Counseling Services

Workshops & Groups

Workshops & Groups offered in Fall 2018.

Group counseling is a form of treatment that allows participants to learn about themselves and their relationships. It’s an ideal space to address personal difficulties because these are often shared by other members of the group.

Group counseling is often the treatment of choice for the various concerns we face.

SMU Counseling Services offer a variety of groups and workshops in both time-limited and on-going formats.

Research shows that group therapy is one of the most effective and efficient methods for addressing concerns common to people seeking counseling services. Not only do group participants receive tremendous understanding, support and encouragement from others facing similar issues, but they also gain different perspectives, ideas and viewpoints on those matters.

All groups are conducted in a confidential manner, similar to individual counseling.

A significant benefit of group therapy includes not feeling as alone since others in the group will likely have experienced similar concerns. Most participants, though somewhat apprehensive at first, report that the group experience was helpful far beyond their expectations.

Group counseling is often an ideal treatment option. In a group counseling setting, you may feel better understood because you are able to interact with people who are trying to manage issues or concerns similar to yours. 

Our groups provide a space for giving and receiving feedback and support, allowing you to gain multiple perspectives, practice skills, try out new behaviors, and learn how to have more satisfying relationships. 

Our support groups provide an atmosphere conducive to sharing your concerns with others whose lives are impacted by similar issues or concerns. 

Our psychoeducational skills groups and workshops provide you with an opportunity to learn specific skills that are helpful for coping with your life challenges. 

All groups are conducted in a confidential manner, similar to individual counseling.

UNWIND YOUR MIND:  Stress is a normal part of life, however, if stress and anxiety are interfering with your functioning, you may benefit from attending our anxiety management workshop. Unwind Your Mind is a skill-based workshop that aims to help attendees reduce and better manage their stress and anxiety. Attendees will learn about the importance of relaxation and self-care, as well as techniques and strategies that can be used to manage anxiety in their day to day lives. 

Location: Counseling Services, 2nd Floor, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Room #266.

Meeting Time:  Wednesdays @ 10-11:30 am

For further information, please contact Erin Shapiro, LPC at or 214-768-0752.

As graduate students, balancing our personal and academic/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.  Come join us in learning and experiencing various meditative practices.

LOCATION/TIME: Health Center classroom, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

Meeting Time: Thursdays @ 10-11 am

For further information, please contact Juli Hobdy, Ph.D. at or 214-768-2232.


We will be meeting on a weekly basis to discuss common concerns among graduate and professional students, such as getting your dissertation and thesis done, preparing for job interviews after graduation, dealing with departmental politics, balancing your academic work with your life outside of school, and coping with impostor syndrome.  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Dr. Harumi to schedule a pre-group consultation appointment.   

LOCATION: SMU Counseling Services Group Room.  

MEETING TIME:  Weekly - Thursdays @ 1-2 pm

For further information, please contact Yu Harumi, Ph.D. at or 214-768-3211.


SOSA GROUP:  The Survivors of Sexual Assault Group is a safe, confidential space for survivors to heal by relating and processing in a supportive group setting. Issues such as trust, anger, grief, coping, survival strategies, and self-esteem are addressed.

Location: Counseling Services, 2nd Floor, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. 
Meeting Time: Mondays @ 3-4 pm

For further information, please contact Erin Shapiro, LPC at or 214-768-0752.

UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS (USO) INTERPERSONAL PROCESS GROUP: USO group provides a safe place for students to learn more effective interpersonal skills, to become more comfortable having personal conversations with others, to learn how to give and receive honest interpersonal feedback, and to learn how to establish trusting, supportive relationships.

This co-ed interpersonal process group is designed to be a safe and confidential space for people 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.

USO Group will meet on Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:20 pm.

Location: Counseling Services, 2nd Floor, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

To schedule a pre-group consultation appointment, please contact:


Join us and your fellow LGBTQ+ Mustangs for a free, supportive, inclusive, and confidential space to receive and provide support for issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. This group will meet weekly, and the day and time will be determined by members’ availability. Contact Elizabeth Kingfield (see below) to get on the list and schedule a pre-group screening.

Facilitators: Alyna Huennekens, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow and Elizabeth Kingfield, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow.

Location: Counseling Services, 2nd Floor, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.  

Meeting Time: Wednesdays @ 3-4:30 pm

Contact: Elizabeth Kingfield, SMU Counseling Services at


Stressed and Overwhelmed by School, Relationships and Life?  The Undergraduate Meditation Group is a weekly meditation group designed to create a space where you can learn various meditative practices to help calm your mind, increase awareness and focus, reduce stress, and replenish and nourish your body and mind.  Come join us in practicing meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction strategies to improve overall well-being.  Beginner and advanced meditators are welcome!

LOCATION: Health Center classroom, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center

MEETING TIME:  Mondays @ 1-2 pm

For further information, please contact Juli Hobdy, Ph.D. at or 214-768-2232.