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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. 

Click below to indicate your interest in a counseling group or call us at 210-458-4140 to get more information.

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Group Counseling Schedule - Spring 2017

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
1:30pm-3:00pm Initial COD Exploring Confidence Facilitator: Susan Denny, LPC (Group Room) Self-confidence doesn’t come naturally to everyone. This group will provide steps for students to understand their strengths, core values, create personal mission statements and explore how to grow and transition through college and life with high self-confidence.
3:00pm-4:00pm Initial COD Attention Dimension Facilitator: Jeff Gatlin, LPC & Jason Dillard (Group Room) This group will help students diagnosed with ADHD and/or other conditions develop and maintain sustained ability to concentrate for consistently longer periods of time. Group members will also receive training designed to increase frequency of on-task behaviors, improve self-control, manage negative emotional states and improve self-esteem.
1:00pm-2:30pm Group Screening Grief Team: From Grief to Growth Facilitator: Dr. Nichole Vincent, PsyD (Group Room) We all need a support system to help us as we move through our grief jouney. While family and friends are vital, unless they have experienced a close personal lose, they most likely don’t fully “get it”. Get ready to discover new ways of coping through the most difficult parts of the grief journey.
3:00pm-5:00pm Group Consultation Forms Art Therapy Facilitator: Dr. Richard Martinez, PhD & Dr. Nichole Vincent PsyD (Classroom) Provides a supportive environment to engage in self exploration and dialogue through the use of artistic expression. No artistic talent or skill required
3:00pm-4:00pm Group Consultation Forms Feel Better Fast: (Tuesday Group) Facilitator: Megan Colletta, LCSW (Group Room) A 4 session continuous psycho education modules on things like stress management, communication skills, social skills and mood management.
5:00pm-6:30pm Creating Mindfulness Facilitator: Cristina Villegas-Hernandez, LCSW (Group Room) Mindfulness is a practice that helps with gaining a better sense of coping with life stressors. This 8 session model will help students create their own mindfulness practice.
5:00pm-6:00pm Group Consultation Forms Stress Less Facilitator: Dr. Hazel Lane, PsyD (Classroom) Incorporates the mind-body connection including body scan, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and Biofeedback assisted relaxation to strengthen muscle memory and build a pathway to a relaxation response instead of a stress response.
3:00pm-4:30pm Initial COD #RelationshipGoals Facilitator: Dr. Susie Martinez, PsyD (Group Room) Relationships are inevitable. Whether it’s relationships with classmates, intimate partners, parents, siblings, or supervisors, relationships have the potential to significantly impact our daily lives both positively and negatively. This group will provide a space for students to share, discuss, learn, and brain-storm about how to create more meaningful and/or healthier relationships.
1:00pm-2:00pm Group Consultation Forms Out or Questioning Facilitator: Dr. Hazel Lane, PsyD (Group Room) This group will meet to discuss topics related to gender and sexuality in a supportive group environment.
1:00pm-2:30pm Group Consultation Forms & Brief Screening A.S.P.I.R.E Facilitator: Dr. Richard Blask, PhD (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.
3:00pm-4:30pm Group Screening Nourishing the Self Facilitator: Dr. Vanessa Aviña-Peña, PhD (Group Room) Struggles with body & self-compassion are particularly common among college students. If you are unhappy with your body or want to feel better about yourself, we can help! This group will provide a safe-environment to connect with others having similar struggles. In addition to safe- exploration, our goal is to help students appreciate who they are & establish a healthier sense of self.
3:30pm-4:30pm Group Consultation Forms Feel Better Fast: (Thursday Group) Facilitator: Dr. Melva Thone-Boyd ,PsyD (Classroom) A 4 session continuous psycho education modules on things like stress management, communication skills, social skills and mood management.
10:30am-11:30am Breaking Barriers Facilitator: Dr. Melva Thone-Boyd, PsyD (Classroom) Breaking Barriers support group offers a weekly drop-in safe space for students with immigration status concerns, to share their stories, cope with stressors, and strengthen their peer network.
12:30pm-2:00pm Group Consult & Screening Interpersonal Exploration Facilitator: Dr. John Deberry, PhD (Group Room) This group aims to help with social anxiety, difficulties maintaining connections, feeling isolated or disconnected, building deeper connections, and self-exploration.
2:30pm-4:00pm Group Consultation Forms I.P.A.D Facilitator: Dr. Melissa Hernandez, DSW (Group Room) Group focused on making and keeping friends, social anxiety, family and relationship issues, and academic struggles.

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