Current Counseling Groups

Interested in learning more or getting started with a group? Give us a call at 919.515.2423 (during triage hours*) to speak to a triage clinician and ask about joining a group. If you are already connected to a counselor, please speak with the counselor first.

Triage hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (exception of Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

We also offer drop-in spaces throughout the semester that do not require registration. Visit drop-in spaces to learn more.

General USO Groups

Understanding Self and Others (USO)

Understanding Self and Others is a supportive space intended to help students process complex thoughts, feelings, ideas, and experiences (personal, academic, and professional), focus on personal growth, build self-esteem, and give and receive feedback from other group members and facilitor(s). These interactions offer an opportunity to gain insight, knowledge, and skills and explore new ways of thinking and interacting in a safe, confidential environment.

Graduate Students USO

  • Thursdays | 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays | 5-6:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Students USO

  • Tuesdays | 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays | 1-2:30 p.m.

International Students USO

  • Open to both undergraduate and graduate students
  • Tuesdays | 3-4:30 p.m.

Cope and Connect APISAA

This group is designed for Asian, Pacific islander, and South Asian American identified undergraduate and graduate students who are looking for support and insight through connection.

  • Thursdays | 1-2:30 PM

Workshops

Anxiety Toolbox

3 Sessions

For students who would like to address a variety of anxiety-related concerns (e.g. panic attacks, generalized anxiety, test anxiety).

  • Receive education on anxiety
  • Learn coping skills to manage anxiety-related symptoms
  • 5/24 – Tuesdays | 2-3:00 p.m.
  • 7/11 – Mondays | 11-12 p.m.

Getting Unstuck

3 Sessions

For students who would like to address a variety of depression-related concerns (e.g. low mood, fatigue, numbness, negative thinking, concentration problems, withdrawal from friends or activities).

  • Receive education on depression
  • Learn coping skills to manage depression-related symptoms

Relationships 102

3 Sessions

Designed to promote knowledge and skills for navigating relationships of all types.

  • Learn about your relational style and how early life experiences contribute to patterns of interacting
  • Beginning to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Build skills for developing positive and rewarding relationships with friends, partners, and family members

RIO (Recognition, Insight, Openness)

3 Sessions

For students who would like to learn quick and useful tools to manage stress, psychological pain, anxiety, and other challenges.

Learn to recognize your internal thoughts and feelings

Gain insight and develop a sense of what you would like to change in your life and how to accomplish it

Practice mindfulness and improve coping skills.

  • 6/7 – Tuesdays | 11-12:00 p.m.
  • 6/28 Tuesdays | 3-4:00 p.m.

Mindful Living

4 Sessions

For students who would like to learn and practice mindfulness.

  • Learn to apply mindfulness techniques to manage, stress, enhance focus, improve immune function and overall well-being.
  • Practice brining awareness to the present moment with compassion
  • Practice mindfulness and improve coping skills
  • 5/18 – Wednesdays | 2-3:00 p.m.

Specialty Groups

ED Skills Group

This group is for students struggling with disordered eating that will help participants build healthier lives. The group will teach mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and strategies for reducing social comparisons.

  • Wednesdays | 1-2:30 p.m.

Men of Color

The group exists on a foundation of respect, community, and authenticity. All male-identified students of color are invited to come join a community that accepts and empowers their identity.

  • Mondays | 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Women of Color

Explore and discuss topics related to identity, emotional and social health, role expectations, and relationships as a woman of color – with other women in a safe and supportive setting.

  • Graduate – Mondays | 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Undergraduate – Tuesdays | 4-5:30 p.m.

Graduate Women Support Group

This group is for anyone who identifies as a Graduate/PhD woman or transwoman dealing with the stress and anxiety of trying to balance life and relationships with Grad school.

  • Tuesdays | 1-2:30 p.m.

Survivor Group

A group for students who have experienced IPV related traumatic life events. Members learn insights about how past experiences impact their current life and learn skills to manage emotions.

  • Tuesdays | 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Building Resiliency

Start by learning skills to manage emotional distress and impulsive behaviors by using DBT techniques, moving in to learning about acceptance and minfulness and end with learning how to employ self-compassion to be able to maintain boundaries and skill use.

  • Tuesdays | 1:30-3 p.m.

ADHD Support Group

Learn skills to successfully stay focused and tap into the gifts of the faster than normal ADHD mind to better work for you.

  • Graduate – Tuesdays | 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Undergraduate – Wednesdays | 3-4:30 p.m.

PRIDE

Explore life issues, worries, and concerns in a small, safe, confidential setting. Share support and caring with other students in the LGBTQ++ community.

  • Tuesdays | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Latinx Voices

This group is meant to be a safe space for Latinx students to share their stories, struggles, and successes of everyday life at NCSU. Students are welcome to discuss experiences related to their identity, cultural values, academics/career, family, relationships, and more. Students will learn about themselves, gain support from peers, and work on improving their self-care and life balance.

  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students – Tuesdays | 5-6:30 p.m.

Pack in Action Recovery Group

Maintain abstinence from addictive behaviors, including substance use, gambling, gaming, porn/masturbtation, etc. You will be in a supportive and safe place, among other students in recovery, where you can develop strategies and tools to support your own recovery.

  • Wednesdays | 2-3:30 p.m.

Transcending and Connecting

A support-based counseling group for students who identify on the trans spectrum. This includes anyone whose gender identity does not align with the sex assigned to them at birth (or not all the time), including but not limited to someone who is transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, or agender.

  • Tuesdays | 1-2:30 p.m.

Rigidity to Flexibility

Radically Open DBT-based skills group. Designed for highly perfectionistic, rigid, rule-governed individuals who struggle with authentic emotional expression and building close, connected relationships.

  • Thursdays | 1-2:30 p.m.

Neurodiversity Social Hour

Support and skill-building for those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Undergraduate and graduate students welcome.

  • Thursdays | 3-4:30 p.m.

ACT-Based Skills Group

Activity based, participatory group. for 6 weeks. Covers skills of self-compassion, mindfulness, centering values, and defussion. Helping students work towards meaningful lives in spite of negative thoughts, painful experiences, and fears.

  • Thursdays | 3-4:30 p.m.

Expressive Arts Group

Self exploration and stress reduction through art, movement, music, and poetry.

  • Thursdays | 3-4:30 p.m.

Perfection Trap

Examine identity issues, self-esteem and body image concerns, relationship issues, and academic expectations related to perfectionism.

  • Mondays | 1-2:30 p.m.

Come As You Are (CAYA)

Work on making healthier decisions around alcohol/drug/gambling/internet/gaming/porn/masturbation etc. . Students explore how use has led to difficulties, affects behavior, and ways to prevent recurring problems.

  • Fridays | 2-3:30 p.m.

LEEP (ACT-Skills Group)

6 Weeks

Experiential group, covers skills of perspective taking, self-compassion, mindfulness, identifying values, and committed action. Goal is to help students live a meaningful values based life in spite of negative thoughts and painful experiences.

  • Thursdays | 3-4:30 PM

Food and Feelings

A group for students struggling with binge eating. The group will include psychoeducation on mindful and intuitive eating, the group will then eat lunch together, and the rest of the time will be spent in group process.

  • Thursdays | 12-1:30 PM

Yoga

  • TBA | TBD

Dialectical Behavioral Group – Traditional DBT

Traditional DBT group using a manual to guide discussion and homework in group to learn skills to help manage distress, reduce suicidal/self-injurious behaviors and increase effective behaviors to manage high emotional instability.

  • Wednesdays | 2-3:30 PM

Yoga LBGTQ+ Staff & Student (Inreach)

  • TBA | TBD

Dungeons & Dragons Therapy Group

Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is a roleplaying game where participants take on the persona of fictional characters and go on adventures in a fantastic world. This therapy group uses these elements to challenge you to roleplay as a fantasy version of yourself.

Your ultimate goal is to interact with others in new ways that are personalized to you (i.e. what you struggle with or what you want to be better at). Along the way you and your fellow players will work as a team to navigate dungeons and complete quests, find treasures, slay dragons, and discover ways to express meaningful parts of your character in the real world! No previous D&D experience required.

  • Thursdays | 3-5:00 PM