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Group Therapy

Participation in a group requires a screening by the group leader. Please contact the Counseling Center to set up an appointment or for more information. And be sure to check out Why Group Therapy?

Spring 2021 Groups:


Compass

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Compass
Thursdays, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, starting Spring 2021 semester
Hosted by Ms. Paige Ziegler

This is a group aimed at aiding students in “building their own compass” to give them a sense of meaningful direction in life. Together we will explore the barriers that keep us from living meaningful lives, think critically about the values we have and how they have been impacting us, and begin to foster connection with our own true individual values. Experiential components (such as small valued living practice) will be highly encouraged although not mandatory. This can be a great option for students struggling with identity, transitions, or those who simply feel a bit lost or directionless.

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Coping Skills Group

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Coping Skills Group
Wednesdays, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, starting Spring 2021 semester
Hosted by Dr. Katie Jones with Special Guest Appearances from Linus the Therapy Dog

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 by developing a strong set of coping strategies.

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Faith Moving Forward

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Faith Moving Forward
Mondays, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, starting Spring 2021 semester
Hosted by Mr. Keith Gunnerson

A group for religious individuals to find support in exploring the intersection between their mental health and religion. Group members will talk about how they navigate their own difficulties and how their religion influences this navigation.

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Love Your Selfie

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Love Your Selfie
Tuesdays, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, starting Spring 2021 semester
Hosted by Ms. Tatiana Smith and Ms. Paige Ziegler

A group for female-identifying students to meet in a safe, non-judgmental space and gain support for body-image issues, gain self-compassion, and work through comparing themselves to others.

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Rainbow Connection

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Rainbow Connection
Fridays, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, starting Spring 2021 semester
Hosted by Mr. Adam Hogue and Mr. Jamal Hailey

This is a group for gender and sexual minorities or those questioning their sexual and/or gender identity. In this 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 and cisgender world.

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Recovering Perfectionists

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Recovering Perfectionists
Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, starting Spring 2021 semester
Hosted by Dr. Lauren Patterson and Ms. Neva Murray

Do you struggle with perfectionism? This group will provide support, connection, and new ways to cope for those who strive to be perfect. if you struggle to accept that you are human, this group is for you.

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Successful Survival

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Successful Survival
Fridays, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, starting Spring 2021 semester
Hosted by Ms. Becca Smith and Ms. Syndie Best

Do you lack support from your family? Are past family issues causing distress in your life today? This group will help you identify how past family issues and/or lack of family support can influence your current mood, behavior, and relationships with others. Learn healthy coping skills and find support from peers in similar situations.

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Understanding Self and Others

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Understanding Self and Others
Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 PM, starting Spring 2021 semester
Hosted by Dr. Mark Taracuk and Ms. Abby Brown
Understanding Self and Others is a weekly group in which members explore and discuss patterns of relating to self and others. This group will help students to increase their understanding of their own interpersonal style and how they can interact with others.

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Wise Mind Thursdays

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Wise Mind Thursdays
Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, starting Spring 2021 semester
Hosted by Ms. Taylor Hopkins and Ms. Brianna Allen

If you are experiencing a wide range of emotions within any given day or time, feeling that you are acting and reacting based on your moods, and/or are looking for skills to help better regulate your moods and your relationships with others… this is the group for you! Time will be spent exploring your emotions and thoughts while also providing skills to find a balance between them! Skills will include distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal skill-building.

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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.


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.

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.

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Last updated: 1/6/2021