Therapy and Support Groups

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Therapy Groups
Wednesdays
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Led by Greg Waitkoff and Luis Balcazar
Fridays
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Led by Drew Zaitsoff and Jennifer Walsh
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Our general therapy groups are named Understanding Self and Others primarily because they are designed for students who wish to increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as address their interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. Group members come together with others who are also struggling with something about themselves or life with which they are not happy. The group provides a private, warm and supportive environment in which you can constructively experiment with new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback. A group orientation is required for group membership and is usually scheduled one-half hour before the start of your first group meeting or other convenient time that fits your schedule. Groups can be joined at any time in the semester.

USO Graduate Student Groups
Mondays
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Led by Brianna Johnson and Jonathan Ishoy
Tuesdays
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Led by Jared Gorfinkel and Kyle Kittleson
Tuesdays
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Led by Greg Waitkoff and Rose Herndier
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Graduate students entering these Understanding Self and Others graduate groups will have the opportunity to explore personal issues and dynamics that are affecting their personal life, performance, and well-being while at Purdue. Group members will support each other around graduate school and interpersonal concerns and will explore and process how their interpersonal styles are related to their grad school experiences and life in general. The dynamic interactional patterns that occur within the group will be discussed and processed for the therapeutic benefit of group members. A group orientation for new members is required for group membership.

COVID-19 Support Group
Tuesdays
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Led by Donna Lazarick and Chase Dudine
Wednesdays
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Led by Penny Peng and Natalie Cohen
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This group is for indivudals that may be feeling emotional struggles related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hope is for the group to be a safe place to share concerns about adjusting to new experiences, transitions and acclimating to Purdue academically and socially. Adapting to COVID 19 restrictions and uncertainty, and exploring relationship concerns will be appropriate for group as well. Participants will be asked to share concerns and support others in the group, within their own comfort level. We may address their self-talk and encourage support from peers. We will also address behavioral strategies to help them develop routines that are more effective.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group
Thursdays
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Led by Jennifer Walsh and Casiana Warfield
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The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group is for students whose coping skills are no longer working, resulting in their having difficulty controlling emotions and experiencing chaotic friendships and relationships. Students will learn a variety of skills to help control where they focus their attention, understand and reduce painful emotions, navigate relationships successfully, and tolerate distress in a skillful way. A group orientation and concurrent individual therapy are required for group membership.

Trans and Gender Non-Binary Group
Thursdays
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Led by Rose Herndier and Theresa Nutten
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This confidential group is dedicated to individuals who identify as transgender and gender diverse, including (but not limited to) gender non-binary, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, and questioning. The goal of this group is to offer a safe and affirming space where students can share experiences, express hopes and fears, explore interpersonal patterns, and receive support and feedback.
Spacious Mind Meditation Hour
Thursdays
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Led by Margot Schuerman and Andy O'Neall
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Spacious Mind Meditation Hour is a highly experiential venue to practice mindfulness meditation. In order to benefit from this group, participants need to have some prior experience with mindfulness meditation. Every session will include a series of mindfulness meditations that each vary in length from 10 to 30 minutes. Group members’ experience of the meditations will be briefly processed. Occasionally, TED talks or other didactic materials will be included but the overall focus of the group will be highly experiential. Participants are welcome to attend as many sessions as fits their schedule.
Getting Unstuck
Thursdays
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Led by Michelle Lehman and Becki Sprague
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A fast-paced, four-session (50 minutes each) seminar specifically designed to help people who struggle with a variety of depression-related concerns. The goal is to provide education on depression and to teach coping skills for managing symptoms. The four seminars are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions will include activities that help students understand the experience of depression, explore how thoughts and behaviors impact depression, and how we can begin to make changes to our thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression.

Anxiety Toolbox
Tuesdays
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Led by Chase Dudine and Laura Wagner
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Anxiety Toolbox is a fast-paced three-session seminar specifically designed to help people who struggle with a variety of anxiety-related concerns (e.g., panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, test anxiety).    The goal of this seminar is to provide education on anxiety and to teach coping skills for managing anxiety symptoms. The three seminars are divided into content that builds upon itself.  In session one, we take a broad look at 4 symptom clusters of anxiety and introduce a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety. In session 2, we focus on increasing insight on the thought patterns that impact anxiety; increasing awareness and understanding are major tools in addressing anxiety. In session 3, we develop alternative responses to anxiety and create a personalized action plan for managing anxiety.