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Group Therapy

The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups and workshops each quarter. In group therapy, a small number of students meet weekly for between 1 and 1 ½ hours with one or two group therapists to talk about what is troubling them. Group members share problems or concerns to better understand their situation, to improve interpersonal relationships and to learn from one another. Students receive remarkable support and encouragement from others facing similar issues and gain different ideas and perspectives. Although it is not uncommon to be somewhat apprehensive at first, many individuals report that their group experience exceeded their expectations. For some, group is recommended in addition to, or in lieu of individual therapy.

Group therapy offers many benefits, including:

  • Gaining support
  • Sharing struggles and experiences while exploring and better understanding yourself
  • Personal growth and development
  • Receiving advice and feedback from diverse perspectives and viewpoints
  • Combating feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Learning more satisfying ways of relating to others
  • Developing new ways to cope with difficulties

Members talk about whatever is troubling them or whatever drove them to seek therapy. It is not uncommon for people to initially feel nervous or embarrassed about talking in group. Members are encouraged to proceed at their own pace, and to decide what and when to share. As members become more comfortable with the group, they often find that they are able to share their experiences and stories and receive support from other members. Members have the opportunity to give and receive immediate feedback in the form of encouragement and respectful challenging. Facilitators and members agree to maintain confidentiality and discuss any issues that may affect confidentiality.

If you are interested in joining a group, check out our current group listings below and call us at 215.895.1415 or 215.762.7625. You can also email us at counseling@drexel.edu for more information. All potential group members must set up a brief initial group screening to meet with group leaders, which provides you with an opportunity to get acquainted, discuss your concerns and goals, and learn more about group.


Counseling Center Groups and Workshops for FALL 2019

Groups

UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS (USO)

A safe, supportive environment for students who want to gain awareness of their functioning in relationships (with friends, family, romantic partners, classmates, etc.). Participants will learn about themselves by exploring their interpersonal patterns, getting feedback about how they function in relationships, and using the group to experiment and try out new behaviors, such as sharing honest thoughts and feelings. Students who are struggling with establishing or maintaining satisfying relationships may especially benefit from this group.

UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS: INTERSECTING QUEER IDENTITIES (USO:IQI)

This group provides a safe and supportive environment for undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ+ or questioning students to share their concerns and experiences, receive and give honest feedback and support, and learn about themselves and how they relate to others. This is a space where members can explore gender and sexual, or affectual, orientation at the intersection of other cultural and social identities (e.g., race, religion).

GRAD GROUP

Similar to the Understanding Self and Others group, this group is for graduate-level students who want to experience stronger emotional connections with others while also working through personal issues that may be unique to being a part of a graduate program at Drexel.

FIRST YEAR COLLEGE ADJUSTMENT: Making the Most of your First Year at Drexel

Are you interested in learning life management and ”adulting” skills among a small group of supportive peers?
Are you a first-year student looking to make the most of your Drexel experience?
Is “going away to college” harder than you thought it would be?
Do you want to learn skills on stress management, self-care and building social networks?

If so, this group is for you! We welcome interested first year students to this weekly support group running throughout the fall term for 50 minutes.

CHAOTIC FAMILIES

This group offers students support for managing difficult family relationships. For example, students who were raised by caregivers who struggled with addiction or mental illness, and/or controlling behavior. Students might have had to navigate complicated family dynamics, such as estrangement. Students can share their experiences and offer support to one another while learning more effective communication and boundary setting. This group might be helpful for individuals who struggle with self-esteem, current relationships, self-confidence and comfort in social settings as a result of these experiences.

Workshops

ACT ONE

A workshop series consisting of three 50-minute sessions to help you cultivate skills of mindfulness, openness, and meaningful action. Act One will also help you cultivate goals that reflect who and what is important to you and take action towards them.

ANXIETY TOOLBOX

A workshop series consisting of three 50-minute sessions to help you to cope with anxiety. The workshop will include didactics, learning skills based on cognitive behavioral therapy and journaling.

GETTING UNSTUCK: DEPRESSION WORKSHOP

Getting Unstuck is a three-session workshop specifically designed to help people who struggle with a variety of depression-related concerns.

MOOD MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

A workshop series consisting of three 50-minute sessions to help you enhance awareness of your emotions, manage difficult moods and cope with impulsivity/reactivity. The workshop will include didactics, learning skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness.

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT WORKSHOP

A workshop series consisting of three 50-minute sessions to help you enhance self-compassion as evidence indicates greater self-compassion can lead to better ability to bounce back from difficult experiences. Individuals who have completed ACT One may benefit from this workshop as it builds on ideas introduced in ACT One.

RELATIONSHIP CLINIC
Stay Tuned! New Workshop Coming Winter 2020!

This workshop aims to help students who want to learn more about fostering health interpersonal relationships, different communication styles and effective communication skills, conflict resolution skills, boundary setting, and qualities of health and unhealthy relationships. Many types of relationships will be discussed including romantic, friends, roommates and family members.

Day and Times TBD.