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.

Spring 2021 Group Offerings

Adopted Students Support Group

Leader: John Brunelle, Ph.D.

Time/Day: TBD

Description:  The experience of being an adoptee is incredibly unique and can be incredibly challenging. In particular, as adopted individuals emerge from adolescence into adulthood, they face nuanced challenges and questions in defining their personal, familial, and cultural identity. This small community experience hopes to bring insight, healing and validation by allowing members to share their journey of success and struggle with fellow travelers.

Place: Virtually via Zoom.

Sign-up/Register: If you are interested in joining Adopted Students Support Group or would like more information, facilitator John Brunelle at jobrunelle@davidson.edu.

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Brown Soap Box: Women of Color at a PWI

Leader: Alexis Fintchre, M.A.

Time/Day: Thursdays 45 p.m.; February 11–April 15

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: Tuesdays 56 p.m.; February 23–April 13

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: Virtually via Zoom

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, MA and Jasmine Peters, M.Ed.

Time/Day: Every third Monday from 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m.; February 15–April 12  

Description: Light of Lavender is a monthly facilitated space for students who identify as Asian, Black, LatinX, Native, Pacific Islanders and are also members of the LGBTQIA+ community. There are 3 group meetings where members will be able to connect with their peers and share their experiences regarding holding multiple marginalized identities. Topics ranging from racial trauma, sexual identity, relationship building, and managing mental health needs will be discussed. Members will be encouraged to share their experiences in an effort to build community and explore resources/opportunities for support. 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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Men of Color Support Group

Leader: David Graham, Ph.D.

Time/Day: TBD

Description: This is a group designed to provide support for students who self-identify as men of color. Topics may include racism and racial trauma, systematic and institutional racism, macro- and micro-aggressions in their personal and academic environment, the events and issues of the day, and any other concerns members would like to discuss. The group will focus on fostering community, cultivating emotional resiliency and offering validation and encouragement as members explore their experiences as self-identified men of color in a safe and empowering environment.

Place: Virtually via Zoom

Sign-up/Register If interested, please contact Dr. David Graham at dagraham@davidson.edu for more information.

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Nature Rx

Leader: Susan Denny, M.S.

Time/Day: Tuesdays 3–4 p.m.; March 9th – 30th (4 weeks)

Description:  We know spending time in nature increases our well-being. Increasing concentration and reducing stress are just two positive impacts that have emerged from research on spending time in nature. During this time of social distancing many people feel disconnected from others, themselves and the world. This group will provide a structured approach to reconnect with nature, which will in turn connect us with ourselves and others. We will also explore metaphors provided by nature that may increase resiliency, acceptance, and compassion; as well as mindfulness and grounding techniques.

This 4-week group will explore nature-based themes and metaphors. The virtual group will be enhanced by your independent experiential and exploratory nature activities between groups.

Themes will include ecotherapy; nature-based mindfulness; and metaphors including resiliency through growth and change. This group is appropriate for any student who would like a deeper connection with themselves, others and the natural world.

Place: Virtually via Zoom

Sign-up/Register: If you are interested in this group, please email Susan Denny at sudenny@davidson.edu.

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Positive Body Image Group

Leaders: Susan Denny, M.S. and Amy Biang, M.S.

Time/Day: Mondays 7–8:15 p.m.; February 22–April 19 (no group April 5)

Description:  The Positive Body Image Group is an 8-week group that will guide women struggling with negative body image that impacts self-esteem, self-compassion, and self-love. This group will include experiential activities, allowing members to explore their feelings about themselves and their personal stories that impact their relationship with their bodies. This supportive environment will provide an opportunity for empowerment and development of a positive relationship with their physical selves in order to live their most authentic lives.

Eligibility: This group is right for you if you find yourself:

• Comparing your looks to others around you and the media

• Spending more time than you want thinking about your body and appearance

• Dieting and exercising to change the way your body looks

Place: Virtually via Zoom

Sign-up/Register: This group requires an initial assessment by either leader, so please contact Susan Denny at sudenny@davidson.edu or Amy Biang at amambiang.visitor@davidson.edu. The counselors will help you schedule a brief screening interview to see that the group will adequately address your reasons for coming to the group. This is a closed group and limited to 10 students.

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PRIDE

Leader: Jasmine Peters, M.Ed.            

Time/Day: Wednesday’s at 4 p.m.; February 10–TBD

Description: Pride is a weekly virtual drop in peer support space where students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community can build connections with their fellow peers. This space seeks to provide support and assist students in building community at Davidson. This is not a therapy group and students interested in pursuing therapy should contact the counseling center directly.

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 (Group currently full/closed)

Leader: Jessica Groleau, Ph.D.

Time/Day: Thursdays 5–6:30 p.m.; January 28–February 25 

Description: The Center for Student Health & Well-Being will hold a 5-week therapy group for students who have experienced sexual trauma. This group will be held virtually on Thursday evenings from 5–6:30 p.m., from January 28–February 25. 

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. Unfortunately, students who are living out of state this semester will not be able to participate. 

Place: Virtually via Zoom  

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for all 5 weeks. 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.

Sign-up/Register: This group is currently closed and not accepting new members for the Spring 2021 semester. Dr. Groleau plans to continue running this group in future semesters, and therefore if you would like more information you can contact her at jegroleau@davidson.edu.

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The Gathering- Davidson Edition

Leaders: KieVonne King, LCSW and Alicia Tetteh, LCSW

Time/Day: Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m.; February 3-March 10 (limited space available)

Description: The Gathering is a 6-week virtual processing and yoga group dedicated to helping women of color heal from the emotional and physical burdens of trauma. If you need a fresh start, this confidential and free group was created for you. No matter when the assault or abuse occurred, you've been alone with this for too long. Allow this group of survivors to accompany you as you heal.

Each session consists of 60 minutes of group discussion and 15 minutes of restorative yoga practice.

Place: Virtually via Zoom

Sign-up/Register: The Gathering registration link

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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.