Your therapist may recommend Group therapy to help you most effectively address your current counseling concerns. Typically six to eight students meet face-to-face once a week with one or more group therapists. Group members are able to learn alternative behaviors to resolve difficulties and develop new social skills and ways of relating to people. Most importantly, people learn they are not alone in their struggles and find it encouraging hearing that other people face similar challenges.
Counseling groups and workshops available in this semester are described below. Please speak with your counselor or a counselor at the Counseling Center for more information at: 716-878-4436.
Cognitive Behavioral Skills (CBT) Group: An educational / skills therapy approach based on the principles of social learning. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT is structured and directive, collaborative, goal-focused and time-limited (ongoing throughout the semester).
Inside Out: LGBT and Questioning Support Group: Inside Out is a support/discussion group that provides a safe space in which students can freely discuss issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This confidential group is for any student who identifies as LGBT or Questioning whether they are years into the coming out process or have only just begun .Topics of discussion include self-acceptance, societal stigma and stereotypes, the life-long process of coming out, fluidity of sexual orientation and gender identity, LGBT history, and connecting with the LGBT community in Western New York.
Understanding Self and Others: Most conflicts in our lives come from a breakdown in communication due to having difficulty understanding or being understood by another person. This group will provide opportunities to increase awareness of your strengths, limitations, values, and prior experiences that can influence your ability to effectively communicate with others. Group members will participate in interactive activities, discussion, and skill building practice to build awareness of ways to be more effective communicators with people in your lives.
ACT for Anxiety and Depression: This group helps people cope with stress, anxiety, depression, or other overwhelming emotions using a therapeutic technique called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Each week we will focus on practical skills such as mindfulness, increasing mental flexibility, working toward realistic goals based on your values, and engaging in healthy behaviors even when experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions, or sensations. This group is open to all clients of the Counseling Center and students can join at any time in the semester.
DBT Skills Group: DBT Skills Group is a coping skills group designed for individuals who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, or other overwhelming emotions which interfere with their sense of self and/or interpersonal relationships. It will cover positive lifestyle changes, skills for coping with immediate distress, skills to minimize the frequency and intensity of negative symptoms, increasing introspection and awareness of the impact of behaviors on others and relationships, and development of a more stable core sense of self.
For more information about the workshops and training contact The Counseling Center at 716- 878-4436
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