What is group counseling?

Group counseling provides an opportunity to improve personal 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 small group of peers and co-facilitators meet weekly 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 an emphasis on personal growth. Typically group members will be working on a variety of issues. Groups meet weekly for one to two semesters.

Spring 2018 Group Therapy Offerings

Learning to Heal: Trauma Group with Danica & Jantel

This group will introduce clients 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. The ideal client for this group is someone who has experienced something that they deem to be traumatic, and who is also currently in a stable and safe situation. This group is not suitable for individuals who are actively in an abusive or unsafe relationship, or who remain unstable following a traumatic incident.

**Any clients interested in this group, or who you would like to refer to this group will need to meet with Danica for a brief screening to determine fit.

Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm; Start Date: February 8th

 

Graduate Student Group with Jim & Erin A.

This group is for UTD students who are working on their graduate / professional degrees and are in need of support for overcoming any personal issues that are getting in the way of one’s graduate work; balancing demands from school and work with personal life; getting motivated and organized to finish your dissertation / thesis / publications; preparing for qualifying exams, defenses, presentations, or job interviews; or improving one’s relationship with colleagues and peers.

Mondays 4:00 – 5:00 pm; Start Date: February 5th

 

Mindfulness Group with Brittany & Courtney

This is a hybrid groupthat combines a general interpersonal process group with meditation techniques. This group will introduce members to mindfulness meditation, experimenting with various exercises to help quiet the mind and focus on the present moment. Additional stress-reduction exercises and strategies will also be taught, providinggroupmembers with a holistic approach to recognizing and managing their stress more effectively. Thisgroup will also allow members to connect with, and receive support from, their peers. We will use eachgroup meeting asa way for members to discuss relevant events and stressors with thegroup, weaving in meditation strategies that can be useful for increasing awareness and decreasing stress. No prior experience with meditation needed!

Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm; Start Date: February 8th 

 

Gender and Sexual Identity and Expression Group with Ellen & Andrew

This is a process group open to all students who identify as gender, sexual or romantic minorities. The group is intended to provide a supportive and safe environment for people to share their individual and interpersonal struggles and joys, as well as learn more about themselves. Typical themes include, anxiety, intersection of identities, depression, and minority and relational stress. Diverse viewpoints will be welcomed and equallyrespected.

Thursdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm; Start Date: February 7th

 

Healthier Relationships Group with Brittany & Alyna

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 through examining how one contributes to relationship dynamics along with attempting to connect with others by sharing your own 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 disagreed with others, 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.

Fridays 1:00 – 2:30 pm; Start Date: February 9th 

 

Healthier RelationshipsToo Group with Erin S. & Alanna

This process-oriented group is open to students interested in increasing their understanding of themselves and how they relate to others. Group members in this group must have had at least one other group experience in our center to be a part of this group.  The goal of this group is to improve interpersonal relationships through examining how one contributes to relationship dynamics along with attempting to connect with others by sharing your own 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 disagreed with others, 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.

Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm; Start Date: February 6th

 

Personal Growth Group (Age 25+) with Danica & Shelee-Ann

This group is for students 25 years of age and older 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 the 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.

Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm; Start Date: February 6th

 

Personal Growth Group for Men with Danica & Brittany

This group is for men 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 the 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.

Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm; Start Date: February 8th

 

Personal Growth Group for Women with Ellie & Stacey

This group is for 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 the 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.

Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:30 pm; Start Date: February 7th

 

W.I.S.E. Women of Color Discussion Group with Shelee-Ann & Monica

This group will meet weekly to engage in an affirming, inviting, and authentic discussion around students’ experiences as people who identify as women 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. You are welcome to join and bring a friend.

Please note: This discussion group is intended to offer a space for women and women –identified students of color. To ensure that the group offers an affirming space for women of color, leaders will invite the group to explore their racial, ethnic, and gender identities  in the context of discussion that affirms the existence and psychosocial impacts of racism and sexism.

** Group meets in the Multicultural Center Conference Room, SSB 2.400

Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:00 pm; Start Date: January 30th

 

For more information:

Call: 972-883-2575

Come by: SSB 4.600

Email: Archandria Owens, Ph.D., Group Services Coordinator at [email protected]