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.

Fall 2019 Groups

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Coping Skills

Mondays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm with with Dr. Katie Jones, Ms. Haleigh Baker, and 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.


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DBT Skills Group

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm with Dr. Katie Jones, Mr. Mark Taracuk , & Linus the Therapy Dog

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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For Colored Girls

Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm 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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Not the Perfect Family

Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30pm with Dr. Katrina Luke & Mr. Dustin Risser

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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Outside the Box

Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30pm with Ms. Nikita Robinson & Ms. Alyssa Alonso

Outside the Box serves as a space for any individual who identifies as a person of color:  to share a common safe space, to process the experience of being at a
predominantly White institution, and to gain a sense of community. Join us as we get outside the box!


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Rainbow Connection

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

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, 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. Alyssa Alonso

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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Understanding Self and Others

Fridays, 2:00 – 3:30 PM with Dr. Johanna Workman & Mr. Dustin Risser

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 

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.

Fall 2019 Groups

Creative Healing–  Art Therapy Group 

With Ms. Amanda Kort

Creative and expressive arts are helpful in working through painful and traumatic experiences and feelings. This group will help use the creative process to heal these wounds from past traumas and encourage individual growth and development.  Art provides an outlet when words fail… 


Love Your Selfie – Self-Confidence Therapy Group

With Ms. Kristin Mock

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 Ms. Becca Smith

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.


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: 9/18/2019