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Groups

Group counseling provides a unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, and encouragement from other students in a safe environment. For many emotional concerns, personal struggles, and relationship issues, group counseling is the most effective treatment.

Groups meet weekly and sessions are led by a mental health professional. Weekly group sessions range in size up to 10 students per session. Group members learn from and support one another in a setting guided by mutually agreed upon rules, practices, and procedures that promote respect, individual and group growth, and constructive exchanges.

Virtual Drop-in Connections

Join Counseling and Psychological Services and NTID Counseling and Psychological Services for virtual drop-in connection events to help you thrive and connect during this time of transition. These groups are designed to create a safe space to discuss emotional reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic and its many consequences, including:

  • abrupt transition to online learning
  • being forced to unexpectedly leave your college community
  • adjusting to living at home with family, friends, or alone
  • grief regarding important semester milestones being cancelled or postponed
  • fear about illness
  • uncertainty about co-ops and jobs

Fall 2020 Group Counseling Opportunities:

Participation in a group is by appointment only. Please contact our groups coordinator, Amy Rosechandler, by secure message in the Wellness Portal for more information. Students need to attend a group screen appointment with the facilitator before starting group. Groups are offered through Counseling and Psychological Services that address student concerns in a variety of areas although the needs of students determine the specific types and numbers of groups available in any given semester. The following list describes topical groups offered:

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Carpe Diem! Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

Carpe Diem! Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

Fridays 11am-12:30pm with Jaime Castillo, LMHC, Ph.D and Sarah Harper, trainee

This group empowers students to understand and take control over their depression.  How we think and act can greatly influence how we feel. The better we understand (and challenge) thoughts and behaviors that are influenced by and contribute to depression, the more skillful and in control we feel. Learn to move away from being on “automatic pilot” and letting your depression make choices for you. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective, evidence-based treatment that has consistently demonstrated to have an impact against depression over the short and long-term. This group is all about being collaborative, structured, teaching skills, and practice, practice practice! Seize the day and do something about depression today!

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Graduate Student Interpersonal Connection

Graduate Student Interpersonal Connection

Fridays 1:00pm-2:30pm with Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R and Will Spears, PhD.

Explore concerns that are impacting your personal life and performance while in graduate school. Topics may include achieving work/life balance, returning to school as an adult learner, roadblocks to thesis completion, and the impact of family and financial concerns on one’s experience. Students in the group will examine how their interpersonal styles are related to their experiences in school and life in general.

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Leaning In To Anxiety

Leaning In To Anxiety

Fridays 1-2:30pm with Raquel Bateman, Ph.D and Jess Rodriguez, trainee

This group uses the power of exposure and response prevention therapy to help students learn to live with anxiety – students will learn that leaning in to anxiety, instead of avoiding it, is the key to managing anxiety, instead of feeling like anxiety is managing you.  Students will receive support from others sharing similar struggles. 

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Skills Group

Skills Group

Tuesdays 2-3:30pm with Amy Rosechandler, LMHC and AJ Pollard, trainee

Skills group aims to support member’s insight into their emotions, behavior and thinking through discussion and activities on topics such as mindfulness skills, decision making skills and values clarification.  Members often report greater sense of acceptance, control and balance.

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SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 with Toni Gauthier, LCSW-R and Maggie Reilly, PA

This science-based program using rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and motivational interviewing helps promote individual choice and gain motivation for change. There is no sponsorship requirement and no spirituality or religious component.  The program uses hierarchy of values tool and change plan worksheet to help you move forward and create change in your life.

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Social Anxiety Group

Social Anxiety Group

Mondays 1-2:30 with Raquel Bateman, PhD. And Sharon Mattsson, LCSW-R

For students who are ready to take on the challenge of facing their social anxiety head-on towards building their best social life, this group uses the power of exposure and response prevention therapy. This approach strongly encourages participation in group activities and practice outside of group to address fear and avoidance of social situations. Receiving support and encouragement from others sharing similar struggles is an integral part of the success of students in this group.

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Understanding Self and Others

Understanding Self and Others

Mondays 3-4:30pm with Grace Weinstein she/her/hers, LCSW and Aliana Burgos, trainee

This group is a living laboratory to explore our default ways of being with one another, and to try out new ways of relating. It is an excellent place to explore what gets in the way in your relationships- have trouble advocating for yourself? Talking about personal issues? Telling someone they hurt your feelings? USO Group is a great place to try this out in a safe environment, and explore why these things might be hard for you. Students report feeling less alone in their struggles, understanding themselves better, and growing in their relationships. 

 

Group counseling can help you:

  • Discover that you're not alone in your struggles, thoughts, and feelings
  • Learn from other students facing similar issues or problems
  • Gain multiple perspectives on your concerns
  • Feel more connected to others
  • Become more aware of yourself through genuine feedback from others
  • Develop new interpersonal skills that you can use in your daily life
  • Internalize the lessons you've learned by helping others in the group

 

What students are saying about our group program:

  • “Groups provide a safe place to talk with 100% chance of support”
  • “I enjoyed the amount of learning that occurred during group”
  • “It was reassuring to know that you could bring up personal problems while in a group environment”
  • “Knowing I’m not completely alone”
  • “Seeing that I can be accepted by others helps me to accept myself”
  • “I liked the feeling of community and having support”
  • “Support from others who were experiencing similar issues”
  • “People who say I feel ya”
  • “Being able to talk things through/receive and give advice”
  • “Being able to be emotionally open and genuine with other people”