Group counseling is a form of therapy where 5-10 group members share personal struggles together with group leaders.

Group can be the best treatment choice for students to address life challenges and/or mental health concerns.

Most issues take place in social environments, such as among families or in schools, workplaces, clubs and organizations. We interact and develop in this social setting, therefore most of our mental health concerns can be best dealt with in a social situation like group counseling. Group counseling is a safe and supportive environment to share your concerns, learn from one another, experiment with new behaviors and better understand your issues.

Fall 2021 Group Offerings

Brown Soap Box

Leader: Alexis Fintchre, M.A.

Time/Day: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays; 4–5 p.m.; Sept. 7–Nov. 30

Description:  This open support group focuses on exploring current issues of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic difference on campus and how it affects our women of color. We will highlight the power of intersectionality through dialogue, written and/or spoken word in community with other women.

Eligibility: If you identify as a person of color with personal experiences in the struggles and triumphs of being a woman in society, this group may be beneficial in your journey to connect with and empower other women in your community.

Place: Virtually via Zoom with the potential of meeting safely for an in-person group (pending). There is a strict limit to 10 persons per Zoom meeting.

Sign-up/Register: If you are interested in joining Brown Soap Box or would like more information, please email the group facilitator Alexis Fintchre at alfintchre@davidson.edu.

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Grief Circle

Leader: John Brunelle, Ph.D.

Time/Day: TBD

Description: The grief circle provides participants the opportunity to share their individual stories of loss, allowing members to express their unique reactions/feelings, identify the challenges of living with and working through the loss, and listening, supporting, and empowering each other to make sense, make meaning, and make a level of peace with each of their respective losses.

Place: In-Person (Student Health Center)

Sign-up/Register: If you are interested in joining Grief Circle, please email the group facilitator John Brunelle at jobrunelle@davidson.edu

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Lights of Lavender (L.O.L.)

Leaders: Alexis Fintchre, M.A. and Jasmine Peters, M.Ed.

Time/Day: Thursdays at 4 p.m.; Sept. 16, Oct. 10, Nov. 18

Description: This 3-part series will provide a closed, facilitated space for folks who identify as Asian, Black, LatinX, Native, Pacific Islanders, and are also members of the LGBTQIA+ community, to connect with their peers and share their experiences regarding holding multiple marginalized identities. This will be a closed group with a maximum of 10 members. This group is co-facilitated by Alexis Fintchre and Jasmine Peters.

Place: Virtually via Zoom

Sign-up/Register: If you are interested in joining L.O.L. or would like more information, please email either Alexis Fintchre at alfintchre@davidson.edu and/or Jasmine Peters at japeters@davision.edu.

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Positive Body Image Group

Leaders: Susan Denny, M.S.

Time/Day: Thursdays 3–4 p.m.; Oct. 7 – Nov. 18

Description:  A 7-week group that will guide women struggling with negative body image to explore the relationship with their bodies, the messaging that has impacted this relationship, and the prospect of appreciating their bodies. This counseling group will provide time for structured activities and open discussion.

Eligibility: If you are a female student who finds yourself comparing yourself to others and social media, spending more time than you want thinking about your body and appearance, and adjusting your schedule and behaviors to change your body this is a great group for you. This group is not appropriate for students currently diagnosed with an eating disorder.

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for the duration of the semester. This is not a drop-in group and space is limited to 8 students, so you should only sign up if you can commit to attending for the duration of the group.

Place: In-Person (place TBD)

Sign-up/Register: Contact Susan Denny, sudenny@davidson.edu, if you would like to sign up or have questions about this group. A brief screening will make sure this is the best group for you.

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PRIDE

Leader: Jasmine Peters, M.Ed.            

Time/Day: Monday’s at 4 p.m.; Starting Sept. 6

Description: This closed, weekly drop-in peer support space allows for students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community to build connections with their fellow peers. This space seeks to provide support and assist students in building community at Davidson.

Place: Virtually via Zoom

Sign-up/Register: For those students interested in the support space, please email Jasmine Peters at japeters@davision.edu. The email should include your name, year and availability. Upon receiving your email of interest, Jasmine will reach out to you directly to schedule a virtual screening appointment.

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Survivors of Sexual Trauma Group

Leader: Jessica Groleau, Ph.D.

Time/Day: Tuesdays 2–3:15 p.m. (start date TBD) 

Description: The Center for Student Health & Well-Being will hold a therapy group for students who have experienced sexual trauma. This group will be held virtually on Tuesdays from 2:00pm-3:15pm. 

Eligibility: Currently enrolled Davidson students who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives may participate in this group. Due to professional licensing laws, students must be located in the state of North Carolina in order to receive therapy services.

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for the duration of the semester. This is not a drop-in group and space is limited to 10 students, so you should only sign up if you can commit to attending for the duration of the group.

How to sign up: Contact Dr. Groleau jegroleau@davidson.edu to schedule a pre-group meeting.

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Interested in Forming Other Groups/Workshops?

Groups are generally offered and developed based on student needs and interests. Each semester, the center develops a group offering that addresses current issues that have emerged from the student population. Individuals or student groups are welcomed and encouraged to request/suggest a group to address topics/issues they find relevant and important.  

Please contact the Clinical Director of Counseling, John Brunelle (jobrunelle@davidson.edu), if you are interested in participating in or developing a group.