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Group Therapy

For many mental health concerns, group therapy is the treatment of choice. Group offers several benefits over individual therapy, such as:

  • Recognizing that you are not alone, and that many other people share your same concerns, struggles, and doubts
  • The chance to learn from your peers
  • The opportunity to get feedback, support, and validation from many people, not just one therapist

Groups for Fall 2021

Women's Group

Date/Time TBD

Start Date: TBD
Contact: Rachel Friendly

Being a woman in our society comes with unique challenges, frustrations, and joys. So often, women are set up to believe that we have to tear one another down in order to succeed, when in reality, the more we lift one another up, the better we all feel and the more we can achieve. The Women’s Group is a place where women can come together to support one another, connect with one another, and help one another to weather the challenges and frustrations and celebrate the joys in a safe, supportive environment.

  • All semester, once per week
  • Approximately 10 people

Interpersonal Therapy Group (The "IT Group")

Date/Time TBD

Start Date: TBD

Contact: Nik Olendzki

Feeling connected, understood, and supported are important parts of well-being, yet many people find themselves locked into patterns of communication that get in the way of connecting effectively. The IT Group focuses on practicing authenticity, openness, and mutual support in a safe setting, so that you can learn how to do so in your life outside of group and become your "best self."

  • All Semester, once per week.
  • Approximately 10 people

Grief & Loss Support Group

Date/Time TBD

Start Date: TBD

Contact: Nancy Harper

This is a space for students to support each other and to discuss their feelings and experiences with grief and loss.

Walking Group

Date/Time: TBD

Start Date: TBD

Contact: TBD

 

Unity Corner

Date/Time: TBD

Start Date: TBD

Contact: Erin Carter

 

Skills Group

Date/Time: Mondays 12:05pm - 12:50pm

Start Date:

Contact: David Perry

This drop-in group will cover skills topics, including test anxiety, generalized anxiety, sadness, depression, arguments, anger, loneliness, time management, etc. 

 

Veterans Support Group

Date/Time: TBD

Start Date: TBD

Contact: David Perry

Students with military backgrounds can encounter difficulties on college campuses that are different from those faced by the rest of the student body. Whether you are making the adjustment from a military environment to an academic one, or are preparing for a military environment after graduating, it can be comforting to share a space where current and former members of our military can share the difficulties inherent to their dual identity. The veterans' support group aims to support these students in non-judgmental discussion.

Graduate/Older Student Support Group

Date/Time: TBD

Start Date: TBD

Contact: David Perry

 

Far From Home Support group

Date/Time: TBD

Start Date: TBD

Contact: David Perry

 

More Group Therapy Info

Groups are determined based on student interest. We are open to suggestions for new groups as new needs arise. Groups run on the basis of availability, amount of interested students, and available Counseling Center staff.

  • If you are interested in a group, please contact the Counseling Center within the first several weeks of the semester, before the group starts.
  • Unless otherwise specified, all groups require signing up in advance.
  • Some groups may require a screening/orientation session before the group begins.

Workshops

The counseling center often gets involved in workshops and other events on campus. Staff, faculty, and student groups are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center with requests for specific workshops. We can accommodate most requests, and ask that requests be made at least 3-4 weeks in advance to allow us to block out our clinical schedules.

Previous Workshops include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Relationships
  • Reducing Anxiety
  • Test Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Self-Care/Work-Life Balance

For further information please contact the UMass Dartmouth Counseling Center, Auditorium Annex, Room 101 or call 508-999-8648/8650  

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