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Group Counseling

Group counseling is a valuable and effective service. Group participants often report having a rewarding and helpful experience.  Our groups are a great way meet new people, discuss the challenges you have been experiencing, and get a fresh perspective.  By joining one of our groups, you will build support, learn about yourself, but most importantly, you will be reminded that you are not alone. 

Clinicians at UTSA Counseling Services look forward to assisting you to find the right group. They will help you find a group that will promote healthy sense of self, address your specific concerns, and provide supportive environment. 

Spring 2019 Group Counseling Schedule

Groups are open to all registered UTSA Undergrad and Graduate students. You will need to speak with the group leader before accessing the group. Call (210) 458-4140 or stop by Counseling Services at RWC 1.810.

Day & TimeRequirementGroup NameWhat to Expect
Monday
3 - 4:30p
(starts 2/11)
Consent forms & Phone Screening Out or Questioning
Facilitator: Hazel Lane, PsyD
Location: Group Room
A process group focusing on topics related to gender and sexual identities. This group is open to members of the LGBTQ in all stages of identity formation from questioning to integration who seek a safe place to discuss issues unique to the LGBTQ population.
Tuesday
11a - 12p


Consent forms & Phone Screening Anxiety Toolkit
Facilitator: Cristina Villegas-Hernandez, LCSW
Classroom
This three-part workshop series designed to help students struggling with anxiety related concerns. The series will help students understand anxiety, recognize their triggers and symptoms associated with: general anxiety, test anxiety, and social anxiety. Students completing workshops will leave with helpful anxiety management strategies.
1 - 2:30p
(starts 2/12)
Facilitator Phone Screening Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors
Facilitator: Melva Torne-Boyd, PsyD
Group Room
Primary focus of this support group is to offer an opportunity to meet other survivors, share their stories, and increase feelings of being supported. Facilitators will assist members to tap into their own coping skills and learn new ones.
3 - 4:30p
Screening and Consent Forms A.S.P.I.R.E (Canceled)
Facilitator: Richard Blask, PhD
Location: Group Room
A processing group for adult students (roughly mid-twenties and older). Common issues discussed include self-esteem, interpersonal challenges, family and other relationships, and sexuality.
Wednesday
11a - 12:30p
(starts 3/20)
Facilitator Screening Managing the Distress Within
Facilitator: Kristen Lopez, LMSW & Nathan Miller, PhD
Group Room
This group will focus on four skill modules that are designed to specifically assist individuals in better managing behavioral, emotional, and cognitive stability. The intent is to help students who may have difficulty with anger, or expression of anger, episodic depression, irritability or anxiety, or intense/chaotic relationships, stress and feelings of emptiness in order to help build on your life experiences.
3 - 4:30p
(starts 2/13)
Consent Forms Creative Recovery
Facilitator: Kristen McElroy, LPC, LCDC
Classroom
Art therapy provides a supportive environment to engage in self-exploration and dialogue through the use of artistic expression. This group is open to all students and will focus on healthy coping skills, recovery and general well-being. No artistic talent or skill required.
Thursday
2 - 3:00p
(starts 2/14)
N/A SMART Recovery (Canceled)
Facilitator: Kristen McElroy, LPCI, LCDC
Group Room
SMART- (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Students will learn techniques to manage substance use issues by helping them build and maintain motivation, cope with urges, manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and live a balanced life. ***The SMART Recovery meeting is being provided through the Center for Collegiate Recovery Program.***
3 - 4:30p
Facilitator Screening Managing the Distress Within
Facilitator: Hazel Lane, PsyD & Elizabeth Cosgrove, LPC
Classroom
This group will focus on four skill modules that are designed to specifically assist individuals in better managing behavioral, emotional, and cognitive stability. The intent is to help students who may have difficulty with anger, or expression of anger, episodic depression, irritability or anxiety, or intense/chaotic relationships, stress and feelings of emptiness in order to help build on your life experiences.
3:30 - 4:30p


Consent forms Anxiety Toolkit
Facilitator: Martha Chilchil-Zepeda, LPC
Group Room
This three-part workshop series designed to help students struggling with anxiety related concerns. The series will help students understand anxiety, recognize their triggers and symptoms associated with: general anxiety, test anxiety, and social anxiety. Students completing workshops will leave with helpful anxiety management strategies.
Friday
12 - 2:00p
(starts 2/15)
Facilitator Phone Screening Adventure Therapy
Facilitator: Susan Denny, LPC
Group Room
This 8-week group plus 3-day backpacking trip, focuses on building skills to increase resiliency, which includes working on building trusting relationships, increasing confidence, and stabilizing emotions when challenged. The group will be held at a secluded outdoor area on campus, and will utilize nature, technical skills and activities that promote resiliency. In collaboration with Outdoor Pursuits, the group will go on a 3-day backpacking trip to Colorado Bend State Park on April 12-14. Participants must commit to the group and the trip. The trip has a fee of $85, that will be due prior to the course start.

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