Please note: a completed intake session is required for groups, not for workshops. To set up an appointment or request more information, please call the Statesboro Counseling Center at 912-478-5541.
Changes & Conflicts
Mondays, April 1-22
3:00 – 4:30 pm
with Dr. Lauren Patterson
Has your role within your family or friend group recently changed? Are you finding yourself in an argument with someone? If so, this group could be great 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.
Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
with Dr. Katie Jones & 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.
DBT Skills Group-FULL
Mondays, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
with Dr. Katie Jones
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 emotions and thoughts while providing skills to find a balance between them! Skills will include distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal skill building.
For Colored Girls-FULL
Tuesdays, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
with Ms. Deonna Kitwana & Ms. Lynell Williams
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 may 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.
Not the Perfect Family
Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
with Dr. Terri Duck & Mr. Justin Miller
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, role confusion, and unhealthy boundaries
Fridays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
with Dr. Andie Pusser Eaton & Ms. Renae Kibler
This is a group for gender and sexual minorities 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, sexual prejudice, and managing relationships in a predominately heteronormative world.
Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
with Dr. Andie Pusser Eaton & Dr. Lauren Patterson
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.
Understanding Self & Others-FULL
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm
With Dr. Terri Duck & Ms. Diddy Patel
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.
Armstrong Groups- Spring 2019
Please note: a completed intake session is required for groups, not for workshops. To set up an appointment or request more information, please call the Armstrong Counseling Center at 912-344-2529.
Life After Loss – A Grief and Loss Support Group
with Amanda Kort, LPC
Is it hard to talk to your friends and family about the loss of your loved one? This group is designed to help understand the grieving process and learn better ways to cope with grief. The goal is to provide a safe place to express grief and get support from other students with similar issues.
Improv for Anxiety- Social Anxiety Therapy Group
with Hannah Athey, LAPC
Do you ever get nervous or feel uncomfortable around others? This group, for individuals with mild to moderate social anxiety, pairs the fun and accepting environment of improv with therapy interventions. The goal is to reduce feelings of anxiety and build confidence in social situations.
Love Your Selfie – Self-Confidence Therapy Group
with Kristin Mock, LPC, NCC & Becca Smith, LPC, CPCS
Do you tend to compare yourself to others and think that you’re not good enough? This group will help you decrease negative thinking, become more assertive, and improve your overall confidence.
Out of the Blue – Depression Therapy Group
with Becca Smith, LPC, CPCS
Have you been struggling to get out of bed or make it to class? Are you having trouble focusing or making deadlines? This group will help you identify factors that influence depression and make positive changes to address it including mindfulness, acceptance and value based living.
S.E.T. Supporting and Empowering Together – Process Group
with Jeanne McGowan, LCSW
Looking for connection and support from others? This group will help you try out new ideas and behaviors while learning about yourself. Through group members’ support and feedback, you will address personal goals relating to mood, relationships, and boundaries.
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.