Groups & Workshops

Counseling Center

We have expanded our services to include more groups and workshops. Below is a listing of what we are currently offering.
If you want more information or would like to join any of these groups or workshops, contact us at (507) 933-7027, email us at CounselingCenter@gustavus.edu, or talk with your Gustavus therapist. If you are interested in the Queer & Questioning group, fill out this form.
Anxiety Toolbox
This 3-session workshop is specifically designed to help students who struggle with a variety of anxiety-related concerns (e.g., panic attacks, generalized anxiety, test anxiety). The goal is to provide psychoeducation on anxiety and to teach effective coping strategies for managing anxiety symptoms.
Getting Unstuck
This 3-session workshop is specifically designed to help students who struggle with a variety of depression-related concerns. The goal is to provide psychoeducation on depression and to teach effective coping strategies for managing symptoms.
Feel Better Fast
This 3-session workshop focuses on building skills to help students manage stress more effectively. Students will learn about stress and stress management techniques including time management, mindfulness exercises, emotional awareness, and wellness strategies.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT is all about finding balance in life. Whether you're trying to balance your short-term and long-term goals, your thoughts and feelings, your relationships, or trying to find work/school/life balance, DBT skills are perfect for helping you live a more intentional and fulfilling life. You can choose to attend any or all of the following four modules:
 
  • Core Mindfulness (September/January): learn skills to help you let go of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future to be more present in the moment.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness (October/February): learn skills to help you make and keep friendships, know when to say "no," and stick to your values.
  • Emotion Regulation (November/March): learn how to identify, express, and effectively manage your emotions.
  • Distress Tolerance (December/April): what do you do when you're so stressed, none of your coping skills seem to work? Distress Tolerance will help decrease your level of distress so you can be skillful again.

Each module will take place once each semester; so, if you miss it this semester, be sure to sign up for next semester.

Parts 101
We each have a unique psyche that is a system of different parts that work together to make us who we are. We have happy parts, sad parts, excitable parts, worried parts, parts that like certain things, and parts that dislike other things. Sometimes our parts work harmoniously with one another, and sometimes they cause problems in our lives. This workshop will give you a chance to get to know what makes you you, while also helping you uncover parts you may have never known before. This is a 3-session workshop that will run throughout the academic year.
The ACT of Adjusting
Life transitions can be challenging to navigate. Whether they are expected (e.g., starting life at Gustavus or preparing for graduation) or unexpected (e.g., the loss of a relationship or surviving a trauma) the process of adjusting to a 'new normal' can be riddled with stress, disconnection, uncertainty, and other forms of emotional discomfort. Through the framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this 1-session, 50 minute workshop will guide you through creating your own plan to help you face life challenges more effectively.
To see time options register, follow this link.
Grief & Loss Workshop
This is a 1 hour workshop that will be offered multiple times throughout the academic year. You will leave this workshop able to define various types of grief, understand the unique difficulties of grieving in college, understand the grief process, and learn several coping skills to aid in the grieving process.
Queer & Questioning
A safe and confidential space to examine diverse gender and sexual identities for students who identify as LGBTQ+ or are questioning. For mor information or if you are interested in this group, please fill out this form to be emailed meeting links. For any other questions, contact ageringe@gustavus.edu

Group Counseling in a Nutshell

Group counseling is a powerful tool for growth and change. The power of group therapy lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and how they relate to others (a common concern for college students), in addition to developing more effective ways of responding to life experiences and managing emotions. Group can be a great space in which to seek feedback from your peers and to practice new behaviors in a trusting setting. Although you will primarily be interacting with your peers, a trained professional will be present at each group meeting to assist in facilitating conversation and to provide input as needed. Confidentiality in group counseling is highly valued and will be discussed in depth when students join group. If you have questions about confidentiality, please speak with your intake therapist. 

Group Offerings

Groups vary according to semester and client demand. Open and honest communication in group therapy can lead to improved self-awareness and understanding of how one functions interpersonally, and self-disclosure can have a profound impact on working through our own concerns while normalizing those of others.

Advantages of Group Counseling

  • Connect with students struggling with similar concerns. As others work on similar concerns, you can learn much about yourself and recognize that you’re not alone.
  • Learn to relate more honestly and openly with others, and experiment with new ways of relating to others.
  • Receive feedback from multiple people with multiple perspectives.
  • Give and gain support to and from your peers.

Myths about Group Counseling

I have to tell my deepest and darkest secrets.
No one is forced to disclose anything that they are not comfortable with. Members learn to identify their personal boundaries and respectfully communicate those boundaries with other group members. Learning to set and express boundaries is great practice for other relationships too!

If I don’t talk a lot, group won’t be helpful for me.
Most people are anxious when they begin group, and this is completely normal. Observing and learning from others with similar concerns stimulates self-awareness.

Group isn’t as good as individual therapy.
Research has shown that group participants are often as equally satisfied with group counseling compared to individual counseling. Though neither form of counseling is inherently better than another, some concerns are better suited for group counseling.