Counseling Services

Group Counseling

During the Spring 2015 semester, we are offering the following groups.  If you are interested, please contact (214) 768-2277 to schedule a pre-group consultation appointment with your group facilitators.  

Creating Calm:  Anxiety & Stress Management Group  

Time:  Tuesdays @ 9:00-9:45am
Description:  For students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and difficulty with stress management. This is a structured group that teaches students about the nature of anxiety and the different ways in which it affects us. Students will also learn coping skills to reduce anxiety, decrease stress levels, and improve overall emotional well-being. Topics will include Anxiety and the Mind, Anxiety and the Body, Anxiety & Sleep, and Anxiety and Performance. This group is appropriate for students experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety as well as those interested in learning stress management skills. This group will be at CAPS from February 17th – May 5th. Students may attend any 1 or all of the session and start and stop at any time.
Contact:   Jennifer Bradford, PhD (

Undergraduate Process Group

Time:  Wednesdays @ 3:00-4:30pm
Description:  This co-ed interpersonal process group is designed for undergraduate students who want to explore personal growth and gain awareness to enhance their functioning in personal and academic settings. This is a group for people who: have concerns about important relationships in their life, need more support, want to be supportive of others and want time to explore feelings and thoughts. This space will establish a strong, collaborative environment to foster healthy self-concepts and hope for the future through a sense of shared experiences.  
Contact:  Laura Cowan, PhD ( or Nikki Stillo, PhD (

Mindfulness Skills Group  

Time:  Thursdays @ 4:00-4:45pm
Description:  Stress and anxiety are normal aspects of human life—so why try to fight them?  In this six-week long, skills-based therapy group, you will learn to cope with stress and anxiety by practice of mindfulness—that is, being aware of your present experience with curiosity and compassion, rather than with criticism and resistance.  You will have an opportunity to practice mindfulness through a variety of meditative activities in this group.  No prior experience in meditation is necessary.
Contact:   Yu Harumi, PhD (

Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School: Graduate Student Support Group

Time:  Fridays @ 9:00-10:30am
Description:  Attention Graduate/Professional Students! This is a group for any SMU students who are working on their graduate/professional degrees and are in need of support for: (a) balancing demands from school and work with personal life, (b) overcoming any personal issues getting in the way of your graduate work, (c) getting motivated and organized to finish your dissertation/thesis/publication, (d) preparing for qualifying exam, defense, presentations, or job interviews, or (e) improving your relationship with your advisor, professors and fellow students.
Contact:  Yu Harumi, PhD ( or Nikki Stillo, PhD (

Living Fully:  A Meditation and Psychotherapy Group for Graduate Women  

Time:  TBD
Description:  As female graduate students, balancing our personal and professional lives can be stressful and challenging.  Imagine what it might be like to live life more fully present and authentically.  Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally, to whatever is arising inwardly and outwardly.  In this group, members will meet weekly for 90 minutes to learn mindfulness meditation practices and to share with each other the experiences of their daily lives.  
Contact:  Juli Hobdy, PhD ( or Laura Cowan, PhD (

Rape Survivor's Group

Almost one quarter of college women have been raped or sexually assaulted. If you are one of these women, this group may be for you. It is for women who have experienced rape or sexual assault at any time and recognize that this experience is continuing to affect their lives. Issues addressed in the group include blame, guilt, anger, dating relationships, self-esteem and self-destructive behaviors. Interview required. For more information contact Cathey Soutter, Ph.D. at 214-768-4795.

Survivors of Physical, Psychological or Sexual Abuse

If you have been abused as a child, this group may be helpful to you. Talking with other men and women who have had similar experiences is a way to reduce the isolation and guilt that are often felt. Issues addressed in the group include blame, guilt, anger, family relationships, and self-esteem. Interview required. For more information contact Cathey Soutter, Ph.D. at 214-768-4795.