Group counseling involves a small number of individuals working together on common problems or concerns. Counseling groups may focus on a particular issue (for example, exam anxiety or relationship issues) or they can be less structured sessions that explore broader issues or student concerns.
Typically, groups meet for 90 minutes each week and are led by one or two staff counselors. Groups are offered throughout the academic year. The group counseling listing is updated each semester to reflect that semester’s offerings.
Fall 2014 Groups
Mind and Body Yoga - Fridays, 9;30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Mind and Body is a yoga therapy group. The session will begin with group discussion followed by a yoga class appropriated for all levels. Beginners and those with no experience with yoga are welcome! You will learn how yoga can be applied to manage stress by practicing breathing, calming techniques, building mindfulness, and developing a healthy relationship to your body. Additionally, self-talk patterns will be explored in the context of "being on the mat" to learn how to manage it "off the mat." To participate, you must first meet with Dr. Shinko (Staff psychologist and Certified Yoga Instructor) to discuss how this group may fit your needs.
Calming the Emotional Storm - Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
This group is designed for individuals who have painful emotions that are very intense and/or for individuals who get intensely frustrated. Sometimes these painful emotions are just so hard to understand, let alone regulate. And telling ourselves not to feel them just doesn't seem to work. This group is intended to help one learn to identify, label, and understand one's emotions, help one to identify obstacles that get in the way of changing emotions, and increasing positive emotional events. It is also intended to help one to understand and learn that accepting, finding meaning for, and tolerating painful emotions may be the best way for getting through to the other side of an emotional event. This can be learned through a series of distress tolerance and emotion regulation skills, taught through the DBT context. This is an OPEN group, though all group members are asked to schedule a screening appointment prior to attending the group session. For more information, please contact Amy Kilpatrick, MA, LCSW-R at firstname.lastname@example.org, Patricia Rourke, Ph.D., at email@example.com, or Kate Shinko, Psy.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Demystifying Relationships - Friday 3:00 pm - 4:15 p.m., Counseling Center Group Room
Wish that you could communicate more effectively with your partner/parents/friends? Struggling with a long-distance relationship? Don't know ow to say "NO" when you need/want to? Demystifying Relationships is an educational group that is designed to provide students with information regarding common relationship issues/problems (e.g., communication problems, negotiating boundaries, problematic patterns of interacting) as well as skills to help them to overcome these potential problems and improve the quality of their relationships. it is a group for individuals, not for couples, although we welcome students who are currently in relationships to participate and bring the information and skills that they learn from the group to any and all of their relationships. if you are interested in the group, contact Patricia Rourke, Ph.D., at email@example.com
"Embrace Yourself" - Wednesday 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Counseling Center Group Room
Embrace Yourself aims to assist students in addressing personal and interpersonal problems which are associated with negative self-perception. Personal and interpersonal problems include, but are not limited to, high self-criticism, difficulty self-appreciating or accepting compliments from others, feelings of inadequate/unattractive/flawed/inferior, difficulty speaking up/standing up for oneself, "people pleaser," difficulty making intimate relationships, and unrealistic perfectionism. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Shinko at email@example.com.
Pursuit of Academic Success - Wednesday 2:30pm - 4:00pm - LSG 552
This group is to assist international students of BU in maximizing their academic achievement. Participants of this group will discuss barriers to academic success and learn how they can better address them. Each week, a different barrier will be discussed. This group is a drop-in meeting and weekly attendance is not required. Therefore students can selectively participate in the meeting based upon topic of the week. For more information contact Sangmoon Kim, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anxiety Group - Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. - 3 p.m., Location TBA
This group is for students who struggle with anxious thoughts, obsessive worrying, bodily symptoms of anxiety, avoidance of perceived scary situations and an overall sense that life events will have a negative outcome. The goal of the group is to help students address these worries and negative perceptions through awareness and analysis, and transform these anxious thoughts and perceptions into more positive and hopeful attitudes. For more information, email Randi Scheiner at email@example.com.
Empowering Students of Color Support Group - Fridays 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
This support group, facilitated by LeAnna Rice, a counselor, and Jazell Johnson, Case Manager for the Dean of Students Office, is designed for students of color who may have experienced oppressive situations on campus or may feel isolated in their experiences here. Our group offers a safe supportive space for processing those feelings and experiences, help them to feel connected and as if they belong, as well as empowering and strengthening their individual self-concepts through activities. If you have any questions concerning this group, feel free to contact LeAnna Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Student Process Group - Fridays (Time and Start-Date TBA)
This group is open to graduate students with a wide range of concerns and mental health issues. Members of the group will have the opportunity to discuss many of the struggles that come with graduate student life: balancing academic and family obligations, interpersonal relationship problems, dissertation and adviser/program issues, as well as depression and anxiety that can intensify under the stress of graduate school. The group will be a forum to receive and offer support and learn more about how they relate to themselves and others in a space that promotes growth and change. For more information, please contact Rachael Day at email@example.com to schedule a time to meet and see if the group can meet your needs.
Past Groups Offered Have Included:
Everyday Mindfulness Stress Practices For Stress Management - Decker Health Services, Rm 204
This seven-week small group for students offers mindfulness interventions for handling stress. It will meet once a week, exploring how to recognize stress though increased self-awareness, and teach ways to respond rather than react to stressful situations using mindfulness meditations and other mindfulness tools. There will be brief teaching, group discussion and practice. Students are asked to commit to the entire seven weeks. Facilitated by a community member trained at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School and sponsored by the University Counseling Center. To sign up for more information, please contact Rachel Leonard at Resources For Living at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you lost a loved one? Feel like there's no one to talk to, no one who understands? Consider joining this therapeutic support group for students who are dealing with loss. It was created to help students feel less alone, more supported, and to find hope and meaning. If you are interested in having a safe space to talk about your own loss and are looking for ways to cope, call the University Counseling Center at 607-777-2772 or e-mail Sefali Bhutwala at email@example.com.
Wish that you could communicate more effectively with your partner/parents/friends? Struggling with a long-distance relationship? Don't know how to say "NO" when you need/want to? Demystifying Relationships is an educational group that is designed to provide students with information regarding common relationship issues/problems (e.g., communication problems, negotiating boundaries, problematic patterns of interacting) as well as skills to help them to overcome these potential problems and improve the quality of their relationships. It is a group for individuals, not for couples, although we welcome students who are currently in relationships to participate and bring the information and skills that they learn from the group to any and all of their relationships. If you are interested in the group, contact Patricia Rourke: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate Shinko: email@example.com
This group is for students who struggle with anxious thoughts, obsessive worrying, bodily symptoms of anxiety, avoidance of perceived scary situations and an overall sense that life events will have a negative outcome. The goal of the group is to help students address these worries and negative perceptions through awareness and analysis, and transform these anxious thoughts and perceptions into more positive and hopeful attitudes. For more information, e-mail Randi Scheiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Hello, World!" – Location TBA
Graduating from college is a critical life transition, and life transition always comes with adjustment-related problems such as anxiety. Hello World aims to assist graduating seniors in addressing life transition-related problems/difficulties/concerns. If you are interested in participating, contact Dr. Sangmoon Kim at 777-2772 or email@example.com.
Dissertation Support Group
Are you struggling to make progress on your dissertation? Does it feel like procrastination, time management or anxiety is getting in the way? Come to the Dissertation Support Group, an open group where graduate students can connect with each other to find hope, support and advice. Potential topics include stress management, procrastination, motivation, burn out, assertive communication and more. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month through the end of the semester. It runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in UU-124. For more information, contact Tracy Lord at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply show up to the next meeting.
Empowering African American Students Group
This group is intended for undergraduate and graduate students of African descent, including, but not limited to students who identify as African American, multiracial (in which at least one of their identified races is of African descent), Latino with African descent or Europeans of African descent interested in having additional support on campus. This group will discuss issues of cultural uniqueness and the impact that it has on the balance of work/academic/personal relationships. The group aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for students to explore feelings around racially oppressive experiences on campus, strengthen self-concept through activities and discussion, and help one another navigate academic and social experiences on campus. Group members will have the opportunity to examine and build on their strengths for success at Binghamton, while also having the opportunity to be supported by members who share their concerns and perceptions on campus. Contact LeAnna Rice at mailto:email@example.com
Graduate Student Support Group
This group aims to address the kinds of challenges that graduate students typically confront -- relationship issues, interpersonal conflicts, family concerns, academic/career anxieties, etc. The group offers an opportunity to benefit from differing interpersonal styles of interaction and seeks to cultivate an atmosphere wherein group-members can work together to enhance self-understanding, provide mutual support, and explore possible solutions to problems and concerns. For further information, contact Bill Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeds of Courage - Sexual Trauma Support Group
This group is for women, survivors of sexual trauma who are looking for a safe place to discuss concerns and impact of sexual assault. This may include trust and intimacy issues, self-blame, shame and guilt, anxiety and depression, nightmares and flashbacks and/or other concerns.
Understanding Self and Others
Understanding Self and Others is a weekly group in which students focus on relationships with others in their lives. Common concerns include anxiety in social situations, making friends, assertiveness, romantic relationships, conflict with others, etc. The group can be beneficial in several ways, including learning that other group members struggle with similar concerns, which can help students feel less alone. During group sessions, members explore how they relate to others both inside and outside of group. This insight can help build and maintain strong, healthy relationships.
Healing and Grieving
Have you lost a loved one? Feel like there's no one to talk to, no one who understands? Healing and Grieving is a therapeutic support group for students who are dealing with loss and was created to help students feel less alone, more supported, and able to find hope and meaning.
The Body Positive
This group is for students who want to create and embrace a more positive body image. The group will meet weekly for four weeks; each group meeting will last about one hour. During these meetings, participants will engage in written, verbal and behavioral exercises designed to help students change the way in which they think about their bodies. Each group session will typically involve education provided by the group leaders and discussion/interaction among the group members and leader; willingness to participate is thus important.
Mindfulness Meditation & Stress Reduction
Mindfulness meditation is a unique way of paying attention that involves full awareness of the present moment and open-minded acceptance. Research has shown that mindfulness can be used to reduce stress and anxiety, promote clear thinking, enhance concentration and skillfully regulate emotions, among other benefits. This group is for students who would like to learn how to utilize mindfulness meditation techniques and the principles of mindfulness and acceptance in order to reduce stress.
Asperger's Transitions Group
This drop-in group aims to address challenges unique to this population in college life. Issues addressed will include connections to resources, advocating for themselves and social skills.
Sexual Trauma Support Group
This group is for women who are survivors of sexual trauma who are looking for a safe place to discuss concerns and impact of sexual assault. This may include trust and intimacy issues, self-blame, shame and guilt, anxiety and depression, nightmares and flashbacks and/or other concerns.
Overwhelmed by your nerves . . . and want a better way to deal with them? Have you lost a loved one? This group is for students who want to learn more about anxiety and how to cope with it in a healthful and effective manner.
Cultures and Conversations
A Dialogue and Support Group for International and Internationally-minded Students
This new group welcomes students who would like to discuss their experiences at Binghamton University as international students and who are looking forward to meeting new friends. We are a welcoming and inclusive group that aims to promote feelings of connection and belonging and welcome those who are "international at heart." We will explore typical issues that international students encounter: homesickness, loneliness, academic stress, language and communication difficulties.
Sexuality and Identity Group
Searching for a discreet place to talk about your sexual identity? Dealing with religious issues and your sexuality? Conflicted about disclosing to loved ones? If you are interested in attending a group devoted to exploring these concerns, this is a good group for you!
Feeling stressed? Need to relax? Come learn how to relax through a variety of techniques that will vary weekly, including guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation and more. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to be part of this relaxation community any week they wish – no appointment is necessary.
Reduce Your Gambling-Related Problems
The University Counseling Center is now holding open enrollment for a specialized group therapy targeting the common problems associated with gambling. If you experience any financial stress, academic problems or interpersonal conflict related to your current or past gambling behavior, then you may benefit from this group.
Resolving Sexual Trauma
This group is for female survivors of rape or sexual assault (recently or in the past) who feel this traumatic event is currently having a negative impact on their life.
Finish That Dissertation
This group is for doctoral students who are beyond the preliminary stage of their work and need an extra push to finish their dissertation.
This is a support group for students who have a loved one in the Iraq/Afghanistan combat zone.
This group addresses issues of interpersonal relationships, covering a wide spectrum of concerns such as trust, intimacy, isolation, relating to others, relating to groups and loneliness.
Insight and Healing Through Storytelling
This group explores life issues through the sharing of life stories.
Mission Meltaway is a free, 8-week jump-start weight-loss program that supports a team approach to healthy eating and increased physical activity. Meetings cover a broad range of topics including menu planning, nutrition, physical activity and behavior modification. All participants receive a physical assessment of their blood pressure, body mass index and weight before starting the program and again on completion of the program.
Finding Your Path
This non-traditional workshop helps students negotiate the rites of passage of young adulthood and how to initiate relationships with crucial life tasks, world arenas and dimensions of self. Issues addressed include love and sex, negative emotions, parents and mentors, self-empowerment, calling and character, freedom and choice, self and others, and power.
Food For Thought
This is a 5-week workshop that explores the personal and social attitudes and behaviors that shape our eating. Sessions include lecture presentation and discussion time.
Finding a Heroic Path
This group helps men define and forge meaningful life directions, as well as explore sacred aspects of relations, careers and self. Self-awareness will be cultivated through exploration of differences.
Resolving Sexual Abuse
This group helps participants work through current issues as well as change the impact the abusive experience is having on them. The group strives to help members move past seeing life through the lens of trauma so they may regain the ability to experience joy and hope for the future.
Male Graduate Student Support Group
This group addresses the needs of male graduate students who are struggling with marital or relationship issues, interpersonal conflicts, performance anxieties, professional objectives, or the completion of research or dissertation/thesis.