Counseling Services

Workshops & Groups

Workshops & groups offered in Spring 2018.

Group counseling 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.

Group counseling is often the treatment of choice for the various concerns we face.

SMU Counseling Services offer a variety of groups and workshops in both time-limited and on-going formats.

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.

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.

Life Hacks 101 is a workshop consisting of three one-hour sessions (“Mind Hacks”, “Body Hacks”, “Emotion Hacks”) intended to teach concrete skills to better manage anxiety and depression. It is not intended to replace individual therapy, but rather provide concrete ways in which students can address anxiety and depression symptoms on their own. 


Overall Workshop - “Learn skills to better manage your life, your stress, and your emotions!”
Mind Hacks - “Learn how to tell when your thoughts are not helpful – and how to change them for the better”
Body Hacks - “Learn how to use relaxation and special body techniques to better tolerate stress and strife”
Emotion Hacks - “Learn how to better control your emotions and tolerate emotional distress”

CONTENT: The workshops are based on skills borrowed from CBT, DBT, and ACT. While not intended to be a standalone treatment group, the skills learned in the workshops would be applicable to future individual psychotherapy. Each session will have two “focus” skills, where the workshop skill is focused on alleviating anxiety and depression symptoms.

For further information, please contact Abel Tomatis, Ph.D. at atomatis@smu.edu or 214-768-1505

LOCATION: SMU Counseling Services. 2nd Floor of the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

DAY/TIME - Thursdays 10-11 am
DATES:

  • Feb. 8th – MIND HACKS
  • Feb. 15th – BODY HACKS
  • Feb. 22nd – EMOTION HACKS
  • Mar. 1st – MIND HACKS
  • Mar. 8th – BODY HACKS
  • Mar. 22nd – EMOTION HACKS
  • Mar. 29th – MIND HACKS
  • Apr. 5th - BODY HACKS
  • Apr. 12th – EMOTION HACKS
  • Apr. 19th – MIND HACKS
  • Apr. 26th - BODY HACKS
  • May 3rd – EMOTION HACKS
  • May 10th – BODY HACKS

 

As artists, balancing our personal and professional lives can be stressful and challenging. Imagine what it might be like to live, create, and/or perform being more fully present and authentic. Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally, to whatever is arising inwardly and outwardly. Come join us to learn and experience how mindfulness and meditation practices can help reduce stress and influence the quality of our experience moment to moment.

LOCATION/TIME
: Group meets every Monday at 1 pm in Meadows 2020. Open to All Meadows Students!

Facilitator:  Juli Hobdy, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, SMU Counseling Services

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

 

 

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, nonjudgmentally, to whatever is arising inwardly and outwardly.  Come join us in learning and experiencing various meditative practices.

LOCATION/TIME: SMU Counseling Services. 2nd Floor of the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Fridays from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

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

 

We will be meeting on a weekly basis to discuss common concerns among graduate and professional students, such as getting your dissertation and thesis done, preparing for job interviews after graduation, dealing with departmental politics, balancing your academic work with your life outside of school, and coping with impostor syndrome.  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Dr. Harumi to schedule a pre-group consultation appointment.   

LOCATION/TIME: SMU Counseling Services Group Room. We will meet every week for 1-1.5 hour for a semester.  1:00 - 2:00 pm on Wednesdays.  

For further information, please contact Yu Harumi, Ph.D. at yharumi@smu.edu or 214-768-3211.

 

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you don’t have to fight your stress and anxiety?  In this workshop series, you will learn and practice mindfulness—that is, being aware of your present experience with curiosity and compassion, rather than with criticism and resistance. You will have an opportunity to practice mindfulness through a variety of meditative activities.  No prior experience in meditation is necessary. If you are interested in signing up for this class, please contact Dr. Harumi to reserve your spot.

LOCATION/TIME: SMU Counseling Services Group Room. Tuesdays from 1:00 - 1:45 pm on February 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. (March and April dates TBD).

For further information, please contact Yu Harumi, Ph.D. at yharumi@smu.edu or 214-768-3211.