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 an emphasis on personal growth. Please note, due to COVID-19 safety precautions all group offerings are only being offered virtually through Microsoft Teams for Summer 2020.

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* If you are not a current client, please contact [email protected] to get started and note your interest in group therapy

Personal Growth - All Genders (Midsemester)

Group Facilitators: Kim & Denzel (#2)

Mondays 12-1pm

OR

Group Facilitators: Alexavery & Madi (#3)

Mondays 3-4pm

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: Alanna & Kathryn

Tuesdays from 1-2pm

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 (Midsemester)

Group Facilitators: Markelse & Sasa

Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm

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

Group Facilitators: Aisha & Markelse

Wednesday 3-4pm, weekly

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

Self Compassion

Group Facilitators: Markelse & Stacey

Thursdays 11am - 12pm

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

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. *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: Aisha & Destiney Tolbert (Multicultural Center)

Thursday 12-1:30pm, biweekly, starting Aug. 27th

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

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 Facilitators: JaeHee & Prachi

Wednesday 1-2pm, biweekly, starting Sept. 2nd

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Email [email protected] to join group

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 & Alexander

Friday 2-3pm, weekly, starting 8/21

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 Facilitators: Alexavery

Wednesday 3-4pm, biweekly, starting Sept. 9th

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

This is a biweekly process 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 signed up!

First Generation Support Group

Group Facilitators: Aisha & Alanna

Monday 2-3pm, biweekly, starting Sept. 14th

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 signed up!

Drop-in Groups

In these challenging times, we recognize students might crave a space to be able to connect with other peers in meaningful, interactive, and fun ways, as well as be able to give and receive support for the unique challenges they are facing. These drop-in groups will remain open for new participants throughout the summer. Participants can choose to engage each session or just whenever works for them!

Email [email protected] to join any of the Drop-In groups

COVID-19 Drop-in Group

Group Facilitators: Shelly & Jenna

Wednesday 2-3pm, biweekly, starting 9/2

Location: Virtual Group via Microsoft Teams

Group Flyer

This group was developed for all UTD students who are having challenges with adjusting during the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges can be anything from adjusting to decreased social activity to concerns about the emotional and/or financial well-being of yourself and loved ones. Members will be able to share their concerns and gain support from other UTD students. * Please note: drop-in groups are not therapy groups.

 

For more information:

Email: [email protected]

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