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Groups

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.

Friends of Bill W./Recovery Community Meetings (Thursdays 12:30-1:30pm, Clark 313) Campus based AA meeting to support the sobriety of students.  All students welcome who are in any stage of recovery or curious about their use of drugs or alcohol.

LGBTQ+ Support Group (TBA)  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.

 

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