Counseling Center

University of Mississippi

Fall 2017 Groups

General Therapy Group: This group helps students to address a variety of presenting concerns in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The group focuses on both content and process material to help members establish and maintain the sills needed to be successful in college and in life. Students often discuss anxiety, depression, relationships, adjustment concerns, family concerns, academic concerns, and a host of other issues. This group will meet once a week for 90 minutes.

Women Supporting Women: This group is a general therapy group geared toward female students on campus. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe, supportive, and  empowering environment to process what it is like to be a woman in the world today. A variety of topics will be explored, some including sexuality, body image, self-esteem, and messages we as women receive from the media and society. This is a participant driven group. We want to hear your voice, your stories, and your experiences! This group will meet once a week for 90 minutes.

Strategies Against Depression and Anxiety (SADA) Group: This group is designed to offer students the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings as they may relate to anxiety and/or depression. Students can expect to share with others, receive feedback from members, and learn effective therapeutic techniques for their management of anxiety and depression. Over the course of the group, students will learn strategies that decrease emotional vulnerability and instability, increase mindfulness, increase impulse control, improve interpersonal relationships, and promotes self acceptance and sense of self. This group will meet once a week for 90 minutes.

Graduate Process Group: The graduate therapy group is a safe and confidential space for graduate students to gain perspective and insight into themselves. Topics for discussion are broad and will be generated by members. Students can address concerns such as interpersonal issues, adjustment to graduate/professional school, family issues, academic-related concerns, work/life balance, or coping with other mental health concerns (e.g. depression, anxiety, trauma). Group members may explore patterns of how they relate to themselves and others with the aim of developing greater understanding and acceptance, changing current behaviors, and developing better ways of coping in a supportive environment. This group will meet once a week (Tuesdays) for 90 minutes (3:30-5:00).

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Psycho-Educational (ADAP) group: This 4-week psycho-educational group is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with information regarding the potential effects of alcohol and other drug use on academics, relationships, health, and future plans. This group emphasizes a harm-reduction approach, promoting responsible and educated decision-making around alcohol and other drug use. Each week, the group will focus on a different topic such as: learning about the harm reduction approach, exploring decision making skills, identifying potential triggers, managing stress and distress as it relates to alcohol and substance use, and establishing short-term and long-term therapeutic goals. This group will meet once a week for 4 weeks and 90 minutes.

Bridging Across Cultures: Being an international student can be both a wonderful and challenging experience. Sometimes, cultural differences and being far away from home can be tough to handle and feel isolating. This group for international students provides an opportunity to see that you are not alone and offers a chance to work on making changes toward a better experience. This group will meet once a week for 90 minutes.

TRANS*formations: Transformations is a therapy group at the University of Mississippi Counseling Center for students self-identifying as transgender, gender-variant, non-cisgender or for those who may be struggling with their sexual/gender identity or expression. This can be an opportunity to discuss issues related to coming out, transphobia, beginning or continuing a process of transformation (passing, dysphoria, hormonal treatment, seeking official name/gender change, etc), and peer/romantic relationship issues. In addition, this can be a space to discuss more general issues, such as depression, anxiety, or self-esteem, within a safe, supportive, and confidential environment.

Sexual Assault Support (SAS) Group: The SAS group provides a safe and supportive space to connect and heal with other women who have experienced sexual violence. The group will be a space for students who experienced sexual assault to gain support from one another and explore ways to heal in the aftermath of an assault. Topics discussed in group will include but are not limited to disclosure, fear of others knowing, multiple sexual assaults, the criminal justice process, dating after sexual assault, parental blame, parental/family support, and not reporting sexual assault to name a few. This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact and/or other forms of sexual trauma. This group will meet once a week for 90 minutes.

Making Peace with Food: Maybe you have been diagnosed as having an eating disorder. Maybe you haven’t but you know that you struggle every day with food and your body. This group is open to anyone who would like to examine their relationship with food and their body. Making Peace with Food is a group for students who are struggling with food, exercise, unhealthy eating patterns, body image, or are in recovery from an eating disorder. Topics discussed may include chronic dieting, compulsive overeating, food restriction, purging by laxatives or vomiting, excessive exercise, binge eating, and obsessive thoughts related to body image. The group will explore motivation to change, identifying ways that the eating problems serve a function and purpose, self soothing and self care, family, and other relationships. This group will meet once a week for 90 minutes.

UNITAS (LGBTQ+) Group: Unitas, which means “as one”, is a support group for any Ole Miss student who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. This group will serve as a safe place to voice concerns, share struggles and triumphs, and gain support from peers and counselors. This group will meet once a week for 90 minutes.

Meditation Group: Through the ages, the practice of meditation has taken many different forms, but the process appears to be one and the same: deliberate stillness and attention. The benefits accrued from a sustained practice of meditation, whatever form the path might take, appear to be reliable ones: serenity, clarity, relaxation, self-assurance, and compassion. As a way of planing the seed of meditation in our community, the “Just One Breath” sitting offers a place to practice meditation, mindfulness, and being present. Whether you are new to meditation or have an established practice and whether you attend only once or come to every session, your presence is welcomed. This group will meet once a week (Tuesday morning) for 60 minutes (9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.).