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Spring 2021 Group Teletherapy

The ASU Counseling Center currently offers group teletherapy via a secure Zoom Telehealth platform. Interested in joining a group? Get started by calling us at (828) 262-3180 to schedule an Initial Consultation.

 

Quick Access Groups: These workshop-style groups allow students to get started quickly and are focused on building coping skills for common mental health concerns. Each group is offered weekly and students are encouraged to attend for 3-4 consecutive weeks. Participation is encouraged, though students are not expected to share many personal details. Students can also find recorded versions of our Quick Access content on the Counseling Center’s YouTube channel.

Anxiety Toolbox: We can’t eliminate all stressors, but we can balance them with coping skills! This experiential and psychoeducational workshop 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. Mondays 1-1:50pm.

Kind Mind: Struggling to cope with the harsh, self-critical voice in your head? Struggling to treat yourself with kindness and grace? Join us for Kind Mind to practice skills that are shown to improve mood, support healthier self-esteem, and build compassion for yourself and others. Wednesdays 4-4:50pm.

 

Short-term Skills Groups: Designed to help students learn specific skills while connecting with others working toward similar goals. These groups meet weekly for 5-6 consecutive weeks.

DBT Skills Group: Emotions, Mindfulness, and Relationships: This five-session group is for students who are interested in changing behavior patterns that are no longer helpful. Using a DBT-informed approach, we will help target 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. The group will provide a blend of structured skills training, experiential activities, and between session practice. It runs twice per semester. Wednesdays 9-10:30am.

 

Full-semester Therapy Groups: 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. Mondays 1-2:30 pm, Tuesdays 3-4:30 pm, and Thursdays 1-2:30 pm.

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. Email Dr. Ashley Wilson with questions at wilsonar4@appstate.edu. Tuesdays 3:30-5.

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. Email Dr. Emily Lazar with questions at lazarek@appstate.edu. Thursdays 2-3:30.

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 titusgt@appstate.edu.  The group facilitators will be Gayatri Titus and Calista Colbert. We look forward to seeing you!  Thursdays 1-2:30.

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 they will learn what to do about it! Members will learn important insights about their patterns in relationships and skills to better manage their emotions. Most helpful for those who have already received some therapy related to their traumatic experiences. Email Dr. Julie Keys with questions at keysj@appstate.edu. Mondays 3-4:30.

 

 To learn more about groups please call (828) 262-3180, or email Audrey Stone, Group Coordinator.

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.

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