the cultivation of mind/body connection. Additionally, members will engage in peer support and group discussions around emotions, thoughts and behaviors associated with disordered eating.

No prior yoga experience is necessary. This group is open to all fitness and ability levels.

For safety reasons, we ask participants to keep their video on during sessions, so instructors can see their form to ensure safe yoga practice and to provide assistance as needed.

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


Wednesdays, 3pm - 4:30pm CST

Alice Gerhart


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who identify alcoholism or drug addiction in a family member or loved one. The group provides information about the disease of addiction and allows students to explore how it has impacted their lives and how to move forward. The goal of the group is to allow students to find hope and support while learning how to manage their lives in healthy, balanced ways.

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, 2pm - 3pm CST

1/27 - 5/12 (Group will not meet during Spring Break)

Sarah Levinn


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

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

For questions or more information - Contact Sarah Levinn.

Fridays, 1pm - 2pm CST

Matthew Olson


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

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

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


Other Support and Skill-Building Groups


Thursdays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST

2/18 - 3/11
OR
4/8 - 4/29

Kate Czar


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This four-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.

Mondays, 3:30pm - 5pm CST

TBD

Gretchen Rees


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is for students who have difficulty speaking up in groups and/or initiate 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:

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

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

Mondays, 2pm - 3:30pm CST

2 section: 2/8 - 3/8 FULL
OR
4/5 - 5/3

Kate Czar and Bridget Freihart


The second section of this class has been changed to a workshop. Visit the Wellness Workshops and Events page for more information.

Tuesdays, 3pm - 4:30pm CST

Pam Moore and Hannah Nazir


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

While being overwhelmed with the various life changes brought about by the pandemic, many have tried to do their best to remain positive, be creative in uncertain times and establish some type of normalcy in their day-to-day routines. It is important to take time to acknowledge the loss of so many things and the grief associated with this loss. This group will create an opportunity to share what this personal grief looks like and how it is being experienced. Group members will also discuss how to understand this grief and loss, identify healthy ways to heal and learn from each other as they navigate these waters together.

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, 2pm - 3:30pm CST (Facilitators: Ellie Shuo Jin and Monica Rosario)
OR
Wednesdays, 2:30pm - 4pm CST (Facilitators: Ellie Shuo Jin and Mark Zentner)


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.

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, 2:30pm - 4:00pm CST

Mark Zentner and Patrizia Perazzo


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, 2pm - 3:30pm

Pam Moore and Angela Ott


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

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

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

Thursdays, 2pm - 3:30pm CST

Alicia Garces


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.

Mondays, 10:30am - 12:00pm CST

2 sections:
2/1 through 2/22
OR
3/29 through 4/19 (Referrals for this section now open)

Geeti Shirazi Mahajan and Ayesha Akbar


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

Most people are their own worst critics, but sometimes they’re particularly harsh with themselves. This can contribute to depression, social anxiety and perfectionism, which can become debilitating and make it even harder to feel good about themselves.

This four-week, structured, skills-based class is designed to help participants improve their relationships with themselves by finding a healthier balance between self-kindness and self-accountability. Classes begin with a gentle Hatha Yoga practice and then focus on mindfulness meditation techniques covering different aspects of self-compassion. Participants will have opportunities to expand their knowledge and application of self-compassion, in an embodied way, which can help them become more self-accepting in achieving personal and professional goals.

No prior yoga or self-compassion experience is necessary. This class is open to all fitness and ability levels.

For safety reasons, we ask participants to keep their video on during sessions, so instructors can see their form to ensure safe yoga practice and to provide assistance as needed.

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, 4pm - 5:30pm CST

Aaron Bandy and Ayesha Akbar


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

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

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

Tuesdays, 3pm - 4:30pm CST

Jordan Osher and Kat Grau


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.

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 5pm CST

Joan Long and Angela Ott


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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