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Group Therapy

All group therapy services are completely free for Georgia Southern students. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

If you are a current client of the Counseling Center and wish to join a therapy group, please contact your counselor and ask about a group screening appointment.

If you are not a current client, please call the Counseling Center to set up the intake and screening process. Need more info on the benefits of Group Therapy? Check out the YouTube video at the bottom of the page!


DBT Skills Group (Statesboro)

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Mondays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Statesboro Counseling Center

This group is for students to learn and practice skills on how to cope with intense emotions, both in everyday life and in a crisis. We will work through four groups of skills that form the core of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): becoming non-judgmentally aware of our thoughts and emotions in the moment, learning how to change thoughts and feelings, how we communicate with others, and how to survive stressful situations. This will be a skills based group to practice both in group and outside of group meetings. Starting in February, this group will meet in person Mondays from 2:00- 3:30. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

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For Colored Girls (Online)

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Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM online via Zoom

This group seeks to unify Black women by creating a safe space that encourages courageous conversations. We hope to give voice to the emotions you may have silenced in our interpersonal process group. The group may discuss general topics such as relationships, stereotypes, spirituality, belongingness, sexuality, discrimination, and success through the lens of a Black woman. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

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Love Your Selfie (Statesboro)

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Tuesdays from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM at Statesboro Counseling Center

This interpersonal process group for women seeks to create a safe space that encourages conversations about body-image and appearance-related concerns. We hope to discuss topics such as body-neutrality, self-esteem, and societal messages about body and appearance. This group will meet at the Statesboro Counseling Center every Tuesday from 3:30-5:00 pm, beginning in February 2023. Group members must identify as women to join this group. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

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MENtally Balanced (Statesboro)

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Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Statesboro Counseling Center

This group seeks to encourage men to have vulnerable or difficult conversations, with a focus on achieving wellness. We hope to give space for emotions you may not feel safe sharing. General topics such as relationships, stereotypes, spirituality, belongingness, sexuality, and success from a masculine perspective are also encouraged. This group will meet every Wednesday from 2-3:30 P.M., starting in February. Group members must identify as a man to join this group. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

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Racial Trauma Group (Statesboro)

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Fridays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Statesboro Counseling Center

This group first seeks to acknowledge racial traumas severity and impact by naming such experiences. Secondly, this group aims to intentionally foster a safe space that centers explicitly on people of color (POC) lived experiences of racial trauma. Racial trauma is the emotional, physical, and psychological discomfort and pain resulting from experiences of racism and race-based stress. In this group, we will unpack the felt experience of race-based stress, POC’s reactions to dangerous events and real or perceived experiences of racial discrimination, experiences threats of harm and injury, humiliation, shaming events, and witnessing racial discrimination towards other POC. Most importantly, this group serves to help POCs to examine their sense of liberation and how such liberation can become a model of transformative healing, re-establish meaning, gain a sense of hope, and begin their journey to healing. This group will meet in-person every Friday 2:00-3:00 pm starting in Spring 2023. Group members must identify as a person of color to join this group. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into the therapy group.

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Rainbow Connection (Statesboro)

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Tuesdays from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Statesboro Counseling Center

This group is for members of the LGBTQ+ community or those exploring/questioning if they may be within the LGBTQ+ community, to have a safer space to process life events and experiences. We hope to create a place for folks to be able to talk about how their gender and/or sexual minority identities impact day-to-day functioning as well as long-standing concerns, including social and romantic relationships, coming out, stress management, and more. Group members must hold either a current identity within the LGBTQ+ community or be exploring if their gender/sexual identity may fall under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. The group will meet in-person at the Statesboro Counseling Center on Tuesdays from 3pm-4:30pm. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

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Roll for Initiative (Online)

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Mondays from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM online via Zoom

This is a Dungeons and Dragons based therapy group aimed at addressing maladaptive coping skills. Come practice effective coping and interpersonal skills to complete your mission and claim your rewards. Work as a team to hone your abilities in the game and build the confidence to use them in real life. No prior tabletop experience is needed. This is a digital group that utilizes a zoom telehealth platform and Roll20. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

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Understanding Self and Others (Armstrong)

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Thursdays from 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM at Armstrong Counseling Center

This group will build a community for any interested students in or near the Savannah area that are seeking self-discovery, growth in their relationships with others, and to learn through listening and sharing. In this process group many topics will be discussed such as relationships, family dynamics, values, the experience of giving and receiving feedback, and more! This group will meet in person on the Armstrong campus every Thursday 2:30pm – 3:45pm starting in February. Any and all full-time students are welcome to meet with the facilitator, Dr. Katie Jones, and the co-facilitator, Linus the therapy dog, to learn more! All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

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Understanding Self and Others (Statesboro)

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Mondays from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Statesboro Counseling Center

This is a process group for students seeking to build understanding about themselves, others, and the interpersonal patterns at play in their lives. Topics will be discussed such as relationships, family dynamics, the experience of giving and receiving feedback, vulnerability, and more. Students can expect the group to include structured discussion and activities that support authentic communication between group members. This group takes place in person at the Statesboro Counseling Center. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

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What Are We? (Statesboro)

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Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Statesboro Counseling Center

This is a group for individuals who have a hard time identifying what type of relationship they have with others. Are we moving towards dating? Do I think we are friends and you think something else? Join us in exploring what expectations we have for various relationships, utilization of healthy and clear communication, boundary setting, and more. There is no requirement for participants to be in a relationship, situationship, or anything related; friendships can be just as confusing. The group will meet in-person at the Statesboro Counseling Center on Thursdays from 3pm-4:30pm. All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into a therapy group.

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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.

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.

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.

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Last updated: 1/17/2023