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 2019 Group Therapy Offerings

Support Groups

 

Transfer or 1st Gen Student Support Group with Alanna

Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start date: February 13th

 

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 (OPEN GROUP)

Mondays 4:00-5:00pm; Start date: January 28th

(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.

 

Women of Color Discussion Group with Aisha & Monica (OPEN GROUP)

Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 pm; Start Date:  February 5th  

(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 #1 with Stacey & Garyn

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

 

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 #2 with Aisha & Alexandra

Fridays 10:00-11:30am; Start Date: February 8th 

 

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 & Stephanie

Thursdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date:  February 7th   

 

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. 

 

Personal Growth Group for Men with Jim & Aaron

Thursdays 5:30-7:00 pm; Start Date: February 11th

 

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 Stacey

Thursdays 9:00-10:30 am; Start date: February 14th

 

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.

 

Personal Growth Group #1 - All Genders with Alanna & Chrissy

Fridays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start date: February 15th

 

This process-oriented This process-oriented group is for all students 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 Latinx, Black, & African American Students with Stacey & Aisha

Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 am; Start date: February 13th

 

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

 

Graduate Student Support Group with Jim

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm; Start Date:  February 12th 

 

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.

 

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

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm; Start date: January 23rd

 

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.

 

Geek & Gamer Group (G3) with Garyn & Jimmy

Thursdays 3:00-4:30 pm; Start Date: February 14th

 

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.  

 

Self-Compassion with Doug

Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm

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.

 

For more information:

Call: 972-883-2575

Come by: SSB 4.600

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