Group therapy is a powerful tool for growth and change. Along with one or two clinicians, participants offer each other multiple perspectives, support, encouragement, and feedback in a safe and confidential environment.  Research demonstrates that group therapy can be just as effective as individual therapy.  For some clients, hearing from their peers may be more helpful than receiving guidance from a therapist since peers can identify with one another.  Particularly for survivors of abuse or trauma, groups provide social support, improve social networks, and reduce stigma, isolation and feelings of alienation among members.  Group members are agents of change for each other; seeing others' progress can help participants realize they, too, can cope and feel better.

Mindfulness Meditation Group (Wednesdays 12:15-12:45pm, MSC 131) Mindfulness meditation is a proven – and increasingly popular – method for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and a variety of medical conditions. Incorporating mindfulness into your schedule can enhance your overall well-being and allow you to live your life more fully. These weekly guided activities are free and open to beginning as well as experienced meditators.

Recovery Community Meetings (Thursdays 6-8pm, The Nosh) Be a part of a community of sober living at UMSL and get support from fellow students in recovery from drug and alcohol use. Inclusive of all in recovery or living sober.

LGBTQ+ Support Group (every other Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm)  Members of the LGBTQ+ community encounter increased risk for mental distress due to ongoing homophobia, transphobia, stigma, and discrimination.  This group offers a safe space for LGBTQ+ students to be their authentic selves and get support from other members of their community.  Confidentiality is maintained and group members do not need to be out to participate.  This group meets in space provided by UMSL Gender Studies in Lucas Hall and is facilitated by UMSL Counseling Services clinicians.  For details about the next meeting, email holtlaur@umsl.edu.

Top of the Campus Process Group (Coming Fall 2016)  Process groups offer members opportunities to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment.  Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties and distress.  The climate of trust provided by a process group promotes an environment where members feel safe to share their struggles and work collaboratively to understand one another. As individuals increase their self-awareness, develop new ways of relating to people, and learn new adaptive behaviors, they make progress towards their personal goals that brought them to the group.  UMSL Counseling Services facilitators guide group members to establish trust, communicate openly and honestly, and take responsibility for their contributions to the group.  

Email holtlaur@umsl.edu with questions about either group.