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.

Summer 2017 Group Therapy Offerings

Expressive Arts Therapy Group with Sneha and Mallaree

This is a process-oriented group that is enhanced through the use of expressive mediums such as journaling, collaging, drawing, and music. The goal is to use these approaches to increase self-expression and growth, and there is absolutely no expectation of art-related skills or experience. We will use art to establish a safe space for sharing, build awareness of thoughts and feelings, gain insight into relationships, and explore our experiences and identities. This group welcomes individuals dealing with any type of issue and may be particularly helpful if you feel apprehensive about social interaction, struggle with expressing yourself verbally, or are looking for new ways to connect with yourself and others. Mondays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date: June 12th  


Media Group Therapy with Evan and Danica

Media affects many of us powerfully because of the combined impact of images, music, dialogue, lighting, sound and special effects; all of which can elicit deep feelings and help us reflect on our lives. In this group, facilitators and group members will select various types of media for the group to engage with and reflect on, which will lead to an increased understanding of our own lives, the lives of those around us and even how our society and culture operate. Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date:  June 14th


Gentle Movement for Emotional Balance with Evan and Mallaree

Emotions can be wonderful and overwhelming. Our bodies and minds are always with us, even if it seems like they are disconnected at times, and are impacted by our emotions and how we treat others and ourselves. Mindfully practicing movements and postures have been shown to increase the connection between the body and mind, and show us how to reflect upon feelings and calm ourselves down. In this group, we will focus on understanding the impact of feelings on our bodies and minds, and use gentle movements and postures to express and feel these emotions in a safe environment. Each group session will focus on mindfully practicing gentle movements, noticing and discussing emotions, and identifying choices that help to balance our emotions. All levels of physical experience are welcome. Thursdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date: June 15th


Personal Growth Group with Sneha and Archandria

This group is for individuals 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 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date:  June 15th  

For more information:

Call: 972-883-2575

Come by: SSB 4.600

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