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Group Therapy

What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a powerful treatment modality. The power of group lies in the support and feedback given by other group members as well as by the therapists. Groups generally consist of between five and eleven members, and are led by one or two therapists. While joining a group can feel intimidating, many mental health professionals believe group treatment offers advantages which cannot be found in individual counseling or therapy. Students are never coerced to speak about any issues they wish to remain private. There are no limits to the number of group therapy sessions a student can attend.

What types of groups are offered?

We offer a variety of groups focusing on different topics. Fall 2018 semester groups are shown below. New groups are often developed as needed. Please call the UCC at (615) 322-2571 to suggest additional topics.

Do I need a referral to join group therapy?

Most groups require referrals by the Office of Student Care Coordination and/or your individual UCC provider. However, some groups are available to drop-in clients and no referral is necessary. The drop-in groups are identified below.

Spring 2019 Groups

Continuum
Wednesdays 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | UCC large conference room (south)

Continuum is a process-oriented therapy group for students wishing to give and receive support around sexual identity and/or gender identity.  Individuals interested in this group may identify as LGBTQI, or may choose not to subscribe to any particular label or category.  Continuum provides a safe, confidential, and affirming environment to discuss identity, community, self-esteem, intimate relationships, family & friendships, and other issues of relevance.  The group is also open to other topics, such as depression and anxiety that may not be related to one’s sexual identity or gender identity.

*Starting January 2019. Please contact the UCC for more information (615-322-2571).

Building Your Best Life (DBT)| UCC large conference room

Wednesdays 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Group 1)                                                                  Fostering Effective Communication
Thursdays 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Group 2)                                                                        Learning to Tolerate Distress

*Starting February 2019. Please call the UCC for more information (615-322-2571).

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of treatment that was developed by psychologist Dr. Marsha Linehan. DBT skills training group is a 10-week course designed to provide a safe place for students to learn a variety of skills/tools to manage problems in daily life particularly in this challenging academic environment. DBT Skills Training focuses on 4 major areas: (1) Mindfulness skills– help you develop a lifestyle of living your daily life with awareness to the present moment. When you do that, you decrease unwanted behaviors such as: substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, emotional eating and other mood-dependent behaviors. (2) Distress Tolerance — skills help you to get through stressful, painful life situations both in the short and long-term without making your situation worse. (3) Interpersonal Effectiveness skills– teach you to manage challenging/complicated relationships such as romantic, family and other difficult friendships. (4) Emotion Regulation skills– help you learn how to manage and cope with difficult emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, resentment without causing more problems. After the 10 weeks you will have your own toolkit to pull from whenever you have difficult life circumstances.

Graduate Process Group
Mondays 3:00PM – 4:30PM (Group 1) |UCC large group room
Wednesdays 4:30PM – 6:00 PM (Group 2) | UCC large conference room

*Starting January 2019. Please call the UCC for more information (615-322-2571).

The Graduate Process Groups are designed to provide a space for graduate students with a broad spectrum of mental health concerns. Group members will offer each other support and feedback in working toward change. Common concerns that may be addressed in this group include: navigating graduate programs and demands, interpersonal relationship difficulties, transiting from graduate school to the work environment, individuation, identity concerns, and work/life balance.

UCC @ the IICC Open Space (310 Sarratt Student Center)
Monday 2:00PM – 3:00PM

*Starting January 2019. Please call the UCC for more information (615-322-2571).

Drop-ins are welcome!

Openly engage in dialogues around what it means to be a student of color on this campus. Increase awareness of other individuals who share similar multicultural lived experiences and gain knowledge and resources on relevant issues that may impact you. Please see ANCHOR LINK for discussion topics.

Undergraduate Process Group| UCC small group room
Wednesdays 3:00PM – 4:00PM

The Undergraduate Process Group is designed to provide a space for undergraduate students to discuss issues concerning them and offer each other support and feedback. Common concerns addressed in this group include: adjusting to VU, mild-moderate social anxiety, difficulty making friendships, individuation, identity development, dating, and academic stressors.

Women’s Group
Tuesdays 3:30PM – 5:00 PM | UCC small group room

*This group will begin in January 2019. Please call the UCC for more information (615-322-2571).

The Women’s Group is similar to other process groups at the UCC in that participants explore their concerns about relationships, academic and work stress, problems with depression or anxiety, family, life transitions and communication, among other concerns. This exploration enables participants to work on changing their thinking or behavior patterns in order to make their lives work better, to enjoy their lives more fully and to achieve a sense of personal authenticity. In addition, the Women’s Group also focuses on the ways in which women’s lives are impacted by societal gender stereotypes that tell us who we are allowed to be and how we are allowed to behave or think, and the guilt and shame that can be experienced when we sense that we don’t fit certain stereotypes.  An important aspect of this group is the chance to explore here-and-now relationships with the other women in the group, to see how others’ experiences are like your own, and to support and encourage positive change.