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.
What is happiness? How can you find or create a fulfilling life? This group starts with the idea that discovering and developing what is good about your life is just as important as fixing problems. Drawing from intersecting fields of positive psychology, existential psychology, and mindfulness approaches, the group will work together to find ways for members to cultivate happiness, purpose, and fulfillment. The group will be structured to explore a different theme each week that promotes well-being. Group members will be encouraged to share ideas with each other, apply what they learn, and support each other in realizing what makes them happy. A prerequisite for the group is to set aside cynicism and explore happiness as something possible in your life.
Graduate Counseling Group
This Counseling Group is a weekly group open to graduate students of all departments, ages and stages of study. The group provides a safe space to learn more effective ways to relate to yourself and others, and to become more authentic and satisfied in your academic and personal lives. Members of the group discuss various issues including self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, isolation, advisor and departmental concerns, motivation, and depression and anxiety that can develop under the stress of graduate school. Members of the group offer each other acceptance, support, guidance, and feedback. Current members describe the group process as open, supportive, helpful, and fulfilling. Group will be held on Mondays from 1-2pm. A commitment to attending group weekly is necessary.
Psychoeducation & Skills Training Group:
Calming the Emotional Storm
This group is designed for individuals who have painful emotions that are very intense, or 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.
Do you tend to be highly self-critical, judgmental, struggle with "self-esteem" or self worth? Do you find you don't live up to your own expectations? Has anyone ever told you that you're "way too hard" on yourself? This group is a structured 5 week group designed to help one to understand the role internal dialogue plays in increasing (or decreasing) our self-esteem/worth/perception. Learn about internal dialogue (self-talk), how it is developed (over time!) and why it's so hard to change. We will also learn how mindfulness and self-compassion can help shape this internal dialogue to decrease self-criticism, increase a sense of worth, and help to remind us we are all "enough!" We will discuss these topics and learn/practice skills during group.
Gender and Sexuality Support Group
This group provides a safe space for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender nonconforming, queer, or questioning their sexual orientation or gender. This is an affirming and empowering place to process your journey of identity development and expression. Students provide support to others while receiving support themselves. Themes group members discuss may include questioning, coming out, dating and intimate relationships, parent and family relationships, transitioning, religion, homophobia and transphobia, or any other personal experiences or challenges.
Grief Support Group
College students experience bereavement in a variety of ways including insomnia, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, intense emotions and a variety of additional symptoms. Bereavement is often a taboo topic on college campuses and the intensity and duration of the grief process is often underrated by peers. The grief support group is a weekly group for undergraduate and graduate students. The group serves to provide a safe space for students that have lost loved ones by death to tell their story and express emotions. Participants will learn skills, practice destressing and validate their reactions or emotions as a result of grief.
Medical Conditions Group
This support group aims to provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment for students to express their emotional reactions, struggles, and concerns, as well as share their experiences with chronic medical conditions and skills to cope. We also seek to promote respect, and a sense of community and inclusion. Active participation in group is strongly encouraged, as it would lead to greater benefits, but not expected.
Together: International Student Support Group
This support group invites international students at BU. Student will be provided with opportunities to interact with other fellow international students. They will exchange advice, suggestion, tip and knowledge re: school and/or life in general. Through this process students can develop sense of belonging, practice and enhance English skills and normalize their experience. Dr. Sangmoon Kim, group facilitator, was also an international student. He will share how it was like for him studying and living as international student and how he addressed problems/difficulties he encountered.
Workshop series for Anxiety Management Skills
Meeting schedule: Wednesdays 4-5 pm weekly. Topics rotate through all 4 of the topics below. Students can come to a single topic or all of them. To find out the topic for a specific date, contact the UCC front desk at 777-2772.
To Sign Up: Contact UCC front desk at 777-2772.
Session 1 Anxiety and Physiology 4PM
People suffering from anxiety report unpleasant physiological/bodily changes or symptoms. Anxiety can be therefore understood as often having a strong physiological component. People suffer more from anxiety and its accompanying physiological symptoms when they have little understanding of the physiological components of anxiety. Improving your understanding of physiological components of anxiety will help you implement more effective anxiety management strategies. Please join us to learn more about physiological components of anxiety and effective strategies to manage them.
Session 2 Anxiety and Thinking 4PM
Anxiety is our natural response to PERCEIVED danger or threat. Anxiety helps us take appropriate actions to protect our safety. Anxiety is our ally in life. However, not all the time! Our perception of danger (threat) can be biased by our thinking. There are certain forms/types of our thinking making us more vulnerable to inaccurate danger or threat perception. Please join us to learn more about them and effective strategies to manage them.
Session 3 Anxiety and Action 4PM
Anxiety promotes certain actions or behaviors. In other words when we experience anxiety, we are more likely to engage in certain actions or behaviors. Engaging in these actions or behaviors are in essence to protect us, especially in the short run. However, not all of them are productive in the long run. Please join us to learn more about what actions or behaviors can be more helpful and how to implement them in your daily life.
Session 4 Anxiety and Safety 4PM
Anxiety is correlated to (perceived) danger and safety offsets danger. Therefore, increased sense of safety will decrease sense of danger and consequently anxiety. Please join us to learn more about what you can do to increase your sense of safety in your daily life.