Group Counseling Services

Group counseling provides a supportive environment for students to talk confidentially with other students who share similar concerns or experiences. A group can be a great source of feedback, support, and a place to share creative ideas for how to cope with personal or interpersonal challenges. The clinicians at the Counseling Center make every effort to offer therapy groups to all students, both undergraduate and graduate.

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The ideal size for a therapy group is approximately seven or eight members. We make every effort to run a group if we have at least four interested students.

For more information or questions regarding current or past groups/workshops, or to express an interest in other group types, please email or call the Counseling Center. 

Spring 2021 Workshop & Support Space

Emotion Regulation Station - Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., starting April 9
DBT skills aim to increase our sense of self-agency and mastery in our relationship with ourselves and with others. Attend this workshop if you struggle to manage intense emotions, have difficulty with impulsive behaviors or feel like you're struggling in your interpersonal relationships. 

Attention Please! Support Space - Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., starting April 6
The Counseling Center ADHD Team is providing the Attention Please! Support Space, a Zoom support group for students with attentional concerns, whether they have ADHD or not.

The Support Space will be an opportunity for participants to support each other and share experiences about dealing with attentional problems, e.g., past struggles, helpful actions, present and future challenges, moderated by Counseling Center clinicians.  The course and content of the meetings will be flexible, adapting to the needs and desires of the attendees.

The Support Space is not a therapy group, and is open to all enrolled students who want to join, regardless of geographic location.  Students can attend as many or as few of the meetings as they want.  Attendees will need to join through a Dartmouth Zoom account.

Compassionate Conversations- a collaberation between the Counseling Center, Co-FIRED, and OPAL.
Compassionate Conversations is a workshop designed for undergraduate and graduate students who may face acculturative stress (e.g. international or undocumented students) and are seeking to learn about different
mental health topics, practice diverse coping skills, and engage in community building. This is not a therapy group and no documentation will be taken. No disclosure of status required. For meeting ID, call or email the Counseling Center.
Thursdays, 12-1 p.m. ET, February 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6.

For Zoom meeting details for any of the listed groups, interested students should contact the Counseling Center by phone 603-646-9442 or email, Counseling@dartmouth.edu. Please be sure to specify which discussion group you are interested in.

Past Groups and Workshops Descriptions

Anxiety Therapy Group (ATG)

  • The Anxiety Therapy Group (ATG) is designed to be part didactic and processing.  The first 3 group sessions will include psychoeducation about the cognitive behavioral approach for understanding and managing stress and anxiety.  Group members will get a booklet and will have the opportunity to practice skills in session and for homework.  Additionally, each session will incorporate mindfulness exercises to help manage distress.  After the third session, students will learn how to utilize the group format to help talk, work through, and support each other in managing their stress/anxiety. 

Anxiety Toolbox Workshop (ATW)

  • Anxiety Toolbox is a fast-paced three session seminar specifically designed to help people who struggle with a variety of anxiety related concerns (e.g., panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, test anxiety). The goal of this seminar is to provide education on anxiety and to teach coping skills for managing anxiety symptoms.
  • Teaching Anxiety Toolbox over the course of three sessions allows you sufficient time to learn the concepts with time to practice between sessions. Keeping it to three 50-minute sessions allows you to find time in your busy schedule to learn the skills.
  • ATW is a referral based workshop. Call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442 to request a triage appointment with one of our counselors to talk about a referral to the workshop.

    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

    • DBT is a 6-8 session group focused on developing skills to effectively manage intense and distressing emotions, improve relationships, and increase a sense of self-efficacy and success in all life and social domains. This group is based on a behavioral therapy technique developed by Marsha Linehan. DBT focuses on four sets of skills: 1) mindfulness; 2) emotion regulation; 3) distress tolerance; 4) interpersonal effectiveness. By the end of the group, students will have an expanded capacity to manage and deal with emotions and experience greater sense of efficacy and satisfaction in relationships.

    International Student Support Group (Home Space):

    • International Student Support Group: Connect with other international students to share experiences, naviate cultural transition difficulties and homesickness, and explore ways to make a home away from home.

    Return from Medical Withdrawal Group (RFMW)

    • The Return from Medical Withdrawal (RFMW) Group is a weekly support group for students who have recently returned to campus from medical withdrawal. It is a therapist facilitated group where students can come together and talk about the challenges of returning to campus after spending time away and support one another during the transition back.

    Understanding Self and Others (USO)

    • Understanding Self and Others (USO) group meets once a week for 1.5 hours, and it is open to all ages and genders. In this type of group therapy, 6-10 people meet face-to-face with two trained therapists and talk about a broad range of issues facing students, including academics, peer or romantic relationships, family issues, personal growth, and self-esteem. The group will offer honest, gentle feedback about ways that you might be behaving that are counterproductive and/or hurtful to yourself or others. These interactions give members an opportunity to explore new ways of behaving and learn more about how they interact with others in a safe environment. The content of the group session is confidential, so what happens in the group stays in the group.