Groups and Workshops

Spring 2020 Groups and Workshops



The Anxiety Group addresses various kinds of anxiety, ranging from test anxiety to social anxiety to generalized anxiety. The group will focus on becoming more aware of the triggers and early signs of anxiety as well as developing coping skills to disarm and rethink automatic, negative thoughts. This group will meet for 5 sessions and will be closed to new members after the 2nd session.​

The Freshman Support Group addresses adjustment and anxiety related issues for students in their first year of college. 

This group will provide grieving students a safe environment in which they can share and learn from each other. Students may be dealing with different losses, ranging from a death to the end of a friendship or relationship. The criteria for becoming a member of the group is simply that they are struggling with a loss in their life. Students will review the stages of grief, identify and explore fears surrounding the loss and healthy ways of managing their fear, share their loss with others and support each other through the grief process. 

This 5-session group will help students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD or help with over-thinking and stress. Mindfulness is a holistic therapy approach that is evidenced-based on the treatment of a wide variety of issues. Group members will learn awareness exercises and cognitive techniques designed to help them deal with their concerns and increase their feelings of control and direction in their daily lives.  Group screening with Dixie prior to group session if possible. 

This 8 session structured group is designed to help students struggling with social anxiety. Group members will learn how thoughts, physical sensations and avoidance behaviors interact to create a vicious cycle. Students will learn strategies for recognizing and changing their unhelpful or inaccurate thoughts and for managing avoidance behaviors. Students should know that group therapy for social anxiety is more effective than individual counseling or medication.

An ongoing open group for woman-identified students, or students whose gender-identity falls under the trans umbrella and feels this group would be a good fit for them. This group offers a space for women to form a community in which they can express their feelings and discuss issues in a safe, supportive environment.   Group screening with Dixie prior to group session if possible. 

This group is for women who have experienced emotional, physical or sexual trauma. Utilizing an empowerment model, students will address their past trauma, and learn ways to form healthy boundaries, build relationships, increase self- care and regulate emotions associated with a traumatic event. This is an eight session group, and a screening session is required prior to group entry.

This is a four-session supportive skill-based group to assist in building self confidence and self-esteem. This group will look at promoting healthy relationships and understanding your core self through discussion on increasing body appreciation, embracing your strengths, conquering self-doubt and overcoming self-criticism. 


One Session Workshops

This workshop is for students experiencing panic attacks, regardless of whether they meet criteria for panic disorder. This one session workshop will help students understand and learn strategies for stopping panic attacks. Students will learn techniques for reducing physiological symptoms and changing maladaptive thoughts. 

This workshop is designed for students who have insomnia or nightmares that are primarily due to stress and anxiety.  

This is a one session workshop designed to assist students in developing a foundation to promote academic confidence. During this workshop students will focus on time management, communication, and self-criticism as it relates to the academic environment. 

This workshop is designed to help students identify barriers to managing their time and learn effective strategies to overcome those barriers. 

This workshop offers practical skills for managing anxiety, as well as increase understanding of where anxiety comes from.  (Students interested in ongoing work will be encouraged to join one of the anxiety groups.) 


This workshop will focus on developing a balanced approach to preventing and managing academic stress and test anxiety. The goal is to develop a healthy mindset and hone skills to regularly address stress and anxiety. 

This workshop is primarily experiential. Students will learn about mindfulness and then be led through a sitting meditation and given resources for continued practice. Students are welcome to attend this workshop more than once. 


Session 1:  Come explore how to recognize a healthy relationship, the importance of knowing who you are and what you want in a relationship, what it means to “find the right one” and “be the right one,” as well as what “compatibility” means in relationships.  Wednesday, January 29, 2020  3:30 – 4:30  

Session 2:  Love is an action word, so this session will explore healthy ways to connect with and show commitment to your special someone. We will explore “Love Languages”, ways to show commitment, how to recognize your significant other’s pleas for connection, and how to make healthy decisions in a relationship.  Wednesday, February 5, 2020  3:30 – 4:30

Session 3:  How you manage communication skills and conflict/problem solving skills will make or break your relationship. Learn how to set healthy patterns early in your relationship so when problems come you will be ready to conquer them together like champs!  Wednesday, February 12, 2020  3:30 – 4:30

Session 4:  It takes two healthy people to build and keep alive a healthy relationship. Learn how to manage stress, use mindfulness to strengthen your relationship, and ways to make your true love feel like the most valued treasure in your life.  Wednesday, February 19, 2020  3:30 – 4:30

Session 5: In this session, we will talk about recognizing when it’s time to call it quits, including healthy and not-so-healthy ways to end relationships, and how to recognize and get out of unhealthy or abusive relationships.  Wednesday, February 26, 2020  3:30 – 4:30