Group Therapy

 

Our groups are open to full-time enrolled UMW students.

Learn more about Group counseling here.

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Fall 2018 Groups: 

Adjustment to College:

Day/Time: Wednesday afternoons

Attending college is one of the first major life transitions for many young adults. As exciting as this new chapter is, some students might find it challenging to navigate through this transition. This group is for UMW students who may need that additional assistance in navigating through their college experience. The group is open to students regardless of whether they are in their first or fourth year at UMW. For more information about this group, please contact Chris Nichols at cnichol4@umw.edu or Tev Zukor at tzukor@umw.edu

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Understanding Self and Others:

Day/Time: TBD

Our Understanding Self and Others groups are intended for full-time UMW students who wish to have a space to talk about any issues that are on their minds. Often these concerns are related to personal or family stress that has been placed upon the student. Understanding Self and Others groups allow people to grow, learn about their interpersonal style, and try new skills in a safe space before taking them into our everyday world. For more information about this group, please contact Tev Zukor at tzukor@umw.edu


LGBQT:

Day/Time: TBD

This is a group for members of the UMW sexual minority community, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender or who are questioning their sexual orientation.  This group is designed to allow individuals to learn more about themselves and their interactions with others. In group, members will have the opportunity to share common struggles, gain support, and give and receive feedback in a safe environment. Issues covered in this group can span a range of topics. For more information about this group, please contact Kylie Smith at ksmit0nr@umw.edu 


Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This 6 to 8 session group is designed to introduce students to the practices and principles of mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness is about paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgment. It is about learning how to live in the present moment without becoming lost in the memories of the past or preoccupied by concerns or projections of the future. The group is designed to educate students on how to understand and manage the psychological stressors of one’s life through a mindfulness lens. The sessions will incorporate several mindful exercises hoping to invoke insight and awareness as well as meditation practices, such as: Deep breathing, sitting meditation, the body scan, guided imagery and mindful walking and eating. For more information about this group, please contact Catherine Smith at csmith29@umw.edu


Sexual Assault Survivor’s Group:

This weekly support group is for UMW students who have experienced sexual assault/abuse and are ready to explore their personal healing process, find hope and empower themselves through support and collaboration. Group members have a chance to learn new coping skills, connect with other survivors and share their survivor experience(s) within this safe space, but group members are not required or compelled to share before they are ready. For more information about this group, please contact Melissa Palguta at mpalguta@umw.edu or Eve Kagan at ekagan@umw.edu


Adulting Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This group offers students a practical approach to navigating adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it. College students are often ‘stuck’ in a space between complete independence and being dependent on caregivers. This group allows for the development of practical skills that work to make this transition a little easier. Weekly topics vary but will include: budgeting, navigating financial aid, practical life skills, and healthy relationship boundaries and conflict management. For more information about this group, please contact Melanie Wert at mwert@umw.edu


Expressive Art Therapy Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This group offers students a hands-on approach to learn about, identify, and explore emotional responses, process life challenges, and engage in healing practices through art. Various methods and mediums will be utilized to express what is sometimes difficult to put into words. No artistic talent required. For more information about this group, please contact Kylie Smith at ksmit0nr@umw.edu or Eve Kagan at ekagan@umw.edu 



Potential Groups: 

Veterans Support Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This group is open to all UMW student Veterans, Active duty, separated and retired members of the Armed forces. This group’s focus is to assist student veterans with re-acclimating and reintegrating back into the civilian world. Members will have a safe space to discuss their challenges and process their concerns. For more information about this group, please contact Catherine Smith at csmith29@umw.edu


Life/Social Skills Group:

Day/Time: TBD

This group focuses on the ABCs of social skills for UMW students who experience difficulties with expressive communication and social interaction. This group focuses on improving communication, learning more effective ways of handling peer pressure, dealing with conflict, learning better problem-solving and decision-making skills, exploring issues related to self-image, helping connect with peers and learning more effective ways of handling stress in college and social situations. For more information about this group, please contact Catherine Smith at csmith29@umw.edu

 

 

To join or inquire about one of our groups, please call us at (540) 654-1053 and ask to speak with one of our counselors.

The counseling center is also committed to offering theme-specific groups based on identified student needs. We value our students’ opinions and encourage you to let us know what kind of groups you would like offered through or in collaboration with the counseling center. If there is a specific group that you would like to see offered at the counseling center, please do not hesitate to let one of our staff know.