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Fall 2022 Group Therapy

Appalachian State

Counseling Center

Fall 2022 Group Therapy


Quick Access Groups:

      Online/In-person (Hybrid)

Get started fast and learn practical skills.


Anxiety Toolbox: We can’t eliminate all stressors, but we can balance them with coping skills! This experiential and psychoeducational group will provide students who experience anxiety and stress-related issues with simple, effective coping skills they can incorporate into their lives to reduce distress and increase positive coping and self-care. Meets weekly for 3 sessions. Thursdays 2:00-2:50pm.


Kind Mind: Struggling to cope with the harsh, self-critical voice in your head? Find it difficult to treat yourself with kindness and grace? Come to Kind Mind to practice skills that are shown to improve mood, support healthier self-esteem, and build compassion for yourself and others. Meets weekly for 2 sessions. Mondays 6:00-6:50pm.



Full-semester Therapy Groups: 

All full-semester therapy groups meet in-person in Fall 2022.

These groups meet weekly throughout the semester, allowing students to build connections, make progress toward goals, and discuss a broad range of mental health topics.


Understanding Self and Others: "USO" groups support students in building insight into how they relate to others, to the world around them, and to themselves. Students who want to address specific concerns as well as those seeking personal growth are welcome. Issues commonly explored include depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, self-esteem, family conflict, and more. This can be a good time to get peers’ perspectives on various issues, and to recognize that you are not alone. Meets Mondays 1pm to 2:30pm, or Tuesdays 2:30pm-4pm, or Wednesdays 3:30 to 5:00.

DBT Skills Group:  Struggling to manage your emotions, relationships, or daily living? This weekly, semester-long group will teach effective strategies to enhance your life and well-being. In this interactive, DBT-informed skills group, you will learn practical skills which can be implemented immediately. Topics include being mindful in the present moment, regulating emotions to reduce suffering, being effective in relationships, and tolerating distress. Meets Thursdays 2pm-3:30pm.

Food/Mood: 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. If you are interested, have questions, or are wondering if this group is for you, then please contact Ashley Wilson at for more information. Thursdays 3:30-5:00 pm. 

Yoga Group: This is a yoga/therapy hybrid group for any student looking to improve their relationship with their body image. Yoga postures and instruction will be offered by Dr. Torre Hinnant each session, followed by therapist-led discussion to process our relationship with our body's movement. This is an excellent group for students who have struggled with negative body image or disordered eating. Please contact Dr. Ashley Wilson ( to see if the group is a good fit for you. Wednesdays 10-11:30am

LGBTQQ+ (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Questioning+): This group will present an opportunity for students with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities to explore life challenges together. It will provide a supportive 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. If you are interested, have questions, or are wondering if this group is for you, then please contact Adriana Varela-St. Clair at Meets Mondays 1pm-2:30pm.

Support Group for Students of Color: Being a student of color can sometimes be a very stressful and challenging experience. Our hope is to provide a safe, supportive and empowering space to help make connections, explore how to cope with stress, have conversations about navigating relationships, discuss struggles, experiences and concerns about what it means to be a student of color at App State. Some of the themes that may be discussed will include academic concerns, culturally based expectations, self-care, relationships, belongingness, emotional health issues, and any other stressors that may be experienced by students of color in this environment. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and process their experiences and also provide and receive feedback in a therapeutic and supportive space. If you are interested, have questions, or are wondering if this group is for you, then please contact Gayatri Titus at Tuesdays 3pm-4:30 pm. 

Trauma Recovery Group: 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 explore helpful strategies. Members will learn important insights about their patterns in relationships and skills to better manage their emotions. This group is most helpful for those who have already received some therapy related to their traumatic experiences. If you are interested, have questions, or are wondering if this group is for you, then please contact Julie Keys at keysj@appstate.eduWednesdays 2pm-3:30 pm. 

Want to try Group?

Get started by calling the Counseling Center to schedule an Initial Consultation: (828) 262-3180

To learn more, visit or email Fengdi Pei at

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.

For additional resources see our Emergency Services page.

Prevent Suicide resources and support