Quick Access Groups
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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.
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.
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.
- Meets Mondays 3:00-4:30pm or Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm
Understanding Self and Others for Transfer Students
This "USO" group supports transfer students in building insight into how they relate to others, to the world around them, and to themselves. While transfer students likely have some issues in common (transitioning to a new college, friends, town, etc.), the discussion will not be limited to only transfer-related topics. Other 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 Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm
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 Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm
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 for more information.
- Meets Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm
Body Image and Food/Mood Skills Group
This group is a safe and welcoming space where the focus is learning coping skills to improve your relationship with food and your body image. Topics may include societal impacts on body image and self-esteem, coping skills, and general mental health concerns common with eating concerns. If you struggle with unhelpful eating habits, poor body image, or preoccupation with weight, food, dieting, or body image, this group may be for you. If you are interested, have questions, or are wondering if this group is for you, then please contact Brooke Powers for more information.
- Meets Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm
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 Sammi Brown.
- Meets Thursdays 1:30-3:00pm
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.
- Meets Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm
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.
- Meets Mondays 3:00-4:30pm
Want to try Group?
Get started by calling the Counseling Center at (828)262-3180 to schedule an initial consultation. To learn more about our groups, visit the Counseling Center website or email Julie Keys, Group Coordinator.