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. If you are interested in the BIPOC Minds Matter 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.
Tuesdays 2:30-3:30
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.
Mondays 3:30-4:30
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.
Thursdays 3:30-4:30
Seeking Serenity

This is a 3-session workshop informed by dialectical behavior therapy and designed for students who experience overwhelming emotions that feel difficult to manage. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) distress tolerance, (2) emotion regulation, and (3) mindfulness. By the end of the workshop, you will have strategies for better managing overwhelming emotions.
Starting Oct. 28th, Wednesdays 10:30-11:30

B.R.I.D.G.E.

This is a 3-session workshop which stands for: Building Relationship Intimacy and Dialogue Effectiveness and is intended to help increase your understanding and knowledge about how to build and maintain healthy, effective relationships. The goal is to provide you with some skills that build connection and intimacy in your relationships, as well as learning to manage conflict.
Next Session Begins Oct. 12th, Mondays 2:30-3:30

BIPOC Minds Matter

A confidential, safe and supportive space for BIPOC students to gain connections with others through shared experiences of racism and discrimination. We hope to increase and provide sustainable feelings of empowerment through liberating and validating conversations. Meetings will be held over Google Meet at this time. If you are interested in this group, please fill out this form to be emailed a meeting link. For any other questions please email either mikhaeil@gustavus.edu or dejajackson@gustavus.edu.
Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00

ACTing Through COVID

2020 has been a truly difficult year for many of us for many reasons. Social interaction is a typical go-to coping mechanism for boredom, loneliness, and stress. In the time of social distancing, social interaction is limited, making it more challenging to cope with these feeling-states. This workshop utilizes principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to provide a framework for coping with these difficult times. Each participant in this workshop will leave with their own individualized plan on how they can cope with boredom, loneliness, and stress as we continue through the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Offered Thursday, October 29 at 11:30 am; Thursday, November 5 at 9 am; Thursday, November 12 at 2:30 pm; Thursday, November 19 at 3:30 pm; Thursday, December 3 at 11:30 am; Wednesday, December 9 at 10:30 am.
To 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.
Fridays at 10:30 - 11:30 am on the following dates:
November 6th, December 11, January 22, February 26, March 26, April 30

Queer & Questioning

A safe and confidential space to examine diverse gender and sexual identities for students who identify as LGBTQ+ or are questioning. Meetings will be held over Google Meet at this time. If you are interested in this group, please fill out this form to be emailed meeting links. For any other quetsions, contact ageringe@gustavus.edu.
Fridays 2:30-3:30

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.

Depending on demand, other group offerings may be available. Please check with your intake therapist to learn more about specific group offerings/topics. In the past, topic groups have included the following: GLBTQA Support Group, Worry Group, Mood Group, Grief Support Group, etc. 

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.