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 2019 Group Therapy Offerings

Process Groups

 

Personal Growth Group #1 –All Genders with Kim & Brittany

Mondays 2:00-3:30 pm; Start Date: September 9th

 

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.

 

Personal Growth Group #2 – All Genders with Clare & Garyn

Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date: September 10th

 

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.

 

Personal Growth Group for Women with Melanie & Alanna

Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date: September 11th

 

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 for Men with Markelse & Garyn

Thursdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date: September 12th

 

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.

 

Healthy Relationships #1 with Stacey & Erin

Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 am; Start date: September 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 & Alexavery

Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 pm; Start date: September 10th

 

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: Black& African American Student Group with Aisha & Markelse

Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 pm; Start date: September 11th

 

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.

Skills Based Groups

 

DBT-U with Garyn

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 pm; Start date:

 

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.

Support Groups

 

Graduate Student Support Group with Alexavery

Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm; Start date: September 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.

 

OUTer Space with Shelly & Alexander (OPEN GROUP)

Mondays 3:30-5:00 pm; Start Date: September 9th; *Group meets in SSA 14.270 (Center for Students in Recovery)

 

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.

 

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

Thursdays 12:00-1:30 pm; Start Date: September 12th; Group meets in SSB 2.400 (Multicultural Center Conference Room)

 

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.

 

Breaking Model Minority: Asian/Pacific Islander Support Group with Melanie (OPEN GROUP)

Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm; Start date: September 12th

 

This group will meet weekly and members will engage in an affirming, inviting, and authentic discussion around their experiences as Asian/Pacific Islanders on the UTD campus. We invite both undergraduates and graduate students to join in the discussion. Due to members’ shared identity as API’s at UT Dallas, topics discussed may also include daily life challenges, experiences of racism, marginalization and oppression, acculturation, and how race intersects with other aspects of identity in an effort to deconstruct and understand the impacts of the Model Minority Myth. Participants are welcome to discuss any and all topics that are relevant to their experiences (e.g. race relations, gender fluency, sexism, career/academic development, family relations, interpersonal relationships, intimacy, and sexuality). Please note: This discussion group is intended to offer a safe space for all Asian–identified students of color, including, but not limited to multiracial/biracial, transracial adoptees, multigenerational/multiethnic experiences, and international students. To ensure that the group offers an affirming space for Asian-identified individuals, 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, xenophobia, and sexism.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group with Alanna (OPEN GROUP)

Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm; Start date: September 12th *Group meets in ATEC 1.701

 

This group is for UTD students who identify as being on the Autism spectrum and/or neurodiverse and are in need of support for overcoming any issues that are getting in the way of one’s interpersonal relationships and academic responsibilities. This is a supportive and affirming space for students to talk about their experiences as students with ASD, on the UTD campus. Participants are welcome to discuss any and all topics that are relevant to their experiences (e.g. social relationships, career/academic development, family relations, intimacy, and sexuality). Please note: This discussion group is intended to offer a space for neurodiverse students and students on the Autism Spectrum. To ensure that the group offers an affirming space for students with ASD, leaders will invite the group to explore issues unique to student experiences and identity, including what means to be at UTD student and challenges to students.

 

International Student Support Group with Stacey (OPEN GROUP)

Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:00pm; Start date: September 11th; Bi-Weekly

 

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

 

For more information:

Call: 972-883-2575

Come by: SSB 4.600

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