Fall 2017 Group Therapy

Counseling and Psychiatry

Process Groups
Requires pre-group orientation

Understanding Self & Others
US&O groups are focused on students who present with unhealthy or ineffective relationship patterns at the root of (or related to) their distress.  These groups are focused on helping the members learn to communicate honestly and assertively about their feelings, needs, and thoughts and to learn to tolerate the distress/discomfort related to vulnerability and interpersonal intimacy.  Members work on a variety of issues - like depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, low self-esteem, issues of family conflict or abuse, etc.

Undergraduate Students
Mondays 10:00-11:30
Mondays 4:30-6:00
Thursdays 10-11:30

Graduate & Non-Traditional Students
Tuesdays 4:30-6:00
Wednesdays 1:30-3:00

Mixed Graduate & Undergraduate Students
Thursdays 4:30-6:00 (Male Identified Only)
Thursdays 4:30-6:00 (Female Identified Only)

 

Skill-Building Groups
Requires pre-group orientation with leaders

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group
Members learn how to manage their mental health challenges by becoming aware of how thoughts influence their responses to situations that cause stress, sadness, or other general concerns. Members learn the cognitive model to help overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses.
Mondays 1:15-2:45/ Sterling Watson, Psy.D.

Mood & Food
This group is a safe space for those who struggle with issues related to food. Students who have body image issues, over-exercise, obsess about food and weight loss, overeat, binge, purge or restrict food are welcome in this group. The focus is not only on the exploration of eating behaviors, but also on the underlying causes that sustain these eating struggles. The goal of this group is to help its members gain a deeper understanding of their struggles with food, and to help them develop new coping options and challenge old ideas.
Thursdays 2:45-4:15/ Nicole Matros, Psy.D.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Informed Group
Do you feel like you struggle with managing your emotions? Do you feel like you are ineffective in your relationships? Do you ever think about harming yourself or have suicidal thoughts? Do you engage in any behaviors that reduce the quality of your life?
This group teaches specific skills to deal with life’s challenges. Student’s participating in this group will learn how to: be fully present in the moment, effectively manage emotions, handle distress without losing control or acting destructively, and improve relationships. Groups are held every week for 1.5 hours.
Tuesdays 10:00-11:30/Christina Jones, LPC
Wednesdays 3:00-4:30/ Susan Collins, Psy.D.

 

Support Groups
Requires pre-group orientation with leaders

Stronger Together
This group aims to create a safe and secure environment for women survivors of sexual abuse and/or assault. It hopes to provide support and increased coping skills for group members who may be struggling with current relationships, sexuality, self-esteem or other issues.
Wednesdays 3:15-4:45/ Sarah Wright, Psy.D.

T-Time
This group is for students who identify as trans, gender fluid, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, or have a unique gender experience that may not be readily understood or supported by others. We aim to create a space where students can feel comfortable being their true selves, and talk about the issues faced on a daily basis in school, sex, relationships, family, health settings, and other facets of life and transition. The group will have a supportive intent, with the knowledge that additional coping skills related to living in a biased society may be learned.
Fridays 1:30-3:00/Sarah Wright, Psy.D.

Losing Doubt
This group is for individuals who may find it challenging to communicate their needs, doubt their self-worth, struggle with shame, and want to develop a clear sense of personal power. Group members will not only learn about the importance of being vulnerable, rejecting shame, and leading a value driven life ,but they will also be given the space to practice these concepts in creative ways and work together to meet goals and thrive.
Mondays 1:15-2:45/Mary Catherine Wise, MSW

 

Workshops
Does not require pre-group orientation, but registration is required for the dates you wish to attend and space is limited.

Taming Your Worry
This 4-week workshop series uses principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to allow students to start living life more fully.  This workshop will help you get a closer look at your worried mind and teach you skills to address your worry in a growth fostering way.  This group will also help you identify what is important to you and how to go about achieving your dreams while changing your perspective on anxiety.   Given the sequencing of skills, commitment to attend all four sessions is required. 
Thurs. 9/21/17 – 10/12/17/ Pam Lloyd-Curtis, LPC-I
Wed. 10/25/17 - 11/15/17 / Brienne Allen Schaeffer, Ph.D.

Conquering Test Anxiety
Test anxiety prevents you from performing optimally and demonstrating what you know when it is time to take the test. Test anxiety is NOT the same as being anxious during a test because you are unprepared or do not understand the material. Students who experience test anxiety may experience physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach, sweaty palms, a racing heart, etc. Students may also have trouble recalling information they know well.  Often, students spend time during the test thinking about what the professor will think if they do poorly on the exam or wondering how other people are performing. If test anxiety is interfering with your performance or your quality of life this workshop will help you Recognize anxious thoughts, Relax your body, and Remember what you know!
Monday Sept. 25th & Monday Oct. 2nd/3:00-4:20
Wednesday Oct. 25th & Wednesday Nov. 1st/4:45-6:15
Tuesday Nov. 28th and Tuesday Dec. 5th/4:30-6:00

Cat Got Your Tongue? Assertive Communication in Today’s World
Are you sick of your voice not being heard? Are you tired of people telling you you’re aggressive? “You’re too quiet” “Speak your mind” “You let people run all over you” You talk too much” ‘You don’t listen” “I can’t talk to you” “You’re too aggressive” All of these are reasons for students to join our new 2-week workshop, Cat Got Your Tongue? During this workshop students will learn and practice assertive communication skills. This will be an interactive skill-based workshop. Topics may include: The difference between passive, aggressive & assertive communication styles, asking for what you want, saying no, and negotiating conflict without damaging relationships. 
Thursday Sept. 21st & Thursday Sept. 28th/ 1:10-2:40
Tuesday Oct. 10th & Tuesday Oct. 17th/2:45-4:15
Monday Nov. 6th & Monday Nov. 13th / 1:45-3:00