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Group Therapy

Statesboro Location Groups

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.

Spring 2020 Groups

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Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm with Mr. Adam Gregory & Ms. Jessica Schindler

ACT NOW! is a therapeutic group that utilizes a functional contextual therapy approach based on Acceptances and Commitment Therapy which views human psychological problems dominantly as problems of psychological inflexibility fostered by cognitive fusion and experiential avoidance. In the context of a therapeutic relationship, ACT brings direct contingencies and indirect verbal processes to bear on the experiential establishment of greater psychological flexibility primarily through acceptance, diffusion, establishment of a transcendent sense of self, contact with the present moment, values, and building larger and larger patterns of committed action linked to those values. Simply put, ACT NOW! uses acceptance and mindfulness processes, as well as commitment and behavior change processes, to produce greater psychological flexibility.

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Being Beautiful

Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 pm with Ms. Alyssa Alonso & Ms. Meredith Post

Our society has many standards about what makes someone beautiful, many of which are unattainable. This group will explore how messages we receive from our society, people around us, and ourself impact our feelings about our physical appearance.

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Changes, Conflicts & Communication

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm with Mr. Mark Taracuk

College can be a difficult time for friendships and relationships. This group will focus on developing and deepening social relationships and interpersonal skills. The group will focus on finding ways to effectively connect and communicate with others, and understand what might be preventing us from reaching our goal.

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Creative Adventures

Fridays, 1:30-3:00 pm with Mr. Arty Allen & Mr. Dustin Risser

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” — Kurt Vonnegut

Your Adventure is Waiting! Come and find it! This is a process group where we explore different modes of creative expression and learn to be the hero of our own story! All skill levels are welcome on this journey!

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Fridays, 2:00-3:30 pm Created by Dr. Johanna Workman, Co-Facilitated by Alyssa Alonso

Earthseed is a non-hierarchical space where we deconstruct toxic elements of society and instill personal meaning. Topics discussed may include: religion, physical appearance, sexual identity, self-esteem, social justice activism, the arts, race & ethnicity, family, culture, the environment, and the politics of JOY. The group will now be held on the WebEx video conferencing platform.

*Earthseed is a term coined by Sci-fi author, Octavia E. Butler.

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Evolve & Revolve

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm with Dr. Lauren Patterson & Mr. Mark Taracuk

Come evolve in this revolving group! The purpose of this group is to gain a better understanding of your authentic self, how you interact with others, and gain support. Group members are encouraged to participate for as long as they need, and leave the group when their goals are met. Group members will be added throughout the semester as others leave the group.** 

**All students must complete the screening process before being considered for admission into Evolve & Revolve but do not necessarily have to have completed an intake.

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For Colored Girls

Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 pm with Dr. Katrina Luke & Ms. Erika Sledge

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.

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Living Life 101: How to “Adult” in College

Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30 pm with Ms. Nikita Robinson

New to adulting? Transitioning to college and your new-found freedom can be overwhelming and stressful, leaving you wondering what steps to take? How do I keep my life in order and be a successful graduate (eventually)? We will develop and enhance social skills, life skills, and problem-solving strategies to help you master your own life and unleash the adult inside!

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Loving Your Whole-Self

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm with Dr. Katrina Luke & Ms. Erika Sledge

If you are uncertain about yourself, experience a lack of self-confidence, and doubt your abilities, this is the group for you. The purpose of this group is to increase self-confidence, self-worth, and positive self-talk. This group provides women with a range of techniques, skills & strategies to strengthen their inner voice.  So join our group and learn to love your Whole-self!

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Not the Perfect Family

Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm with Dr. Katrina Luke, Mr. Dustin Risser, & Ms. Carolyn 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.

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Rainbow Connection

Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm with Mr. Adam Hodge

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

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Recovering Perfectionists

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm with Dr. Lauren Patterson & Ms. Haleigh Baker

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. 

Armstrong Location Groups 

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.

Spring 2020 Groups

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Love Your Selfie – Self-Confidence Therapy Group

with Kristin Mock, LPC, CAADC & Tatiana Smith, M.A.

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.

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Out of the Blue – Depression Therapy Group

with Becca Smith, LPC, CPCS & Tennille Hamilton, B.S.

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.

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Inner Child at Work- Childhood Trauma Therapy Group

with Amanda Kort, LPC

Have you experienced trauma as a child? Do you struggle to talk about your trauma? Creative and expressive arts can be helpful in working through traumatic experiences and expressing feelings. This group will help you heal by using the creative arts to process and cope with childhood trauma. Art provides an outlet when words fail.

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RCC Survivor Support Group

Fridays, February 2 – March 13, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm, Counseling Center

The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire (RCC) is offering Georgia Southern Students an on-campus support group for female-identifying survivors of sexual trauma with space provided by the Armstrong Counseling Center. This support group provides a place for women to engage, share, and support other survivors of sexual violence through activities and discussion. Space is limited. A brief screening is required with the group facilitator, Shaniqua Harmon, Counselor at RCC.

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.

Last updated: 3/26/2020