Welcome to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP strives to embrace diversity and cultivate inclusion in all aspects of its operations to best serve all our clients. If there is anything we can do to better serve your needs, please let us know.

Upcoming Events

Mindful Meditation, offered each Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm-5:15pm, Strengthening Relationships Presentation Series, with monthly speakers, and A New World: Making Space to Talk About Environmental Distress, a virtual 6-week therapeutic group that meets on Tuesdays from 1-2:15pm beginning on November 2nd and is limited to 10-12 participants. 

The Employee Assistance Program is proud to announce our Strengthening Relationships Presentation Series. This series is part of EAP’s Building Community Initiative. Join us monthly on zoom as speakers share their professional expertise on helping people strengthen their relationships, with a range of topics and strategies for intimate relationships, friendships, families, and coworkers. See our full presentation schedule here

October's presentation is Bridging Diverse Identities in Love presented by Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD on Tuesday 10/19 at 12:00 p.m. Diversity makes relationships stronger! How can we harness the power of difference in intimate relationships to build intimacy, friendship, and shared meaning? Come learn how to build love maps, emotional bank accounts, and turn gridlock into dialogue even when you and your partner come from different worldviews and intersectional identities. Joing us by signing up here



We are thrilled to introduce our Coming Back Together video series for Fall 2021! This series aims to recognize the many challenges the UT community will face as we come back together and provide tips for doing so with compassion and understanding. Please be sure to also check out our accompanying handouts.




Being Well in the Midst of Racial Trauma Group

The EAP is hosting a 6-week group for faculty and staff impacted by race-based trauma, facilitated by Rakima Parson, an Austin- based therapist. From microaggressions to hate crimes, race-based trauma can have a significant impact on our mental health. This group will feature opportunities to learn about and practice self-care strategies in community with others to combat race-based trauma's long-term effects. Each week will feature a different wellness technique to add to your self-care routine. The group will take place virtually on Wednesdays at 5 pm, beginning October 27th. If you are interested in participating, please email Rakima Parson at rparson@centeredcounselingtx.com for more information and to sign up.

Rakima Parson is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist. Her practice, Centered Counseling and Consulting, serves individuals of all ages with various mental health and wellness concerns. Professionally, she has gained a unique understanding of the intersection of trauma, culture, and mental health. Additionally, she has past experience formerly serving as a counselor with the UT EAP program. Rakima does not limit her expertise to only the confines of an office; rather, she actively seeks unique opportunities to share her voice and knowledge to improve lives and systems.

Counseling Services

We support our mission statement by providing brief counseling and consultation services, crisis intervention, assessment and referral, educational and training programs, and supervisory consultation. 

The HealthPoint Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is currently open and providing services remotely through video and phone counseling*. Video counseling appointments are held via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or telephone. These are easy to use and a secure system for confidential services. To make an appointment, please call or email (information below). 

*The services offered and the eligibility requirements for video counseling are the same as in-person counseling provided by EAP.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 pm. Phone line is not answered during the lunch hour of 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. However, sessions can be scheduled during the lunch hour or until 6:00 p.m. upon request.
Phone: 512-471-3366
E-mail: eap@austin.utexas.edu

Please notify us by email prior to your appointment if you will be out of the state of Texas for your appointment. All of our clinicians are licensed to provide counseling in the State of Texas and only are allowed to provide counseling in states that have licensure reciprocity with Texas. We will need time to find out if the state you are in allows this type of reciprocity. If it does not we will not be able to provide counseling but can provide referrals.

Note: Although your contacts will be kept private, please remember that the confidentiality of email contacts cannot be guaranteed due to the nature of electronic media.

If it is after normal business hours and you are in crisis, you can reach the after-hours counseling service at 512-471-3399 to speak to a crisis counselor. During normal business hours please call our main office at 512-471-3366.

The EAP strives to provide an inclusive, supportive environment for all of our clients. If there is anything specific we can do be inclusive and supportive of you, please let us know.