The 2018 Spring Groups

Have You Considered Group?

I.  Quick Access Groups

  • RIO (Recognition, Insight, and Openness) Group
    This two-session Acceptance and Commitment-based group is designed to help clients become aware of themselves and their coping skills, gain new skills and flexible ways to think, feel, and behave, and develop the ability to experience the full-range of emotions to foster resiliency. RIO complements individual therapy by setting the groundwork for what change looks like. RIO is also appropriate for students who want to develop coping skills as opposed to traditional talk therapy. Students are encouraged to share, but it is not required. Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Anxiety & Stress Management Workshop
    We can’t eliminate all stressors, but we can balance stressors with coping skills! This experiential and psychoeducational group will provide students who experience anxiety and stress-related issues with simple and effective coping skills they can incorporate into their lives in order to reduce distress and increase positive coping and self-care. Offered weekly. Fridays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

II.   Half Semester Groups

  • Mindfulness for Mental Health
    Learn to cultivate your own meditation practice to help work through a wide variety of mental health concerns while building self-knowledge and resiliency. Mindfulness involves stepping out of “auto-pilot” reactions and learning to pay more attention to our present experiences. Activities in this four-week group will help participants cultivate a mindful approach to their lives, which can decrease stress, create emotional balance, and help a person to take action more in line with their values. Mindfulness is offered twice per semester. Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • LEMUR (Learning about Emotions, Mindfulness, and Understanding Relationships) Group
    This group is designed for students who are interested in changing behavior patterns that are no longer helpful. Using a DBT-informed approach, this group will target the causes of distress and promote effective coping skills. Members will learn mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and relationship skills in a supportive environment that balances self-acceptance and change. This group will provide a blend of structured skills training, experiential activities, and between session practice. It will run in five-week sessions, twice per semester. Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Yoga for Eating Concerns & Body Image – This six-week group focuses on addressing body image and eating concerns using a mind-body approach, making it unique in comparison to traditional group therapy. It combines yoga postures, breath work, meditation, and group discussion to provide tools and experiences to facilitate connection to your inner wisdom within an open and supportive environment. No prior yoga experience necessary. Offered twice per semester. Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

III.   Semester-Long Groups

  • Understanding Self and Others
    Issues commonly addressed vary from depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, self-esteem, issues of family conflict or abuse, etc.  Students who want to resolve specific concerns as well as those seeking personal growth are welcome.  This can be a good time to get peers’ perspectives on various issues, and to recognize that you are not alone. Mondays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.; Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., and a mid-semester start group Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Therapy Group
    This group will present an opportunity for students with diverse sexual orientation identities to explore life challenges. It will provide a safe environment in which to address a variety of issues (e.g., coming out, spirituality, family relationships, depression, self-esteem, etc.). Goals include reducing isolation, finding support and making positive changes. Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Transgender Therapy Group
    A variety of issues will be explored in a safe and supportive environment. Some of the issues will be unique to students who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. Goals of the group include: reducing isolation, finding support and making changes. Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Connections
    This group welcomes students who want to address personal challenges related to aspects of their identity, background, or cultural differences from the dominant cultures on campus. This will be a supportive space to explore issues such as being a person of color on a predominately white campus, the personal impact of national events and legislation, and caring for one's mental health. The goals of the group will include reducing isolation, finding support, and making changes. Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., February 13th - March 27th Contact group facilitator Audrey Stone at for details.
  • Painful Pasts, Promising Futures Group
    This group is designed for those who have experienced traumatic events in their lives or who come from backgrounds in which they did not feel safe.  Members will learn how their past experiences and their biology are affecting their lives now and what to do about it!  Members will learn important insights about their patterns in relationships and skills to better manage their emotions and relationships. Fridays 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Food/Mood Group
    This group is designed for students who use food and/or exercise to cope in ways that would be considered "unhealthy". Through support and exploration of our personal selves, we will focus on the development of more positive coping skills and learn to better manage the underlying issues that often trigger such negative behaviors. Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

To get started, come to the Counseling Center during Initial Interview times, call 828-262-3180, or visit our website If you are interested in group but these times do not work for you, please get in touch with Sara Klčo,

(A copy of the Spring 2018 Group Schedule can be downloaded here.)

Emergency Services

The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma.  Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

During operating hours, students in crisis can walk in any time.

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Contact Us


Physical Address: 
1st Floor, Miles Annas Building
614 Howard Street 
Boone, NC 28608-2044

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 32044
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828-262-3180
Fax: 828-262-3182

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m

Initial Consultation Hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m.

 - Please Note -
During Summer Sessions, Initial Consultation Hours at times may vary. Please contact us at (828) 262-3180 for our current schedule and to verify availability.

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