This is a group for students wanting a better understanding of their authentic self & how they interact with and relate to others. Particular issues addressed include feelings, thoughts, mood, relationships, letting go, setting healthy boundaries, and family of origin dynamics.
Who Am I?
This group will address common existential issues such as identity, adjustment to college life, and freedom to make choices about who we are. The group will focus on thoughts and feelings about responsibilities, values, goals, isolation, fear, interpersonal relationships and finding our authentic self. This group is valuable for any student in search of meaning and purpose in life.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
This group introduces mindfulness and meditation as a way to cope with stress in a healthy way. Topics include the mind-body connection, self-compassion, and gratitude. This group involves both experiential exercises (i.e., various guided meditations) as well as an opportunity to connect with one another via open conversations.
Coping Skills Group
Do you find it challenging to cope with uncomfortable feelings (e.g., intense anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, emptiness) or thoughts? Learn how to have a different relationship with your thoughts and feelings, in order to live more fully in the moment and act in accordance with your values.
For Colored Girls
This groups seeks to make minorities the majority by creating safe colored spaces and engaging in courageous conversations. We hope to give voice to the emotions you have silenced in our interpersonal process group designed exclusively for women of color. The group may discuss general topics such as relationships, stereotypes, spirituality, belongingness, sexuality, minority stress, and success through the lens of women of color. The group also promises to provide coping skills to navigate life as a woman of color.
Rainbow Connection Gender and Sexual Minority (GSM) Therapy Group
This is a group for gender and sexual minorities (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) or those questioning their sexual and/or gender identity. In group, we will discuss general issues like depression, anxiety, loneliness, and family concerns, as well as GSM-specific concerns of coming out, homophobia, and managing relationships in a predominately heterosexual world.
Graduate/Non-Traditional Student Process Group
This is a therapy group for graduate and non-traditional students who are dealing with a wide-range of personal concerns (ages 23+). This group will help students work through difficulties and help them to build strengths and skills by establishing a supportive community for sharing struggles and supporting others in their individual challenges. Members are open to exploring many topics, which may include: understanding and acceptance, changing current behaviors, developing better ways of coping, creating balance in personal and professional demands, finding and maintaining motivation, time management, perfectionism, procrastination, and learning effective interpersonal skills.
Not the Perfect Family
For those seeking insight into the ways that unhealthy family dynamics in childhood are continuing to affect current interpersonal relationships and functionality. This could include dynamics associated with divorce, step-families (nuclear and extended), addiction in the family, unhealthy boundaries, role confusion, and enmeshed families.
Changes and Conflicts
This 5-week semi-structured IPT group is appropriate for students who are experiencing change and/or conflict within their social world. Has your role within your family or friend group recently changed? Are you finding yourself in an argument with someone? If so, this group is could be a great fit for you! We will work to build conflict management skills, help adjust to changes, and provide emotional support through exploration of each group member’s unique social world.
Armstrong Groups- Spring 2018
Please note:a completed intake session is required for groups, not for workshops or open groups.
To set up an appointment or request more information, please call the Armstrong Counseling Center at 912-344-2529.
Weekly, 50-minute session Beginning/Ending: Jan 22, 2018 – April 26, 2018 Location: Counseling Center meeting room
Tuesdays 1-2pm with Adam Hogue
Wednesdays 3-4pm with Amanda Kort
Thursdays 10:30-11:30am with Jeanne McGowan & Melissa Hilimire
About Group Therapy
Why Group Therapy?
The perspectives of others who share similar circumstances and challenges can often be helpful to students seeking counseling. The safe and confidential nature of the group setting will help students interact with others and talk openly about their concerns. In the process, they will receive group support and learn to develop more healthy and satisfying relationships.
How Does Group Therapy Work?
Students meet in small groups of 6-8 members with 1 or 2 group leaders once a week for 1-1/2 hours. Most groups require that you schedule a brief screening interview with the group leader(s) prior to joining. Group Counseling may be done in conjunction with individual counseling, or you may decide after talking to your counselor that group participation alone would be most beneficial to you. Most students are a little anxious when starting group counseling (particularly if they have not had prior group experience) but become more comfortable over time as they get to know other group members. In group, members are encouraged to talk about their concerns and to express thoughts and feelings about what other group members say or do. Interaction among group members is highly encouraged so that participants can “try out” new ways of relating in a safe and supportive environment. Trust and a sense of safety build over time due to the confidential nature of the group and based on members’ participation and commitment.
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What are the Benefits of Group Therapy?
Group Counseling is one of the best ways to learn about how you interact with and impact others. It is particularly useful for identifying and addressing recurring relationship difficulties or ways of coping that tend to cause problems for you. Students tend to get the most out of group counseling when they are willing to talk openly about their concerns and are open to giving and receiving feedback from others. Group members are not forced to talk, it is up to each group member how much he or she chooses to share. Telling other group members what you need and want from them contributes to a better overall group experience. Group members frequently benefit from the support and suggestions they get from one another and from the facilitators. They also discover they are not alone and that others are dealing with similar concerns. Within the safety of the group, issues that are of concern can be explored and new ways of managing them are learned. Insights or new behaviors learned in group can then be applied outside of group.