Counseling Groups

The Counseling Center offers a variety of group experiences that provide opportunities to identify with others who have similar concerns; to increase self-awareness and self-acceptance; and to improve the quality of your life, work, and personal relationships. All groups are free and open to undergraduate and graduate students. Most groups meet weekly, usually for a total of 8-10 weeks during a semester.

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Group Sessions of varying content are held regularly throughout the semester

 

For more information about particular groups: Email the Groups Coordinator, (DIsenberg@Towson.edu) or call the Counseling Center 410-704-2512.

To sign up for a group:

  • Call or stop by the Counseling Center to schedule an Intake Appointment, and mention the group in which you are interested.
  • If you are new to the Counseling Center, or if you haven't received services in the past six months, you will need to schedule a general intake appointment before or in conjunction with your group information session appointment. 
  • If the group you are interested in joining is closed or not meeting during the current semester, you can have your name added to the waitlist for the group and you will be contacted in the future.

Frequently Offered Groups

Psychotherapy Process Group

(3 groups each semester) One of the challenges of adulthood is to develop healthy relationships with others, especially peers. Students meet weekly during the semester to support each other in addressing a range of issues facing students and to discover new ways of understanding themselves and relating to others.

This short video helps explain what to expect in a process group.

I'm a Survivor

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual & Relationship Violence: A space for survivors of sexual assault or relationship violence experienced in recent months or years to gain support from one another and learn ways to cope with the aftermath. Group members will not be asked to share the details of their experiences but, rather, will be invited to explore the impact of these traumas on their lives.

Substance Education Group

This program is designed to offer education about alcohol and other drugs, to encourage personal awareness through discussion, and to increase one's ability to self-diagnose a problem in these areas.

Substance Therapy/DWI Treatment Program

This program is offered to students who, as a result of abuse or dependence, need educational information about chemical dependency and recovery. Students must: (1) be willing to commit to total abstinence, (2) be willing to seek support to abstain completely, and (3) learn about other non-chemical activities that are effective in their recovery.

Healthy Body Image Research Study

Researchers are conducting a study to evaluate internet based programs promoting healthy habits. If you are over 18, complete our 5 minute screen to gain access to online/mobile programs and resources (programming options tailored to individuals based on screen results and vary across participants). 

Gain access to personalized plans that help to improve general fitness, eating habits, positive body esteem. Responses are confidential. Programs can last up to 10 weeks.

Body Image Support Group

Gain support and learn coping strategies with other students who have body image concerns. Learn about body image influencers, triggers, and the relationship between body image and mood with other students who understand what it feels like

Recognition, Insight, Openness (RIO)

RIO helps individuals commit to intentional, values-based action by identifying and clarifying what is important and meaning in people’s lives, and teaching skills to manage painful experiences. You will learn skills through the use of metaphors, mindfulness, guided imagery, and journaling in three, one hour per week seminars. You do not need to be a client of the Counseling Center to join this group.

Grief and Loss Support Group

This group is offered for students who are grieving the loss of someone significant in their lives, whether that loss was recent or in the past. The group meetings provide helpful information and resources as well as a supportive space for students to share their experiences and coping strategies.

In, Out, & In-Between - LGBTQIA Support Group

Whether you are out, questioning, or not even sure, this group is for LGBTQIA students of all backgrounds to confidentially discuss and explore aspects of gender identity and sexual orientation in a safe space. The group is support-based and is designed to encourage open discussion about gender, sexuality, coming out, relationships, family, community, and other areas of your life that may be difficult to discuss elsewhere.

Mindfulness Meditation

Five session weekly structured group in which students will learn about mindfulness and have opportunities within the group to practice the skills. This group is an introduction to meditation, including relaxation and visualization practices for reducing stress, improving concentration, and increasing self-acceptance. You do not need to be a client of the Counseling Center to join this group.

Veteran and Service Member Loved One Support Group

There are unique stressors, complexities, and joys of being close to and support a veteran or service member. This is a support group for spouses, partners, family members, friends, roommates, or anyone else who is close to a past or current service member. The group will explore topics including pre-deployment stress, deployment stress, reintegration challenges, and more. You do not need to be a client of the Counseling Center to participate in this group.

Sister-to-Sister: Women of Color Support Group

Develop connections with other women of color and address topics such as stress, relationships, family, and personal goals.