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.

Fall 2018 Group Therapy Offerings

Support Groups

 

Graduate Student Support Group with Jim

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm; Start Date:  September 4th 

 

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.

 

Transfer or 1st Gen Student Support Group with Alanna

Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 pm; Start date: September 11th

 

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!

 

OUTer Space with Shelly & Alexander

Tuesdays 11:00-12:00pm; Start date: September 11th

(Group meets in the Center for Students in Recovery, SSA 14.270)

 

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 LGBTQ+ 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. No need to sign up, just stop by for an hour of connection. The group will be held Tuesdays at 11 am and will meet at CSR room SSA 45.270.  Group starts September 11th. Feel free to bring your lunch!

 

Women of Color Discussion Group with Aisha & Monica

Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 pm; Start Date:  September 11th  

(Group meets in the Multicultural Center Conference Room, SSB 2.400)

 

This group will meet weekly and members will engage in an affirming, inviting, and authentic discussion around their experiences 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.

Process Groups

 

Healthy Relationships with Brittany & Jimmy

Mondays 10:00-11:30 am; Start Date: September 17th 

 

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.

 

Healthy Relationships with Natalie & Garyn

Thursdays 4:15-5:45 pm; Start Date: September 13th 

 

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.

 

Learning to Heal:  Trauma Group with Jenna & Natalie

Thursdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date:  September 13th   

 

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 Jenna or Natalie for a brief screening to determine fit.

 

Personal Growth Group for Men with Kipp & Aaron

Thursdays 5:30-7:00 pm; Start Date: September 6th

 

This process-oriented group is for those who identify as 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 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 for Women with Brittany & Erin

Tuesdays 9:00-10:30 am; Start date: September 4th

 

This process-oriented group is for those who identify as 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.

 

Hue: A safe space for Black & Latinx Students with Stacey & Aisha

Mondays 1:30-3:00 pm; Start date: September 10th

 

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.

 

Hybrid Groups

 

DBT-U: Coping Strategies for University Students with Garyn & Stephanie

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm; Start date: September 5th

 

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.

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

 

Geek & Gamer Group (G3) with Alanna & Kipp

Mondays 3:30-5:00 pm; Start Date: September 10th

 

The Geek and Gamer Group is a mental health support group for those who are working through mental health concerns, and also share a common identity as a geek or gamer. The group is semi-structured and for both undergraduate and graduate students. The first 15 minutes of the group will be dedicated to discussing geek related topics (such as particular interests or games). The next hour is dedicated to discussing or exploring mental health concerns. The last 15 minutes will be spent playing a game as a bonding activity.  

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

 

Self-Compassion with Erin

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 pm; Series 1 Start date: September 5th

(Series 2 will move to Fridays 11am -12pm)

Series 1 dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10

Series 2 dates: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/15, 11/30

 

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.

 

Self-Empowerment with Aisha & Brittany

Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 pm; Series 1 Start date: September 5th

(Series 2 will move to Fridays 11am -12pm)

Series 1 dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10

Series 2 dates: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/15, 11/30

 

This brief group will help you learn more about yourself as a unique individual, and use this knowledge to feel more powerful in your own life! Self-empowerment can look different for each of us, so we will spend time helping each group member recognize their own values, skills, and strengths. This knowledge will help you feel more confident in setting goals, addressing problems, and developing new ways to feel strong and fulfilled in your daily life. Get ready to live your best life!

 

For more information:

Call: 972-883-2575

Come by: SSB 4.600

Email: Garyn Gulbranson, Psy.D., Group Services Coordinator at [email protected]