Group Counseling (currently being offered virtually)

What is group counseling?

Group counseling provides an opportunity to improve personal, emotional and behavioral skills, develop increased confidence, overcome blocks to personal effectiveness, and acquire a keener awareness and appreciation of interactions with others. In a group setting, a group of peers and co-facilitators meet to provide feedback and support for self-improvement. Group members are encouraged to explore and express feelings, examine belief systems, reflect on and receive feedback about patterns of behavior, and work toward making healthy changes. In order for group counseling to be effective, active participation is encouraged. Participation involves regular attendance and respectful, honest communication. Groups may focus on a specific topic or may be general with a particular emphasis. Please note, due to COVID-19 safety precautions all group offerings are being offered virtually through Microsoft Teams for the Fall 2021 semester.

What kinds of groups do we typically have?

In order to accommodate the diverse needs, skills and interests of our clients, we hold a wide range of groups. Below you will find a list of open groups as well as those that may have already closed. We keep the groups listed even when closed to provide a sense of what types of groups you can expect and plan for future semesters.

Fall 2021 Offerings

Process Groups

This type of group is focused on exploration and open processing of participants. Process groups are typically more open-ended and less theme based. *Clients are required to complete a group screening to assess whether they are appropriate for group* If you are not a current client, please contact [email protected] to get started and note your interest in group therapy

Personal Growth - All Genders

Group Facilitators: Alanna Drummond (she/her) & Erika Hanley (she/her)

Weekly Wednesdays 2-3pm or

Group Facilitators: Alanna Drummond (she/her)

Weekly Thursdays 1-2pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

This process-oriented group open to all gender identities who want to gain a better understanding of themselves and the way they interact with people in their lives. The group is a safe space to explore feelings, give and receive important feedback, and practice healthy ways of relating to others. Typical topics that come up in a personal growth group include: anxiety, depression, family issues, relationship concerns, trust issues, self-esteem concerns, and other such topics. The diverse array of concerns that individuals come in with allows ample opportunity for everyone to learn from each other and discover common bonds through discussing emotional experiences.

Personal Growth - Women

Group Facilitators: Beverly Williams (she/her)

Weekly Tuesdays 3-4pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Healthy Relationships

Group Facilitators: Erin Schrader (She/her)

Weekly Tuesdays 2-3pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

This process-oriented group is open to students interested in increasing their understanding of themselves and how they relate to others. The goal of this group is to improve interpersonal relationships by examining how one contributes to relationship dynamics along with attempting to connect with others in-the-moment by sharing personal experiences. If you are struggling to understand your role in difficulties within various types of relationships, had difficulty balancing your needs with those of others, frequently disagree with others, had trouble connecting or forming relationships, or had conflict with others, you may benefit from this group. Along with relationship exploration, group will also address general concerns or struggles that group members may have.

Skills Based Groups

These groups are focused on building skills to help improve one’s life and tend to be based around a theme or topic (e.g., learning coping skills, distress management, improved self-compassion, etc.). *Clients are required to complete a group screening to assess whether they are appropriate for group* If you are not a current client, please contact [email protected] to get started and note your interest in group therapy.

DBT-U (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for University Students)

Group Facilitators: Jenna Temkin (she/her) & Camisha Kibble (she/her)

Weekly: Wednesdays 3-4pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

DBT-U is an open 8-week skills based group for university students to learn and develop coping skills & strategies to improve individual functioning. This group is specifically for clients who have difficulties in emotion regulation, interpersonal difficulties, and pattern of crises. Group members learn topics related to mindfulness skills, interpersonal effectiveness and communication strategies, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills in a structured & supportive learning environment. Each group consists of: a brief mindfulness exercise, check-in/introductions, introduction of new skills, discussion/experiential practice and an assignment of practice exercise & check-out.

Self-Compassion (Hybrid of Process/Skills Based)

Group Facilitators: Megan Gerner(she/her)

Weekly: Fridays 11am-12pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Click HERE to sign up!

Trauma Recovery (Hybrid of Process/Skills Based)

Group Facilitators: Jenna Temkin (she/her)

Weekly: TBD

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Support Groups

These groups provide an opportunity for support from others who hold similar identities or life experiences. Participation is open and drop-in style, meaning that members do not have to be current clients of the center.
*Open to all UTD Students, no group screening required*
* Please note: Support groups are not therapy groups.*

Racial Stress Support

Group Facilitators: Kamaria Chisolm (she/her)

Weekly: Mondays 11am-12pm (Mid Semester)

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

WISE (w/ Multicultural Center)

Group Facilitators: Beverly Williams (she/her) & Erika Hanley (she/her)

Weekly: Thursdays (select dates TBD) 12-1:30pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Click HERE to sign up

OUTer Space (w/ Galerstein Gender Center)

Group Facilitators: Shelly Turner (she/her) & Alexander Levya (Galerstein Gender Center)

Weekly: Fridays 2-3pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

email Alexander Leyva to sign up.

Men's Group - *just added!

Group Facilitators: Jeremy Eicke (he/his)

Every other week: Mondays 3-4pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

A space for men- identified students to process their experiences and concerns in an environment that allows for safe discussion of feelings and emotions, as well as offers a means of support and fellowship amidst the pandemic.

Click HERE to sign up

 

For more information:

Email: [email protected]