Group Therapy: Is it for you?
For many emotional and relationship issues that college students often face, group counseling is one of the best treatments of choice.
It offers the student a unique opportunity in a safe and supportive place to receive support and use peer interaction to help them work on the challenge that they are facing, while establishing a sense of "belonging" and realizing that often others have the same common concerns as they do. Also, research supports that group therapy is just as effective for most concerns that students have today.
Although many students are initially hesitant to join a group they often find that it is a very beneficial and positive experience.
Groups at the counseling center have an average of five to eight students and one to two counselors. They generally meet weekly, for 90 minutes, for a fixed period each semester. While our selection of groups varies throughout the year the center typically offers general therapy groups for Baylor students, as well as theme-focused groups, and drop-in groups.
Benefits of Groups
- Connect to others facing similar issues
- See how others handle similar problems
- Learn and practice new skills in a safe environment
- Get multiple perspectives
- Share your unique perspective
- Improve self-awareness
- Improve social skills
- Enhance acceptance of yourself and others
- Improve self-esteem
- Research supports groups effectiveness
FAQ's About Groups
Spring 2019 Groups
- ACT for Anxiety and Depression
- Do you ever feel overwhelmed by depression, anxiety or stress? Do racing thoughts or difficult feelings keep you from living the way you want? Learn why your difficulties persist despite your best efforts and what you can do differently. Together, we will pay attention to your experiences, learn how to take control of your choices even when they are uncomfortable, and get back to living in the way you really desire.
- The Men’s Intensive Group
- This group is intentionally limited to 3-4 participants who are ready to take ownership of their opportunities to grow. Most men who fit with this experience have been in individual therapy in the past and are challenging themselves to be real and vulnerable with others to reach their goals. Several different groups may be offered depending on interest and schedules.
- Suicide Loss Survivor Support Group
- This group is for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. This is an open support group, no group screen needed. We meet on Tuesdays at 4 pm in the TV room at the BOBO. If students have questions they can contact me directly by phone or email.
- DBT Informed Skills Training Groups
- Do you often feel that your emotions, thoughts and actions are beyond your control? Do you experience intense and overwhelming emotions that negatively impact your ability to perform academically or in personal relationships? DBT-informed groups are designed to help students who are looking for more effective ways to manage or reduce anxiety, sadness, anger, stress, or avoidance. Drawing from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, groups are skills-based and are focused on teaching specific techniques for mindfulness, improving interpersonal interactions, gaining mastery over one’s own emotions, and learning to tolerate distress. Each week new skills and strategies will be introduced and practiced.
- Creative Arts Group
- This is a therapy process group designed to build community among the members to address many diverse emotional struggles and enhance interpersonal relationships. We do this through the use of art and through sharing in a supportive environment.
- "Restart": Women’s Recovery Group
- Would you like to push the “Stop!” button and get support to add healthy new behaviors to your lifestyle this semester? Many young women in college are looking for the same thing! This Group offers support and change in the areas of self-care and healthy relationships with Self and others. Group members are seeking ways to positively manage repeat challenges with anxiety or depression, practice keeping it “real” and excelling in communication and breaking unwanted compulsive and addictive behaviors related to alcohol and other substances, social media, perfectionism and sexuality. This group offers a respectful, confidential and compassionate setting to be yourself and shed light on changes you are seeking in your own personal recovery.
- "Beyond Perfect Group"
- Where does perfectionistic thinking and behavior come from anyway? Research tells us that many factors may play a role. When we have a history of being on the receiving end of harsh and repeated critical judgements, we may adopt perfectionistic ways of being. If you find you are spending much more time than you are comfortable with thinking and worrying about how you look to others or if your behavior meets the social expectations of others; You may be burdened with perfectionism. Many of us are high achievers and enjoy accomplishing goals and experiencing success in academics, sports and hobbies. However, when you realize that the majority of your thinking is worry about your performance or letting people down; You could be struggling with perfectionism. Quality of life, relationships and academics will be negatively impacted by unchecked perfectionism. Come check out the “Beyond Perfect” Group and get a handle on this often misunderstood problem.
- Support ED
- Support group for men and women struggling with eating disorders at Baylor. The group is meant to be a place where people can express successes and challenges with recovery, and receive accountability from their peers. The group is facilitated by the Counseling Center’s Eating Disorder Specialist.
- Mindfulness Meditation Group Description
- This is a brief 5-week group that focuses on skill-building and consists of meditation instruction and practice. Consider participation if you’re seeking to address and improve self-awareness, concentration, stress level, symptoms of depression and anxiety, or your ability to regulate your emotions. Contact our office for a pre-group meeting with a facilitator to see if it’s a good fit for you.
- Social Confidence Group
- Do you ever feel anxious when meeting new people, talking in class, performing in front of a group, or going to a party or meeting? High levels of social anxiety can negatively impact your relationships and even interfere with your classroom experiences and academic success. This group focuses on identifying fears related to social situations and provides psychological education, support, and the opportunity to develop skills to manage a variety of social situations and increase your social confidence. Time - TBD Facilitated by Dr. Jim Marsh If interested in participating in this therapy group, call (254)-710-2467 or come by the Counseling Center on the 2nd floor of the SLC to make an appointment with the group facilitator.
- "STEPS" Group
- Focuses on Safety, Stability and Self-Care for women who have experienced interpersonal violence. We emphasize participation at your own comfort level and seek to help you take STEPS to rebuild Safety, Trust, Empowerment, Peace, and Stability. If you join us, you will learn, be heard, and be accepted. Whether it has been weeks or years since your pain began, we’re ready to take the next STEPS with you!
- This group is for students who are having trouble adapting to college life/adulting. Students who are having relationship difficulties with roommate /peers (interpersonal effectiveness problems), difficult regulating emotional ups and downs or those who feel they lack the skills needed to get a good start in college life.
- Ladies Overcoming Tough Ugly Stuff
- Understanding Self and Others Group
- This group provides a safe and supportive environment that will allow you to practice new ways of relating to others, gain a better understanding of yourself, share personal experiences, express fears or worries, and receive support and feedback.
- Graduate Student's Support Group
- This support group is designed for graduate students who want a space to discuss the stresses of grad school, how to navigate relationships with colleagues and advisors, and ways to balance school with other interests like personal relationships, family and leisure outlets.
- Dissertation Support Group
- This group will start Summer 2019, if you are interested please contact our office 254-710-2467.
The dissertation process can often be challenging and isolating. Sometimes it feels like your dissertation will never be done and you just can’t make any progress. Procrastination and writer’s block can become constant companions. The purpose of the dissertation support group is to create a community of mutual support, accountability, and goal-setting so you can successfully finish your dissertation and move forward with your personal and professional life. Group Facilitator: Dr. Jim Marsh, Executive Director of Counseling Services Time and Location: TBD (Dr. Marsh will meet with students for a group screening interview to explain the purpose of the group, discuss group goals, and determine if the group is a good fit for them. Meeting time will be based on what works for majority of members.) To set up a group screen, please visit the Counseling Center during walk-in hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. including the noon lunch hour) to get started. If these hours do not work with your schedule, please call the Counseling Center at 254-710-2467 and arrange for a meeting with Dr. Marsh.