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 an emphasis on personal growth. Typically group members will be working on a variety of goals. Groups meet either weekly or bi-weekly for 3-4 weeks or the entire 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 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*

Personal Growth - All Genders - CLOSED

Tuesdays 1-2:30pm or Mondays 2:00-3:30pm

Location:Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

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 - For Womxn

TBD

Location:Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

PGG for women 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

Tuesdays 3-4:30pm

Location:Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

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.

Advanced Trauma Survivor's Support Group

TBD

Location:Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

Skills-Based Groups

This type of group is typically focused on building knowledge and skills related to a specific topic or mental health concerns. Skills-based groups are typically less process oriented and may feel more like a class. *Clients are required to complete a group screening to assess whether they are appropriate for group*

DBT-U: OPEN

Wednesdays 3-4:30pm or Thursdays 3-4:30pm

Location:Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

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.

Getting Unstuck (Coping with Depression)

Mondays (11/4, 11/11, 11/18) 2-3pm

Location:Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

Getting Unstuck is a 3-session workshop to help increase your understanding and knowledge about depression. The goal is to provide you with skills to recognize and manage symptoms you may be experiencing. Each session builds upon information from the previous week’s session, which means attendance to all three weeks is essential. The sessions focus on: 1) understanding depression, 2) exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and 3) beginning to shift thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression. By the end of the workshop you will have a toolbox full of information and strategies for managing depressive symptoms.

Anxiety Toolbox (Coping with Anxiety): CLOSED

Fridays (11/1, 11/8, 11/15) 10-11am

Location:Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns of college students, and yet many students have not learned the tools to cope with this concern. Anxiety Toolbox is a three-session seminar designed to help people who struggle with a variety of anxiety-related concerns (e.g., panic attacks, general anxiety, test anxiety). The sessions of this workshop will help students to 1.) understand what anxiety is and how it impacts us, 2) explore how thoughts and behaviors impact anxiety, and 3) begin to shift thoughts and behaviors in order to better cope with anxiety. By the end of the workshop you will have a toolbox full of information and strategies for managing anxiety.

Trauma Recovery Skills Group

Thursdays 10-11:30am

Location:Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

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.

Self-Compassion: CLOSED

Fridays 2-3pm

Location: Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

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

This type of group may be either process or skills-based and provides an opportunity for support from others who hold similar identities or life experiences. Participation is usually open and drop-in style, meaning that members do not have to be current clients of the center. These groups often are housed away from the counseling center to increase access and allow the counseling center to collaborate with other offices. *Open to all UTD Students, no group screening required*

WISE (Womxn of Color Support Group): OPEN

Thursdays 12-1:30pm

Location: 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.

International Student Support Group: OPEN

Wednesdays 4-5pm

Location: International Student Center (SSB 3.107)

Join us to discuss what it's like being an international student at UTD and any challenges you are experiencing. We will explore ways to enhance your social, academic, and emotional experience at UTD! Come one time, or every time--it's up to you! Hosted by the Student Counseling Center and Intercultural Programs

OuterSpace (LGBT+ Support Group): OPEN

Mondays 3:30-5pm

Location: 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 and a half of connection.

Hue (Black & Latinx Student Personal Growth Group): OPEN

Wednesdays 3:30-5pm Location: Student Counseling Center (SSB 4.600)

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.

 

For more information:

Call: 972-883-2575

Come by: SSB 4.600

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