Skip to main content

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. 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!

Upcoming Offerings for Fall 2021:

Dungeons, Dragons & DBT

Click to learn more about this group… Mondays, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM via ZOOM. Starting in September 2021.
ONLINE via Zoom
Hosted by Arty Allen and Paige Ziegler

Something strange is happening in the village of Alnwick. You and your fellow adventurers must investigate to save your friend. Come practice boundary negotiations, assertive communication, and other skills in a low-risk setting. We will work on translating your skills from Dungeons & Dragons to real life. No prior tabletop experience is required.
Image of Dungeons, Dragons, & DBT flier

For Colored Girls

Click to learn more about this group… Wednesdays, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM via ZOOM. Starting in September 2021.
ONLINE via Zoom
Hosted by Jade Humphries and Taylor Hopkins

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.

Love Your Selfie

Click to learn more about this group… Thursdays, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, starting in September 2021.
ONLINE via Zoom

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.
Image of Love Your Selfie flier

Not the Perfect Family

Click to learn more about this group… Wednesdays, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, starting in September 2021.
ONLINE via Zoom
Hosted by Dr. Mark Taracuk

This group provides members with an open forum to discuss concerns related to their families. Members can benefit from learning to change the ways in which dysfunctional family dynamics have contributed to difficulties with their emotional well-being and relationships with others.
Image of Not the Perfect Family flier

Rainbow Connection

Click to learn more about this group… Fridays, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, starting in September 2021.
ONLINE via Zoom

This is a group for students of diverse sexualities and genders. In group, we will discuss general issues like depression, anxiety, loneliness, and family concerns, as well as sexuality- and gender-specific concerns of coming out, homophobia, and managing relationships in a predominately heterosexual and cisgender world.
Image of Rainbow Connection flier

Recovering Perfectionists

Click to learn more about this group… Tuesdays, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM via ZOOM. Starting in September 2021.
ONLINE via Zoom
Hosted by 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 and Others

Click to learn more about this group… Thursdays, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM via ZOOM. Starting in September 2021.
ONLINE via Zoom
Hosted by Dr. Paige Ziegler

This group is for students wanting a better understanding of their authentic self, and how they interact with and relate to others. We cover a wide range of topics to help individuals get the support they need into better understanding their own interpersonal style and how they interact with others. Discussion topics may include but are certainly not limited to: asserting boundaries, depression, social anxiety and isolation, family issues, and personal growth.
Image of Understanding Self and Others flier

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.

For more information, check out this video:

Last updated: 7/27/2021