Group Counseling and Workshops

Overview

Our group counseling service is a form of treatment that allows participants to learn about themselves and their relationships. It’s an ideal space to address personal difficulties because these are often shared by other members of the group. Research shows that group therapy is one of the most effective and efficient methods for addressing concerns common to people seeking counseling services. Not only do group participants receive tremendous understanding, support and encouragement from others facing similar issues, but they also gain different perspectives, ideas and viewpoints on those matters. All groups are conducted in a confidential manner, similar to individual counseling. 

Please see below for a list of our current group counseling offerings!

  • A significant benefit of group therapy includes not feeling as alone since others in the group will likely have experienced similar concerns. Most participants, though somewhat apprehensive at first, report that the group experience was helpful far beyond their expectations.
  • Group counseling is often an ideal treatment option. In a group counseling setting, you may feel better understood because you are able to interact with people who are trying to manage issues or concerns similar to yours. 
  • Our groups provide a space for giving and receiving feedback and support, allowing you to gain multiple perspectives, practice skills, try out new behaviors, and learn how to have more satisfying relationships.
  • Our support groups provide an atmosphere conducive to sharing your concerns with others whose lives are impacted by similar issues or concerns.
  • Our psychoeducational skills groups and workshops provide you with an opportunity to learn specific skills that are helpful for coping with your life challenges.
  • All groups are conducted in a confidential manner, similar to individual counseling.

Graduate Student Meditation

As graduate students, balancing our personal and academic/professional lives can be stressful and challenging. Imagine what it might be like to live life more fully present and authentically. Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally, to whatever is arising inwardly and outwardly. Come join us in learning and experiencing various meditative practices.

LOCATION: Health Center classroom, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

TIME: Thursdays 10:00-11:00am

For further information, please contact Juli Hobdy, Ph.D. at jhobdy@smu.edu or 214-768-2232.

Undergraduate Student Meditation

Stressed and Overwhelmed by School, Relationships and Life?  The Undergraduate Meditation Group is a weekly meditation group designed to create a space where you can learn various meditative practices to help calm your mind, increase awareness and focus, reduce stress, and replenish and nourish your body and mind. Come join us in practicing meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction strategies to improve overall well-being. Beginner and advanced meditators are welcome!

LOCATION: Health Center classroom, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center

TIME: Mondays 1:00-2:00pm

For further information, please contact Juli Hobdy, Ph.D. at jhobdy@smu.edu or 214-768-2232.

Survivors of Sexual Assualt

The Survivors of Sexual Assault (SOSA) Group is a safe, confidential space for survivors to heal by relating and processing in a supportive group setting. Issues such as trust, anger, grief, coping, survival strategies, and self-esteem are addressed.

LOCATION: Counseling Services, 2nd Floor, Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. 

TIME: Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm

For further information, please contact Erin Shapiro, LPC at eshapiro@smu.edu or 214-768-0752.