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Group Counseling

Group counseling is often the most beneficial option for addressing many student concerns. This is particularly true for students wanting to better understand themselves, aspects of their identities, and how they relate to others. Groups meet weekly throughout the semester, typically consist of 5-10 students, and are free and unlimited. If you are interested in joining a group, please schedule an initial consultation. For most groups, an informational pre-group meeting with the group facilitators is scheduled before the group begins. Each Summer 2022 group will be offered either virtually via Zoom or in-person.  Please check individual group descriptions for details about format.

Thursdays | 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Emily Brown, Ph.D. & Libby Malone, Ph.D.
*Flexible Format

The purpose of this group is to assist members’ in exploring their relationships with their bodies and work towards greater body and self acceptance. Discussion topics may include experience of fatphobia and internalized fatphobia, cultural and familial values that impact body image, and the relationship between body image and general wellbeing. This group is for ciswomen, transwomen, and non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that primarily focuses on the experiences of people socialized as women.

Tuesdays | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Vikki Gaskin-Butler, Ph.D. & Morgan Swain-Sears, M.A. 

This group will discuss issues of cultural uniqueness and the impact that it has on the balance of work/academic/personal relationships. Discussions include perceptions of competence, disparities, and identity development as they relate to physical and emotional health.

Mondays | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Renita Sengupta, Psy.D. & Leslie Snapper, M.A.

This group will provide a space for conversation among graduate students about various aspects of work, academic, cultural, and personal life. Students will support each other and discuss collective wisdom around different challenges in the complexities of life at UNC Charlotte. The focus of discussion will evolve from the present concerns of members.

Tuesdays |  3:30 - 5:00 PM 
Emily Brown, Ph.D.

Do you ever feel anxious when meeting new people, dating, going to a party or meeting, or approaching professors? High levels of social anxiety can negatively impact your relationships and even affect your classroom experiences and academic success. This workshop focuses on identifying fears related to social situations and provides psychological education, support, and the opportunity to develop skills to manage a variety of social situations and increase your social confidence.

Tuesdays | 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Terri Rhodes, Ph.D. & Megan McComas, M.A.

This supportive group is designed for individuals who identify within the LGBTQ+ community or who use other labels or choose not to identify with a label to express their sexual or gender fluidity. Together we will create a safe place to discuss identities, community, coming out, self-esteem, relationships, sexuality, the “isms,” and other topics of interest to group members.

Wednesdays | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Aaron Brink, Psy.D. & Christopher Lewis, M.A.

These therapy groups are designed for students who are interested in understanding themselves and their relationships, learning to communicate more effectively with others, and gaining support from peers. Through building a caring, supportive, and collaborative environment, these groups help members learn more about the ways they interact with others, while also developing greater self-awareness and a healthy self-concept.

Wednesdays | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Terri Rhodes, Ph.D. & Paisley Azra-Lewis, Ph.D.

This group is for woman-identified students who are interested in seeking support from others as they journey through recovery from sexual trauma.  This group will include learning how to cope with emotions surrounding trauma, helping members feel less alone in their journey, and providing support as members process feelings and beliefs associated with their trauma.

For individuals identifying as men or other gender identities who are interested in a similar service, please contact Renita Sengupta (