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

6/8 - 8/10

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.


Drop-In Discussion Groups

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

6/16 - 8/4

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.

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

6/8 - 8/10

Maria Timm


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This drop-in group is an opportunity to discuss the stresses, triumphs and unique challenges associated with being a UT Law student at this time. Potential topics will be mutually agreed upon each session and may include: anxiety around cold-calling/public speaking, perfectionism, time and stress management, career concerns, imposter syndrome, burnout and balancing school and life.

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

For questions or more information - Contact Maria Timm.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST

6/16 - 8/11

Hannah Yeo Garza and Hannah Nazir


Please note that discussion groups are not therapy groups.

All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This discussion 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.

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

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

Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m.

6/1 - 7/13

Ellie Jin and Quintin Bailey


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 build community, 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 Ellie Jin or Quintin Bailey.


Identity Based Support Groups

Tuesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. 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.

Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. 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.

Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CST

Amy Tao-Foster


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.


Voices Against Violence (VAV) Groups

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

Kristen Pearson, LCSW, and Sara Hammond, LMSW, RYT


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, 2:30 to 4 p.m. 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.

Fridays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

6/4 to 6/25

Maytal Eyal and Lauren Boyle


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 Maytal Eyal or Lauren Boyle


Mindful Eating Groups

Mondays 4 to 5 p.m. CST

6/7 - 8/9

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.


Other Support and Skill-Building Groups

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

7/12 - 8/9

Kate Czar


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This five-week, interactive, structured, and skills-based class is designed for any student who wants to learn more effective coping strategies for anxiety, stress and life in general. The emphasis is on concepts and practices related to mindfulness and changing unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior that contribute to anxiety and stress. Members practice new skills together and are asked to spend some of their own time practicing as well.

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

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Bipolar and Yoga

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

6/7 - 6/28

Geeti Mahajan, LCSW, C-IAYT, and Kate Czar, PhD


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group is open to all students who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and who would like to learn ways to live a life of wellness. Group members will engage in a trauma informed yoga practice, followed by a discussion on ways to implement self-care strategies to live optimally with Bipolar Disorder. No previous yoga experience is required. This group is open to all levels of yoga experience.

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, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CST

Amy Tao-Foster and Donicka Suprice


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.

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

Mark Zentner


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.


Understanding Self and Others Groups

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

Sara Hammond


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.

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

Aaron Bandy and Jordan Osher


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.

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

Ellie Jin and Laura Sandoval-Sweeney


All CMHC groups are free and confidential.

This group offers a safe and supportive environment in which members can gain powerful experiences through giving and receiving support and encouragement from others facing similar struggles. The group allows members to practice new, more engaged and effective ways of relating to one another. Common concerns discussed include identity development, relationships (family, peers, partners), mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety, asserting boundaries, loneliness/isolation, and other concerns that feel relevant. Participants have the opportunity to give and receive interpersonal feedback (e.g., first impressions) and share in vulnerabilities.

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


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





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