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 Spring 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.

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

Mid-semester Personal Growth - All Genders

Group Facilitators: Dr. Aisha Evans (she/her) & Johnny Adams (he/him)

Weekly Mondays 10:30-11:30am (starting in early March)

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

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 Group - All Genders

Group Facilitators: Dr. Aisha Evans (she/her) & Denzel Wilson (he/him)

Weekly Tuesdays 2-3pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

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 - Womxn

Group Facilitators: Stacey Appiah-Opoku (she/her) & JaeHee Chung-Sherman (she/her)

Weekly Wednesday 2-3pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

PGG for womxn process-oriented group and an affirming space for those who identify as femme, feminine-identified, non-binary womxn, and women 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.

Healthy Relationships

Group Facilitators: Dr. Alexavery Hawkins (they/them) & Kathryn Page (she/her)

Weekly Monday 10:30-11:30am

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

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.

Hue (Black, African American, & Latinx)

Group Facilitators: Dr. Alanna Carrasco-Drummond (she/her) & Sasa Vann (she/her)

Weekly Thursday 3-4pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

This group exists to provide Black, African American, and Latinx students at UT Dallas a safe space to process their experiences. As a process group, a primary goal will be to support students in deepening their understanding of self and how they relate to others. Due to members’ shared identity as under-represented minorities at UT Dallas, topics discussed may also include daily life challenges, experiences of racism, marginalization and oppression, and how race intersects with other aspects of identity.

Pornography Recovery Group

Group Facilitators: Jeremy Eicke (he/him) & Johnny Adams (he/him)

Weekly Thursday 3:30-4:30pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

This is a process-oriented group for those who identify as men and masculine of center. The group is a safe space for sharing about pornography use, processing the impact of pornography in your life, and learning strategies for reducing porn use. Members will have the opportunity to relate to one another over shared struggle with pornography and to hold one another accountable to their recovery goals.

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.

Mid-semester Making Peace with Food & Body

Group Facilitators: Dr. Alexavery Hawkins (they/them) & Alexandra Amersdorfer (she/her)

Weekly Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am (starting in early March)

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

This group combines a blend of support, skill building, and interpersonal connection for students with negative body image, disordered eating, or eating disorder concerns. All genders are welcome to this group!

Mid-semester Trauma Recovery – Womxn only

Group Facilitators: Dr. Jenna Temkin (she/her)

Weekly Thursdays 2-3pm (starting in early March)

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

This womxn-only group will introduce students to topics such as boundaries, power and control, healthy relationships, and self-compassion. From these topics, the group will explore their own patterns of responding to trauma, and begin to establish new ways of coping.

DBT-U (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for University Students)

Group Facilitators: Dr. Jenna Temkin (she/her) & Alexandra Amersdorfer (she/her)

Weekly for 8 weeks: Mondays 2-3pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

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

Group Facilitators: Dr. Prachi Sharma (she/her) & Madi Hurley (she/her)

Weekly Friday 1-2pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

The self-compassion group is a hybrid process/psychoeducational group where group members learn about the concept of self-compassion and the shared human experience of having struggles or making mistakes. Through various group activities (e.g., self-compassion handouts, mindfulness, identifying empowering statements) and interpersonal feedback, group members will increase awareness of ways they can be kinder toward themselves, create more balance in their lives, and reduce self-criticism

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.*

WISE (Womxn of Color Support Group)

Group Facilitators: Dr. Aisha Evans (she/her) & Destiney Tolbert (Multicultural Center; she/her)

Thursday 12-1:30pm, biweekly, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, & 4/29

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

To get link, email [email protected] to get added or use this LINK.

Group Flyer

Members will engage in an affirming, inviting, and authentic discussion around their experiences as womxn of color, on the UTD campus. We invite both undergraduates and graduate students to join in the discussion. Participants are welcome to discuss any and all topics that are relevant to their experiences (e.g. race relations, gender equality, media influences on self-esteem/body image, racism, sexism, career development, dating, relationships, and sexuality). Your privacy will be respected.

Asian Experiences Support Group

Group Facilitator: JaeHee Chung-Sherman (she/her)

Tuesdays 1-2pm, monthly, on 2/9, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Email [email protected] to get group link!

Group Flyer

The UTD Student Counseling Center recognizes the importance of creating a safe place to dialogue about how we, as Asian and Asian-Americans, fit within our communities and beyond. We would like to invite UTD students who identify as Asian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Asian adoptees/fosterees, and Asian multi-racial students to our new support group addressing identity, racism, xenophobia, sinophobia, acculturation, bicultural experiences, and more.

OuterSpace (LGBTQIA+ Support Group)

Group Facilitators: Shelly Turner (she/her) & Alexander Leyva (Galerstein Gender Center; he/him)

Friday 2-3pm, weekly, starting 1/22

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Email Alexander ([email protected]) to sign-up

Seeking a place where you can be yourself and feel validated for who you are? The Galerstein Gender Center and Student Counseling Center are offering a weekly support group for LGBTQIA+ students, of all ages and identifications, who want to talk about validating and supporting others and themselves. Whether you are newly out or have experienced self-doubt or disconnection, this group provides a supportive environment to connect with yourself and others.

Gender Identity & Expression

Group Facilitator: Dr. Alexavery Hawkins (they/them)

Tuesdays 3-4pm, monthly, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, & 5/11

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

This is a support group for students who are exploring gender identity and expression and/or identifying as transgender, non-binary, or gender diverse. We hope to provide a safe, supportive, and confidential space where members can share experiences related to coming out, negotiating gendered environments (bathrooms, athletics, clothing, etc.), establishing identity-affirming relationships, coping with minority stress and gender binary norms, accessing affirming health and social services, and addressing issues related to transitioning and adjustment. Our group emphasizes mutual respect and inclusivity. Interested? Please email [email protected] or [email protected] to get the link!

First Generation Support Group

Group Facilitator: Dr. Prachi Sharma (she/her)

Fridays 11am-12pm, monthly, 1/29, 2/26, 3/26 & 4/30

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

This group is for students who are new to the UTD experience, whether you are coming from another school or you are the first in your family to attend college. Conversations may include building social relationships, accessing resources, or sharing emotions related to transitions…just to name a few. We can offer support, connection, and a place to share your experience! Interested? Email [email protected] to get the link!

 

For more information:

Email: [email protected]

Group Services Coordinator: Alexavery Hawkins, Ph.D. @ [email protected]