Services we offer include the following: Scroll down to learn more about each section of our services.
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Couples/Partners/Family Therapy
- Testing, Evaluation, Psychiatric Services
- Crisis Services
In individual therapy, students will work with a therapist to explore their concerns and work to better understand and resolve their difficulties.
When a student is seeking or referred for therapy, here is what you can expect at
your first visit. All new students will meet for a brief session to express their
concerns with a therapist. Some students may find that this initial appointment is
sufficient enough to resolve their presenting concerns, while others might need continued
support. If the session constitutes an individual therapy referral, you will be scheduled
for an intake session. At subsequent sessions, you can expect to discuss some of the
reasons you scheduled your appointment and establishing and work towards goals for
therapy. Individual sessions typically last 45 minutes and usually are weekly to every
other week to less frequent as you progress through your treatment.
Career Counseling is also offered to all registered students and is structured to support you in identifying possible career options by exploring your vision, interests, skills, values, and life goals. Our staff works to help those undecided about their future, considering a career change, unsure about their major, or worrying about the job market.
Our center policy does limit individual sessions to 12 individual thearpy sessions per academic year. This is to ensure that we serve the greatest number of students on our campus. We do offer unlimited group sessions throughout the academic year for students to utilize.
Group Therapy Fall 2022
Groups are in person and will meet beginning the week of September 12th until Week of November 28th. Download our group flyer here >
Coping Skills | Mondays at 3:00 or Wednesdays at 11:30
Our Coping Skills groups are a space to process through current experiences such as symptoms of anxiety and depression. We will focus on the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional skills which one can develop and use to manage these symptoms related to anxiety and depression to foster healthy coping skills. Elements of Positive Psychology such as resiliency and gratitude will be incorporated. You can also learn about effective self-help techniques and behavior activation.
Emotional Regulation Group (DBT Skills) | Wednesdays at 2:00
Our Emotional Regulation Group incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy which 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.
Social Skills and Support Group | Thursdays at 3:00
A group for students who experience symptoms of 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.
LGBTQ Support and Process Group | Fridays at 10:00
This group is designed for identity exploration and support that can be a struggle during the college years. We will provide 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
Graduate Student Support Group | Fridays at 1:00
This group is designed to support graduate students in navigating the intense demands of graduate school, thesis work, and adjusting to the professional enviornment. This group will emphasize coping and support but also addressing the common experience of imposter syndrome to develop oneself as a professional, a student and a wholesome person.
What to expect if you are referred for group thearpy
- 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.
- If you enter the group session after 15 minutes, you will unable to join that occurring group and will be notified of the next available group for the 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.
Couples thearpy is provided to students when at least one partner is service eligible for the semester. Couples can include roommates, partners, teammates, or other relationships that are experiencing concern or conflict.
If you are seeking couples therapy, both partners will need to complete initial intake forms at their first appointment. At your first session with your therapist, you can expect to discuss your concerns about the relationship and establish goals for your therapy treatment. Couples sessions typically last 45 minutes, meet every other week, and take place with both members of the couple in the room. There may be times when each partner might meet individually with the therapist, especially at the start of the therapy experience.
Testing, Evaluation, Psychiatric Services
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Learning Disorder Testing and Evaluation
- ADHD support is available under our free services to assist students that have been diagnosed to help them succeed academically
- Testing session are four hours that use a variety of assessment tools that includes a follow up feedback session after summary and analysis is finalized.
- Assessments are finalized is approximately two weeks to streamline the process for students to obtain accommodations as needed.
- Personality assessments are $75 and ADHD/LD testing is $300.
Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management
- When students are in ongoing treatment with a therapist and medications referrals are needed, uninsured students can be seen at our center.
- Students in need of medication management and psychiatric support that have insurance are given referrals to community resources within their insurance plans.
- Students experiencing a crisis during business hours can
- Visit our virtual waiting room
- Come to Wilder 214
- Crisis appointments are available between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and students can be seen briefly to assess for safety, schedule and appointment or refer as appropriate.
- Students experiencing crisis after hours can
- Call the crisis line at 901-678-4357 (HELP) and ask to speak to the on call therapist.
- Contact the National Suicide Prevention 24-Hour Hotline at 1.800.273.8255 (TALK) and beginning July 16th dial 988
- Send a message to the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 in the United States
- Dial the Memphis Crisis Center: 901.274.7477
A licensed therapist or doctoral intern is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week for our students in crisis. Supervisoring licensed therapist accompany interns when after-hours crises require a return to campus and are always available for consultation with crises as necessary.