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. 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.

What kinds of groups do we typically have?

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 in future semesters.

Fall 2022 Offerings

Process Groups

Process groups are focused on the exploration and open processing of participants. Process groups are typically 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 make an appointment to get started and note your interest in group therapy.

Personal Growth - All Genders

Weekly, Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
Location: SSB 4.600

This process-oriented group is 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 personal growth group include anxiety, depression, family issues, relationship concerns, trust issues, self-esteem concerns and similar 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.

Understanding Self & Others Group (USO)

Weekly, Wednesdays 2-3 p.m.
Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Understanding Self and Others is a weekly interpersonal process group for students who want to explore personal growth and increase self-awareness to enhance their experiences in personal and academic settings. In this safe space, group members can practice communicating more honestly and effectively with others while gaining support from peers. Group topics may include adjustment, loneliness, academic/general stress and relationships.

Learning to Heal: Trauma Recovery Group

Weekly, Thursdays 2-3 p.m.
Location: SSB 4.600

Learning to Heal Trauma Recovery Group introduces students to the impacts of trauma and topics such as boundaries, power and control, healthy relationships and self-compassion. From these topics, group members will explore their own patterns of responding to trauma, begin to establish new ways of coping and begin/continue their process of healing.

Healthy Relationships Group

Weekly, Tuesdays 3-4 p.m.
Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

This 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 the difficulties within your various relationships, have difficulty balancing your needs with those of others, frequently disagree with others, have trouble connecting or forming relationships or have conflict with others, you may benefit from this group. Along with relationship exploration, the group will also explore general concerns or struggles members may face.

Skills Based Groups

Skills-based 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 make an appointment to get started and note your interest in group therapy.

DBT-U (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for University Students)

Weekly, Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon
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 and strategies to improve individual functioning. This group is specifically for clients who have difficulties in emotion regulation, interpersonal difficulties and pattern of crisis. Group members learn topics related to mindfulness skills, interpersonal effectiveness and communication strategies, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills in a structured and supportive learning environment. Each group consists of a brief mindfulness exercise, check-in/introductions, introduction of new skills, discussion/experiential practice and assignment of practice exercise and check-out.

Social Connection (Hybrid of Process/Skills-Based)

Weekly, Thursdays 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: SSB 4.600

Social Connection Group focuses on creating social connections and support for students as they navigate various transitions (e.g., from high school/other institution to UTD, isolation during the pandemic, social withdrawal related to depression, social anxiety, moving to a new state/country, etc.) and navigate challenges related to reemerging from virtual spaces.

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 members do not have to be current clients of the center. Support groups are open to all UTD students, and no group screening is required. Please note support groups are not therapy groups.

WISE (with the Multicultural Center)

Group Facilitator: Destiny Randall (she/her/hers)
Weekly, TBD
Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

OUTer Space (with the Galerstein Gender Center)

Group Facilitators: Shelly Turner (she/her) and Alexander Levya (Galerstein Gender Center)
Weekly, Fridays 2-3 p.m.
Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams. Email Alexander Leyva to sign up.

Dissertation Support Group

Group Facilitator: Huy Le (he/him/his)
Weekly, Thursdays 5-6 p.m.
Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Asian and Asian American Student Support Group

Group Facilitator: Huy Le (he/him/his)
Weekly, Tuesdays 4-5 p.m.
Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams
Sign up for the Asian and Asian American Student Support Group

Please visit our Calendy page to register for drop-in support groups.

To join OUTer Space, please contact Alexander Leyva.

Email the SCC for more information. Follow us on Instagram for updates about group offerings, including mid-semester groups.