Group Counseling

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In addition to individual and couples counseling, the Counseling and Testing Center offers group counseling as yet another way of helping students.

  • In group counseling, six to eight students typically meet with one or more counselors to talk about issues that are of concern to them.
  • Groups may focus on a wide range of issues such as managing stress, overcoming shyness, dealing with grief, sustaining recovery from alcohol and/or other drug addictions, or recovering from trauma.
  • Students may be referred for group participation by their counselor or may seek to participate on their own.
  • Screening interviews are often scheduled for prospective group members to make sure the group is appropriate for them.
  • While the structure of groups may vary, typically they meet once a week for 60 to 90 minutes.
  • The group experience provides opportunities to receive support and feedback from others, and in some cases, to practice new skills that might be introduced during meetings.

To obtain further information about group counseling opportunities, contact our office at (251) 460-7051. If you are interested in a particular type of group that is currently unavailable, please let us know and we will try to do what we can to help.

Fall 2022 Group Offerings

This semester, the Counseling & Testing Center is offering five groups open to all students. Groups are a great way to connect with peers with similar concerns in a safe, therapeutic environment. All groups are led by licensed clinicians. Interested students should schedule an initial appointment at UCTC. If you are interested in joining a group, please call us at (251) 460-7051.


Tuesdays 3-4:30pm

Living Beyond Trauma

Leaders: Dr. Chelsea Greer & Angelia Davis

This is a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Group for trauma and related problems. The overall goals of the group are to improve your trauma related symptoms, and any associated symptoms such as depression, anxiety, guilt, or shame. CPT is based on the idea that your trauma symptoms reflect the inner conflict between the beliefs you hold about yourself and the world before and after trauma.  CPT will give you tools to process what you’ve gone through and provide strategies and resources to understand how you’ve responded.

Living Beyond Trauma. I can and I will. USA Counseling and Testing Center.

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More Than a Body, Mondays @ 3pm                     

Leaders: Meghan Wood & Anna Grace Lambert

A group focused on body-neutrality and body-image for female-identified students to offer support to one-another and learn together to nurture the skin we’re in. This group will focus on learning to accept our bodies as they are, building mindfulness around triggers of body dysphoria, and engaging in meaningful discussion about how we can feel more at home in our bodies.


Black Girl Magic, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm         

Leaders: Vallarie Jones, LPC & Brandi Ford

An empowerment group for Black women to focus on the unique experiences that impact their daily lives. This group will seek to create and foster a safe and trusting environment, dialogue openly and honestly about the experiences of Black women, and facilitate empowerment and encouragement. More specifically, group themes will focus on self-worth, self-love, self-discovery, joy, healing, stereotypes, anger, role expectations, healthy relationships with others, discrimination/oppression, embracing one's cultural being, goal setting, and mentorship in the lives of Black women. This group is open to all undergraduate Black women, and they are welcome to attend one or all of the weekly sessions.

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Emotional Literacy (A DBT Group), Thursdays 3-4pm

Leaders: Karin Hendricks, Dr. Chelsea Greer

This skills-based group incorporates cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness practice derived from eastern philosophy. The group will benefit students struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Each week, the group follows a set agenda and students will learn how to effectively regulate emotions, identify triggers that lead to reactive states, and apply coping skills to tolerate distress and improve relationship skills.


Family Ties, Thursdays 4-5pm

Leaders: Joel Dobson, ALC & Callie Mims

Our family experience is a powerful influence on our lives, often in ways that we don’t fully understand or aren’t even aware. Through exploring our family relationships, we are able to better understand ourselves and how we relate to others. This group provides a space for students from a variety of family backgrounds to support each other as they process their experiences together, develop their ability to change unhealthy patterns of behavior, and grow into being their own adult.

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Motivated for Change (Jag I&R), Day & Time: TBD

Leader: Joel Dobson, ALC

For students who want to make changes in their relationship with alcohol or drugs, this group provides a safe space to form supportive connections with other students with similar concerns, develop new ways of coping, deal with setbacks, and stay on the path to wellness.