Group Counseling/Therapy Spring 2020

In group therapy, students will meet weekly with one or two group therapists to receive services. In groups, members have the opportunity to share concerns and listen to each other, give and receive feedback, offer support to one another, express feelings, and learn more about how they interact with others. These ways can be a very effective way to work through treatment in a collaborative way. Group counseling is the only long-term treatment option offered at the Counseling Center.  Please view our Spring  2020 group counseling options below!

What to expect if you are referred for group counseling

  • From triage, you will be referred for a screening with the staff member who is leading the group to determine if the specific group is deemed best for your treatment.
  • This consult will help you engage with the therapists leading the group and have an opportunity to learn more, set personal goals for the group, and ask any questions about the group opportunity.
  • After that, you will be scheduled for the next group meeting that meets approximately once a week.

Common Questions About Group

Why do people join groups?
Group therapy can be helpful in many ways, but often people participate in group therapy if they are struggling with relationships and to address interpersonal concerns. If you have been referred to group by one of our therapists, it is because it is the most effective method for addressing your concerns.

How does group therapy work?
Group therapy is a unique experience for most people because the therapists and group members work hard to make it a safe and confidential place to explore relationships. During group therapy things that are reviewed are confidentiality of the group, expectations, and norms which are reviewed periodically throughout the group process.

Group therapy usually works because members behave in the group in ways that reflect how they behave outside of group and from there, the therapists and other members can help the individual change by giving feedback and insight to help improve their behaviors. These suggestions can be practiced so that members can see other options in a supportive and safe environment. Group therapy can also provide a space where members don't feel alone in their pain or struggles, even if interacting in group settings is difficult due to shyness or anxiety.

How can I get the most out of group?
Apprehension is common for people when beginning group therapy and that is okay. There are some things that you can do to maximize the chances that group will be a meaningful and healing experience for you such as being willing to participate and commit to group, being as genuine as you can be in group, thinking about what you would like to gain from group, knowing your limits in self-disclosure but finding ways to challenge yourself in order to grow in your treatment, trying to give others feedback and insight when you think it could be helpful for other member, and being patient with the group process and progress.

Spring 2020 Group Therapy Options

From the week of Feb. 3-April 20

Self Esteem & Identity Development

  • What is good enough and how to you measure it? Trying to figure out value and worth is challenging, especially in school. Learning more about self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, and your own identity can not only improve your college experience, it can improve your decision making habits and increase life satisfaction.
  • Potential Group Members are students dealing with existential concerns of "who am I" and/or not feeling "good enough
  • Wednesdays 1pm

Healthy Relationships & Family Matters

  • Relationships get complicated, and not just with partners. Family members, friends, co-workers and roommates can all create some awesome or awkward connections! Learn more about your personal rights in relationships, how to build and maintain healthy boundaries, and the importance of your own closure and forgiveness.
  • Students involved in any relationship where there is evidence of toxic behaviors, trouble setting boundaries, or ambiguity
  • Tuesdays at 3:00

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidenced-based practice created to help clients dealing with intense emotions and self-destructive actions. This skills group can help with managing emotions, concentration, decision making and maintaining healthy boundaries. We use the following 4 skills to learn new behaviors: Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
  • Students who struggle with managing intense emotions, have self-destructive behaviors, unhealthy personal boundaries, impulsivity, and "all or nothing" thinking
  • Tuesday at 11am and Thursday at 2pm

Alcohol, Drugs, and You

  • When we have experiences with alcohol and other drugs, things can get complicated and confusing. In this group, members are able to explore their own personal experiences with substances and learn about the effects on their thoughts, feelings, and actions. One important aspect that will be discussed is our relationship to substances and how that shapes and informs our expectations, judgment, and decision making. After being in this group, it is our hope that each member leaves with more self-awareness on the role of substances in their lives and how to create and maintain healthy boundaries with it.
  • Students who currently use substances and want to re-evaluate their intake and relationship with substances
  • First Thursday of the month- 2/6, 3/5, 4/2. 3-4pm

Coping Skills for Anxiety and Depression

  • This is a space to process through current experiences with Anxiety and Depression when you feel like you are no longer in control of your life. We will focus on the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional skills which one can develop and use to manage symptoms related to Anxiety and Depression. Elements of Positive Psychology such as resiliency and gratitude will be incorporated. You can also learn about effective self-help techniques and behavior activation.
  • Students who are experiencing symptoms related to depression and/or anxiety
  • Wednesday 12pm, Friday 1pm

Grief & Loss

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one can leave us feeling stuck, empty or alone, often with a number of questions that seem to remain unanswered. Please join us for a grief and bereavement group designed to provide a safe space to discuss and learn ways of re-adjusting to life after loss.
  • Students who deal with recent losses or complicated grief
  • Last Wednesday of the Month- 2/26, 3/25, 4/22 5pm-6pm

LGBTQ Support Group

  • Identity exploration and support can be a struggle during your college years. This group provides a supportive environment for students to discuss their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual issues (LGBTQ). In this brave space individuals can discuss identity, struggles, coming out, transitioning, relationships, and victories that come with being a part of the LGBTQ community.
  • Students who identify with the LGBTQ population and are comfortable with processing their experiences
  • Friday at 12pm

Social Anxiety Skills Group

  • A group for students who experience social anxiety and want to work on it with others who experience it as well. This group will use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help students understand and deal with their social anxiety with mindfulness and behavioral strategies. We will create a safe place to talk about experiences and practice new skills.
  • Student who experience social anxiety
  • Mondays 1 pm

Sexual Assault Survivors

  • This group provides a safe and confidential space for female-identified students who have experienced sexual assault and/or unwanted sexual activity. This group offers members the space to receive and provide support, process emotions related to the trauma, and work towards reestablishing safety. The group will also provide psycho-education on trauma and assist members to develop strategies for self-care and coping.
  • Students who experienced sexual assault
  • Wednesday at 3pm