Group Counseling

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is one of the many forms of assistance offered at The Counseling Center. Group therapy is a small group setting in which students with similar concerns meet face-to-face with one or two therapists for typically an hour and a half. During group therapy, members talk about what is of concern to them and may provide feedback to each other. Feedback includes expressing your own feelings to others about what they say or do in the group. Interaction between group members is anticipated and provides each person an opportunity to learn about and try out new ways of interacting and relating.

Groups at CC are facilitated by trained professionals. There are several different groups to choose from that meet each semester. You will usually experience group with the same people throughout the semester. If you are a student at UNCG, you are eligible to participate in a group; however, some groups have a specific focus and thus only certain groups may be relevant for you. You will have the opportunity to meet with a group facilitator to see if group is right for you.



Spring 2017 Groups

Top 10 Reasons to Join a Therapy Group

  1. There is power in speaking truth with others.
  2. In a climate of trust, people are free to care about and help each other.
  3. You get insight for yourself and receive satisfaction from helping others.
  4. Group is enjoyable!
  5. You’ll realize that you are not alone.
  6. You don’t have to pretend to be somebody you are not.
  7. There is support and encouragement from lots of different people at the same time.
  8. Group will challenge your comfort zones and help you to grow as a person.
  9. Through helping others, you often learn more about how to help yourself!
  10. Laughing and crying with others relieves stress and helps you deal with daily life pressures.

About Confidentiality

Confidentiality is imperative to the development of trust and a feeling of safety within group counseling. People who join groups are expected to keep the content of the sessions confidential. What people talk about or disclose in a group must remain among the members of that group. It is not appropriate for a member to disclose events of the group or information about group members to an outside person. Trust also depends on all group members making a commitment to attend and participate in each session.

Spring 2017 Groups

LGBTQQI Support Group

  • Time: Thursdays 3:00 – 4:30
  • Location: TBA
  • Contact:  Regina Zanin, MSW, LCSW (

Please join with other UNCG LGBTQQI student’s to engage in a supportive discussion that will explore the specifics of maintaining viable relationships in an often challenging environment. Group members will guide topic choices. Possible topics could include but are not limited to: the on – going nature of the coming out process, establishment of a healthy and integrated self- identity, development of healthy relationships with others, increasing connectivity to others and decreasing isolation. Group to meet in a comfortable and confidential location on campus.

If interested in participating please contact group facilitator Regina Zanin, MSW, LCSW at


  • Time: Wednesday 3:30 – 5:00pm
  • Location: Group Room, The Counseling Center
  • Contact: Jennifer Whitney, Ph.D. (336-334-5874)

This group is for women who are interested in changing their body image and eating disordered behavior. The group seeks to form a space in which to be open and honest about body image and eating disordered behavior, provide and receive support, and increase self- confidence and self- esteem on the journey to recovery.

Group members should have had some individual treatment and in recovery. To set up a brief group interview, please discuss a referral with your individual counselor, and/or contact Jennifer Whitney, Ph.D 336-334-5874

Interpersonal Process Group

  • Time: Fridays from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Group Room, The Counseling Center
  • Contact:  Keilan Rickard, Ph.D.  (336-334-5874)

Interpersonal Process Group is a group designed to help you process interpersonal and relationship patterns. Members reflect on how they impact and are impacted by others. Feedback from the group facilitators and fellow group members enriches participants’ insight into themselves and fosters deeper connections with others. If you are interested in participating, call the Counseling Center at 336-334-5874 and ask to schedule a brief meeting with Keilan Ricard or Mark Eades( group facilitators) to determine whether the group would be a good fit for you.


  • Time:  Thursdays  3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Group Room, The Counseling Center
  • Contact: Lori Hinsley, Ph.D. (336-334-5874)

Sista Talk is an informal supportive/discussion group for women of color who have faced similar experiences. Issues that may be discussed include: family and romantic relationships, sexism, racism, self- awareness, body image, women as leaders, self- esteem, academic concerns, and physical/emotional health. The group is also an opportunity to meet, share, and network with one another.

Please discuss your interest in the group with your Counseling Center therapist or contact Lori Hinsley, Ph.D at 336-334-5874

KORU: An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation for UNCG Students

  • Time: To be held twice Fall 2016 on Tuesdays  from 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
  • Each session consists of 4 classes 3/21, 3/28/ 4/4 & 4/11/17
  • Location: Resource Room in the Office of Health Promotion
  • Contact: Alice Franks ( or Click here to register

Mindfulness and Meditation can be helpful for students who are feeling stressed and pressured, or who just want to get more satisfaction from their college experience. Participants will learn about a variety of mindfulness skills to practice in and outside of this class. Our hope is that student’s will incorporate mindfulness skills into their daily life, see themselves better at managing emotional stress and lead healthier lives.

Student’s are asked to commit to attending and participating in all four classes and to practice the skills in between classes. The required text for this class in “ Wherever You Go There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.   Pre- registration is required. Click here to register

 C.A.R.E.     Connections. Assistance. Resiliency. Education.

  • Contact- Shelby Carlson, LPC
  • FRIDAYS 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

In collaboration with the Dean of Students Office, the C.A.R.E. Group will teach  you how to resiliently respond to stress, connect with campus- wide resources and assist you with achieving success during your college experience.

Stress GPS

  • Contact- Susan Blake, PhD, LPCS or Mark Eades, PhD, LPC
  • Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM or Thursdays, 3 – 4 PM

Please sign up by calling the Counseling Center at 336-334-5874

Stress GPS is a two-part workshop where students will learn to examine the difference between stress, distress, and crisis in their lives and will be exposed to appropriate actions to address each.

Mindfulness Meditation at UNCG

  • Time: Wednesdays at 2 PM, January 25 – April 26 (excluding spring break)
  • Location: SHS #105, Ground floor Training Room in the Anna M. Gove Student Health Center
  • Contact:  Gwenn Hunnicutt

Meditation practices promote health and well-being. No experience necessary, no special postures and no special clothes. This event is free. Please sign up at:

RIO Workshop

  • Time: Mondays at noon, Tuesdays at 11 AM, Fridays at 1 PM
  • Location: Counseling Center
  • Contact: Jeanine Driscoll, PhD, HSP-P or Kristin Norden, LCSW

RIO (Recognition/Insight/Open-Willingness) is a 3-week psychoeducational workshop. RECOGNIZE what is important so that you can live with meaning & purpose. Gain INSIGHT into what’s worth paying attention to and what’s mere noisy distraction, and how to separate yourself from your reactions. Learn OPEN-WILLINGNESS so that you can ride life’s roller coaster without getting whiplash. Your life is worth it!

Mindful Movement

  • Time: Mondays, 3:45-5 PM (starting January 30th)
  • Location: SHS #105, Ground floor Training Room in the Anna M. Gove Student Health Center
  • Contact: Peter Reich, LCSW, LCAS

Learn the basics of mindfulness incorporating conscious breathing, gently moving the body, and clearing the mind.