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Group Therapy


Fall 2017 Group program information

Connections
Mondays from 3:30 to 5 or Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30.
This group helps clients gain insight into their patterns of relating with others and practice changing these patterns in group. Group leaders establish boundaries and clarify their roles to create safety and predictability within the group, but group discussions are kept open to whatever may be on members' minds each week so that peoples' patterns of relating can emerge naturally. Group leaders illuminate and explore the meaning of group members' ways of communicating as it's happening. Group members alternate between experiencing their own and others' relational patterns in real time, and reflecting on these patterns. Students who struggle to create and sustain fulfilling relationships (broadly defined) due to their more deeply ingrained relational patterns would be most likely to benefit from this group.

Playing in the Dirt
Fridays from 2:15 to 3:45
This is a new group for students who "want to let go of trying to control ‘everything' and learn to play again." The group will include a planned discussion topic and activity each week, to be determined by themes that emerge in the first session when students talk about what they try to control in their lives and how this effects their wellbeing. Some themes likely to emerge and be developed into discussion topics include what has been out of control in students and their family's lives; social and family messages about control; the illusion of control; obsessive/compulsive tendencies and perfectionism and why it's "never enough;" what students avoid confronting through "control" and other ways control serves as a defense; the balance between control and creativity; and the effect of living rigidly on the body. Activities meant to be both fun and challenging will help students practice new behaviors that represent and require giving up some control (such as gentle yoga poses that require "falling" to master.) Students will be encouraged to communicate and give and receive feedback in an authentic, rather than "fake" or overly controlled way.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing
Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30
We typically find ourselves not in the moment worrying about the future, stuck in the past, or criticizing our every move. We also find ourselves ‘up in our heads,' and not attending to what we are doing or who are talking to. Such a way of being may contribute to us feeling stressed or even suffering from some anxious or depressed moods.

This group is designed to help us be more in the present and attend to what is happening in our lives as it unfolds in the moment. The group also helps to cultivate a quality of awareness that is kind and non-judgmental, which lets yourself and things be as they are. Each group meeting will cover a certain topic, ranging from cultivating awareness to get off of ‘auto pilot' to gathering our scattered minds. Each group meeting will also introduce specific mindfulness practices, such as mindful breathing, to be practiced between meetings. Through learning about these mindfulness practices, students can start to cultivate a sense of wellbeing for themselves.

How to schedule:
Students who are interested in any group need to schedule an individual meeting with the group leader(s) first. Meeting with the group leader(s) is not a promise that students will be in the group, or a commitment from the student to join the group. This meeting is an opportunity for the student to assess if the group is worth trying, and for the group leader(s) to assess if the student seems appropriate for group (that is, likely to benefit from the interventions and relate in a constructive way with the other participants.) If the group leader assesses that a student is not appropriate for a group than he/she will provide this feedback and recommend other treatment options.

Students can call 412 396-6204 or come to Fisher Hall 636 to schedule a time to meet with the group leader(s) of the group(s) they are interested in.


 Information in this site is not intended to replace a one-on-one consultation with a licensed mental health worker.  If you are a student having problems, we urge you to contact us at 412.396.6204 to schedule an appointment.