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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

Day/Time: Fridays from 9:00am - 10:30am

Start Date: October 1, 2021
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
  • 5 - 10 people

Interpersonal Therapy Group (The "IT Group")

Day/Time: Wednesdays from 10:30am - 12pm

Start Date: TBD Late September or Early October

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
  • More Info IT Group Fall 2021 (PDF)


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.


Free Guided Meditation

Day/Time: Tuesdays from 12:30am - 1pm (typically ends a bit early)

Start Date: Started and going strong! New attendees are always welcome, and there is no obligation to attend every week.

Contact: Kari Mofford

Meditation is an amazing tool to help relax, focus, and live a healthy life, but it takes practice!   Nik Olendzki, a Psychologist from the Counseling & Student Development Center, is offering weekly virtual guided meditation sessions open to the UMassD Community (students, faculty, and staff) and all levels including beginners are welcome.  Each session (including an intro and reflection after) is often less than 30 minutes. 


Trans/Non-Binary/Gender-Questioning Movie Night!

Day/Time: TBA, once per month all semester

Contact: Nik Olendzki

Build a sense of community, have fun, and relax in a low-pressure environment while watching a movie!  The Counseling Center is hosting a once/month movie night for students who identify as trans, non-binary, students who are questioning their gender identity, and students with other manifestations of gender diversity.  Movies will typically feature gender diversity in their actors, producers, themes, etc., and the group facilitator/facilitators are certainly open to suggestions if there's something you want to see.  There will be an opportunity to linger for group discussion/reflection after the movie for anyone interested in connecting to their peers.


Unity Corner

Date/Time: TBD

Start Date: TBD

Contact: Erin Carter

The Unity Corner will offer an opportunity to discuss, process and unpack what it is to be students of multicultural backgrounds here at  UMass Dartmouth.  We will talk about issues that directly affect the mental and social well being of students here on campus.   Students will have a safe space to share their experiences and listen to others in a safe, protected environment.  Students of color and allies are welcome to participate and share ideas for creating truthful and honest dialogue in this one hour weekly group.  

International Students' Drop-In

Day/Time: Thursdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Start Date: September 23, 2021

Contact: David Perry

All topics open. This is a weekly non-therapy on\line meeting to discuss issues brought up by the participants and the psychologist moderator, Dr. David Perry. Likely topics will include being far from home, anxiety and stress, loneliness, sadness, getting used to a different culture, and how to cope with all of these. 

Law Students/Graduate Students Drop-In

Date/Time: Wednesdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Start Date: 9/29/2021

Contact: David Perry

 All topics open. This is a weekly non-therapy online meeting to discuss issues brought up by the participants and the psychologist moderator, Dr. David Perry. Likely topics include school issues, emotional issues, and finding enjoyment in life while managing a challenging academic curriculum.


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.


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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