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Kansas State University
Counseling Services
1105 Sunset Ave, Rm 101
Manhattan, KS 66502

Hours:
Monday - Friday:  8am-5pm

Phone:
785-532-6927
785-532-3932 (fax)
K-State.edu/counseling
counsel@k-state.edu

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Groups at Counseling Services

What is Group Therapy?

Counseling Services offers two different types of groups:

  1. Interpersonal process groups focus on improving relationships. Process groups provide a safe and supportive environment for members to talk and learn about the ways in which they interact with one another and the group as a whole. Process groups also help members explore new ways of behaving in relationships. Process groups do not have a specific theme or topic for discussion. Instead, they allow members the opportunity to talk about areas of their lives in which they are experiencing difficulty and reflect/talk about how their relationship patterns are connected to those difficulties. See below for a list of typical concerns among students who benefit from group therapy and check out the video and blogpost.
  2. Skills groups are more structured and include instruction from a group facilitator to help students develop certain skills. There is a strong teaching component in these types of groups, often focused on a particular topic. However, discussion may also occur. It is important to note that members must practice between sessions to achieve full benefits of skills groups.

Want to learn even more about therapy groups?

Blogpost: What is group therapy? By Enzo Sinis (linked with author’s permission)

Video: Understanding Self & Others (A Dramatization)

Groups Offered at Counseling Services

Understanding Self & Others

Location - Lafene CAPS

A general process group typically attended by undergraduate students.  This group focuses on improving student's relationships with themselves and others. This group is for any clients with relational concerns (e.g., shame, low self-esteem, difficulty opening up to or trusting others, social anxiety, fear of disappointing others, difficulty expressing their needs to others, difficulty setting boundaries, feeling that they’ll be a burden if they share with others thus, they are depressed & isolated).

Mondays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Graduate and Non-traditional Student Understanding Self and Others Group

Location - International Student Scholar Services building, Multipurpose Room

This group is focused on providing support with academic and life stressors and will help students increase their understanding of how they relate to themselves and others.  This group is for graduate or non-traditional students with relational concerns (e.g., shame, low self-esteem, difficulty opening up to/trusting others, social anxiety, fear of disappointing others, difficulty expressing their needs to others, difficulty setting boundaries, feeling that they’ll be a burden if they share with others thus, they are depressed & isolated).

Tuesdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Spectrum

This interpersonal process group is a safe space for students who are part of the community or exploring their LGBTQIA identity, to receive support and discuss a range of topics.

Thursdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Men's Engagement Group

Location - Lafene CAPS

This group is a semi-structured space for men who need support around issues such as relationships, stress, achievement, and emotions. Many times, the cultural norms of masculinity and what it takes to be a man can leave folks feeling depleted and isolated or create barriers to connection. This group is a place to gain greater insight into the expectations that have been placed on students so they can decide which ones they want to enact and which they want to leave behind. The culture of the group is to work together to cultivate autonomy and agency, so students can go confidently toward their goals.

Wednesdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Skill & Support Groups

Taming Your Anxious Mind

Location - Holton Hall Room #3 (basement)

This skills group is open to all students.  Members will learn about anxiety and its purpose as well as skills to manage anxiety.

Wednesdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Calming the Storm

Location - Lafene CAPS

This group is open to all students and is a structured group focused on building coping and communicating skills.  Skills include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Thursdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Restoration Journey

Location - CARE Office Conference room (Holton Hall room 206)

Restoration Journey is a skills-based group that addresses symptoms related to trauma that impacts current functioning.  It provides psychoeducational regarding safety, awareness of the impact of trauma on emotions and thoughts, and the physical impact of stress, and how trauma can impact health and relationships.  The skills that will be implemented are awareness of trauma symptoms, mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and relationship management.

Tuesdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Living with Loss

Location - Lafene CAPS

This group helps those who may be feeling isolated in their grief; providing a safe supportive space to talk about death and loss with other K-State students who have had similar experiences.  Members will learn what to expect from the grief process and ways to cope and heal. 

Mondays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Workshops (all online)

Anxiety Toolbox

Anxiety Toolbox focuses on helping students understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The sessions include modules dedicated to:

  1. understanding anxiety
  2. introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety
  3. developing alternative responses to anxiety

By the end of the workshop, students will have their own individualized plan for managing anxiety.

Tuesdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm online

BRIDGE (Building Relationship Intimacy and Dialogue Effectiveness) 

BRIDGE focuses on identifying ways to foster healthy relationships via self-monitoring, effective communication, and conflict resolution skills. The sessions include modules dedicated to helping students:

  1. better understand their values and boundaries in relationships
  2. learn the role of culture in communication, different styles of communication, and strategies for effective communication
  3. identify common causes of conflict and effective conflict management techniques

Fridays 1:00pm - 2:00pm online

Getting Unstuck

Getting Unstuck focuses on helping students understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The sessions include modules dedicated to:

  1. understanding depression
  2. exploring how thoughts and behaviors impact depression
  3. addressing how students can begin to make changes to thoughts and behaviors to better manage depression

By the end of the workshop, students will have their own individualized plan for getting unstuck!

Mondays 1:00pm - 2:00pm online

Reset and Thrive

A brief skills workshop series that provides education and application on coping skills to reset and thrive. The series provides a basic understanding of coping skills to utilize in managing stress, adversity, and fostering growth. Topics include self-compassion, motivation, and resilience.

Wednesdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm online

Date Yourself
Date Yourself (courtesy of Drexel University) is a three-part workshop centered around understanding, developing, and improving a student's relationship with themself! In this workshop, students will address self-perception, relationship patterns (i.e., attachment styles), and techniques to improve self-esteem as it relates to healthy relationships. Students will learn to build up their own self-esteem to feel more confident about who they are and establish authentic relationships.

Thursdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm online

Please contact Counseling Services at 785-532-6927 and request an appointment or you may also visit our portal and signup online. Navigate to Counseling/My Counseling Service Account. Enter your eId and password to connect to your account. Choose the group of your choice.

Additional Group Information

  • Groups are offered during Fall, Spring, and most Summer semesters.
  • Groups are open to all currently enrolled K-State students who have paid the Student Services Fee.
  • Group sessions are free and there is no limit on the number of group sessions a student can attend.
  • Groups typically include 4-9 members and 1-2 leaders.
  • All group members sign a confidentiality agreement before starting group therapy.

For additional information on confidentiality in group as well as other responsibilities for group leaders and members, see our Group Participation Form PDF file

Benefits of Group Therapy
  • As effective, if not more so, than individual therapy
  • Provides multiple perspectives/ideas
  • Decreases feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Increases feelings of connection by seeing how others have similar concerns to yours
  • Provides an opportunity to learn new relationship skills
  • Provides a secure environment to practice those new relationship skills
  • Provides a chance to help others
  • Provides opportunities to give and receive honest, respectful feedback to learn new relationship patterns
  • Allows you to go at your own pace
  • Is an opportunity to practice building fulfilling, connected relationships with peers

 

Typical Concerns Among Students in Group:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Discomfort in social situations
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Difficulty making friendships
  • Difficulty dating
  • Individuation – figuring out who you are
  • Identity development
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Shame
  • Academic stressors

 

Please contact Counseling Services (785-532-6927) if you have questions or to schedule an appointment to see if group therapy is a good fit for you.