For the health of all Bobcats, all group counseling services during Spring 2021 will be provided via HIPAA-compliant Zoom video.
Working on issues within a group setting can be a highly supportive and productive way to address personal concerns. Students who share common concerns meet weekly as a group with one or more counselors to explore a specific topic and develop coping skills. Group offerings vary each semester and lists are updated a few weeks before the semester begins.
If you are interested in a group call 512-245-2208 to be added to the group list. A group leader will contact you to schedule a pre-group consultation. Please consider activating your voice mail if you would like a message to be left when you are unavailable.
Groups are free to currently enrolled Texas State University students. Confidentiality in group therapy is respected.
SPRING 2021 GROUP SCHEDULE
The practice of mindfulness has been linked to happiness, health, and psychological well-being. Research suggests that as little as twenty minutes of mindfulness practice daily reduces stress. This group is designed to help you transition from living life on “automatic pilot” to living life in the present moment. This 3-week mindfulness group offers you the opportunity to develop self-acceptance, patience, and compassion.
Mondays, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Facilitator: Sergio Barrios, LCSW
Moving Through Grief- Surviving the Death of a Loved One
This group is designed to provide you with a safe space to process and grieve the death of a loved one. Each meeting will offer the opportunity for members to share their personal stories of loss while receiving support. The group will address expectations of the grief process, common responses to loss, coping skills, and self-care options. Group often helps reduce isolation that can be experienced when grieving and creates compassionate connections with others.
Mondays, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Facilitator: Heather Aidala, PsyD
Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional Families- Breaking Free to Be Me
This group is for students who have been impacted by dysfunction in their family due to drug, alcohol use, or mental health issues. Members will gain support, understanding of how family patterns impact them and skills for developing healthier relationships.
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 PM
Facilitator: Kate Cotnam, LPC
Being a student often means “beating yourself up” when you feel like you have failed. The Self-Compassion Group is intended to help students develop kinder relationships with themselves. The group will be offered twice during the semester for 5-6 sessions at a time. Topics will include increasing mindfulness of difficult emotions, calming the inner critic, and recognizing our common humanity. We will talk about ways to accept our mistakes, increase self-forgiveness, and explore new, self-nurturing behaviors.
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Facilitator: Erica Mathis, PhD
Autism Spectrum Support Group
This support group is for students that identify on the autism spectrum or with a similar disorder. This will be a safe place for members to process their personal challenges, associate with other students in similar situations, and gain support and skills to navigate college life. A formal diagnosis is not needed to participate in this group.
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 PM
Facilitator: Clare Duffy, PhD
This support group is for students diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Group provides a safe space in which members can process current challenges, develop strategies for effective management of bipolar symptoms, and support each other in navigating the demands of their academic work, relationships, and personal lives.
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Facilitator: Cordell Spears, PsyD
Building Social Confidence
This group is designed for students who are struggling with connecting with others and are seeking a supportive environment to work on improving communication and social skills. Topics addressed are thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with social anxiety, problematic shyness, and assertiveness that may be preventing you from having healthy, meaningful relationships. An emphasis is placed on applied practice of skills discussed in group.
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 PM
Facilitator: Richard Martinez, PhD
Do you want to learn better ways to manage panic and worry? This group will focus on increasing your understanding and knowledge about anxiety, as well as improving skills to help you cope with anxiety and provide support to others who may be experiencing similar difficulties.
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 AM
Facilitators: Cordell Spears, PsyD
It can be empowering to join with others to discuss the impact that your sexual, romantic, and/or gender identities have on crucial aspects of your life. This group will allow members to share life experiences, examine issues related to your LGBTQIA identity, explore, and define your personal identity, improve your relationships with others, and be part of an inclusive and supportive environment.
Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 PM
Facilitator: Hillary Jones, PsyD and Jordan Seidel, M.A., M.S., Doctoral Intern
The process of engaging in any creative activity is healing. In this group students use a variety of art modalities to express thoughts, feelings, concerns and hopes. In the process of artmaking and talking to each other, students gain self-understanding, and develop a sense of community. No previous art experience or skills is necessary.
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 PM
Facilitator: Richard Martinez, PhD
This group will provide a space for graduate students to come together to discuss the challenges of graduate school, not only with regard to academia but also how other identities/roles/interests (e.g., partner/spouse, parent, social and familial relationships, hobbies) are impacted by being in graduate school. Group leaders will also incorporate the introduction of applicable coping skills.
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 PM
Facilitators: Erica Mathis, PhD, and Shana Varnell, PsyD
This group will provide a supportive environment for members to process their relationship with their bodies, explore cultural, familial, and social factors that influence body image, and develop skills for building body compassion.
Fridays, 1:30-3:00 PM
Facilitators: Katie Kainer, PsyD, Postdoctoral Resident and Simone Ducloux, Practicum Counselor
This group will provide a safe space to explore emotional, physical, and relational impacts of surviving sexual trauma. Group goals are to improve healthy coping skills and to address common issues of recovery, including regaining a sense of safety, dealing with reactions from family and friends, and reducing shame and self-blame.
Fridays 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Facilitator: Shana Varnell, PsyD and Tiffany Adeigbe, M.S., Doctoral Intern
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